Post # 1
So we aren’t currently TTC, but we talk about it more often now that we’re married, and I think we’ll be ready in a few years. My issue is that we currently live in a one bedroom condo in a neighborhood that I absolutely love and can’t imagine leaving, and we definitely won’t be able to afford a bigger condo around here for a while so the timeline may overlap…
What I’m wondering is if anyone has been able to successfully (meaning not killing eachother / drowing in clutter) have a baby in a one bedroom condo? We don’t have a dining room / large walk in closet and our bedroom is barely big enough for our current bed and dresser so I think the only realistic option would be one of those bed sidecars or a crib in the livingroom…
Post # 3
I think it is defintiely doable! I have a girlfriend who raised her tot in a small (New York City!!) one bedroom for his first year. Babies don’t require too much room in the beginning 🙂
Post # 4
@lazybee123: oh yeah. We raised our daughter for a year in a one bedroom I mean its tight but doable. Makes you appreciate more room.(:
Post # 5
We are planning on staying in our small NYC one bedroom for at least a year. Sorry, the baby doesnt come until June, so I can’t tell you about the experience just yet! But our place is about 500 square feet so it’s probably smaller than yours. I say try it! You can always move if it doesn’t work.
Post # 6
My neighbors had a 1 bedroom appt… they turned the bedroom into the babies room and they slept on a couch pull out bed in the living room… it worked for them and I am sure it can work for anyone 🙂
Post # 7
My friend just moved out of her one bedroom this past weeked 🙂 She and her DH raised their daughter in their one bedroom for almost three years, she is just getting her big girl room in time for her third birthday. Definitely doable.
Post # 8
There are loads of people in our block living in 600sqft who manage. I personally think it’s doable if it’s not forever.
Post # 9
When my parent’s got married they had three teenage boys in the “bedroom” and then they had me with them in the .. well former dining room. It was in the Bronx (holla) … that’s SIX people living in a one bedroom apt. in the Bronx… yes your sitch is dooable.
ETA: it was like that till i was almost 4
Post # 10
Totally doable! What’s important to remember is that you don’t NEED a ton of baby stuff right away and not to get swept up by the hype of some things.
high chairs- get the kind that attached to a chair and fold away. The high chair doesn’t NEED to be out. And don’t get one until he/she is ready to start eating. Otherwise it’s just going to sit there for 6 months taking up space and being ugly.
changing tables- Not needed. As a mom you become macgyver and learn to change diapers anywhere in any situation
TOYS- your baby doesn’t need to be drowning in toys. They don’t need an exersaucer and a jumper and a swing and a bouncy seat all from day one. Your baby might be like my son was and HATE EVERYTHING but his squishy blocks and teethers.
Full size cribs- your baby will be find in a bassinet for a short time, then a mini crib might be a good option for your for a while. Space saving!
Post # 11
I have a baby in a one bedroom apt, about 600 square feet. Like others have said, totally doable. At first the baby will just be in a bassinet or co-sleeper. Then you can do a mini crib in the living room. Beyond that, everything else is a “nice” to have. The key is to organize, get rid of the junk and not let things accumulate.
I’m glad I dont live in a big place. Less to clean, which when you’re a new mom, is priceless!
Post # 12
We did this the 1st year of dd life. Our condo was pretty big so we fit very comfortably and had a walk in closet and storage closet. I kept everything super organized so we never had issues. We moved into a 2br apartment bc even though we loved the condo dd needed her own room. While I think it may be doable if you are the type to stick to bare necessities. I am not that type, my dd has everything she could possibly need and want. We couldn’t have lived in that condo if it was small and there’s no way I’d have her crib in the living room.
Post # 13
I’ve got to laugh… 600 sq feet here in London is usually a 2 bed flat. Yep, it’s do-able.
Post # 14
We are! We are having baby in a 1 bedroom loft for 3-4 months, possibly up to 10-11 months. We plan on having baby in our room anyhow, so we are going to make it work. People do it all over the world!
Post # 15
It depends on what kind of lifestyle you have and want after you have a baby.
I wouldn’t want a crib in my living room – and I had a daughter who was a good sleeper. I could vaccum in her room while she was asleep! But I guess it depends on the layout of your house….. is it separate from the kitchen? Or do you have a “greatroom” where it all blends together?
What are the schools like in the neighborhood you “love”? I only say that because sometimes exactly what we love about the neighborhood as a singe/couple isn’t the same as what we love about a neighborhood once we’re more interested in quiet after 9:30 and good ACT scores.
Also- you mention that you can’t afford right now to move…. what will change in 2 or 3 years? Because once you factor in the cost of baby (even if you scale back or minimize)…. just daycare alone can be the cost of a mortgage. How will you afford to move in 2 or 3 years, once you need to put your child in it’s own room?
Post # 16
Definitely doable! We live in a one-bedroom townhome and I think we’ll be fine for at least a year or two if we don’t end up moving at the end of the lease into a two-bedroom one. You can use a pack n play for baby to sleep in and also they have ones with changing table attachments and such, saves lots of room. We have a little plastic drawer set from Target and a hanging closet shelf thing for baby clothes/blankets, and I planned on getting a portable swing and space-saving highchair that just straps onto a regular dining chair. Babies don’t need to have extravagant nurseries or tons of furniture and toys. 🙂