Our youngest; Cohen (21 months old) has been sleeping in our room since birth. We barely used the crib at all. We’re cosleepers…. I know. He’s had a twin bed right next to our bed for some time now.
He’s also still breastfeeding so kicking him out isn’t easy. (Weaning is our next thing to tackle.)
We’ve been talking about him + Talon sharing a room since the beginning and we kept putting it off… Until now.
If you’re a parent, I’m sure you can relate to wanting your own time. For Kyle and I, it’s been hard to get any alone time for us when Cohen’s always in the room… If you know what I mean. Plus, Talon’s been begging for a roommate.
In my opinion, there’s no right or wrong way on how to do this. Whatever works for you is the right way. Here’s how we got OUR room back!
Before we moved them into the same room, we put a camera in the room so we can see what’s going on at any point. Plus, it has a motion sensor so it’ll notify our phones when there’s movement. We got a cheap, kid friendly camera.
Bedtime routine – getting them into a routine makes it easier for everyone in the house.
After eating dinner, they get to play until 7:30pm then it’s time for bath.
They’re in the bath for about 20-30 minutes. Once they hop out, we brush our teeth and get dressed for bed. I nurse Cohen until he’s ready to say goodnight.
Kyle reads them a few books and might lay down with them for a few minutes. Once Kyle leaves, Cohen might cry for a few minutes until he falls asleep. (The first week was tough, but now he doesn’t cry when he leaves.) Talon sleeps until 7-7:30am and Cohen usually sleeps until 5:30-6:30am.
Honestly if it weren’t for Talon, we’d have a much more difficult time. I think the fact that Cohen isn’t in there alone is the biggest factor. They cuddle until they fall asleep, or we can hear Talon talking to Cohen to help calm him down if he gets upset. Big brother brownie points.
Every night isn’t as easy as most. Some nights Cohen will wake up, wake up Talon up and then Kyle will go in and lay down with them until they fall back asleep. Our last resort is bringing Cohen in with us, but we’ll set a pallet up on the floor for him so he knows he’s not moving back in.
This is the corner where Cohens bed used to be. Now it’s my little reading/wine/coffee corner.
It’s been about two weeks since we moved Cohen in with Talon. It’s been a lot easier for us to sleep + spend time together. By 8:30pm we’re usually in bed watching Netflix and eating candy. Getting a few hours of freedom + quiet.
How hard was it for you to “sleep-train” or getting your kids to share a room? Share them with me in the comments! I’d love to hear stories 😊