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DCs sharing a room aged 3 and <1?

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HarrietM87 Fri 26-Jun-20 10:04:23

I don’t need to worry about this for a while, but I’m pregnant with baby 2. DS1 is in his own room which is pretty big. We also have a small room currently used as a study.

DC2 will obviously be in our room at first - DS was until he was 13 months - but I was wondering whether it would be possible for them to share from say 9 months, or better to change the study into a nursery so we have the option for DC2 to be in there. I’m basically just worried about them waking each other up as DS was a terrible sleeper but is good now!

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sleepismysuperpower1 Fri 26-Jun-20 11:40:17

congratulations! I think I would use the study whilst they are both so small, your baby won't care about the size of room anyway until they are older. When your oldest dc is 5, and your youngest 2, I think I would consider then moving them into the same room.

NickMarlow Fri 26-Jun-20 11:47:08

I have 3.5years between mine, dd2 was always going to go in with dd1 but I put it off for ages because dd1 slept so badly for years! We moved dd2 in at 9 months and it's been mostly great. Dd1 sleeps so much better having someone in the room. They can both sleep through each other if they wake up in the night but settling to sleep can be....a challenge shall we say! It was easier when dd2 was going to bed first, dd1 would stay quiet if she knew the baby was asleep. Now they want to go to bed together and keep each other awake talking and singing. But they love being together and its lovely seeing that relationship develop.

HarrietM87 Fri 26-Jun-20 11:51:40

That’s so nice - I’d love that for mine. We will have a 2.5 year age gap but I’ll definitely have the baby in our room for 6 months so DS will be 3 by then. Long term we have another good sized bedroom but definitely keeping that for guests while kids are small as family come to stay a lot.

@NickMarlow did your elder child ever put anything in the younger one’s cot/deliberately try to wake them?

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Iminaglasscaseofemotion Fri 26-Jun-20 12:00:29

Of course it's ok for them to share, but like you said they might wake each other up, but there's nothing wrong with children sharking a room.

ThatBitch Fri 26-Jun-20 12:04:32

I have 2 yrs 3 mo between mine. When ds was 6mo he went in with dd because she was a much deeper sleeper than me or dh and he seemed to sleep better next to her (because of her deep regular breathing maybe?). At 10mo he moved to a mattress on the floor instead of a cot as he wanted to be like dd. While it meant we spent a few weeks sat with them at bedtime til they were asleep it meant we didn't have a big exciting change to a bed for him when he was older and could have been more disruptive. They have always played together and even now when we have a bigger house have sleepovers in each other's rooms. When ds was sad about school closure dd crept into his bed and read him stories and cuddled him (we didn't know until we checked on them about 10pm to find them cuddled up asleep next to each other!). I think if you do it young enough then they just accept it as normal very easily.

HarrietM87 Fri 26-Jun-20 12:06:05

Iminaglasscase - I know it’s ok for them to share, that’s my plan. It’s more a question of timing - can I do it from when the younger is say 9 months, or better to wait until she is no longer a baby, maybe 2?

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Daydreamer15 Fri 26-Jun-20 12:17:52

I am in this exact predicament right now. DD1 is 3.5 years old and DD2 is 9 months old. We have 3 bedrooms and all 3 are occupied because I have the DC in separate rooms. It's very annoying and having no proper room to put guests/use as office to WFH is driving me mad. No one can stay over at all.

Mine both sleep through the night so I dont see what the problem would be really, though someone just mentioned older child dropping things into cot, that would scare me!!

parietal Fri 26-Jun-20 12:18:47

they will be fine to share, probably from 9 months or so. but wait until the baby is here & you get an idea of his/her temperament and whether he/she sleeps well.

SnuggyBuggy Fri 26-Jun-20 12:21:01

As long as they are both decent sleepers it's fine.

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