But as she neared her first birthday I realised that her sister never woke when she cried and that it would be healthier for all of us for the kids to share. So we swapped the wardrobe in the second bedroom for the cot. Most people dream of a walk-in wardrobe, we got to dream in one!
It worked from the start. They sleep through each others' cries and they settled for the night better. I wish I'd tried it earlier.
Planning the room
Give each child his own territory in the room, e.g. a shelf or table, so that they've their own space upon which to stamp their personality.
Look to the future. Buy bunks that divide into singles, so if your kids are too young for bunks now you've the option later or if you move the children into separate rooms later, you can switch the bunk to singles.
Preparing the children
For a successful move emphasis the positives of sharing a room. Talk about how fun it will be and how they can play together more. Brief the child who is already resident in the room on how to give a special welcome to his or her sibling.
Set rules to teach the children to respect each others' things and their right to privacy. ‘Ask before taking’ and ‘knock before entering’, for example.
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