Motherhood

Shared Kids Rooms

Shared Kids Rooms

Do your kids share a room? We’ve been wusses about putting Toby and Anton into the same room, but they’ve recently gotten really into having “sleepovers.” We’re planning to officially move them in together soon, and they’re really excited. For inspiration, here are 12 shared kids rooms (the bunkbeds, above, are for four siblings!)…

Shared Kids Rooms

Linsey‘s three children — 7, 5 and 2 — share a room. “In the morning, Ivy, the oldest, is usually the first one up. She figured out a system to keep things quiet: She dangles a ribbon down from the top bunk, and if someone grabs it or starts giggling, she knows they’re awake and it’s safe to come down.”

Shared Kids Rooms

Courtney‘s sweet boys share a double bed, which is such a lovely idea!

Shared Kids Rooms

The contrasting wallpaper is definitely cooler than drawing a chalk line down the middle.

Shared Kids Rooms

Bonnie peeled up old carpet and painted this striped floor herself. (!)

Shared Kids Rooms

What a calming, classic room in England.

Shared Kids Rooms

A brother and sister share this room in Montreal. (How sweet to sleep foot-to-foot!)

Shared Kids Rooms

Yen, a mother of a son and daughter, says: “The kids will share a bedroom until [now-six-year-old] An-Linh wants to sleep alone in the other bedroom. She tried it for one night, but then made Liem sleep with her and never went back. Their whole routine is together — they brush their teeth together and then they read a story. They’re still babies together.”

Shared Kids Rooms

Simple and lovely. How cool is that map?

Shared Kids Rooms

The little sleeping nook is adorable!

Shared Kids Rooms

Cami and her husband made this long bed for their daughters.

Shared Kids Rooms

And, last but not least, Jordan‘s sons share a bunkbed in their San Francisco apartment.

Aren’t these awesome? Do your little ones share a room? Have you ever shared one?

(Top photo of wooden bunkbed by Patrick Reynolds. Second photo from Linsey Laidlaw’s Brooklyn apartment by Alpha Smoot. Photo of boys sleeping by Courtney Adamo. Contrasting wallpaper girls room by IKEA. Photo of green beds by Bonnie Rush. Photo of white room by Rory Gardiner. Photo of brother and sister beds via Loupolouco. Photo of bunkbed from Yen’s New York City apartment by Alpha Smoot. Photo of gold world map via Lovely Life. Photo of long bed by Cami. Last photo from Jordan Ferney’s San Francisco home tour by Paul Ferney.)

  1. i’m obsessed with these!!

  2. LOVE the shared rooms! Our girls do and though they fight sometimes, hearing their little convos before bed is too adorable. AND there are so many great decor options with two.

  3. A friend of ours has 3 kids to one room in manhattan! Well it helps they are very well behaved girls ;)

  4. Jo says...

    Our 3 kids (10 yr old son, and daughters ages 8 and 5) have all shared a room from the get-go and it has never been a problem. The light sleeper learned to not be a light sleeper, and the big kids use reading lights if they want to stay up later at bedtime. Our son is on the top bunk, which gives him more privacy. The kids are thick as thieves and play together all the time — in part, because we live on a farm (with few neighbors nearby), but also because they share a room. College dorm life will be a breeze!

  5. I was certain that having my boys (just 5 and nearly 3) share a room would never work, but I wanted it to happen badly enough that we gave it a try. They settled after a couple of weeks of mischief and now it really is the best thing! I love eavesdropping on them when they don’t fall asleep right away. Sleepy conversations between tiny brothers really are the sweetest. They have a beautiful bond from sharing their space.

  6. Wendy says...

    We have a new babe, a toddler, and three bedrooms. The extra room is a playroom and our oldest adores it. It’s her little, messy sanctuary so I hate to take it from her…but my heart races just thinking of trying to get them to share a room.

    These pictures and comments might help stave off the panic attacks. A little. ;)

  7. Our boys have shared a room every since we moved to NY (you know how living spaces are here!). They have gone to sleep at different bed times their whole life–initially to give our older son a little bit of one-on-one time so he didn’t feel like his younger brother stole all the attention–but keeping them at different bed times was the saving grace of sharing a room! They’re now 11 and 13 and still share bunk beds because, well, we still live in NY and only have a 2-bedroom. They do, however, occupy the “master” bedroom; with our queen bed crammed into the small room.

    Funny story, the other day I was on a phone call with my dad and I was talking about trying to buy something in Brooklyn.. and he mentioned that we probably need at least a 3-bedroom because the boys are getting older. Little does he know we’re only planning to look at 2 bedrooms, AND we’re possibly planning to have a baby in the near future. But I love our cozy living space and I feel like it’s kept us close as a family.

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  8. Sally says...

    I loved this post (and all of the comments) and it convinced me that we need to have our current two-year-old and our expected baby (due in May) room together . . . once the little one is done with all the sleep training, etc.

    Also, suggestion for future motherhood post: chores. Last night my two-yr-old insisted on helping with the dishes and he didn’t actually do that bad of a job. Granted we went through lots more water than we normally would and I still had to be in the kitchen the entire time to inspect whether dishes were done (and to quickly whisk away anything that was particularly susceptible to being broken), but he loved it, the dishes were cleaned, and the child was occupied. So when can I make this his permanent gig? What age do parents typically expect their children to help around the house in ways other than cleaning up their own toys? What are the incentives, etc? I’d so love to know.

  9. Anna says...

    I shared a room with my sister until we were five and two. Then we moved and we got our own rooms. I have never looked back. My sister and I are way too different for that, and would not have enjoyed each other’s friends either. I wouldn’t make my kids share a room, if I could at all help it.
    Side note: when my mom meet my dad, she made sure he was on board with making sure their future kids would have their own rooms. She has four siblings and had had to share. This was like a deal breaker for her!
    I have always been grateful I have had a door to close behind me and be by myself for some peace and quiet, even as a kid.

    • Kaitlin says...

      Ha! I feel you, Anna. I shared a room with my sister through high school and could not WAIT to get to my dorm room (Who ever says that?!) and out of that top bunk. I used to hide in my closet (that was 1.5’X1.5′) to try and get some solo time as a kid and when I was too big for that, I’d sneak down the block to the park or the beach when the weather was nice to try and have a place that was just mine. It probably depends on the temperament of the kids. My sister and I had blow out fights that I’m sure were mostly from over-exposure!

  10. shopgirl says...

    What a great ideas, thanks for that!

  11. Jess T says...

    My boys (4 and 2) share a room. Right now it has two cribs – one of which is converted to a toddler bed. We recently purchased the Oeuf River twin bed with a sweet little bench on the end. As soon as we buy a mattress we’ll se that up and transition the younger one into the toddler bed. They started sharing a room when the younger one was six months old (before that, he slept in our room) and I love that I can hear early morning giggles from their bedroom and that they are learning to love and respect each other at night by being quiet to allow the other to fall asleep. And my concerns about them waking each other up in the night, basically unfounded!

  12. Meghan says...

    Mine don’t yet but will be soon! My youngest is 7 months and still waking in the night to feed so I’m waiting for that to be over in the next few months, and then he will be moved from our room into a room with his brother (who may be 3 when that happens!)

    I shared a room until I was about 12 years old with my sister. I didn’t mind it at all and liked having someone always around!

  13. Sara says...

    We had a pretty neat “shared” room growing up. My dad put the bunk bed in the middle of the room and then attached three pieces of plywood, one from the top bunk to the bottom bunk on one side, one to the end of the bunks, and one from the top bunk to the ceiling. It’s kind of hard to describe but my sister had her private side of the room and I had my own private side!

  14. Libby says...

    I was really nervous about putting our 2 boys in together, but it has worked out so well. They are 5 and 2.5 and have been sharing for the last 6 or 7 months. They never seem to wake up the other, and in the morning if they wake early they just talk to each other, look through books and stay in their room until the “sun is up” (on their groclocks). My eldest used to have night terrors at least a few times a week when he was in his own room, since they’ve started sharing he’s had none!! I think its so comforting for little kids to not be alone all night.

  15. Ann says...

    Ours do! Our son is 4 and 1/2 and daughter turns 2 next week(!). They love it-we’ll stick with it until they ask to have their own rooms. It’s so sweet. We waited until the little one was more or less sleeping through the night, though. I bet Toby and Anton will LOVE it!

  16. Cindy says...

    Our 4 and a half year old daughter and two and a half year old son share a room and it works pretty well. We often put my son down about ten minutes earlier because he needs more wind down time than his sister. Then she knows to be quiet when I take her in. Sometimes they stay up and goof off but for the most part it works. We are trying to decide whether to switch to bunk beds when my son turns 3 this summer. It would save room because their room is small but I worry about some commenters that no one ever wants to sleep on the top. But we will keep them together until they ask otherwise. Allows us to have a guest room/office and they love to be together. And yes, I’m surprised they don’t wake each other up especially as my son still sometimes wakes in the night crying but she always sleeps through it!

  17. Sarah says...

    My sister and I shared a room until I went to college. We are three years apart. I think it teaches you so much. You learn how to respect a person’s space. You learn how to negotiate and share. You learn to be considerate. We also had great late night talks. Fights could never last too long because we had to live in the shared space so it kind of forced us to work it out.
    Now as adults we have a fantastic relationship and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

  18. Cindy says...

    My two boys have shared a room since my youngest was a baby. They are now 10 and 12 and still in the same room-sharing situation. We are watching for signs that the oldest needs his own space, but so far, so good. I love that this arrangement naturally pushes them out into the common area where we all hang out together, even if we are doing our own things (I got that insight from an interview with Linda McCartney, and she turned out to be right!!). Do it!

    One tip: it’s hard to make bunk beds every morning, so if you go with bunks, use very, very simple bedding. Even in the summer when my boys are only using a pillow and a light blanket and I go in to change the fitted sheet, I break a sweat with all the climbing and crawling. Simple bedding. Trust.

  19. Blythe says...

    My younger brothers and I all slept in the same room until middle school. I had my own room and would get ready in my room, but we all slept in my brothers bunk beds. My brother and I would sleep feet-to-feet and the youngest had the bottom bunk all to himself. We also spent two years sleeping on the floor of that room. One year in the family tent (that still hasn’t been camping) and another year in a teepee. My parents still reflect on that period in time and laugh. My mom said, “People thought we were nuts to let our three kids sleep on the floor, next to perfectly good mattresses in a tent and then a teepee, but you guys loved it, so we didn’t care.”

  20. I adore the split wallpaper room and the classic room! And the long bed!

  21. Rachel says...

    I shared a room with my sister growing up. We both had twin beds but would sneak into each other’s bed in the middle of the night until we were probably 12! I adore her. I shared a room my first 3 years of college, and now that I am in my last year I have my own room. It’s the first time in my life I haven’t shared a room and it was so odd at first! I liked sharing rooms, but it’s good to have my own space too :)

  22. Katie says...

    My girls have shared a room since the younger one was 5 months old. Now they’re 5 and 6.5. They’ll always share a room even though we have space for them to have their own rooms. I think sharing a room teaches important social skills.

    • Rachel S. says...

      My second is due in July and will have the same age difference. When you moved your littlest in, did they ever wake up your older? I know we want to have them share, I’m just nervous about the logistics of it!

    • Rachel – our experience (we have 3 kids – 19 months between the first and second and 21 months between the second and third) is that they do disturb eachother for the first few nights, but if you can get through those first nights, they just get used to a bit of noise and don’t seem to mind. Our youngest is now almost 21 months old and she wakes up earlier than her brothers and definitely makes a little noise while we try to settle her back in for a bit more sleep or take her out of the room so the older two can keep sleeping. The first few mornings everyone was up early, but now the boys just sleep right through it all. Good luck!

    • Rachel S. says...

      Great thank you!!

  23. Do IT!!! Em has twins, so they surely share a room and NIc has two only two years apart so she is surely thinking about it (her baby is only 6 weeks so she has some time). There is nothing more sweet than hearing your two loves chat, giggle and play while the door is closed. Such fun!

  24. I’m an only child so always had my own room but my husband shared a room with his brother for a long time. We built two bedrooms for two (future) kids but we’re thinking we’ll put them together in one room and have the second room be a play room (with monkey bars across the ceiling, stall bars down one wall and a mini rock climbing wall down the other wall. Then at some point I assume they’ll want to have their own rooms so we’ll go from there.

  25. Denise says...

    I shared bunk beds with my older sister for most of our childhoods. We eventually took them apart and made them two separate beds at about high school age but by then the room sharing was a challenge. We were too different and fought like crazy all through our teens until she went away to college.

  26. Kim P says...

    My sister and I shared a room until I was about 10 years old. I have really good memories of that. We had bunk beds with secret conversations through the space between the beds and the wall :-)

  27. Our house was so small that we had no choice. I shared room with my sister until we were 35 and 31, when she moved with her boyfriend and I moved alone. The first nights felt so weird not to have anybody to talk to before sleep!

  28. JT says...

    I shared a room with my younger sister till I was about 17. We fought and cried and argued and having to go back to the same room made us work things out. Till now (early thirties) and half a world a way we can’t ever stay mad at each other. And of course there are just the perks of sharing a room with your sister. We had two twin beds parallel to each other and we had pillow forts and blanket tents, and late nights watching sweet valley twins on our tv turned down low. My sister and I still say if we had kids, we would probably make them share a room since it worked so well for us.

  29. Barbara says...

    I shared a room with my two younger sisters until I was about 9. I have such great memories of singing christmas carols to fall asleep with my one sister, even in the middle of the summer! I wouldn’t have changed this for anything. My husband always had his own room, since he is 7 years younger than his brother, and balks when I say that I want our kids to share a room. But I think that it fosters a bond between kids, and what is cooler than bunk beds, really??

  30. My girls shared a room and a bed (well, it was two twins pushed together) for years. Even when a room opened it, they chose to turn into the GLR (girls living room) for a couple of years before making the break. They finally had their own rooms when my oldest turned 12. We all mourned the loss of the GLR, but they still had sleepovers from time to time.

  31. BTW, I’d love to hear from your readers why so many of them are having 3 children? In my generation (I’m almost 60), it was pretty much dogma to have 2 and Save the Earth. Among the politically liberal, that is. Has that changed?

    • Jamie says...

      I’m in my mid-30’s and having my first. This is something that my friends and I are all talking about – how three is the new two! I, for one, would be fine with just one!

    • s.m. says...

      Also mid-30s and though my friends are mostly “politically liberal” we have a wide range of family sizes, from zero kids to four. I think you do what you believe is right for you, and hopefully create the family that you’ve hoped for! If of course you’re so fortunate to be able to choose. The two-kid dogma strikes me as odd.

    • tracey says...

      What a great observation! Among my friends I don’t see family size correlating to politics but I can say I am conservative leaning and think about this often. It is so important to me that we conscientiously take from the earth and the carbon footprint of two people is almost certainly smaller than three people. I want my children to be able to have children! Yes you have to do what is right for you and your family but you also have to do what is right for the world.

    • Three is the new two! We are politically liberal and have three children. It is what felt right and fun and fulfilling for us (I would’ve had four if we had started earlier). But we have friends with two, three and one – I don’t think it has much to do with how you lean politically…

  32. We may be one of the few where a shared bedroom didn’t work out. Ha ha. We tried to put our 3.5 year old son and 2 year old daughter in the same room, but it didn’t work out. The two of them could never settle down at bedtime and our son needs his alone time and the space of his own room. Since we are lucky enough to have 3 bedrooms, we’re able to give him his space when he needs his quiet time away from everyone.

  33. My daughter and son shared a room until my daughter was something like 9. The memories of those shared bedtimes – so sweet.

  34. the contrasting wallpapers is such a great idea! creates two independent sections without having to build a wall between the two beds

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  35. Lara says...

    These bunk bed photos bring back great memories! My first bed was a bunk bed I shared with my older sister, by 11 years, so I was around 3 and she was 14. I thought it was the coolest thing ever and I loved showing it off to my friends. Looking back, she was probably not as excited about it going into her teenage years! Luckily your boys are close in age.

  36. Megan says...

    We have bunk beds for our two boys (6 and 7) but I just wish we had bought a double mattress, thrown it on the floor, and called it a day. They now both sleep on the bottom twin bunk. No one wants the top bunk.

  37. Molly says...

    This makes me want to have kids just so I can make them share a room!!

  38. yael steren says...

    My sister has three kids. The two older ones (a boy and a girl) share a room. It’s funny because they were saying that soon the youngest one (who is a boy) is going to switch with Chloe and share the room with Jacob, but I have a feeling Chloe isn’t going to want her own room until she is older!! Should be interesting to see what happens!! Personally, I would’ve loved sharing a room with my sister growing up. But that might be because I was the youngest and always wanting to hang out with her! lol! xx yael

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  39. My 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter share a room and it’s great most of the time. Sometimes my son complains that he’d like his own space back (we have an extra bedroom that used to be my daughters room as a baby but we use it as my office now) but the complaining is generally short-lived. Mostly he says he misses being tucked in with snuggles but we’re too nervous to climb up to the top of a small bunk bed. I have nightmares of it crashing down on my daughter! Talk about knowing how to break his mamas heart! All in all though I think room sharing is great. Awesome conflict resolution lessons and cooperation.

  40. Awww such good memories :) Yes, shared a room with my sister from when I was 6 years old (when my brother came along) until I was 16. I loved it.

  41. Jessi says...

    I for one have NEVER had my own room. Went from rooming with my sis to rooming with my (now) husband.

    So I don’t see the allure. ;)

    BUT we live in a petite little house in Pittsburgh and room sharing is a necessity for our girls (4 and 5m). A baby and a kid in the same room is a challenge… But big sis LOVES it. LOVES. and sleeps through so much more than I thought she would!

  42. tight quarters in city living means that sharing a room is the ONLY option, no matter the gender. we’ll find a way to make 2 bedrooms work somehow! my neighbors are a family of 3 in a studio, so surely I can make a family of 4 (or 5) work in a 2-bedroom :)

  43. Emily says...

    I briefly shared a room with my brother when we were growing up, and I think it worked well. My father-in-law shared a double bed with his younger brother growing up and he has brought it up multiple times. Apparently his brother wet the bed for years and my FIL absolutely hated it. He thinks it damaged their relationship.

    Anywho, sharing a room (but maybe not a bed) sounds like a nice idea to me! If we have more kids I might like to try it, and keep the guest room free!

  44. We have a 2 year old, and our second is on the way. My original plan was to let them have separate rooms until we have a third, but looking at this, I wonder if we should rethink that and put them in the same room earlier- around a year or so! That way I’d get my guest room back until we have a third further down the road…

  45. Clare says...

    Our two boys – now 4.5 years and 4 months – will share a room as long as we are in this house (and potentially after that too). Like some of the other posters, I get annoyed with the question “do they HAVE to share a room?” because even if I had many more bedrooms, I want them in the same space when they’re little (until the dreaded teenage years – then we’ll see). I think it helps them bond and face the world as a little team even when they are 4 years apart. When we were expecting the little one, we told our older son that we had to rearrange “his” room into “the brothers’ room” – and he was 100% in agreement. Our tiny house has other places for them to go if they need alone time, so hopefully they see their shared space as a place to be together, not alone.

  46. Anna says...

    My younger sister and I shared a room for years with bunkbeds, and then she crawled into my double bed with me almost every night for a while after we split up. It made me feel very grown up to be able to help her feel safe (and I secretly loved the company as well!) I love the idea of a a shared room for my own kids one day!

  47. SJ says...

    I always though that it’s great for kids to share a room, since they learn to share and have someone always around. I liked reading the comments and seeing that my idea may be true, hehe.

    There are many designs very practical and beautiful. I loved the different wallpapers one. It gives each girl a sense of identity and a place of their own on the bedroom. Great idea!

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  48. michelle says...

    When my brother and I were 4 (me) and 6 (him) we moved into a house that was big enough for us to have our own rooms. When my mom announced the happy news my brother’s lip began to quiver and my mom asked him “Sweetie, do you think you need your sissy to protect you from something in your room?” His response “Yes.” Pause “Loneliness”. So we stuck together until we were teens and only separated then because of another move – we still spent all non-sleeping hours together in his room and out on the roof! Now I am expecting a third and moving the baby (1 year) into her brother’s (almost 3) room soon. I hope they love it as much as we did!

  49. Our boys share a space-themed bedroom and LOVE it. They are 4.5yrs and almost 2yrs. I always planned on them sharing but when the baby went through an awful phase of separation anxiety at 16/17 months I just thought, pfft let’s do it now. Literally, we moved his cot one afternoon and that night, instead of 60 mins sobbing he lay down and went straight to sleep for 12 hours. I’m convinced it was because his brother was in the same room, absolutely convinced. It helps that the older boy can sleep through a bomb going off, not sure it’d be so easy if they were both light sleepers? But the camaraderie and the fun games they invent is well worth a few slightly later-than-normal bedtimes listening to giggles on the monitor!!

  50. Anna says...

    My girls (6 1/2 and 2 1/2) share a room- through necessity as we’ve 2 bedrooms. It’s hideous! I wish I could report lovely stories like other commenters. Don’t get me wrong, they like sharing, (mostly!) but bed time just doesn’t work for us and they wind each other up into the small hours. We put the little one to bed first and then my older daughter in our room and then move her. Oh how I dream of that third bedroom.. Literally, I have dreams where I find the door to the ‘missing’ room!

  51. my girls, now 10 and 7, share a room. The oldest says she wants a room for her own but when the little goes sleep somewhere else (with the boy or with us), the big girl comes and say she does not want to sleep alone ;)

  52. Our three kids (20 months, 3.5 years, 5 years) all share a small room off our kitchen. It just fits their three beds and they love it. They have a big playroom for everything but sleep and it really works well for us. When it was just our two boys, our eldest suddenly started waking up almost every night and coming to us. He wasn’t super upset like he had had a nightmare, just anxious. We moved him into his little brother’s nursery and the night wakings stopped (they were 3 and 17 months at the time). Our daughter has always been a pretty bad sleeper, but it has gotten miles better since we moved her in with her brothers. We’re moving to a house with five bedrooms in a couple of months, but the children all insist on sharing a room when we do! So I guess we’re going to have a playroom, a crafts room, a lego room…

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  53. Ravit says...

    Hi Joanna,
    This post came just in time!
    My three older kids aged 6,4,2 all share a room (two girls and a little boy)
    Now I want to move my baby (6 months old) from our room and i have been debating if to move them all together( four in a room..we will never sleep..) or switch things and separate the older kids for the two older kids in one room and the two younger in another.
    I feel as though a strong bond between siblings happens when you share a room in the middle of the night..so I think I will risk it and put all four of them in one room until they will ask to separate.
    Wish me luck!

  54. My sister and I shared a room up until her junior year in high school (I was in middle school). Right now we have a guest/nursery room for our son who’ll arrive in a couple months while our three-year-old daughter has her own room. They may decide they want to share a room down the road, so we’ll see. My nephew and niece share a room (they’re eight and five) and are happy with that arrangement for now. My husband likes the idea of bunk beds since it’ll fun for the kids, but cautious me is worried about our toddler missing a rung and falling over in the middle of the night. :-)

  55. Jessica says...

    My 3 yo son and 14 no daughter have shared a room since she was 4 months old. She goes to bed at about 6:45, and we do his bedtime routine outside their room then we quietly go in his room and I rock him in there for a few minutes before laying him down. She almost always sleeps right through it, and if she wakes just nurses back to sleep easily. He naps in our bed on the days he is not in preschool since their nap times aren’t identical. He has recently been coming to “help” me read to her before bed. Whichever one wakes second looks for the other one of he or she is not in the room. It’s pretty sweet. His bedtime was a little bumpy when we started and adjusted to a new routine since we had been reading books in his room for so long, but now he loves cuddling up in my bed to read and tell stories before bed. My house is an old Victorian in San Francisco, and it’s pretty small, so all of this happens in close proximity to everything else. Also, they rarely wake each other at night even when she was waking up every couple hours, and he almost always sleeps in later than her.

  56. Fiona says...

    Our daughter (age 7) and son (age 2) share a room. We do have a third bedroom but it’s minuscule and we use it for an office for now. The little guy’s crib started in our room (much more convenient for nighttime feedings), but around 9 months or so we moved the crib into our daughter’s room. It actually helped him sleep better because if he woke up while in our room, he would just stand up and cry to be picked up and brought to our bed for a feed — “I can see you guys RIGHT THERE!!” — but he knows his sister isn’t tall enough to lift him out of the crib so he just settled back to sleep. We worried a bit the first night when he cried and we heard a drowsy voice from next door complaining “the baby’s keeping me awake” but she has since then slept right through anything. Improved sleep for both!

    He has a nap by himself in the afternoon, but they share a bedtime and each gets to pick a story. They usually demand a few minutes of snuggling before the little guy goes into the crib. There is often a lot of conversation after we go back downstairs… Not sure how well bedtime will go once he’s in a bed he can get out of, but they are certainly enjoying the togetherness at this age.

  57. H says...

    This has got me rethinking some things…

    I’m due with my second girl in April and we’ve been getting the guest room ready for her, but maybe my girls would prefer to share?

    I shared a room with my sister, who is about five years older than me. I don’t have much of a memory of it but my sister remembers it not-so-fondly. We’re fine now, but it seems like everyone here has very positive experiences of the whole thing.

    I suppose the thing to do is just wait and see!

  58. My sister and I shared a room from the day she was born until I moved away for college—in which I moved straight into a dorm room with one of my now best friends. Sharing a room taught me a lot about what I could handle, and what I couldn’t ;) I wish my room was as fashionable as those—we went from animals to posters of the Steelers and Packers and then leopard print everything! Enjoy the process of joining the roomies!

  59. Charmaine says...

    The first time I had a room of my own was when I moved away for grad school! I shared a room with my brother until Grade 8, spent 3 years with my younger sister, and then 1 year with my older sister. During my 4-year undergrad, I slept on the top bunk (a junior twin) while my younger sister took the bottom bunk (a double…). I don’t know how that happened :P

  60. Vicki W. says...

    We recently moved into a little quirky old house (read: Slanty floors and wood) with only two bedrooms. Our four kids (ages 1-8) share the other room in two bunk beds. The week we moved in, I went in after bedtime to check on things before going to bed myself, and I could hear four little baby snores and it was the best moment ever. I stood there for a minute and then called in my husband so he could enjoy that sweetness. Everybody needs a room full of kids at some point!
    We were worried about them waking each other up crying or coughing in the night, but it hasn’t happened yet — and also, once the fire alarm was going off in their room (lights flashing, alarm blaring, the whole shebang) and none of them even stirred. That’s actually pretty scary! What if there was a real fire?! I mentioned it to a friend, who said it was common for kids not to wake up for alarms! Yikes!
    But, anyway, the snickers and whispers after “lights out,” and the giggly waking up, and, gosh, those little snores. It’s the best.

  61. I shared a room, not only with my sister, but with with our brother as well. The three of us shared a room growing up essentially until I left for college – my sis is 4 years younger and my brother is 6 years younger. We bickered a lot, but we’re really close now that we’re all grown. I studied psychology in college and remembered looking at a few studies concerning siblings, family constellation, etc. and noticing that even statistics show that it’s better for social and personal development for siblings to share a room, especially if they are within a few years of each other. It builds emotional bonding to another human; it internally establishes a practice of balance between boundaries and respect of privacy of self and another; it fosters better problem solving and healthy confrontation skills. Overall it is better developmentally for siblings to share a room than it is for each child to have their own room, not to mention the lifelong friendship that is built within those walls :)

  62. Rebecca says...

    our boys just started sharing a room (3.5 and 2). the younger one isn’t the best sleeper and sometimes wakes his brother, but when we tried to move him out they both threw a fit! apparently they both love the company – it’s so cute.

  63. JenS says...

    I have a 2 yr old and 3 yr old that have shared always and it’s great. They do nap in different places but sleep great at night. I love hearing them talk to each other when they get up in the am. :). I know have a 4 month old that I’m exited to throw in the in when he is older. Thanks for the shared rooms ideas. I’m always thinking….

  64. My sister and I hated sharing rooms as children but I could totally see it working with different siblings.

  65. It will be totally fine!!! My boy/girl twins have shared a room their whole 2 1/2 years of life! They love it. We have actually tried separating them and it went terribly about as well as ‘a fart in a woman’s restroom,’ in my husband’s words. There will be days that it will be less than perfect, but over all its nice and they’ll love it. My sister and I shared a room until I was 16, and not because we didn’t have the room, but because we loved it.

  66. Dottie Louise says...

    Hi Joanna & team!
    My sister (3 years younger than me) and I shared a room on and off over the years. Growing up our house had the room for us to have our own rooms but we always ended up sharing again (usually starting with frequent sleepovers too lol) because we’d miss each other. I agree with the other comment-ers, sharing a room makes you closer and living in a smaller house really pulls the family together :) – That’s so cute that Toby and Anton are having sleep overs! How fun!! :D

  67. I have shared room with my brothers long time ago. It’s pretty messy since both of us having plenty books and stuff. Having single room with shared along with little brother/sister can be good but when they’re grew up I do not recommended it :D

  68. My girls, 4 and 6, have shared a room since the youngest was two. Initially, when we transitioned, I sat in a chair in the room, so that they would calm down and my youngest wouldn’t get out of bed. I still sit in the chair after our book, we whisper together and then I sit reading on my phone until they fall asleep. Some may consider it a bad habit, but for me, it is so peaceful and special. The 3rd baby (now 2) has his own room, but sitting in the chair is my respite/bonding time with my girls at the end of the nightly routine. I often get to hear their worries, stories from the day, etc., when I sit in the dark in their room as they drift to sleep. I love that my girls share a room, but I know my oldest sometimes wishes for a space of her own separate from her sister.

  69. My brother is three years younger than me. We shared on and off from when I was five to when I was nine. We loved it and had sleepovers on weekends and summers long after we got our own rooms. It helped us stay close. My husband also shared with his brother growing up. We plan to have our future kids share even if we have enough rooms for everyone to have their own. It’s a great experience! Keep us updated on how you all like Toby and Anton sharing!

  70. My three (girl 10, boy 8, girl 6) all sleep in the same room most of the time, even though we have 4 bedrooms. The older two are in separate twin beds, and my husband hung one of our Eno hammocks where the youngest sleeps. I overhear the sweetest, oddest conversations after the lights go out. I love the sleepy companionship a shared sleep space invites.

  71. MW says...

    Our kids shared from daughter’s birth until just recently (she is now 6 and my son is 9). We are in the process of transitioning to separate “big kid” rooms and I think my heart will break in the process. Sharing a room has been so sweet and lovely. Yes, sometimes they wake each other up, but sometimes we find them in the same bed with ALL their stuffies reading books. Yes, there are turf wars over who needs “alone” time, but I loved that all the toys became everyone’s stuff not necessarily hers or his alone. Sigh….I will miss this sweet shared-room phase. I hope it works well for you too!

  72. Elisabeth says...

    My sisters and I shared from when they were old enough to sleep through the night until I was a junior in h.s. (As the oldest I moved into my own room.) Although I certainly remember wanting my own room at times, it was great. Sometimes when we’d been particularly bratty we would stay up “late” until my parents had gone to bed and would sneak around cleaning our room and other parts of the house. While we thought we were the smartest and my Mom would always act so surprised, in retrospect I’m sure they knew.

  73. Elizabeth says...

    I’d be very interested to hear how people make room sharing work with a toddler and a baby. We’re expecting #2 and would love for them to share rooms, but I am a bit nervous about how it would work with sleep training the baby and eventually moving our toddler into a big girl bed. Are there secrets to success?

    • Jenny says...

      We did it, out of necessity. I kept the baby in our room in a tiny crib until she was about four months and sleeping through the night. There are definitely times when she wakes up early and wakes her big sister, who would have slept longer if she could have. But mostly it works out fine. I made sure to move my oldest to her “big girl bed” well before it was time for the baby to move into her crib, so she wouldn’t feel like the baby was taking it from her. She has been sweetly protective of her little sister. If I try to sneak the baby out (hoping to doze a little while feeding her in my bed), she says, emphatically, “Don’t take my sister from me! She’s MY sister! MY sister stays in MY room with ME!”

    • Stacey says...

      Flexibility! We moved our 9month old in with his 3 year old brother. When baby wakes we see quickly to him, if it’s a bumpy night/phase we’ll let the big brother sleep with us, or baby. Due to the initial mischievous temptation to wake baby, we let big brother fall asleep in our bed and moved him back soon after for the first week or two. We’ve got a sweet rhythm going now (2 months later) where we read together and then lights out while baby drinks milk and falls asleep in arms and I hold hands with big brother sat next to his bed. It works seriously fast! Most of all, our new big brother felt included and comforted too which makes a world of difference.

    • My 3 year old girl and 11 month old boy (30 months apart) have shared a room since he was 4 months old and it was the best decision we ever made. She was already out of the crib so we didn’t have to do that transition. But I have to say the kids completely adapt to each other. He went through a long stretch of night wakings and my daughter just rolled over and went back to sleep every time I had to walk in there. With sleep training just a few weeks ago, we moved our daughter in our room for a few nights until he figured it out. Sound machine is key. And consistency and patience. Let them get used to each other early. Currently listening to my daughter talking to him through the crib as they both woke up a little early and it is so so very sweet. I feel I am instilling a sense of family togetherness and respect for one another. Highly recommend it.

    • Brieanne Doyle says...

      We’re expecting baby #2 also and anticipating them sharing a room from 6-7 mos onward. My plan is to get a bunk cot, crib on top, toddler
      Bed on bottom. We live in a small two bed apt and don’t want to move at this stage!

    • Yes!! We’re in the same boat.

    • We kept the baby in our room until we sleep trained at 6.5 months. Once he was reliably sleeping through the night, we moved him in with his older brother. It worked really well, though the first month or so was a tough adjustment period. A year later, it’s the best thing ever!

    • Katherine says...

      We moved ours in at about 12 months (from our room before then) and even though he was still waking through the night, our 3yo slept on. He’d always been a heavy sleeper so I think the ease factor mostly depends on each kid, but so many people have lived in shared quarters through lands and times, maybe the secret is, if you need or want it to work, you just do it?!
      Other than that, I think we’ve had success making changes when my husband is on holidays and we’ve got two hands on deck full time (and more time for mum and dad to take catch up naps!) Or, totally unplanned spur of the moment changes when the kids have shown an interest in doing so-jump in and make use of their motivation for your own personal gain!!
      All the best with #2!

    • Gabbie says...

      My 23 mo and 5 mo boys have been sharing a room for about a month now, and it’s been going so much better than I’d expected! The older boy is a good sleeper, so that helps, and I had been training the younger one to go to sleep and wake up at the same time as his brother (7:30 PM, 7 AM), so they were already on the same schedule when we moved the baby out of our room. The baby still wakes up crying occasionally if he rolls himself into the corner of the crib, but I’ve always been able to go in and reposition him without waking his brother. They both seem happy about the arrangement, and neither one of them will ever remember sleeping alone. Coordinating naptimes has proved a bit trickier, but we’re working on it…

  74. Carol says...

    My two girls are 4 1/2 years apart and have always shared a bedroom but now the oldest (10 going on 20 )wants her own room. So sad they grow up so fast.

  75. Rebecca says...

    My two boys (now 9 and 6) have been sharing a room since they were 3 and 6. At first it was out of necessity, and a little tricky because the younger one used to wake up really early. We have since moved and have an extra bedroom, but use it as a family room and the boys still have their bunk beds together in the new room. They love it and don’t remember having it any other way. What I do hate is when we moved and people would ask them, “Will you still HAVE to share a room with your brother?”. Super annoying.

  76. Angela says...

    Funny this should come up- we just moved my son into the bunks that his Daddy and Uncle shared when they were boys. His sister will have her own room when she arrives in a few months, but my husband and I want 3 kids and, though it won’t be necessary, we are fine with siblings of the opposite sex sharing a room. I’ve read what Courtney Adamo has said about her children room/bed sharing and I really love her thoughts on it.

  77. Mia says...

    Yes! Our sons – aged 4 and 1 1/2 years – love sharing a room. It was William’s (the older kiddo) idea, but now it’s Oliver who’s bummed if they aren’t falling asleep together at the same time. It’s so sweet.

  78. I shared a bedroom with my little sister from when she was born until I left for college. Now when we go back to my parents house for Christmas and other family occasions, we look forward to sleeping in our childhood room and staying up late chatting and laughing. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

  79. kristen says...

    One of the best parts of having my 2 1/2 year old and 4 year old share a room is hearing their pillow talk and watching their little friendship grow as they talk and giggle “after hours” with no parents around. :)

  80. Beth says...

    My boys (7 and 9) have always shared. Until recently they had two twin beds pushed next to each other. My older son decided he wanted his own space, but when he decided to move to another room, the younger collapsed into such horrible sobs he changed his mind. We got a loft bed for him that goes over his brother’s twin bed. This has been perfect. My favorite moments as a parent have been overhearing the conversations they have before bed or in the morning when they first wake up.

  81. Amy P says...

    Our two oldest (4 and 2) have been sharing a room since August. It was hell for about a month (we actually gave them a pair of construction ear muffs and found the older one sleeping in them frequently). But they adjusted and while I wouldn’t say the oldest *loves* it, they’re okay with and have adjusted well.

    We plugged a dim red nightlight into a Christmas light timer, so it’s on all night and when it turns off in the morning they know it’s morning time and they may get up and get us – it’s working surprisingly well!

  82. Maureen says...

    My kids JUST switched to a shared room this month. I have a 3-year old and a 1-year old (boy/girl). They have a lofted bed and the bottom bed is just on the floor. It’s working great so far! We have their dressers in the playroom so their bedroom is just for sleeping, which I love. I’m going to keep them together until they grow too old or ask to switch. I love the idea of shared rooms.

  83. CC says...

    I shared a room with my sister in a small NYC apartment and it was fun when we were very little but pretty rough as we got older. I used to beg our parents to move to the burbs!

  84. Amie says...

    My little brother (3 years younger) and I shared a room for a few months when I was 5 and he was 2. I don’t remember it much but my mom says it took an extra long time to get us both to go to sleep so we switched to separate rooms when our house was built and my dream of having a bunk bed was forever dashed.

    Now I’m 21 and I share a room with one of my best friends in our 2 bedroom apartment (there are 3 of us. my roommate moved in after we had already started renting). It’s a decent size room so it works (she has a cabin bed above mine) although sometimes we talk way late into the night.

  85. Annie says...

    I shared a room since I was born all the way until I was 15 when my 3 older sisters were out of the house. At that point my little sister and I finally got separate rooms. I adored sharing a room when I was little though! For the majority of my childhood the three youngest girls shared a room. It was a haven from angry parents and meany big sisters. We’d have sing alongs at bedtime to songs from Anastasia. 😂 Basically it helped us cement our lifelong best friendship. To this day, the three of us are the closest siblings. ☺️

  86. Megan says...

    I grew up sharing a room with my younger sister until I was 16, and then I shared a room with our foreign exchange student until I was 17. And we had bunk beds! I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. Sure having my own room would have been nice at times (my sister and I fought quite a bit growing up), but I feel like I was better prepared for sharing a dorm room and apartments during college. It also taught me how to be tidy with my belongings.

  87. M says...

    We were a family of 6 so sharing rooms was a necessity. Financially it wasn’t an option for everyone to have separate rooms, so you make it work. The bunk beds were an awesome perk :)

  88. Carol says...

    My 7 year old daughter and 4 year old son share a room with bunk beds and have for since he was in a crib. Even when we moved to a bigger home this year, they’ve kept their shared space. When the 7 year old is ready, I’m sure they’ll separate, but for now, they both like the togetherness.
    I shared a room with my sister until we were 15 and 16 and I think that contributed to our closeness.

  89. Erin Maree says...

    Sharing a room never worked out well in my family! My youngest sister and I shared a room for a few years (4 year age gap from when I was 6 until 9) and we often woke our parents up at 5.30am with fighting! So as soon as we moved house we got our own rooms and harmony was brought to home :) our personalities are quite the opposite of each other and she is extremely neat but not organised where as I am a bit messy and organised (its strange combinations to say the least!). So while sharing can work out well it doesn’t always and I think parents to be aware of that and have a backup plan.

  90. Theresa says...

    I’m an only child and my daughter is an only child, so have no experience with this, but love reading everyone’s sweet story and this post. I especially loved the ribbon dangling…how precious is that!?

  91. Angel says...

    I never did. I was the only girl. My girl and boy, 8 and 6 have separate rooms but sleep in her bed together.

  92. Patricia says...

    I am one of twelve children, so I always shared a room as a child. My parents had their own bedroom and then there were four bedrooms for all of us. We had triple bunks, double beds, single beds and bunk beds with trundle beds. It was super fun and we giggled and talked every night . My sister and I would hear my dad coming upstairs to tell us to be quiet and we would whisper, “Laugh into your pillow!” He would open the door and bellow, “Face the wall!” (This was so we would have our backs to each other). We still laugh about that command. :)

    • Sandy says...

      This story is so cute!

  93. Rachel says...

    My sister and I never shared a room. Now I have two boys, 3.5 years old and 4 months old, and we put them in the same room two weeks ago. The 4 month old obviously wakes up in the middle of the night, and the 3.5 year old sleeps right through it!!! Fingers crossed, this is what works for our family today! Love your blog…I feel like I can relate to each and every post from Lake Tahoe, CA.

  94. Hi Joanna, as a fellow twin, did you and your sister grow up sharing a room? I shared a room with my twin sister until we were freshman in high school (when our brother went off to college, and my sister took over his room). We didn’t know any other way :) We had bunk beds for a large chunk of it which I think gave us each privacy if we needed it, and company all the time.

  95. I am getting ready to move my 2 yo into the room of his 4 yo brother.
    The only reason why we haven’t done it yet is that my youngest one still sleeps in our bedroom and ends up in our bed almost every night, so, moving him to a different bedroom will mean that I have to stand up to fetch him every night at 4 am… not ideal.

  96. katrina says...

    My 4, 3, and almost 2 year olds share a room, and the baby moved in with the older one when they were 6 months! They are used to it, and wouldn’t have it any other way. I always suggest starting earlier then later, if you want your kids to share. Our house is small, but we know the family who built and owned the house for 50 years before us raised 5 kids here – the parents just used the dining room as the master bedroom, and the kids had the 2 bedrooms. It’s all about perspective when we think about how much space we need! We did build an additional bedroom for the future, though :)

  97. Fooky says...

    Dear Joanna,

    Since I was born my big sister and I slept (after a crib ofcourse) together, in what we call in Holland, a ‘twijfelaar’ (sort of translated in English as ‘doubter’ or something like that a ‘questioner’ (I feel sort of a language barriere), it is in between a singular and a two person matrass. I always thought and still think that our strong bond, love and connection (I am now 24 and she is 27) derives from the fact that we shared our bed, stories, secrets et cetera every night. So I am always a little sad when some of my babysit children have their own room, it is so fun as a child to share!

    Thank you as always for your lovely post, as the posts of Caroline and Lexi!

    Love, Fooky

  98. MissEm says...

    We’ve started our daughters sharing a room at 2 and 5, but our oldest has always gotten up at night, and our formerly great sleeper, the youngest, now wakes up about half the time, so it’s a bummer. I’m hoping things will settle soon and they can keep each other feeling secure!

  99. Not yet, but when the baby is a little bigger (maybe 6 months? Maybe 9?) they will! I’m excited to watch them become friends- the two year old adores her sister already.

    Love the bunk bed with crib underneath! Such a great layout.

  100. Katrina says...

    My brother and I shared a room until I was 12 and he was 14. We moved a lot and we were a 6 person family, so sharing was more a necessity than anything else. Whilst I was ecstatic to finally get my own room when I was 12 years old, all the years we shared were fun years. We had bunks when we were little and then two single beds either side of the room when we were a little older. We shared all our toys and books and spent the majority of our playing time together because our siblings were quite a lot older than us. I think it really formed a close bond between us and a great friendship.

  101. Nina says...

    I shared with my older sisters. 4 of us in a double bed till I was about 4 and we got 2 sets o bunk beds. Then when I was 12 we moved to a much bigger house and we had our own rooms. I was REALLY sad and would get in my sister’s bed as much as she let me even though I was jammed against the wall. My son is an only child but prefers . to be in my room or have someone in his rather than be alone, too.

  102. tracey says...

    Our twins share a room and always have but we find they nap much better when separated. At night they are tired/quiet enough to sleep soundly but during the day they are wound up and sleep lighter so they don’t nap as well in the same room. We only have a two bedroom house so our daughter sleeps in our room for naps. Even if we had more rooms I think they would share a room – I just love hearing them wake up together in the morning and start their day sharing laughter.

  103. Whithey Kaye says...

    We have plenty of rooms in our home, but my husband and I decided from the beginning that our children would share rooms. Both from families of 7 children, we switched who we shared with all the time and it was a blast. Our 3 and 1 year old (expecting our third) share a room and it has been perfect from the beginning. Families seem too separated these days, and the tendency is to be annoyed and tolerant of your family/siblings instead of supportive and loving.

  104. Laura says...

    My girls who are 9 and 12 having been sharing a room for the past 7 years and we love it. I’m sure there will be a time sooner than later that the 12 yo will want her own space, but I cherish the time it gives them together — especially as they are into their own activities — and we get to use the other bedroom as a playroom. It’s really lovely to shut the door and not have to worry about their elaborate play creations not being put away.

  105. Margaret says...

    My two oldest (6 year old boy and 4 year old girl share), even though we have the extra room. Their room is on the far side of the house and I love that they’re together. They started sharing almost two years ago before the baby was born. They will til our son wants his own space again. Then the younger two (20 month old girl) will probably share. We have the rooms for all to have their own bedrooms but I love putting the kids down to sleep together and they love it. They never share their beds, they prefer to pile on us around 4am, but they like having each other there. I painted their room the palest of blue and they each get their own bedding, my son has Spiderman sheets and my daughter has a horse duvet. But they share everything else (dresser, closet, toys) and it’s fine.

    I think I love the ribbon dangling the best. These are all adorable!

  106. TJ says...

    My boys actually have they own rooms, but the youngest loves sleeping with his bro and would always sneak in his room anyway, so we got them bunk beds and turned the other room into the ‘dude room’ (desks, video games). We shall see how long this lasts, as the oldest is 11.

  107. I love the picture of the brothers sleeping in the same bed. My sister is 9 years younger than me, and I used to take her out of her crib and bring her into bed with me at night (looking back…probably not the safest thing ever!). She would fall asleep on my stomach at night and it helped me through a period when I was having bad nightmares. Even when she got her own room, she still shared a bed with me until I was about 15 and I definitely think it made us closer.

    • Anna says...

      This brought tears to my eyes. It probably wasn’t the safest, but what a wonderful memory for both of you. xx

  108. Rosie says...

    I shared a room with my younger brother (by 3 years) until I was 11. When we split up, I was ready but I enjoyed sharing our room as children. I think it played a part in us always being friends, even to this day.

  109. Graes says...

    My 2 boys have been sharing a room since they were in cribs. They are now 11 and 10 and still no intention of wanting their own rooms. I think it’s great and it fosters an even closer relationship with each other. There’s been a lot of instances when they would chat away in the night and find one in another’s bed.

    Great post! And hope you are keeping warm.

  110. Our kids have shared since the older one was 3 and the younger one 7 months old. They absolutely love it and they have such a close bond because of it. Also, it buys us a bit more time in the morning because they chat and laugh with each other rather than calling out for us!

  111. Jody says...

    My 2.5 yo twins share a room and always have. They really love it, I really don’t. They talk and party for hours before finally falling asleep. Argh!

    • Gretta says...

      Yup! My three shared from 0, 1,3 till 9,10,12 and although I love the closeness and memories now the spending a decade sitting by the door ALL evening saying shh, shh, shh… not so much! Glad mine weren’t the only ones.

  112. Hannah says...

    We have three boys in a cool triple bunk my husband built in our tiny home. Our dog has even figured out how to get up to the top bunk for snuggles! Although I dream of having a little more space, I kind of love the “in your face-ness” of room sharing, and the fact that it forces us be minimalists. :)

    • Nikki says...

      Growing up, I had my own room and my 3 younger brothers were squeezed into one room bed to bed with no room in between. I was so jealous that my parents let me sleep in a cot at the foot of their beds on weekends. My 3 daughters, now 16,15, and 13, have shared a room their entire lives. My son has a little closet of a room that attaches to it via an attic tunnel but he too sleeps on a bean bag in his sisters room on weekends.

  113. Whitney says...

    My 4 year old son has shared a room with his 2 year old sister since she was 6 months old. We’ve never had an issue with their sleeping schedules and they enjoy their nightly routine. I think sharing a room at a young age promotes “togetherness” and teaches kids to share. I imagine they’ll share a room until they need their privacy.

    • Amy says...

      Whitney, my son and daughter have the same order/age difference and we are hoping to move her

    • Amy says...

      Oops, clicked post on last comment too early.

      We are hoping to move her into his room at 6 months as well. I’m curious, do they go to bed at the same time? Or do you do them one at a time and tiptoe in with the second? Thanks!

      Jo, I would love a pist about bedtime routines in shared bedrooms!

    • Natasha says...

      My son and daughter are similar ages and we do their bedtimes separately. The baby goes to bed about an hour earlier and we sneak my son into bed at his later bedtime. We read his story in the living room and he still gets a song whispered into his ear once he gets into bed. But I will say he’s always been easy to put to bed. He goes to sleep pretty quickly. Sound machines help tremendously. She does wake up sometimes as I’m putting him to bed but she lays back down as she’s used to it now. It was tricky the first couple of weeks but now it’s amazing. We have enough rooms for them to have their own but it’s important to us that they share.

  114. I shared a room with my twin sister for the first 18 years of my life :) I credit the fact that I never had any trouble with any roommates in college to this room sharing (but maybe I just got lucky!) These rooms are beautiful!

    • How lovely! Our girl/boy twins are only 2 and I hope they want to share for a long time to come. I’m sure there is going to be a time when they want their privacy but for now it’s the best thing ever to hear them chat and sing together.

  115. Amy L says...

    Our girls share a room. It’s small so there is a bunk bed which works out great. They are 6 and 3 and we started when the little one was 2. The first week it was a novelty, and then as they got used to it things simmered down and they went to bed easier and now sleep through a lot of each other’s noise, especially if one is sick or wakes up randomly.
    I’ll hear hushed whispers at night like “Shhh!! Be quiet I’m trying to fall asleep!” Or “Pass me my toy I dropped it!”