My first born was 23 months when #2 arrived. We actually moved him into his big boy bed in his own room when he was about 20 months old. We made it a big deal about him, he helped us choose colours, bedding etc (as much as he could). We moved him before bubs was born so that he didnt feel we were pushing him out & making way for #2. Baby #2 slept in our room in a bassinette for 3 months, then went to cot in our room, then at 1, she went into her own room, with no problems. We co-slept with her a bit too, cause it was easier for me breastfeeding. When you have 1 child you can basically get away with anything, sleeping, feeding, disiplin etc. But when #2 arrives, well thats a different story altogether. I mean, i think you learn from your mistakes from your first born. Like there was never a bed time, he just crashed on the lounge with us or came to bed with us when we went to bed. I have never had a strict routine for anything to do with the kids, but now i regret it majorly. He goes to school next year & has no idea what BEDTIME means. I am now pregnant with #3 & i have definitely learnt from my mistakes. The one thing i love about having then close is that they are great friends (2 years apart), i wouldnt change it for the world, but going from 1 child to 2 is a big wakeup call. It fun too!!!
DS 5, DD3, bubby #3 due 25 Jan 08