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question for STMs or anyone that wants to comment (room sharing)..please help me decide

Does anyone plan on having their LO share a room with a sibling?  We have a 3 bedroom house - master, nursery, & guest room.  I was planning on having my LOs share a room but I am starting to think that's a terrible idea and was just checking if anyone had any experience?  Also, my son will be 21 months when his sibling arrives if that helps with the answer.  If we had to we could definitely turn the guest room into another room too...I may need to start cleaning and decluttering it now, it may take awhile. lol
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    I'm debating this as well. It would mean giving up our study and we both work a lot in that room. I do not want to move my home office to my bedroom. I also don't want to screw up DD's already terrible sleeping by adding an infant to her room.

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    yes the sleep is the part that I'm having trouble with. DS is just starting to get a really good nights sleep & during naps he usually talks himself to sleep for about 5 minutes so that may be an issue.  also, we have NOOO more room in our bedroom.  we moved the filing cabinet and computer desk in their to make room for our sons nursery. 
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    We personally will not have the kids sharing rooms but that's because we live in a 5 bedroom house.

    I do have a friend who is pregnant with her fourth and she lives in a two bedroom place.  She has had her kids share from (almost) the beginning.  She loves the setup so much so that when she was temporarily displaced from her home into a larger place with more bedrooms she continued to have them share.

    I think it's fine when they're young but you may run into issues as they get older if they are of the opposite sex.  Also, my DH had to share with his brother and grew to hate it as he became a teenager.  Just some random thoughts.

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    We usually have the baby sleep in the room with us for a few months and then move him/her in with a sibling. So far, that arrangement has worked well for us. 

    Do you have room for a bassinet? They don't take up too much space, and you can possibly get your new LO on somewhat of a schedule before moving him/her in with big brother.
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    I have four bedrooms so I am not room sharing. I'm actually putting the new nursery in the room that is furthest away from DD rather than having them next to each other

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    Thanks ladies I really appreciate hearing what others have done .....Yes, we have room for bassinet in our room.  DS didn't actually start using his crib/nursery until about 10 months, we had him with us so we will probably do the same and then hopefully have a smooth transition into the shared room like others have mentioned.  We plan to move in the next 2 years so it wouldn't be too long...I hope.
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    We'll share a room with the baby for the first few months and then move them in with DS. We only have 2 bedrooms so there's no other option right now.
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    We plan on having lo sleep in our bedroom for the first few months and then moving them into the same bedroom as dd. I have no idea how it will go, but we don't have any other option.
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    We have a two bedroom so it's happening or baby is sleeping in the washroom. Lol. I plan on having the crib in our room until around 6 months which is when DD started waking at predictable times. I am also a light sleeper so I hopefully will get to the baby before they wake DD fully. Anyways I know people who have their kids sharing despite having spare bedrooms and they say this kids love it. FX this works for us!

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    My sister and I are 3 yrs apart and my mom swears it didn't phase me, but I'm just too chicken to do it. So we are losing the guest bedroom and turning it into a nursery. Looks like grandma will either bunk up with Emy or sleep at my aunts house when she visits.
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    My boys share a room and honestly it's been much easier on me. They started sharing when they my youngest was 10 months old. My oldest was a hard sleeper which helped. At first we staggered their bedtimes and now that they are use to it I have one bedtime routine, leave them both in their awake, and they fall asleep pretty quickly. I love them sharing a room.
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    I'm hoping to have mine share. This new baby will be in our room for at least 6 months (maybe more), so our oldest will be 3 by the time they share. I guess it all depends on how well this new one sleeps. I don't want my daughter to be woken up all the time. 
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    With our son, we hardly used the nursery except the changing table and the closet for about the first 8 months.  After that, we put some toys in it and he played in there for a few more months.  I wasn't comfortable moving his crib from our room to his until he was a year old because my husband was traveling out of town a lot and I wanted everyone in our house (the dogs too) in the same room in case something happened.  He slept really well starting at about 3 months, though, so that worked really well for all of us.  

    We've been talking about what we want to do about this because we have a 3-bedroom house and the extra room is currently an office.  We'll probably use the same room for them until we get ready to move the crib into a room other than ours, and then we will put them in separate rooms.  Unless we have another boy - then I'm inclined to let them share for awhile.  If we have a girl, I will want to make a "girly bedroom" for her, so she'll go into the office and our office stuff will have to go elsewhere.  

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    I live in a three bedroom house. My BF and I share the master bedroom (obviously), my 11 year old DD has the larger of the two other rooms, and my 6 year old DD has the small room. The 11YO doesn't like the idea of sharing a room, so I'm thinking what we might do is have her take the smaller of the two rooms, and then the 6YO and the baby can share the larger room, once I'm done having them sleep RIGHTNEXTTOME in my room, lol.
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    My boys share a room and honestly it's been much easier on me. They started sharing when they my youngest was 10 months old. My oldest was a hard sleeper which helped. At first we staggered their bedtimes and now that they are use to it I have one bedtime routine, leave them both in their awake, and they fall asleep pretty quickly. I love them sharing a room.

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    I would say if you're planning to put the new baby in after 6 (or more) months, you'll probably be okay. I'm taking away my husband's office because we don't have enough room in our room for anything more than a bassinet.
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    My boys share a room. We moved DS2 in with DS1 at about 5 months. DS1 can sleep through anything so when his brother woke up he didn't and that was great. They are now almost 3 and 18 months and they climb into each others beds at night...they love it (for now anyway).

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    We won't ONLY because they will be 9 years apart. A 4 year old kid has no business sharing a room with a 13 year old who needs privacy.
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    we have 4 bedrooms but one is in the basement and is the man cave. i really believe in room sharing and all our kids will at some point.

    right now DD and DS each have their own (no need for a guest room) and whichever gender #3 is will go with one of them eventually - however, we keep the baby in our room for the first 6-12 months.
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    Baby will be with us for at least 4 months, then DD and him/her will share a room. Unless it's twins, then I told DH he has to move his office into the garage.
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    My boys share a room. We moved DS2 in with DS1 at about 5 months. DS1 can sleep through anything so when his brother woke up he didn't and that was great. They are now almost 3 and 18 months and they climb into each others beds at night...they love it (for now anyway).
    this is so cute!  it makes me want to have my kids room share!

    good question OP, we've been wondering the same thing.  But it really comes into play with the 3rd kiddo whenever that happens.  We have a 4 bedroom house, one room for DS, office, guest room and our room.  I think with this one we will turn the office into the new nursery, then if they are the same sex, we'll move them together when #3 comes along.  DS is a very light sleeper so i'm reluctant to put a baby in with him that will mess up his sleep...
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    Right now our kids share a room, and it's working as far as their sleep schedules, but obviously not practical as they get older being opposite sex. We're moving into a three bedroom house, though, so one of them will have to continue sharing after the first few months.

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