Sharing A Room With Your Baby
This topic is a tricky one. Difficult because the opinions on this matter range vastly. I have found that there are two reasons why mothers nestle their children close to them for many years of their childhood life:
Reason number one being that the child developed a separation issue in which has lead the mother to lack of sleep so they cave in every night.
Reason number two being that the mother intentionally lets the child sleep with them so that daddy has to snore on the couch.
If you have not had any luck with transitioning your child into their own room then relax. Despite whatever the reason is for you; I have found a way to help you design your room, by taking one simple step, so that it appears as if you and your child enjoy in separate spaces. It’s simple:
Create a barrier.
If your child still sleeps in a crib then perhaps something such as a curtain could be draped around it blocking sight and sound for a stronger nights sleep for the baby which in return gives the same to mommy and/or daddy. When drapes are hung from the ceiling, it darkens the room which is especially helpful during nap time.
Drapes can also be used to act as a wall. There are many ways you can hang a simple curtain and make it appear as if it was already supposed to be there to begin with. The area of the room can be blocked off with curtains, giving the areas a sense of separation and privacy for both parties.
Depending upon the size of your closet (and how badly you need it), it can be converted into the “baby changing station” or gutted to become a smaller room for your child.
One last resort to creating a barrier between your space and your child’s would be to create a nook area in your room. Now this may involve knocking down part of a wall, but when finished you save space, hassle and can even sleep comfortably alone in your own bed while your child sleeps comfortably in the same room.
Not all renovations have to be expensive. Knocking down a wall could get costly but only if your ideas sore to extreme levels. Remember that your child will most likely kick this habit by middle school or maybe mommy will start to miss daddy and the transition to their own room will become a MUST. Either way, the areas you have created in your room can easily be converted back or turned into other things such as a pampering area for mommy or storage space for all of dads collectibles.
You should always embrace the time you have with your children, but you don’t have to miss out on sleep in order to do enjoy doing so. Create a space that brings happiness, comfort and gives you back the sleep you’ve missed out on. While you’re at it- here are some awesome places you can take your children to enjoy outside of your home.
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