(Closed) baby in a one bedroom apartment

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

You can get some stylish room dividers to corner off baby space, whether in living room or bedroom whichever space permits that better. You could also install pretty drapes from ceiling tracks, or a more draped look by hanging fabric from wall hooks (wire in between and then drape fabric over the wire).

A bigger change would be to physically get a high loft style bed for you and then baby “room” is underneath. IKEA has something like that (sometimes it’s assumed the underneath will be desk space but no reason it can’t be baby space).

Good luck!

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

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futuremardinly :  It can be done, my friends have done it with their now one year old.  The baby has lived in their room for the first year, and I think they are going to section a part of the living room off for the baby as he gets older or they may switch places, where the baby gets the room because it can shut with a door from noises.  It’s not the best solution but it works for them now.  The yare hoping to move to a two bedroom soon.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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futuremardinly :  Before DH and I moved, I pinned a bunch of ideas for having a baby in a small apartment. Here’s the link to a few of them:

25 Hacks to Mark Room for Baby in Your Tiny Home: https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/hacks-to-make-room-for-a-baby-in-your-tiny-home?utm_term=.tnw31MqVv#.ajWpEQam0

5 Baby Gear Essentials for a Small One-Bedroom Apt: https://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/making-your-1-bedroom-work-when-baby-moves-in

16 Simple Nursery Ideas for a Tiny Househttp://www.treehugger.com/green-home/16-simple-nursery-ideas-tiny-house.html

Good luck with baby!

Post # 5
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Busy bee

If you’re going to cosleep then it would be pretty easy to share a room/bed with the baby. If you have them in a bassinet next to your bed that’ll work fine until they’re 4-6 months and sleep goes to hell. Then you’d want to sleep train and at that point, it’s really challenging to do without their own room. People do it, but it doesn’t usually go as smoothly. You can try the curtain method that another poster mentioned. Or you could turn your bedroom into the nursery and get yourselves a very nice and comfy pullout couch!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I have a freind who lived in a one bedroom apartment with his girlfriend and son until shortly after his son turned one. It wasn’t a big deal as you often have the baby in the room with you for the first several months anyways. They had the crib in the room with them, and their apartment happened to have a walk in storage closet in the hallway…that is where they put his change table and stored his clothes. It was snug, but ot worked out 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

My sister did this in a teeny apartment in NYC. There are smaller cribs, and also cribs that attach to the side of the bed, to do a pseudo-cosleeping thing if you’re into it. She maximized storage, used a pack and play, and made sure to pick up when the baby was sleeping. She also just accepted that it was a small space, and it was going to be a tight fit. Now she’s doing with with two kids in a teeny two bedroom apartment – it can be done! Good luck!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It can be done!  My first bit of advice is that you don’t need everything Babies R Us is trying to sell you. We never had a changing table. There were plenty of flat surfaces already in the house that did the job – bed, sofa, floor. We just put a blanket or towel down first in case of mess. Also, no need for both a bouncer and swing. They do the same job.  Second, don’t waste space on things you won’t be using for a long time. I stored a potty in my closet for 2 years. By the time we actually needed it, we had moved and couldn’t find it until after my son was fully potty trained. Third, think about how you want to parent. I co-slept. In retrospect, having a crib and pack and play was stupid, they were just stuffed animal corrals, occassionaly used for naps but hardly ever used at night. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee

I’m in a similar situation. Although we have 2 bedrooms, one of them needs to stay an office. 

One thing I’m considering is getting a changing table topper for my bedroom dresser. It screws into the back so you won’t see the holes after you remove it. We are putting a crib in one corner and a rocking chair in another. I’m not sure where I’m going to keep the baby’s clothes yet. I’m wondering how much space I’ll need for them.

I might get a neutral comforter for my bed so that I can get whatever crib sheets I want and they won’t clash. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

Babies don’t need their own room or nursery until they’re crawling imo somewhere around 7months, until then they just stay in one place. So don’t worry about it yet. When baby’s here and you know how active s/he is and you have a routine I think that’s the time to plan this. We moved from a 1 bed to a 2 bed when Lo was 3 weeks, but we didn’t use her bedroom until 8 months! She just stayed in my bedroom or living room.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I lived in a 2 up, 2 down (living room, kitchen downstairs – bedroom, bathroom upstairs) and my DS shared my room till 3 year old when we moved to a 4 up, 4 down fine… his cot was next to our bed and we had no problem

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Dd is almost 14 months and we just recently moved her into her own room. Before that she was either in bed with us or in a pack n play at the end of the bed.

Her toys take up the most space, especially now that she’s walking. She has a lot of push walkers and ride on toys.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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KitKatNYC :  very good advice! 

 

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