Sibling room sharing: different bedtimes
Hello, I would like to put my almost 4-year-old girl and just turned 2-year-old boy in the same bedroom. They would like to be together and we have an extra room. But, I'm not sure how to handle the different bedtimes. The older girl usually falls asleep 60-90 minutes later than her brother. We could put her brother to sleep first and then bring his sister in to the bedroom after reading books with her in another room. However, I don't think there is any way we can get my daughter to be completely quiet when she comes into the bedroom. My daughter is very chatty when she falls asleep and we usually sit with her for a while so she can unwind and relax as she falls asleep. Her brother is a decent sleeper but the disruption of a parent and his sister coming into the room would certainly wake him.
I have read the posts on this topic on the website but I am looking for strategies that you have found worked putting two kids in the same room. Both kids are still in cribs although we will probably take the front railing off my daughter's crib some time in the next year. My daughter is a very restless sleeper and we've delayed moving her to a bed since it's likely to make her sleep worse if she can easily get out of bed during the night.
Both kids wake up occasionally at night but I think we could probably quietly get one or the other back to sleep in the middle of the night without bothering the other child too much.