I'm expecting my second child in April and the new baby will be sharing a room with my daughter who will be 3.5 at the time the baby is born. My daughter is very excited about the prospect of sharing a room with a new sister. In fact I don't think it ever occurred to her that the baby would sleep anywhere else. My husband and I are crossing our fingers that she will remain enthusiastic, but I'd love to know how others have dealt with siblings sharing rooms, especially a baby and a preschooler. I'm most concerned about bedtime and how to get them both to sleep. Any suggestions/advice?
We've had absolutely no problem, even when my daughter was a newborn, and my kids (a boy and a girl) are about the same age spread as yours will be. We're fortunate that their "rooms" are really a single room — a bedroom with an attached dormer separated by a small arch. So, while there is no door between the rooms, they still have separate spaces. Not that it has mattered — they love being together. We often hear giggles late into the night on weekends, and we're happy to give them the private space to bond.
When my daughter was a newborn, our son slept right through her nighttime crying. As she got older and would call out to us, he would sometimes go in and comfort her. I'm not sure this would have happened had they been in separate rooms.