Posted in Siblings, Sleep, Babies, Multiple Children

Toddler & infant share a room?

Anonymous

Does/did anyone sleep their toddler and newborn/infant in the same room? We have a small, bungalow-style house (under 900 sq ft), and I’m getting a little nervous about when #2 arrives...how do you juggle sleep schedules and the toddler trying to “help”? More info: our first, bless her, was sleeping 5-6 hour stretches by about 6 weeks. I’m going to assume we won’t be that lucky again. But she will also be a few months shy of 2 years old when #2 arrives, so I’m having trouble with info/tips I’m looking up (they’re geared more towards bigger toddlers who I think have better understanding/reasoning than our “toddler” will by the time baby arrives)

  • Kieli
    Jul 08

    I have a 2 yr old and a 2 month old. They are 23 months apart. My 2 yr old has never been a good sleeper, most nights she ends up in my bed. Since my husband and I have gotten our own place she has been starting to be better. My 2 month old sleeps through the night only waking up to eat every once in a while. But, the first few weeks after having the baby she would get fussy and want to cluster feed about 8 o’clock at night. Which would throw off my toddler. Are you meaning to have them both in the same room as you, or their own room? If your going to put them in their own room I would wait until baby sleeps longer intervals so baby doesn’t wake your toddler up

  • Jennifer
    Jul 08

    My boys share a room (2 years and 2 months). I put the toddler to bed first and bring the baby in after he’s asleep. When the baby wakes up to nurse during the night I put him back down in a pack and play in the living room but only to avoid getting them both up at the same time in the morning. My was a good sleeper too but they can both sleep through the other’s crying. We put a crib tent on the baby’s crib to keep big brother from tossing in blankets or toys (small bedroom) but it hasn’t been a problem yet.

  • Anne
    Jul 09

    We did this! We also staggered bedtime. Baby went down at 6:30PM and toddler went down at 7:30PM. I also used a white noise machine so they wouldn't be as likely to wake each other up at night. It worked out well! They are 5 and 6 now and still share a room.