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You will soon be welcoming a new baby, but, for lack of space, your elder will have to share his room with him. Generations of children have shared their room with two, three or four ... By clever crafts, you will help your children build each a little corner of their own.
A progressive installation
- The first few weeks, it will be best to install the newborn in your own room. Thus, her tears and the feedings of the night will not wake the soul. Later, the big brother or the little sister will probably be satisfied to see the baby arrive in his room, this change of place will end the privileged status that you had granted to the newcomer.
- Before placing your baby in your eldest's room, make sure that he does not feel a sense of envy such as he might want to play a few tricks in his own way ... or, conversely, that his outbursts of affection will not cause him to choke kisses on "his" baby.
As we make his bed
- If your child is 2 years and a half-3 years old, he will undoubtedly be delighted to give up his "baby bed" for you to buy him a "big bed".
- If the room is not huge, you can already consider thebuying bunk beds (why postpone this purchase through a regular bed that you will have to separate?). But no question of getting the senior on the upper bunk before 6 years old. Arrange for him to deny access. Some models can first be used in single beds (the second floor waiting patiently in the cellar). These are the best because, even deprived of scale to access the second level, your elder could very well imagine a clever balance of chairs to achieve his goals.
- The nesting beds save space, but they require children to tidy the deployment surface before going to bed.
A defined territory
The almost permanent source of conflict for two children occupying the same room lies in their respective space of land occupation. Everyone needs to know which area they have the "right" to invest. There are several tips to help them.
- Share the room: a slatted shelf in the middle of the room (firmly held on the floor) is both a separation and a welcome storage element. It has the advantage of not blocking the light if the only window can not be shared. A sheer curtain or light-colored shade attached to a ceiling-studded rod also absorbs minimal light. Obviously, this separation is more "virtual" than tangible!
- If the room is very small, it is better to play on separations "all in nuances". For example, tap the two walls on which the bed and the desk of each one rest in contrasting colors, choose duvets, furniture and stickers or paintings in styles corresponding to their gender and age ...
- Bunk beds : in this case, these little devices are impossible to put in place. Arrange so that the spaces are separated by barriers, such as park elements or stairs protection.
- Council +: Do not be too intransigent with your elder. If he comes to set up his "camp" in the living room, it may be that he needs to take off from his younger brother ...
At storage height
- Ideally, everyone should have their own elements and organization. If you find it impossible to have two cupboards, two dressers, two bookcases, buy your children from storage bins of different colors or materials. First, assign the senior one the lower shelves and drawers and use the upper storage for the baby. When he starts to stand up, manipulate his own toys - and at the same time those of his sister or brother! -, you will reverse access. Your eldest will be proud to be considered at its true size.