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Tell me if you think this will work to transition my 3 year old to having a new baby brother, (due to arrive in his household in 8 weeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
Right now, DS sleeps sometimes in his toddler bed next to our bed, but most of the time with us in our king size bed. With baby # 2 arriving shortly, our plan is to get a double bed for our spare room, which would also have the change table and rocking chair.<br><br>
I will sleep in the spare room with the baby, DS will continue to sleep in our bed with daddy. Rationale is that DS sleeps soundly through the night, (we want him to keep his sleep routine/location) but he also rolls around A LOT. (Most nights, DH and I get feet in the head/face/you name it). We don't want to disrupt his sleep with a crying infant and don't want him rolling on/kicking the baby by accident in his sleep, (he's a bit wild at night). (This will also let DH and I take turns getting a good nights sleep with DS, while the other does baby duty for the night, if we end up doing a bottle for midnight feeds - we're undecided on this).<br><br>
Our double bed won't arrive until after the baby is born, but we will likely get the mattress earlier and put that in there so we are set up if the baby comes early. The plan is to keep the double bed for when DS is ready to be in his own room. We'll probably all end up in our bed for a while, but not until baby # 2 is older and is less likely to get crushed/kicked/rolled on by my wild 3 year old. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Do you think I should start sleeping in the spare room before the baby comes so DS is "used to it", or not? I was thinking that the baby coming is going to be a big adjustment, maybe suddenly not having mommy there at night/when he wakes up could make it harder. I thought maybe I should do that first so he doesn't resent the baby or something, so he gets used to it?<br><br>
What are you other mammas doing who currently co-sleep with siblings?<br><br>
Kathy.
 

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What we have decided on so far is pretty much what you are planning on doing..<br>
Dd sleeps with is in our king size bed. She has her own room where she does not sleep but which has a queen bed. So we are thinking that I will sleep there with the baby for the beginning. I think this way I dont have to worry about disturbing DD at night, and also about sticking the tiny newborn into the family bed with a toddler right away.<br>
But of course, we will only know how our intended setup will work once baby is here<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
I have decided not to worry about it for now, because I dont have any other ideas anyway.
 

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We put a twin bed up against our queen bed and the wall to make one super big bed when ds2 came. Ds1 was 3.5 at the time, and it worked out perfect! We eventually moved the twin across the hall and ds1 slept there, but I think the baby was part of his motivation to be in his own room.<br><br>
This time around, I have no idea what we're doing. Ds2 is only 2. We have a toddler bed set up at the end of our bed, but he hasn't slept there once since we put it up 4 months ago, no interest at all. We don't have the space or money for another twin or to upgrade to a king bed at the moment, so I really don't know. We may just be one cozy, cuddled up family.
 

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I've been a bit worried about this. . and how it'll all work out. DD,who is 4, is a part time co-sleeper. She starts out the night in her bed and then usually comes into our bed sometime between 1-4am. It's already a pretty snug fit. DH and I are big people and our black lab is often vying for space at the foot of the queen sized bed. I'm hoping that the noise and requirements of the new babe make DD want to sleep more in her room.<br><br>
Thankfully my mom will be here for about the first month. DD will likely want to sleep with her. (Here's hoping anyhow)<br><br>
We do have an arm's reach co-sleeper. . .we might get a bit more use out of it than we did with DD.
 
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