we live in a pretty spacious apartment here in switzerland – we’re lucky enough to have a large guest room and separate guest bathroom, so that friends and family who visit us can enjoy some privacy during their stay (and us, too, of course). it might not be a must in ever house hold, but if you live 700km away from your closest circle, it’s not a luxury. so when i got pregnant with eloise, we started imagining different scenarios as to where she would sleep. obviously she’d stay in our room for the first few weeks or months – as long as wakes up in the middle of the night to be fed. but when she starts sleeping through the night, what’s next?

we deliberated putting her crib in the guest bedroom, but even though i like the room, it’s nowhere near as cozy and warm and welcoming for a baby as juliet’s room or ours. then we considered putting juliet in the guest bedroom, but it just feels so sad to move her from the room she loves so much, only to share one with a giant bed and two huge cupboards filled with our office supplies, paper work, sports clothes, suitcases and whatnot. getting rid of that stuff is not an option, and we really don’t have anywhere else to put it all. getting rid of the king size guest bed is not an attractive thought either, since we love having our friends and family over and would hate to put them in the living room on some air mattress.

and honestly, i have always loved the idea of having the two girls share a room. i’m probably romanticizing the entire idea – imagining them getting in to each other’s beds to share secrets and plot against #teamparents, going to sleep singing each other songs or throwing their favorite stuffed animals around… i suppose i am hoping it will strengthen their bond and force them into a kind of camaraderie. i know, i know, i’m aware you can’t force that kind of stuff – but one can hope, right? anyway, long story short, we have set up eloise’s beautiful WOOD MINI+ crib from OLIVER FURNITURE in juliet’s room, and we’re hoping to start calling it the girls’ room soon.

first, let me tell you about this crib, because it is all sorts of amazing. firstly, obviously, i think it’s crazy beautiful. it has a typical scandinavian design – classic, iconic, stylish and understated. but secondly and more importantly, it is the mother of all convertible beds. when you buy the bed, the package includes everything you need for five different settings. right now our crib is set up for the first stage, with the mattress fairly high so it’s easy to reach for eloise, which is still safe since she’s not able to sit up yet. you can then lower the mattress until it’s way down, for when baby starts to sit and stand up. three bars at one side of the bed can be removed for when your kid starts climbing out of bed and you’d like them to be around for a little while longer so you can give them a safer way out. then the bed converts to a small and cozy toddler bed with a rail to keep them from falling out, and finally you can extend the bed for when they grow. if you’d like to find out more about this bed, you can check out the website of OLIVER FURNITURE, or you could swing by HET LAND VAN OOIT, where i found it, and where it’s set up in their BEAUTIFUL SHOWROOM.

but the best part is this – you can get an extra set to transform the bed into a low loft bed – which is a lot lower (thus safer and less scary for littles) than a high sleeper, but still offers the cool playroom underneath. words can’t describe how much i love this feature, and honestly i can’t wait to transform the bed to this setting in a few years. we figure we might let eloise sleep in the crib/toddler bed until juliet is old enough for the low loft set-up, and then switch eloise to juliet’s old bed and juliet to the loft bed. that way they get to enjoy the playroom much earlier together – one more way for them to band up and plot world domination.

for now, i am trying to prepare juliet for the moment when eloise joins her in her room by matching their beds. she is over the moon whenever i put on the duvet cover that matches her sister’s bed bumper, and she often steals eloise’s cuddles or replaces them with her own when she feels like a change. she frequently asks when eloise will start sleeping next to her, and seems excited about the prospect of not being alone at night. but tell me – am i setting myself up for disaster here? do you have any golden tips that might help us with the transition? what were your experiences if your kids share a room? help a mama out here!

P.S. funny story about eloise’s crib – when it arrived during my pregnancy, we were going through a tough phase with juliet where she only wanted to sleep on a mattress in our bedroom. separation anxiety and all that. but when the crib arrived and we set it up in her room, she seemed super curious and excited, so we set up the crib with the mattress lowered all the way down and without the three bars on the side. juliet loved it and wanted to sleep in it – so that’s actually how we got her to return to her own room! you can see some of the story’s highlights on my INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT RIGHT HERE. it was quite the saga. i eventually convinced her to go back to her own bed when i used some of the things i had originally bought for eloise’s crib on juliet’s bed. that’s how she got the bed bumper and new duvet covers. when she saw how pretty and cozy it all was, she was more than happy to reclaim her own bed and she’s been sleeping soundly in it ever since. can i get a high five? also, she’s clearly my daughter, caring about decoration so much.

photos by stephanie duval • thanks to the brands and shops that allow me to experiment, discover and only share what i genuinely love with you • most of what you see can be found at my all time favorite children’s shop HET LAND VAN OOIT • wood mini+ crib from OLIVER FURNITURE • crib bumper from GARBO & FRIENDS • house cushion from CAMOMILE LONDON • pink polka dot cushion and duvet cover from LIEWOOD • pear soft toys from MIKANU • brown bunny and peach octopus from JELLYCAT • juliet’s outfit from BONTON • star hair clip and rainbow purse from MIMI & LULA • musical mobile from POUCE ET LINA • gold speckled sleeping bag from LES REVES D’ANAIS • custom name pacifier from MIJNFOPSPEEN.BE • cushion and duvet cover in green fauna print from GARBO & FRIENDS • pink bed bumper from KONGES SLOJD • pink canopy from NUMERO74 • washable rug from LORENA CANALS • tassel basket from LORENA CANALS • pink dress on hanger from MINIMALISMA • flower tunic on hanger via FLORENCE AND THE BOYS • long-sleeved pink dress on hanger from LITTLE FOREST • woodland print duvet cover from GARBO & FRIENDS • mustard blanket from PETIT STELLOU • mêlée mustard knit blanket from HVID

  • When we were little my brother and I shared a room for a couple of years (we definitely stayed up past bedtime to daydream out loud or (pretend to) read each other stories). Honestly, I don’t remember that much about it, which to me signals we never had any issues getting along. For teenagers/adults sharing a room seems like a sacrifice, but I think as a kid you have less privacy cravings, so when you’re used to sharing a room it’s such a non-issue that you don’t even think about it.

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