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toddler and baby room sharing

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xpatmama Thu 16-Jun-11 20:22:55

tips? any safety issues?

have a 23 month old DS and 5 month DD. Currently DD is in a cot attached to our bed but the idea was to move them in together but... DD doesn't sleep through and I'm worried about things like DS throwing toys onto her face....I guess we wait?

How did it go for you with sibling room sharing?

knockedupagain Thu 16-Jun-11 21:08:43

Personally, I would wait. It's horrible to be woken up every night by a baby, and it seems a rotten thing to do to a 23 month old. That said, he may sleep through it all, it depends on the child. Ans I understand your concerns about a toy on the face - 5 months is still too young for the baby to be able to reliably get rid of a toy. Do you have the space in your room to detach the cot from the bed as a start in the right direction? Even curtain an area off? I babysat for one family once who lacked a bedroom for the baby, and the other kids were teens, so really didn't want to share. She had an odd shaped hall and had curtained part of this off for the baby - worked surprisingly well!

xpatmama Thu 16-Jun-11 22:36:36

thanks knockedupagain. there's no massive rush tbh just wondering what people's experience is with young children sharing..

AussieGirl78 Fri 17-Jun-11 14:29:31

I have an 11 month gap between my 2 boys and moved them into the same room when the youngest was about 7/8 months old
He was a bad sleeper and I worried about him waking the eldest but amazingly the eldest mostly sleeps through his tears unless they're hysterical - and then when I go in he'll tell me the baby is crying then lie down and go back to sleep

You could always trial them and if there's too much disruption move the bub out again

We loved getting our room back to ourselves with no more tip toeing!

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