When you add a third child into the mix in your three-bedroom home, a sibling is gonna share a room. Here's how I plan to make room for Baby.
12 Weeks & Counting.
I need volunteers! LOL! No, seriously. Wanna come help me clean out my kids' bedrooms? Because, after the baby is born, he/she will be moving into one of their rooms, and I need to make room for that ... starting NOW!
You're probably thinking, "Isn't it too early to start something like that?" In my case, no. My kids are hoarders. Let's face it, I kinda am, too. So, in order to have time to prepare the rooms, I need to go through their junk first.
Here's my plan.
Now that it's summer and there's no school, I need to start sorting stuff. I'll start with my youngest one's room first; he has less anyway. Then I'll go through his clothes and sort out what he can't wear anymore, then sort his toys and take out what he doesn't like, then go so far as to remove unused/unwanted furniture and rearrange his room.
Moving on to my oldest one's room ... She has more stuff. More than you can imagine. I'll repeat the same process with her room as I did with his, but I know it'll take more time.
Changing it Up.
Once I've cleaned and sorted their junk, I'll start planning on what kind of furniture I want to have in there if there will be two kids in that room. I'll map it all out and pick new wall colors. I have plenty of time to prepare for this and save money for new furniture — you know bunk beds are in order soon!
If I really had my way, I'd go ahead and make room for two in both rooms because we always have someone sleeping over.
Deciding the Best Time to Make the Move.
We know that since we are only in a three-bedroom house, Baby will be in our room for the first few months. Our room is large enough to accommodate a nursery, so the changing table and crib can go in there. The decision that now has to be made is WHEN to move the new baby into his/her sibling's room.
I've already forgotten when our kids made the switch to big-kid beds — I'm pretty sure it was around 2 years old. If that's the case, which I know we don't want to have the new baby in our room that long, I think outfitting both rooms with bunk beds is the best decision. The beds can be bunked while Baby is in the crib in his/her new shared room. Once the transition happens to the big-kid bed, we can separate the bunk beds and split the room accordingly. Maybe. We shall see.
There's A LOT to go over and to plan for. I'd better get a move on it, huh?
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Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of two rambunctious kids and a new baby!