do your kids share rooms?

so, i know you’ve done it. and if you haven’t, someone you know has.
is it really as awful as i’m imagining?

now that my little has slept through the night {almost} consistently now, i’m realizing that putting her in the real crib, which means her real room, is coming up faster than i’d like to admit.
boss went in his own room at about 6 weeks cause he had one.

i know lots of moms who have found ways to make it work,
and lots who tell me it’s better,
i just wonder what you do to make it work well?

i have an active toddler, who is very independent.  must do everything himself.
i’m worried if his roommate decides to have a concert in the night, that he’ll need to play mom. he’s already tried to take her out of a car seat by his little self. horrifying.

the other issue: i know it sounds awful, but we currently have him locked in his room. {not like, he is currently in there and i keep him there, that’s creepy}, but when he goes down, he can’t open the door from the inside. he doesn’t cry or try to get out that often cause he knows it’s locked, but i worry if he is trapped inside with a crying babe…. so i will maybe unlock it when she goes in there….

the other other issue: we live in san diego as young people on a budget. another room is a few years out… so sharing a room, if we want to ever get our room back to ourselves, is a must.
and probably for a while…

tell me, did you do it? what made it easy? {what? it wasn’t easy??}
do you love it or hate it?

i don’t know that i’m ready…

even if i’m not, i’m dreaming up what i could do with this shared room if i really had the space…
i rounded up some ideas of rooms that i really love, even if they are only in my dreams for now…

ideas shared kid rooms decor
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7 comments on do your kids share rooms?

  1. Elizabeth Bryant
    October 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Ever since we moved to Arizona, my boys have shared the same room. It hasn't been a necessity because there are other spare bedrooms but I love it! I am confident that the awesome bond they have comes from the time they have together going to bed and waking up in the morning. William loves to take care of Fritz and I love to hear them chat and laugh together (even when it's 6 a.m.).

    • Meg Clifford
      October 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm (4 years ago)

      i love that! i'm glad to hear that it goes so well. that's probably why they seem to play so cute with each other! 😉

  2. Courtney Dye
    October 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm (4 years ago)

    We have two girls ages 4 and 19months. My youngest's crib was in our room with us for about a year and a couple months. Then, one night I just sorta snapped and HAD to have my space back! I cleaned up my oldest's room and made space for the crib. I moved the crib into the girls' room right after breakfast. I let the LO play in her crib in the new room while I put away toys. Then the {

    • Meg Clifford
      October 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm (4 years ago)

      That's so good to know! My 2.5 year old still takes naps for a few hours, but sometimes they start out as "quiet time" for a while before he actually goes out… he's fairly good at staying quiet when she's sleeping, so I will have to try that out for practice {perhaps with a monitor on so I can see how it goes…}. Mine CIO too, {though he doesn't at all now- just tells

  3. Caprene
    October 2, 2013 at 2:26 am (4 years ago)

    My brother Tim and I shared a room until I was 5 and he was almost 3. When Mark was born, that's when we moved into a bigger house. There weren't any issues. We were young enough that it didn't matter that I was a girl and he a boy. We just played together with the toys we shared.

  4. Michelle Wissmann
    October 2, 2013 at 5:08 am (4 years ago)

    My boys are 14 months apart and share a room. They have since my youngest was about 4 months. It is not even close to as bad as I thought it would be. We have a gate on the door so our oldest can't get out. Occasionally, one will wake the other but it is very rare and my youngest still wakes up at least once a night.

  5. Michelle Wissmann
    October 2, 2013 at 5:10 am (4 years ago)

    My boys are 14 months apart and share a room. They have since my youngest was about 4 months. It is not even close to as bad as I thought it would be. We have a gate on the door so our oldest can't get out. Occasionally, one will wake the other but it is very rare and my youngest still wakes up at least once a night.