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Okay, all of you who already have two little ones, I need some advice... Is it practical for me to try and have new baby and my toddler (she will be 20 months) share a room? I expect that the newborn will be in my room for the first 6-8 weeks. After that, I want to try and ease her into her own space. What is the best strategy to do this? Will either of them be able to sleep? What are your experiences? TIA!!
 

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honestly, i'd just keep the little one in my room a bit longer ~ i read that the safest place for a baby is in the parents' room for at least the first 6 months
 

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Well you can only do what you can do, kwim? If that's all that you have available, it will have to work!<br><br>
Mine will also be 20 months apart. Our plan is this: To keep new baby in Arm's Reach co-sleeper attached to our bed until s/he outgrows it (with the last one, this was about 3 months). After that, we will move him/her into her own room. But if we onyl had a two or three bedroom house (assuming one room stays a guest bedroom), they would most certainly be sharing a room because that's what we could manage.
 

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We intend for our 2 to be together eventually, but ds still is nightwaking quite a bit. We started him in his own bed (a pack and play) in a separate room around 6 months - we just used the office, because we didn't want him to wake dd. He was sleeping through the night well, but then started regressing a little (and we were tired and started bringing him back to bed - ugh). We are working on him to get him to go back to sleeping through. Once he's consistantly sleeping, we'll move his bed into dd's room. So as it looks now he will probably be 1 and she will be coming on 3 before they actually share a room. Maybe it would have been fine to put them together earlier, but I really didn't want to chance waking dd and having to get 2 kids back to sleep.
 

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My boys have both coslept for the first two years at least (we did add a crib as a "sidecar" to our bed which has been a lifesaver!). By the time the 2nd DS was born the first slept in his own room most of the night but joined us later. I was afraid the crying would wake the 2yo, but to my amazement, it pretty much never did! So in that respect, I think you may be pleasantly surprised!<br><br>
We're still working on having them in the same room now, at 5 and 2.5. Actually we were trying the same bed, which the 2yo doesn't always do well with 'cause he gets too silly when he's tired. So now to find room for another bed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><br><br>
I think other than the crying (and midnight camraderie), my concern would just be if the 20mo would try to, say, climb in with the baby, etc. But you'll know your child best to know what s/he is most likely to do - and how well s/he'd follow your guidelines.
 
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