Post # 1
I’m about to have my first baby, so maybe my mind is going into overdrive as I wait, but I’m just thinking about if/when we may ever have a second child, and when that would be, and where we would live etc..
We are currently in a two-bed flat with 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, and living room, and hallway and small storage cupboard. We can’t really afford to upgrade at the moment, or probably any time soon if we want to stay in the city we are in (it’s expensive here but we are settled and happy).
Does anyone live in a two-bed flat with more than one child? I guess it’s probably not possible.
Post # 3
Anything is possible, but it may add more stress.
If both babies are of the same sex it will be easier since as they grow they can share a room indefinately. If they are of opposite sex, they eventually will need their own space.
Having a smaller space and multiple kids really only requires smart storage and orgnization so that it doesnt feel cramped. Also, making an effort to go outside for playtime will help a lot so that you are not cooped up indoors under each others feet.
Youve got time before you really need to think about a bigger place.
Post # 4
@Mrsluckywife: When my brother and I were younger, we shared a room. My parents moved him into the smaller bedroom, which we had been using as our playroom, when I turned 9 and he was still 6. I have friends who have a 6yo son and 3yo daughter in a two bedroom condo who are able to make it work for now. Even if you wanted to separate opposite-sex children sooner than my parents did, you could still have a few years with two kids in a two bedroom flat. If your children are the same sex, they can share for a long while!
I guess it comes down to how much stuff you have and accummulate during the early years. If your storage options are already close to capacity at this point, you may end up running out of space with the first child let alone a second.
Post # 5
I had a 6 year difference with my brother and since the doctor said I would probably be a boy, my parents made me share my room with my brother. We shared the room till I was 5/6 years old and I loved it, being with my big brother and all, but I guess he didn’t as muc, since he was a 13 year old boy 😛 I enventually had a room for myself;
I think your children can share the same room for some years, even if they are oposite sex, as me and my brother were, but eventually they will need their space, I encorage even people with same sex children to give (if possible) each their own room, so can have a space of their own, and some privacy and quiet time.
So if you are thinking about another child, I would recommend thinking about a bigger place, in a couple of years future. 🙂
Post # 6
You know what no matter what you have in life you CAN make it work.
Post # 7
i spent the first 12 years of my life in my parents’ 2 bedroom townhouse, sharing a room with my brother. we survived. anything is doable (:
Post # 8
I agree with other posters, you can often have kiddos share for quite a long time 🙂 A friend has a 4 year old girl and 7 year old boy sharing a room and they absolutely adore it. Their space is incredible, its a small room but they have a great bunk bed and each have their own section of the room. Both my besties are pregnant with second babies now, one has a 3 year old girl and is pregnant with a little boy. They will share a room in their 2 bedroom place until they’re at least 10. My other bestie has a big house with tons of space, one 18 month old boy and one boy due any day now. She’s still having her boys share for a long time, even though she has rooms for everyone.
Post # 9
one of my coworkers lived in a 2 bedroom apt with her husband, two daughters, and a cat. she recently just had a third (a boy!) and as far as i know, did not move into a bigger place yet…
Post # 10
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@Mrsluckywife: Kids can share a room for the first few years at least. It’s not until they are pre-teens that you definitely want to separate them if they are different sexes. Same sex siblings can share a room until they are adults. It can be a bit crazy but each child does not require their own individual room.
A friend of mine was one of five siblings in a three bedroom house. Mom and dad shared a room. The three girls shared a room and the two boys shared the third room. It was tight and yes they argued but there was nothing wrong with it.
Post # 11
We will be in that exact situation – two kids in a 2 bed apartment – once our twins arrive. The ‘twin’ part of the pregnancy certainly wasn’t planned, but we’re going to make it work for two or three years before moving. I’d say you can make it work if having a second child is more important to you than the luxury of space for a few years while they’re small.
Post # 12
It might be more difficult Ito have two babies in one room, but I think it’s certainly possible, especially while they’re small.
Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Post # 13
Thanks everyone, these replies are so useful and interesting! I love hearing everyone’s stories!
@UK Bride: Congrats on your pregnancy! 🙂 Aaw twins!
@Brooke1226: Thank u! 🙂
Post # 14
@Mrsluckywife: When I was born, my parents had three boys already. We lived in a one bedroom apartment in the Bronx. My brother’s were in the bedroom. My parents were in the living room, it had french doors on it, and I slept in a crib in with my parents.
They bought a house when my mom get preg with the 5th, and last kid. We moved into a 4 bedroom 3 bath house in the burbs. We moved further south soon after, as my dad’s commute was 2hours each way.