My kiddos are 23 months apart (Max’s birth story and Mila’s birth story) and while we do have a 3 bedroom house, we decided it made the most sense to have the toddler and baby share a room. We just couldn’t justify giving two tiny humans their own big bedrooms. We are lucky that the bedrooms are fairly large and there is plenty of room for 2 cribs, a large dresser, a glider, and they still have lots of floor space for playing. We are 3 months into the toddler and baby sharing a room, and so far we’re happy we did it. One of these days I’ll write a post about tips for sharing a nursery because we have learned a few things by trial and error. Just for fun, here is Maxwell’s original black and white nursery!
The crib thing was a big dilemma. Do we move Max to a big boy bed? Leave him in the crib? Buy the baby a new crib? Max loves his crib, he’s very happy in there, and the best part… he can’t (or doesn’t care to try) to get out… at least yet. So, we had decided to let Max stay in his crib and Mila would sleep in our room for a few months and then possibly transition her to a pac n play in the nursery or the living room. We were winging it, folks! About one month before I was due, we were having dinner with friends that have twin 3.5 year old girls. They were ready to transition their girls to twin beds and didn’t know what to do with their red Jenny Lind cribs. So literally about 4 days before Mila was born, we picked up the cribs, gave them each a quick touch up coat of red spray paint and plunked them down in the nursery. Done and done! They even gave us the toddler rails for both cribs so that when Max is ready to transition, we’ve got the rail ready.
As far as bedding went, the only new thing I bought was a bed skirt for Mila’s crib. Since her crib is on the tallest setting you could see the black metal frame of the mattress and well, my sweet baby girl needed something pretty. I splurged and bought this simple white crib skirt with cute black tassels from Pottery Barn Kids. A friend sent Mila the red star blanket which ended up working out perfectly in the new red and aqua shared nursery. My mom made a few crib sheets before Max was born, so we are using those plus a few store bought ones too. Mom tip: You need at least 3 crib sheets per crib especially once you start the potty training phase!
Everything you see in this picture besides the cribs was in the original nursery. We just moved it all around and gave a few things a little update with paint. Here are tutorials to a lot of the original projects in the nursery:
One thing that did change is the amount of books on those picture ledge shelves. It’s amazing how many books we have accumulated in 2 years! In the early pictures of the nursery, I had picture frames on the shelves becusae there were not enough books to fill them up.
I did take down the black, vinyl triangle feature wall (it was super easy to remove) and relocated the original gallery wall. My favorite addition to the gallery wall is the red sweater that was my dad’s when he was a little boy. My Grand Martha sent it to my mom when she had my oldest brother.
I love it!
Besides the new to us red cribs, the almost black wall was the biggest change to the space. Originally there was a 3 drawer wooden dresser that doubled as the changing table and the gallery wall was on this wall. I knew we needed a bigger dresser for the shared nursery. While searching for a dresser, I fell in love with this giant old school map! Both the dresser and the map are from a local shop, called Vintage Fresh. If you’re local you have to check it out, Leslie hunts down and re does all of the pieces herself. The wall was begging me to paint it black with that white dresser! It’s actually a dark grey called cracked pepper by Behr. We painted it pencil point first and it was more blue than I wanted. I want to paint more walls cracked pepper!
The rocking horse was a $15 craigslist score, and I gave him a little makeover with a can of Rustoluem Lagoon spray paint in a satin finish. Max still loves his rocking horse, hopefully Mila will too.
The nursery has 2 closets which you might think is perfect since 2 kids share a room, but nope! The kids share a closet and Andy and I use the other one for our things. The Graham glider has been an awesome investment, I use it every single day to read books or nurse the baby or as of late, both at the same time!
I love that all things kid live in this room. Well, that’s not entirely true, we did move one of the toy benches out to the living room so that it covers the fire place and serves as living room toy storage.
Both kids are sleeping in here at night now, and it’s working out really well. I think I’m pretty lucky that Mila was “doing her nights” by 8 weeks old. (Have you read Raising up Bebe? “Doing her nights” is a reference to that book!) Did your littles share a room? Do they still share a room? How long can a girl and boy share a room? Maybe it’s just because I don’t know it any other way, but I love having them share a room!
(Photos by Brooke Taelor)
Comments & Reviews
The room looks adorable!! I’ve heard that memories are made when rooms are shared! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with us at the #HomeMattersParty
Lisa @ Fun Money Mom says
The room turned out so cute…you did a beautiful job! I love the red cribs! Thanks so much for joining us at Share The Wealth Sunday!
Jennifer Bly says
Oooh, I love the nursery – it’s gorgeous!! The red pops and it’s all so elegant yet fun!
Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife says
I love the red cribs and all the color. The room looks awesome. Thanks for Sharing on Friday Favorites Link up Party!
You did a great job pulling everything together. I love the red! How fun that you have two babies that can share a room. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Linky Party.
Becky B says
It looks so great! I wish our bedrooms were big enough for ours to share one, but they’re tiny. I look forward to them both being old enough for bunk beds, though, then I think we’ll move them into one room!
Love that you shared this. It’s so rare to find gender shared rooms on Pinterest! My son 3 and daughter 2 have been sharing a room well over a year now even when we moved into a slightly bigger home. Baby #3 is due in August and depending how she sleeps we’ll move her into the kids room around 9 months. We already have their room set up with two cribs and a bed. It all fits, but we don’t keep toys in their room so it’s not a big deal right now that there is no play area on the floor, they just have toys in the living room. I also shared a room with my brother until I was 9 years old and he was just a year younger than me.
Jamie Dorobek says
Ohh I’d love to hear how it goes with 3 in a room! I was nervous about the 2 in one room thing, but it’s really been no big deal! Well, minus naps… I need to get that figure out 🙂 Good to know that you shared until you were 9!
Charlotte Blanch says
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on room sharing. I’m expecting my third child in the next few weeks, and we discussed having the new baby sleep in a bassinet and then crib in our room. My kids are 4 and 22months. Does the Mila wake up Max during night feedings? My toddler just moved to a toddler bed 2 weeks ago ( by her choice).
Jamie Dorobek says
So far, she does not wake him up! But, she i sreally only waking up once around 5am and I get her pretty quick so that she doesn’t wake Max! It will all work out 🙂