Sharing a room: Pros and cons

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Preschoolers, Siblings, Development/Milestones: Babies, Bedtime

To save money and energy this winter, we moved our younger daughter out of her drafty nursery into our older daughter's room. The girls were thrilled by this news, to say the least, and now they say they want to make the arrangement permanent, even when the warm weather returns. I've heard that sharing a room brings siblings closer together, and they really do seem to draw comfort from having the other there at bedtime. I have a few concerns, however.

The first is that they both take longer to fall asleep...a lot longer. This means that either they're losing out on sleep or we're pushing their bedtime back earlier. I can fudge a little with my toddler, who can catch up at naptime, but my preschooler never naps. They also both get up at the same time now, whether they're ready to or not. They don't actually get each other out of bed -- we've taught them to let the other sleep -- but it still can't be helped.

My other concern is space. It's time to move my toddler out of her toddler bed and get her the real thing, but I don't think there will be enough room in their shared bedroom. I'd love to put their beds in their respective rooms and let them share a bed on non-school nights, yet I don't want to squash any sisterly love they're developing.

So tell me, Parent Dish readers, do your kids share? Does it make them closer? How do you get around the logistics of it all?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.