Re: How to handle an early riser when kids share a room
posted at 2/24/2012 9:59 AM EST
I've been meaning to respond to this but kept getting side-tracked.
Is there enough space between the beds that you could hang curtains around DS's crib (out of reach of both him and DD2!)? We (and by "we" I mean DH) mounted a long curtain rod from the ceiling and hung 4 tab curtains from it. We only use them during naptime, and it's far from a perfect solution, but it cuts down on the shenanigans most of the time. Obviously they can still hear each other, but they aren't able to show off for each other since they can't see what the other is doing. Your DS may be young enough that having his view of his sisters blocked will create the illusion of being in a separate room.
As far as the good nite lite, I think it's geared for 22 months and up, so your DS may still be a little young, but it can't hurt to get one and talk about it a lot. At bedtime: "Ooh, look, the light is a moon, that means it's nighttime and time to go to sleep." In the morning, if it's too early, emphasize that the moon is still out--and don't let him get up b/c then the light is pointless. Once it changes to a sun, ooh and ahh over it and talk about the sun meaning it's morning and time to get up. In any case, even if he doesn't "get" it now, he likely will between now and 22 months, so it can't hurt.
Another potential possibility would be to put him in your room in a peapod (http://www.kidco.com/main.taf?p=4,5).
Far from ideal, I know, but it will keep him contained and if he's in your room (and can't see you), at least he won't be able to wake up his sisters. We bought the peapods for traveling, but mostly use them for containment purposes when the kids have a day where staying in their cribs for naptime or bedtime is a challenge. (We hold the zippers closed with a twist-tie or safety pin.)