Advice needed- living with newborn for 3 months in a 1 bedroom apartment

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@hspw714:  I don’t have kids of my own, but I feel like I would just make the one bedroom work for 3 months. Mainly because I hate moving, but also because a two bedroom is more expensive. So you could probably make do for the three months doing what you suggested with the pack n play…

Just my opinion… Good luck!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hspw714:   I wouldn’t move twice in 3 months, the second time with a newborn.

I worked shiftwork most of my life. Hubs can get earplugs.

Newborn’s crying is easily settled most of the time by meeting their needs- feed, change, burp, cuddle etc. I’m not saying you will never have fussy times, but I still wouldn’t move twice in 3 months.

 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think the noise would travel just as easily in a 2br as in a 1br, so I personally wouldn’t bother moving. Can husband practice sleeping with earplugs or a loud fan right now instead?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@hspw714:  If I were you (also another person who hates moving!!) I would just stay where you are. You can always put a pack and play or the crib in your room….it would be more convenient for the first couple months anyways when you have to wake up and do nightly feedings and whatnot.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Based on what I now about new babies from friends, if the baby’s awake, you’ll know it whether you have 1 or many bedrooms…  So I’d stay put.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would stick to the 1BR until your house is ready!

 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hspw714:  We had baby in a small bassinet in our room at night anyway, for the first 3-4 months. When baby woke up, I would go into another room to feed and change her. That worked well for us. Mind you, DH sleeps like a log.

Most of the time baby took the boob and settled, so there was not much noise anyway. When baby is more unsettled, I don’t think a 2 b/r would be any better for you than a 1 b/r.  Either way you’re in the living area and DH is trying to sleep with his bedroom door shut.

In some ways, having a newborn baby in a separate bedroom is worse, because baby needs to make more noise to wake you up in the first place.

So I think you might as well stay with a 1 b/r.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

@hspw714:  When I was a single mom with my first son I lived in a one bedroom, having a newborn will effect his ability to sleep 8 hours, but that’s how it goes having a baby. It’s totally doable for a few months!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

In those first few months you don’t need more than one bedroom anyway really. you’ll figure it out. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@hspw714:  it depends on your husband and the baby.  Personally I would just deal with the one bedroom since you know it will only be 3months.  My son is 8 months now, and my husband works a very similar schedule to yours.  Our son has slept in our room since birth and still does.  It has worked for us, but we have been very blessed with a baby who sleeps well, wakes with whimpers not screaming and goes right back to sleep after nursing.  So aside from the odd day or so of teething here and there, or not feeling well when he had a cold there was minimal disturbance.  My husband is also a deep sleeper, and after the first 3 weeks had no problems sleeping through the usual night wake ups for the baby.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You would be totally fine in a 1 bdrm. We have a small 2 bdrm and a 6 month old and we never use the 2nd bdrm other than for her clothes. My husband was working too and slept fine. I agree re: earplugs if it’s a problem. I don’t think you would improve on your situation moving to a 2 bdrm. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I lived in a one bedroom with a newborn until he was nearly 2. It was a large 1 bedroom, but we survived. Hold tight, don’t add a move to the headache. 

Congrats on the new home and eve more so, your baby! 

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

 I agree with @julies1949:… Moving is a lot of work (quite frankly it sucks).  Doing it 2x if you don’t need to makes no sense to me.

I also agree with @geeky_bee: noise in a single floor apartment is going to be the same whether you have 1 bedroom or 2 to utilize.  Babies cry… the noise travels (and newborns tend to be quite loud)

And lastly, @paula1248:  makes a good point too… many New Parents sleep with the Baby in their own Bedroom just out of convenience and peace of mind.  You can get to a newborn a lot quicker when they are in the same room, than if you have to wake up, and then make your way to them elsewhere in the home.

And ya… Earplugs can be a god-send for someone who needs to be sleeping in an unpredictable or noisy environment.  I’ve used them before for snoring room-mates, and I think they’d be good for your Hubby if he is doing shift work and trying to sleep when baby is awake.

Hope this helps,

 

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