I believe that sibling bonding happens while kids share a bedroom together as kids, and that’s why I chose to put my two girls together in one room. So as soon as my younger daughter Rose started to sleep through the night, I put my older daughter’s bed next to the baby crib, and that’s how they started sharing a bedroom together.
Now, after almost a year of sleeping in one room, I can say that it has been one of the best parenting decisions that I had made so far. They’re so much closer together now. They sing each other lullabies before they fall asleep and they laugh and play first thing in the morning (which let’s me sleep longer!).
Though I know that organizing a cohesive, comfortable and practical space for two kids can be difficult. Here’s how you can make it work for your kids:
1. Choose a theme that’ll appeal to both of your children.
Decorating one room for two kids can be tricky, especially if you’re trying to include their interests and character.
That’s why instead of trying to match two different themes in one room, try something more general, like a color palette that’ll appeal to both of them. Then, using colors as your guide, add individual touches.
2. Pick furniture that’ll pass the test of time.
Choosing furniture that is good quality will save you money and time in a long run. Also while picking new beds, think about your kids needs in a couple of years : will they still fit in, will they be comfortable, will their style match their changing interests?
So instead of changing from the baby crib to a toddler bed and than to big girls bed, I decided to switch my younger daughters crib for a big girls bed right away. The small room looks more cohesive with matching beds, and the nighttime reading is so much more comfortable now!
3. Go for neutrals and simplicity and then add accessories.
Since you’re organizing a room for two kids, you have double the chances that they’ll get bored with a flashy wall color or a bed in a shape of a car. Why not invest in simple furniture that’ll match their growing personalities and neutral painted walls that’ll match any changing bedding?
4. Make organization a priority.
Two kids in one room doesn’t need to mean twice as mess. Add baskets for toys underneath the beds, and make sure that their clothes are easy to reach. Use vertical space above kids beds for storing small toys.
5. Accentuate personal space.
Let each of your kids have something unique: like a special decoration on top of their bed, or a shelf with their favorite figurines, a basket with their favorite toys underneath their bed, or a different bedding arrangements. If your children are old enough to read alone make sure they have a night lamp each. Let them choose the accent colors and let them arrange their own toys the way they like it.
6. Unify the space.
However if your kids arethe age when they always want what the other one is having, then you might like to unify their sleeping area as much as possible: by getting the same bedding and accessories for their beds. My daughters are two years apart, so in my situation unifying their room is the only way to go!
7. Keep it simple.
If your children do have a separate playroom keeping their bedroom as calming as possible will help them fall asleep easier. While decorating the bedroom, keep in mind that anything that attracts attention during the day, will do so also while you want them to fall asleep. So if you have a restless toddler, go for calmer colors and less toys around.
Thanks for reading! Do you have any tips for a shared space?