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    Default Tips for siblings sharing a room

    So, our DS2 is 2 years old and we are off to order a bed for him.
    DS1 is 4 years old.
    We have decided to bite the bullet and get them sharing a room.
    We thought we will transition ds2 to a bed and start the room sharing at the same time.

    So...what tips do people have for a smoother transition??

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    Sharing rooms really isn't as complicated as so many people think.

    The only 'tip' I can think of, is that at night after I tuck them in, they are allowed a certain amount (depends on the time, usually 15 mins or so) of time that they are allowed to chat, then after that I tell them that time is up and no more talking. Otherwise they'd never fall asleep!
    But other than that, it's really very straightforward.

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    What age do you generally start them sharing a room?

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    Mine are sane ages as the OP

    We have had them 'sharing' for about a year now...except the younger one was still sleeping in a cot in our room most if the time

    With transitioning into the new bed they now share, but the 4yr old gets put to bed at bedtime and same routine as always - the younger one is put to sleep as always and then transitioned into the big kid bed later


    It works for us
    I am keeping the '15 min of talking and then shush' idea for once they're older! I see that being a bit of a problem with them :P

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    My sister and I shared a room for a few years when we were in primary school. I'm not sure it would matter so much for younger kids, but it was very important for both of us to have our own space within the room - and to respect that space!

    DH and I have a similar situation now when his teen boys come to stay every other weekend. They share a room, but each has specific drawers, hanging space and shelves they use for their personal belongings.

    I don't think kids are ever too young to start to learn about respecting each other's personal space, but obviously you just need to figure out a way that's age appropriate and works for your boys.

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    Dd1 & dd2 started sharing when they were 3&1
    The hardest part was getting them to stay in there own beds and stop talking
    Now at 7&5 they still share even though they could have there own rooms they don't want to leave each other

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    We stagger the boys' (5 and 3) bedtimes. They have been sharing a room for close to 2 years and we have found this works best. The older they were getting the more mucking around at bedtime they were doing. Now ds2 is asleep before we put ds1 to bed. Much more peaceful at bedtime now!

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    We are two days in, and its been a rough ride, so can't wait to hear some tips!!

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    Mine are different ages (11 months and 4 yrs). I put DS2 to bed first at 7 then DS1 goes to bed when DS2 is asleep. If DS2 is taking too long to go to sleep then DS1 goes to sleep first or if I'm in the bedroom with DS2 then DF lets DS1 sleep in our bed and we move him later.

    If your boys go to sleep at the same time I would suggest getting them both ready and in bed then read a story and say goodnight. Once the light is out then they should have quiet time until they fall asleep.

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