Living in Rome, we have a two bedroom apartment. This is normal, since rents are really high and we chose to live in the city to keep my husband's commute short. Fortunately all the rooms are large and give us a lot of room to stretch out. The one problem comes in now that we are having our baby boy in just a month. Our daughter is going to be two in November, and at some point, these two will share the second room.
Because I breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, we'll probably keep the baby in our room until around that point for feedings and to make life easier with frequent night wakings. If he starts sleeping through the night earlier (which our daughter did easily), then we'll move him at four months when the risk for SIDS decreases.
Any tips for making the transition to one room easier for our kids? My daughter has slept through the night since she was just 10 weeks old and sleeps really well, so I don't want to mess her up. I think she could tolerate minimum noise, but a lot wakes her up. Do kids get used to more noise or will they adjust to a sibling crying and be able to go right back to sleep?
Also, what about the bed? We plan to use the 4-6 months to move her to a "big girl" bed, leaving enough time afterward so that she "forgets" that her brother is taking her bed. We have a single bed, but because it's older, it's really high off the floor, but I guess we could do railings- any recommendations? Or should we buy a toddler bed instead? Most of the sheet sets she likes (since we want her to pick her own) are in both twin and toddler sizes... what should we do?
Some things to consider:
- Moving isn't an option.
- We want to move him as early as possible. Our pillow talk, etc. are a very important part of our marriage. Our daughter moved at four months and that was perfect.
Can you help me with tips for a smooth transition? What kind of bed should we use for our two-year-old? Anything you can offer is really appreciated!