Sleeping Arrangements for Newborn + Toddler in a 2BR house
We are expecting a baby in October and we live in a 2/1 craftsman. We're
looking for advice from other families about sleeping arrangements with
a 4.5 year old son. Right now, our son is sleeping quite well in his
crib (converted to a toddler bed) and we are next door in our own
bedroom. We do not intend to co-sleep and have been considering placing
the newborn in our son's room because it is still set up for a baby
(crib, changing table, glider for nursing) and then placing our son in
the family room. Other than the bedrooms, the house has an open-floor
plan so the family room connects to the kitchen but we can put up
blackout curtains to divide the room. This would also insulate the room
so our son could stay toasty and we can even turn on the central heating
to make sure he sleeps comfortably.
We have a few questions about this arrangement, such as ''Are we crazy
to change our son's sleeping arrangement since he's doing well?'',
''When can we put the two kids in a room together?'' and ''Will it be OK
if we just put down a mattress for our son in his play room?''
We had considered putting the baby in our bedroom but it's just too tiny
in there to add the nursing and changing component. We wouldn't likely
put the heat on in the rest of the house so it would be tricky to nurse
and change in another room, but certainly that is an option. Please
share your experiences, advice, and pearls of wisdom. We know that most
families don't have a bedroom for each child so certainly there is lots
of experience out there!