I vividly remember sharing a room with my sister and loving it (for the most part!). Some of our best bonding happened at bedtime and morning time, so don't be afraid of this transition; just read ahead so you (and your kids) can be prepared.
Talk to your kids about this new change! Get them excited and even draw a picture of their new room set up to help prepare them.
Ex: “In a few days, you and your sister will share a room! Let’s draw a picture so you can see what the new room will look like! Your bed goes here…”
Tell your kids that it's okay if they hear each other overnight and make sure to add a sound machine to help block out some of that noise.
Ex: “We all make noises when we sleep! If you hear your baby sister crying, just roll over, close your eyes, and go back to sleep. Mommy is always listening and will be there if your sister needs me. Your job is just to sleep!”
If possible, it may be helpful to stagger bedtime by having one child go to bed 15-30 mins before the other one. If the one going to bed at a later time is verbal, you can explain how it’s important to whisper and be super quiet once inside the room, all the fun happened before going in. I recommend practicing this skill during the day.
Ex: “We have to be like quiet mice when we go into the room, let's practice what that looks like with your stuffed animals!”
** There are nuances at every age, these tips focus on at least one sibling being 3yrs and up.
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