My dh and I live in a modest 3-bedroom house. One bedroom is ours, one is our office (both working from home), and one is basically a storage space for our dd's stuff (she sleeps with us).
I don't want to move from this house, basically, ever. But what do you need to make it work with *two* children? I guess we need another sling, but we have enough diapers...we don't use a crib...
How long can we co-sleep in one bedroom? Is there a point at which we would move dd into "her own" room - could dd and the new baby share a room?
I'm having some difficulty getting my mind around the practicalities of bringing another baby into this house, and I want to do so frugally and consistent with our family committment to living a modest lifestyle.
Can anyone help me out by sharing their experiences?
My 15 yr old ds shares a room with his 5 and sometimes 4 yr old brothers
dd has her own room
I think probably later on you might want to make one room for "their " room where their clothes and toys etc can be
And a chance to go hide out from each other when they need space from each other..
Congratulations on your new impending arrival
The only purchase that I made was a double stroller, because I needed somewhere to hold the kids (or packages, slings, and diaper bag) if I was out for extended periods of time alone with them or if *I* wanted to get exercise. I haven't used it in months, but it was helpful in the beginning.
there is always room for one more Especially if you aren't bringing any more stuff in. With #2 we bought a swing and pack and play and managed to find room for them in a house that we thought couldn't hold one more ounce of stuff. No we are running out of room. but what we really need is more closets and without major renovation that just isn't going to happemn.
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We have three bedrooms on our second floor--one belongs to my sd, age 17, who is rarely in residence, but would have objected to having her room given over to the baby. dd#1 has a room with her bed and toys and clothes, etc., in it. For now, dd#2 is with us--eventually, she will go in with dd#1, until such time as my architect dh decides that our OWN house deserves a renovation, and we can expand.
One thing that worked well for me was setting up a newborn changing station in the master bath--not sure if your set up allows for that, or not. That way, we don't have to wake up the older one with nighttime diaper changes.
We also have a den/family room where we can stash a lot of the toys, and where our tv lives, which gets much of that stuff out of the living room (that kind of clutter drives dh crazy, and since he's so understanding in other ways, I try to indulge his idiosyncracies...).
But yes, closets are the way to go--also room dividers, if your layout supports them.
Good luck, and congratulations.