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Help! I Don't Know How To Transition My Baby into a Shared Room

I know I’ve posted a lot about sleep lately. This is a completely new territory for me. I’ve been blessed with a great sleeper and don’t know where to go from here. I have so many questions, so I figured the best way to ask is to all of you fellow moms.

Now I don’t want to jinx myself, but for the last week Avery has been averaging around 10 hours of sleep at night. Up until last night, I thought that she would only sleep that long in her swing. Last night I was feeling a bit brave and instead of putting her into her swing to go to bed, I put her in her bassinet that is right next to our bed.

I expected to be woken up around 5 hours later (that was her normal waking time when she slept in the bassinet,) but to my surprise I didn’t wake up until 5:30 this morning when my husband’s alarm went off. I looked next to me and saw Avery still peacefully sleeping in her bassinet.

Now that I know that it’s not the swing that is doing the magic, and that she really is capable of sleeping that long during the night, I have been thinking about transitioning her into her room. The only thing that makes me nervous about it, is that her room is also her big sister’s room.

Harlan, my oldest, is on a great schedule and I really don’t want to disturb that. At the same time, if Avery is showing the capability of sleeping through the night, I don’t want to disturb that either and would love it if we could get her into her crib. I know she is only 10 1/2 weeks old and this is early to start sleeping through the night. By transitioning her to her crib so early, I might be pushing it and cause both girls to get off of a sleep schedule.

My fear isn’t the actual transition into the crib, I think she will be fine with that. I fear that she might wake up in the middle of the night and wake up Harlan, then I will have two girls up in the middle of the night needing to be consoled to be put back down.

For those of you who have siblings close in age that share a room, I would love to know how you transitioned the youngest into the room without disturbing the oldest’s sleep schedule. What age did you do the transition?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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