(Closed) How much space do you really need?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How much space do you REALLY need?
    Studio is fine : (2 votes)
    2 %
    At least 1 bedroom : (8 votes)
    7 %
    At least 2 bedrooms : (75 votes)
    66 %
    No less than 3 bedrooms : (14 votes)
    12 %
    I can't imagine living in a city like Manhattan so I don't know : (14 votes)
    12 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My sister-in-law and her husband have one child (2 yrs old) and a three bedroom house. I think every time I see them, they mention wanting to downgrade to something smaller! It’s just a lot of houes to take care of when they’ve got a little one running around. Their guest bedroom is basically the room where they pile stuff they aren’t using. If they were dilligint like you are, and kept the clutter down, they’d only need a decent-sized 2-bedroom with an office nook.

    My husband and I will be looking into 2-bedroom houses with offices or a den (basically we need a bonus room for our desks, and then the extra bedroom for a furture child). We don’t want to pay for more space than we really need in the bay area when we buy!

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I would say if you only have one or two babies in the length you’ll own the apartment, two bedrooms would be fine.  I grew up in a 3 bedroom (very small) house with 4 sisters, and we did just fine sharing rooms and being together in a small space.  Also, Addie sleeps with us (and hopefully will continue to until she’s at least a year old) so even though she has her own room, it’s not really necessary.  The biggest space-users, imo, is the big toys you get with a baby like a jumperoo or an exerscaucer and the baby’s sleeping space (unless you’re co-sleeping, and then there’s no extra space needed).

    Post # 6
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    1813 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I voted for “

    I can’t imagine living in a city like Manhattan so I don’t know”

    but from what you said, I think 2 BR would be fine.  If it wasn’t for the 5-10 year commitment, I would say 1 would be fine.

    I live in “everything is bigger” Texas, and I actually thought our 3 BR was too small when we had a baby, lol.  We closed in a sun room off our master and that baby is in there.  I thought we’d want to move in a year or 2.  Now I’m loving that we don’t have a 2 story house and instead we are thinking we won’t move until it is time to get into a better school district.  (We love our neighborhood, but the schools suck.)  If it’s 5-10 years, would schools also be a factor?

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2007

    I didn’t vote because I think you CAN raise a baby in whatever space you have. If we were in Manhattan and could swing the rent on a 2-bedroom, that would be awesome and what we’d hope for (and it sounds like you all are efficient space-users so any more space than that mightn’t be worth the money). You could do it in a 1-bedroom, but personally I’d want some extra space for baby stuff (no matter how good you are with clutter, baby necessarily comes with SOME stuff) and the ability to have the baby in a different room (in case co-sleeping didn’t work for us). Even if the second bedroom was itty bitty, I’d like having the ability to have a separate area for baby and baby stuff.

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I don’t think I’d be happy with anything less then a 2 bedroom. I feel like privacy is important, so I’d want our baby to have its’ own room, and my husband and I our own room.

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Darling Husband and I have a 2 bedroom 2 bath (about 1150 sq ft) in the Newport area of Jersey City and we think we’d have a hard time with that space once we have kids, mostly because Darling Husband works from home sometimes and our second bedroom is now his office/guest bedroom. Kudos to not having a storage unit, we have one just down the road from us and it mainly stores our Christmas Tree, storage bins with decorations in it, summer wheels/tires for our car (DH use to live in AZ) golf clubs, shop vac, cooler, beach chairs, umbrella, etc.. I would love to get rid of all of it but we hope to be in a 3 bedroom house out in the suburbs of Jersey within the next year.. We want to have a backyard where we can grill, grow herbs in the summer, entertain.. I think it just depends on what you are comfortable with and how well you are at keeping possessions to a minimum, which sounds like you guys have mastered!

    Post # 11
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    We did the first 4 months in one bedroom, but now we have more.  We have resisted getting a whole bunch of baby stuff, so that’s kept our footprint low.  Our highchair folds up and can easily be put into a very small storage space and we didn’t get a lot of the other jumper/bouncer/exersaucer type things… so we don’t really need a ton of room!

    Post # 13
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    1813 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Another thing to consider.  If we have 2+ kids, we will probably get rid of having a dedicated guest room.  We might have an office with a twin or have the older kiddo have a twin with a trundle.  Heck, we can even pay for the occasional guest’s hotel room rather than buying a bigger house just to have a guest room.

    Post # 14
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    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I couldn’t do anything less than a 2 bedroom place with a baby.  I need my space and privacy and Darling Husband and I would feel the need to have our own room separate from the baby’s room.

    Plus – if this is going to be a 5-10 year commitment for you, even if you could co-sleep with the baby in your room, are you going to want a toddler sleeping in your room with you too?  How about a 6-7 year old?  Children really need space separate from their parents IMO (although children can share space with each other).

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think well laid out community space (kitchen / living room) is more important than alot of bedrooms. SO and I are former NYCers. We always needed more space in the living room.

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