Room Sharing

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Room Sharing
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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 10:49pm

Just found this board...yay! Over the years I've been on various ivillage boards.

For the next two months I'll have an almost

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Wed, 08-10-2011 - 12:10pm
Yikes! I can certainly understand why this would be frustrating. My older two boys share a room but that didn't start until they were older (and even then we had problems for a long while!).

Would it be possible to put them down at different times? Perhaps have the baby go to bed earlier so she's asleep when big sis lays down? Since your oldest daughter is easier to reason with, maybe that would help?

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 08-10-2011 - 2:24pm
Hugs Jacki! BT, still doing that! LOL! I have Madison who turned 2 in June and Emma who turned 4 in April, so I am working on the same issues with you right now. They share a room as we have a 3 bedroom house, but have a 16 year old DD also. We did the toddler bed for Emma and crib for Madison up until a month ago. We have slightly different circumstances as we have step son (12) who visits for 1/2 the summer and we have no where to put him, so this year, we got rid of the crib, put the 2 year old in the toddler bed and put the 4 year old and 12 year old SS in bunk beds (4 year old obviously on the bottom). 2 year old is not transitioning real well to the toddler bed, she also gets up a lot and loves the newfound freedom!

If its an option, you may want to look into a bunk bed (they have ones that have a lower top bunk, or captain's L shaped beds) or even a trundle bed for the kids. I also stagger their bedtimes. On the weekends for nap time, I either put them down about 30 minutes apart, I always start iwth the little one, and once she's wrestled into sleeping, I put the 4 year old down since she'll easily go down. If she gives me issues going down, I'll send her to our room to sleep in our bed, or occassionally, I'll lay down with her and get a cat nap in. As for nighttime, I do the same thing. I stagger bedtimes, 2 year old goes to bed between 7:30-8 and then the 4 year old goes to bed usually around 8:30 and that seems to solve a lot of the problems. I can't put them down at the same time, they end up trading beds, "having a sleep over" in the bunk bed, etc. and just plain keeping each other up giggling. Its not perfect, and there are nights i want to pull my hair out, but 3 weeks into the process, we seem to finally be at a point where its beginning to work and the 2 year old, as long as she's tired, will stay in bed. Another key is to keep bedtime routines pretty regular, bath, story, bed, etc. If you keep them on a schedule and a routine, you'll find that their body gets used to it and will begin signaling to them that its time to wind down and get ready to sleep, which after some time, will make things a lot easier. Hugs!!
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Thu, 08-11-2011 - 10:39pm

OMG! Your 4 year old naps! Lucky you! We had to get rid of Addison's naps last September. She would be up until midnight when she napped, we stopped her naps and she finally went to sleep around 8-8:30. Baby has only been sleeping about 20-30 minutes lately but i"m not giving up on her, her new freedom is making her want to jump out of bed as soon as her eyes pop open, like at 4:30 last night she came in my room, we'll be adding baby gates during the nights, our dog won't be happy.

So anyhow,

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