I just found out I'm pregnant, so I have a long while to think about this, but I'd love some tips. My DS will be almost 3 years old when this baby arrives and we are trying to decide on the best way to make a smooth transition and get the most sleep for everyone! Currently, DS is 24 months old, and he starts the night off in his own bed in his room, but every single night comes in to our bed around midnight. He is fully weaned.
Some ideas my DH and I have thrown around include:
Trying to get him to stay in his room all night (Hahahahaha)
Putting a mattress on the floor by our bed for when he joins us and getting him to use that.
Continue to let him join us in bed, and when the new baby arrives, just keep her in a crib right next to our bed so that we don't have to worry about an infant and a huge two year old on the same mattress.
With this new baby, I would actually prefer to keep her in a crib in our room instead of in bed with us, until she is old enough to come climb in by herself. I found co sleeping with my son as a tiny infant a bit nerve wracking honestly, but it was the only way we got any sleep.
Anyway, I'm just feeling jittery about how we are going to work out the sleeping arrangement, even though it's still almost 9 months away! If anyone has any stories of what worked (or didn't) for them when welcoming a new baby into a cosleeping family with older toddlers or preschoolers, I'd love to hear it.