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Amalah
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Amy Corbett Storch

Amalah

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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Carolyn Russell
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I would probably recommend starting the transition at home instead of when you’re on vacation. We had our first two share a room for the first time on a vacation (probably 1.5 years and 3.5 years old or so) and it was rough : By the end of the vacation they’d gotten much better, but my hubby and I were pretty wiped out and it was hard to be worrying about them bothering each other AND worrying about bothering people next to or below is in the condo we rented. They ended up sharing a room for a number of… Read more »

Vickie
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Vickie

Super good college dorm room prep to get used to sleeping with other people in the room and noise. Also good preparation for marriage. It might sound silly to be thinking about that with toddlers. But the younger they get used to it, the better/flexible sleep habits they will have for life.

alana
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alana

I have two girls (5.5 and 1.5) and they’ve shared a room for the last 10-12 months even though they could each have their own room. It works well for us. The baby goes down first, then the oldest goes to bed 20-60+ minutes after. You’ll find that once the kids have been asleep for 15 minutes or so, they’re solidly asleep and will not wake up unless there is REALLY loud or sustained noise. I think they’ve woken each other up less than 5 times total, and it wasn’t a big deal to just put them back to bed.… Read more »

IrishCream
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IrishCream

My kids (girls, 7 and 5) have shared a room since the little one was born (and most nights insist on sharing a tiny twin bed, as well). It’s wonderful! There is definitely a good amount of singing, talking, hysterical laughter, etc. before they fall asleep, but it’s terribly sweet, does not requite parental intervention, and they do eventually pass out. You might consider moving bedtime up a little bit, to allow for sibling shenanigans and still have kids falling asleep at a reasonable time. You might also want to limit what’s available in the room to fuel said shenanigans…we… Read more »

April U
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April U

I wish we had worked through this situation when our kids were younger! We have a 5 year old boy an 8 year old girl and they have always had their own rooms. Both are perfect angels at going to sleep on vacation… if they are alone in a room with door shut. Once they are asleep we can move one in with the other and there are no problems for the rest of the night. However if they are in same room to fall asleep it’s just a circus of bugging each other, escalating to screaming, crying, etc. Has… Read more »

Vickie
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Vickie

Good use of headphones and electronic devices. Separate. If it is the only screen time they get, they will probably be more interested in it than each other.