My boys are about 3.5 and 1. They have never shared a room because Oliver has been a fussy newborn/light sleeper, so for the past year he has slept in our room or various other parts of our house while Theodore has had a room all to himself. We have been trying to nudge them towards sharing a room over the past few months, but the transition has been anything but smooth.
Oliver is still an incredibly light sleeper, which makes his early bedtime problematic. His big brother wakes him up every time he comes into the room for the night, and then the two of them spend the next few hours alternately giggling at each other and yelling.
We’ve been attempting this process of room sharing off and on for a few months now. We give it a go, but then after about a week of no one getting any sleep, we take a break. I view this process like I viewed potty training with Theo; it’s not worth the struggle or fight-if they aren’t ready, they aren’t ready.
But the problem is, we are ready. We have a decent sized house but only two bedrooms, so if my husband and I are in one, Theo in another, then that means baby O is taking up a room all to himself that isn’t meant to be a bedroom. We want our house back! So, Room Sharing: Part 1, Take 6.
Each time I attempt to get the boys in the same room, I do a quick but thorough deep clean. It’s my way of preparing the space the best way I can to try and get them off on the right foot. So far it hasn’t seemed to work/help, but it’s a habit now so, I’ll just keep telling myself that it’s bound to help one of these days…
Today, since the room was in a decent state of cleanliness, I thought I’d do a pictorial room tour to share. As you can see, it’s a nice sized room for two little boys. Now if we can just get the two little boys on board.
A peak inside:
Daddy also built the white shelves the flank either side of the window and you can see one set here. Each boy has a set of shelves that one day, they can fill with all their little boy treasures. For now, I use them to hold cloth diapers, stuffed animals and cute photos :-). We also want to fill the boys’ room with a much original art as possible, because it’s just inspiring and fun! The corner cluster on the counter is the start of their own artwork collection…now we just need to get it hung!
Reading nook and book/toy shelves (Built by my dad! I’ve had those babies since high school!). Theo’s guitar proudly displayed on the wall along with all the special things he received in the mail from family and friends. The book shelf is pulled away from the wall to create a cozy little nook for Oliver’s pack-and-play, my subtle way of trying to transition him into a larger space.
Note: The best thing we purchased for the boys’ room were a set of cordless blinds. They pull up and down on their own. They are 100% coord-free which means no threat of getting tied around little ones!
One of the first things I made for Theo when we decided on his name were these framed letters. I found an old children’s alphabet book in an antique store and simply cut out the pages with the coordinating letters. It is so simple, retro and childlike. I love it! (One of my other favorite things are the vintage Winnie the Pooh prints hanging above the crib, pictured below, found at the same antique store.)