(Closed) Is it crazy to live in a 3rd floor apt (no elevator) with a baby?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Bad idea?

    Yes, you'll be much happier closer to your car/the ground.

    No, you'll be fine, it's not that bad!

  • Post # 3
    466 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    No, it might be a little extra work walking, but it’s not crazy at all. Think of it as another thing you can do to stay in shape?

    Post # 3
    1763 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Sorry, I think it is crazy to carry the baby in the carseat and the diaper bag up and down those stairs. Atleast you would lose your baby weight fast:)

    Post # 4
    817 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Absolutely start looking for another place!!!

    I can’t stand lugging the carseat from the car into a store, let alone up 3 flights of stairs.

    ALSO you should really think about your safety with going up and down stairs like that. When I was pregnant I fell down our carpeted stairs at home atleast 10 times. I fell down TWICE with baby, too. I think your balance is so off when you’re pregnant and then it is off again after you lose the baby’s weight. I can’t imagine the scariness of descending three flights of long long stairs trying to juggle the baby and the diaper bag and purse and keys, etc….not to mention if you ever have to carry a grocery bag, too.

    I think that if you should definitely start looking. If you don’t find something you can tough it out…but you’d be much happier if you find something ground-level.

    Post # 5
    13094 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I don’t even have kids yets and I wouldn’t want to be in a third-floor apartment without an elevator.  There are times when it is just a pain in the a** to haul stuff up and down 3 flights of stairs.

    I can’t imagine trying to do that with a baby, stroller, car sear, diaper bag, etc.  I vote for ground floor.

    Post # 6
    2467 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    i think if you’re going to be moving anyway, you might as well look for a place that has an elevator or is up fewer stairs

    Post # 7
    2441 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    It’s a matter of choice/preference.  Women have carried babies and things up and down stairs for years and will continue to do so for years to come.  If you don’t think you will mind carrying a growing baby, car seat, diaper bag etc. up and down the stairs and you feel it is worth it, go for it!  


    Post # 8
    2029 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    It’s really not a big deal. You just store your stroller in the trunk of your car so you never have to lug it up the stairs, which is better anyway because then you ALWAYS have it with you in a pinch. We live upstairs with a baby and it’s never crossed my mind to consider it an issue.

    Post # 9
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I live on the 3rd floor by choice. My next door neighbor has a little boy and they don’t seem to have any problems. It’s sometimes annoying but its not that big of a deal.

    Post # 10
    709 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    it gets bothersome. groceries, baby, all their stuff. but i got used to it. i couldn’t pass up the awesome deal for a 2 bedroom as a single mom then. and i started losing my baby weight!

    i also felt more secure because its easier for people to break in a floor apartment versus one thats up higher. lol.

    Post # 11
    5822 posts
    Bee Keeper

    When we lived on a third floor with no elevator (no baby mind you) I did really love the peace and quiet.  But I hated going up and down those stairs everyday and when moving day came I couldn’t wait to get to a place with fewer flights.

    It’s doable, it’s not like living in an apartment with live wires hanging out of the walls and glass all over the floor.  (Meaning, it’s not going to hurt the baby any.)  But there will be days when you may not like all the stairs.  You may also consider how far away you’ll be parking from the stair cases.  And mostly you’ll have to come home, take the car seat out, drag the baby up three flights of stairs, put the baby in the apartment, go back down the stairs, get the groceries/purchases/whatever you couldn’t get in the first trip.  Not a HUGE deal if the car isn’t too far away.

    I will say that moving from a one bedroom to a two bedroom made me infinitely happier, and staircase or no I was ecstatic to have more space.  But I wasn’t pregnant at the time, so I don’t know how I would’ve liked navigating three flights of stairs at the end of my pregnancy.  I probably wouldn’t bother leaving the house until I went into labor!

    Post # 12
    192 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I think it is all based on what you are comfortable with. But if you are thinking about staying in the same complex, I would see if they will let you move a little earlier. There may be a “transfer” fee, but at the places I have lived if they existed they were very small. But then when you are moving you wont be so uncomfortable (third trimester), and it will give you more time to get the nursery together.

    Plus then you wont have to move the baby stuff you get at your showers around that time.

    Post # 13
    827 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Up to you – but I wouldn’t rush into a place just because you feel you need to at this time. We started looking for a new place shortly after finding out we were expecting. It was stressful and in the end we decided that we would make do with the space we have now (small two bedroom townhouse – baby will share bedroom with us. DH works from home and will need his office when home with the baby.) and hopefully find our new place next spring/summer. 

    We sold our house last March (renting townhouse now) and decided we’ll wait before making a major purchase just because we felt we “had to”. 

    Post # 14
    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    It’s a convinience thing, so it’s really up to you.  We have friends who live in a 3rd floor walk-up with their 2 year old and another baby on the way, and it doesn’t bother then one bit.  People in cities all over the world do it all the time!  And it’s true that you will get plenty of exercise going up and down the stairs with all of your baby gear!  Do you have the option of leaving your stroller in a safe place on the ground floor?  I can imagine that would be much easier if it’s feasible. 

    Post # 15
    6571 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    While I’m sure people do live like that and survive, I would never ever do so by choice.

    Like everyone said, there’s tons of things to carry. Especially if I’m going out for a long day, there’s the car seat, stroller, diaper bag, my bag, (my dog and his crap but I don’t think you have to worry about that), and any bags if there’s groceries or shopping. Plus, mommy brain makes you forget things so I’d be at the bottom of the stairs only to have to go up all of those stairs again, and you can’t leave the baby so you have to drag her with you! Today I had to drive an extra 15 minutes back home to make sure I closed the garage door….

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