A few mothers asked how to transition a newborn/infant into the same room as an older sibling. Man, do I remember those days! When Ryli was born, we lived in a house big enough for everyone to have their own room, but by the time Blissy came along, we had moved into an 800 square foot flat while we built a new home. With two bedrooms, a 3-year-old, a 1.5-year-old, and a new baby, things were a little bit tight!
Bliss began sleeping through the night around two-months-old, but wasn’t a big fan of her crib until about three months of age. Prior to that, her favorite sleeping spot was her carseat…don’t ask me why, because with three under three years old I hardly went anywhere!
So when the time came to put her into the room with Daly Kay and Ryli, I was naturally hesitant. Mostly because I didn’t want to lose any precious sleep, and I knew that if Blissy’s fussing woke up the other two, it could indeed be a long night.
But you know what? The other two were so tuckered out from their busy day of running around outside, swimming at the beach, and wrestling with Daddy before bed, that if and when she did wake up because of a growth spurt or teething, they didn’t even stir!
May there be a learning curve where a light-sleeping toddler gets awoken by a baby brother or sister? Sure. But not often. Rarely, really. So go ahead and put the siblings in a room together. My only caveat is to be sure and remove any chokable items from the room, so that a “sharing” toddler does not accidentally put something dangerous into baby’s crib.
Sleep tight! And keep the questions coming!