Having a baby in a third story walk up apartment?

posted 2 weeks ago in Babies
  • poll: Should we have a baby while living in a third floor apartment?
    Yes! Follow your heart! It’s not that bad! : (23 votes)
    70 %
    Heck to the no, those stairs are not your friend! : (10 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 2
    1242 posts
    Bumble bee

    I lived on a third  floor apartment before and after birth. And until. Baby was nearly 2. I simply carried the baby, or the stroller. Of course if you were a single mom it may be hard to carry groceries, etc at the same time! I think if you are fit, it’s ok. 

    Post # 4
    1531 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    I live in a house with three storeys and am currently pregnant so I don’t know what it will be like with a baby but  not really worried. The stairs will be my exercise postpartum! 

    Post # 5
    2659 posts
    Sugar bee

    I lived in a walk up and believe me, groceries were a pain in the ass, let alone a baby. Also, you couldn’t leave the carriage downstairs {fire code} so that had to be managed also.  My neighbors had to do it and I saw how inconvenient it was. I wouldn’t do it.  I didn’t have a  baby when I lived there, but grocery shopping alone was a bitch.

    Post # 6
    476 posts
    Helper bee

    My neighbors upstairs live in a third floor walk-up and have two small kids.  It’s doable.  You just have to get used to carrying lots of stuff up and down the stairs. On the bright side, your child will learn how to go up and down stairs like a champ as a toddler.

    Post # 7
    99 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I think the hardest part would be right after the birth. If you had a bad tear or a C section, then all those stairs would probably be really tough. Other than that I think it’s be fine. I’d just wait to buy a stroller after you move. We used a baby carrier for the majority of our baby’s first year anyway because she hated her stroller and we like taking our dogs on trails and to the beach, so a stroller wasn’t practical. You might be cursing the stairs at the end of your pregnancy, but it’ll keep you in shape ;). 

    Post # 8
    194 posts
    Blushing bee

    I have baby fever as well! But we are planning to have our 3rd child in a few years. I say do it!! Keep the stroller and extra necessities in your trunk so you don’t have to run back upstairs if you forget anything.  Use a baby wearing wrap/carrier so you can go hands free with your baby & can possibly carry something lightweight. For groceries instead of plastic bags that can tear as you’re walking up the stairs, invest in the durable reusable bags. 

    Post # 9
    1210 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I have a 7 week old and live in a townhome with 3 stories (bedroom on 3rd floor, kitchen/living room on 2nd) and we’ve been doing just fine! I say go for it. 

    Post # 10
    1228 posts
    Bumble bee

    I lived in a third floor apartment with no elevator until my twins were 9 months old. The stairs made things really difficult, and now living in a house it’s infinitely easier, but we survived, we had a system. If it’s doable with twins then it’s doable with a singleton. 

    There wasn’t even anywhere to keep the stroller inside. It had to live in the car and I’d have to get it out and assemble it (as it was a double) each time I wanted to go out. All while having two babies strapped to me. It’s crazy what people deal with, but they make it work. 

    Post # 11
    2185 posts
    Buzzing bee

    mrsfreddy2018 :  I’m 36 weeks pregnant in our third floor walk up and while I haven’t actually had a baby here yet, we have no plans on moving any time soon! You make some different decisions than folks who have no stairs but its not impossible. For instance, we’ll probably baby-wear more than use a stroller since the stroller is kind of a hassle to get in and out. We had some different priorities with our stroller (like weight and a one-hand fold).

    We’ll see how it goes, but we plan to stay here for at least another 2 years and likely through a 2nd baby. We’ve had friends do it and as long as you’re willing to give some things up and adapt, it’s fine.

    Post # 12
    7676 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I had a second degree tear after birth and even the one flight of stairs in my house was unpleasant. Doable, I clearly survived, I wouldn’t let it stop me from having a baby… but not ideal. 

    Post # 13
    609 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I would worry less about if you can manage a baby in a 3rd floor walk-up (you can) and more about deciding to have a baby before buying a house like originally envisioned.

    If you have found it difficult to get all the pieces in place to buy a house thus far, multiply those difficulties by 10 when you add a baby to the mix. 

    If a house is not much more than a year or 2 away, I would strongly encourage that you re-consider your timeline for ttc and focus on the house first. 

    Post # 14
    189 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    I lived in a third-floor walkup for years. Was it inconvenient to haul groceries and large deliveries up there sometimes? Sure, especially when it was snowing and after I got an 80-pound dog that I had to take on walks five times a day. Could it be done with a baby? Absolutely! I think needing to carry a stroller would get on my nerves the most, but especially if you have some storage or a bike room downstairs you could utilize, you’ll be ok!

    Post # 15
    8428 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: Dorset, UK

    I think it all depends on your pregnancy and delivery. My sister had sciatica towards the end of her pregnancy so could barely walk (not an exaggeration) and then had an emergency cesarian so wasn’t very mobile afterwards and not allowed to lift anything for 6 weeks, so there is so way should could have lugged a baby and stroller up and down three flights of stairs. Just because you are fit now, you have no idea how pregnancy and birth will take their toll on you. 

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