Co-sleeping siblings: did it work for you?
We are a two-child household and both of our kids have shared a room since the little one moved out of our bed at around 8 or 9 months of age. It wasn't an easy transition, necessarily, with one child sleeping before the other, then with frequent middle-of-the-night awakenings. Still, we love that they share a room, even if we do have a third room we could've used for another kid's room. The sweetness of hearing the two (now aged 5 and 8) chat before going to bed or after just waking up is precious, as is the lessons of learning to get along in a pretty small living space. An urbanMama wants to hear about your experiences in transitioning two siblings to sleep together:
I was wondering if I could ask for advice from the urbanMamas community about moving my 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son in to the same room, possibly into the same queen sized bed that my daughter has slept in since she was born. I was thinking about adding a twin bed to the room, so they could sleep together (since they are big snugglers) or apart depending on their mood. Plus a parent could sleep comfortably with them during the transition. Right now my 4 year old daughter is in her room, and I’m with her (trying to night-wean my son) and my husband is in our king sized bed with our 2 year old son. So we’ve started a transition of some sort, but are at a stand still about the next step.
Neither are great sleepers, but I think we could all adjust to it....maybe. I’d at least like to try it. Getting them to fall asleep would be the tricky part, esp. if they are so tired they are trying to hit/kick each other or don’t want to share the parent or bed. Right now, we stay with them individually until they fall asleep (too traumatic for all involved to do otherwise). We do have 3 bedrooms, but I hate to give up the computer room that also lets them watch the occasional dvd, an area for them to color, I can call about bills late at night or grocery shop on-line, plus it is the only room in the house with decent daylight where we can hang out. My husband wants to move them each into their own room, but I feel like my sanity is at stake, since the computer room is crucial to my connections outside of the house, late at night when everyone else is asleep. Has anyone else been in a similar situation? Did you decide to have siblings share a room? Did you decide to give them each their own? Any advice would be most welcome!