Sharing a Room – Preschooler & Newborn Edition

Rooms with Kids

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Within the last couple years, two of my good friends have given birth with a several-year age gap between the baby and their first children. They have also opted to let their babies share bedrooms with their grade-school siblings. I think this is more common than I originally realized and my question is, How does sharing a room work with such a big age gap? Thankfully, my friend Amanda has generously allowed me a peek into her boys’ room. Enjoy the tour. It’s so sweet.

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Please tell me about the two people who use this room:

 Both of my sons, Jonathan and Joshua, share a room together.

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Jonathan is four years old and Joshua is five months old.

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What helped you decide to let them share a room?

 When I found out we were expecting a new baby soon after moving into our new home, I decided to wait and see what we were having to plan who would end up sharing a room: my daughter or my son. After finding out we were expecting another little boy, it was clear the larger guest bedroom would be shared by the two boys.

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How did you come up with the theme?

In our household, there is a great love of trains. It starts with my husband, who is a railway enthusiast. It quickly caught on when my daughter was only 16 months old and enjoyed playing with small wooden trains around a train table.

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The love continued with my second child, Jonathan, who today still plays with toy trains. So it was only a matter of finding the right bedroom decor to bring it all together.

When does this room work best?

In our home we have a large play room area for the children to play with their toys that are much too big for their rooms. But when it’s time to retreat and play by themselves, I like to separate them into their own bedrooms. In the boys room I have a place where you can grab a book and relax in a chair nearby.

Or pull out some legos and build a new design. And another one of Jonathan’s favorites is to pull out one of the red toys bins and play with his hot-wheel cars.

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As for Joshua, I still keep him next to me in my bedroom sleeping in a playpen. Soon he will be sleeping flull-time in his crib. But on days where he needs more a quiet retreat and I need my own down time, I place him in his crib to sleep.

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What do you wish you could change?

Right now I really love the design and layout of the boys room. One thing for sure I would change or really improve is the closet organization. I would love to have better shelves to store more of the boys’ blankets, clothing, and toys.

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I see you have several DIY projects. How did you come up with them? Which was your favorite?

Most of the DIY projects came from a inspiration board on Pinterest. My two favorite projects were the antique Lionel train tracks and the blue dresser. The train tracks were found on a shopping trip at a local antique shop.

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My husband found them all stuffed in a box piled under an old train set. It was his idea to purchase them and spray paint them red to hang on the wall.

As for the dresser, I actually purchased it for my daughters room. But when I saw a numbered and lettered dresser for a boys room on Pinterest, I knew exactly what I was going to do with that it. And it came out fabulous!

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Any advice for moms out there combining rooms with a big age gap?

Keep it fun and simple. Since my two boys are four years apart, it is a huge age gap of what toys they both play with. But I created a place where each of them has a little cubby of toys just for them.

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Thank you, Amanda, for this peek into such an adorable room!

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