Post # 1
There have been a few posts on this topic but they are quite old and I’m curious if others have tried this! I am not pregnant yet but am thinking about trying for a baby for next year. My husband is starting a PhD program in September and we aren’t yet in a position to buy a house. I live in a city which is VERY expensive!!
I alsodon’t want to move as our building is great! It has a children’s playroom, an indoor and outdoor pool, has tonnes of families, a park across the street and is so close to transit. Right now we live in a one bedroom + den (740 square feet). I anticipate that for the first bit baby will sleep in our room and my husband’s office space will remain as is. Afer a few months however, I know I will be anxious to have my bedroom back but loathe the idea of putting my husband’s desk in our bedroom and he doesn’t work well in the living room because it’s too distracting.
I attached the floor plan below and what I’m thinking of doing. The solarium/what is the office is divided by glass sliding doors between the living room on one side and another set of sliding door between it and our bedroom. My plan is to divide the space down the middle with a black out curtain and put a mini crib against the sliding doors to our bedroom and keep my husband’s desk on the other “living room” side. This way I can access the crib from our bedroom. The baby’s changing table will be what is now my dresser in our bedroom and all the clothes and other things in our closet. So basically, the office space will just be a place to sleep at night. I could move the mini crib which could be on wheels into our bedroom for day time naps.
My husband is in a PhD program and so has the option of working on campus (though space is limited and he’d have to transport everything everyday) at home, or our condo building has office space on the common floor level where he could work if necessary. I anticipate though that he will consistently he working at home after dinner at the same time that baby needs to go to sleep. He is very quiet but there would be the clicking of keys on the other side of the black out curtain. I was wondering if perhaps a white noise machine would counter act the quiet clicking…. He doesn’t really like to work in the living room as the TV is distracting and I loathe the idea of having his desk in our bedroom… though that is a possibility if sharing the office does not work out.
Am I crazy for thinking this could work?
Post # 2
Our daughter slept by our bed until she was almost 6 months old. This arrangement will work fine. There’s a strong chance of the baby disturbing him than him waking the baby.
Post # 3
So first off, there are silent keyboards that won’t click when he types. And yes, a lot of people use white noise machines in the baby’s room so they don’t hear whatever noise is going on outside. However, babies adapt and can absolutely learn to sleep when there is typing.
I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work to put a crib there. But I am curious what your long term plan is? A small crib won’t last that long. Your plan as it is probably won’t work for more than a year or two. Are you planning to convert the office into the toddler/kid room once your husband finishes his program? Just keep in mind that kids normally need real beds around 2 or 3 years old. You can totally have them sleep on a little cot in the living room or something, but it’s certainly something to think about.
Post # 4
cameobride : Thanks for the input! Baby disturbing him is fine and probably inevitable in 740 square feet haha. I suppose if he really needs to concentrate he’ll have to go down to the office space in the common space.
Post # 5
lovelyruby : Thanks for the advice! Long-term we aren’t exactly sure. I think we could convert the office to a small kids room up to age maybe 3….. Hopefully by then we will be in a position to purchase something. Two bedroom condos in my city go for 600K + and houses are over a million. While I have a good income, with hubby in school I am not sure what our combined take-home will be. Once baby is too big we may just rent somewhere else or upgrade to a larger unit in the same building.
Post # 6
I think it’s fine for the 1st year but once baby is more mobile it will probably become a pain.
Post # 7
I would either have the baby sleep in your bedroom for the first 6 months to a year and then move the office into the bedroom after that or just move the office into the bedroom and use the office space as the nursery.
My husband is also in a PhD program and him trying to share his office with a baby just doesn’t seem like it would work great. What are you going to do when he’s up until 2 am working on a project or studying for an exam and he’s trying to share that space with a newborn? Idk, seeing how much my husband uses his office now I would never try to have him share that space with a baby.
Post # 8
For the first year it was fine. A clicking keyboard is something a baby can learn to sleep through. I’m sure you will be told many times to teach your baby to sleep through noises. Your husband can also wear earplugs as needed.
Once the baby is older, you will have more challenges.
Post # 9
hikingbride : He defintely will be using the office a lot… all the time probably. For the first few months baby will almost defintely be sleeping in our room – just seems easier for feedings etc… but yes after 4-6 months, I will want my room back!
I’m hoping that the black out curtain will keep the light/glare/flashing from the computer screen out, so it would just be noise he makes… shuffling of paper, clicking of keys, getting up to go to the washroom etc… We live downtown in a noisey city in a 30 story condo building, so regardless, baby will have to learn to sleep with noise. My hope is that the noise my husband makes won’t constantly wake up a baby. In reverse, if baby starts crying, no matter where the baby is sleeping, my husband will be distrubed….though he typically wears headphones and listends to music, and barely hears me when I yell at him, so maybe not!