(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 # 16
    2546 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Hey! I live on the third floor with a baby, with no elevator.

    My fiance and I live here temporarily, just while we are in the city, and I can assure you it’s not that tough. The only hard part for me is grocery days. So I just try to plan that so it corresponds when my fiance will be home, or shortly, to unload the car. We keep the stroller in the trunk of my car at all times, so we don’t have to haul it.

    Going up the stairs is great excersise, in my opinion, especially if you are doing it 3-4x a day. Plus hauling, good for the arms!

    Post # 17
    445 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I lived in a 3rd floor apartment with no elevator. It was AWFUL moving in and out of the apartment. I actually had to get rid of stuff because  it wouldn’t make it up there.

    I can’t imagine having to climb those stairs pregnant or with a child. I think you really need to consider other options.

    Post # 18
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I didn’t vote because I have opinions that fit both sides. I vowed to myself many years ago that I would only live on the top floor of an apartment after dealing with noise from the units above. With a baby I think it would be horrible to be on the bottom without knowing how the upstair neighbors are. That could really cause problems and irritation for your family. I also agree with what someone said that you can just leave the stroller etc in the car but carrying a baby in a carseat up several flights of stairs is going to get heavy and old real quick! Given the two options and my experience I would take the 3rd floor over the bottom most likely though.

    Post # 19
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It’s not crazy, but it probably would be a bit of a pain. We currently live on the third floor of an apartment building without an elevator, and carrying groceries is really exhausting, especially in the summer! I can’t imagine doing it with a bulky stroller or a carseat every day. It would be doable, but it would probably get tiresome fast.

    Post # 20
    5992 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    i voted its a bad idea – can you imagine having to haul a stroller and baby and bag and groceries or whatever up and down three flights of stairs every single day

    Post # 21
    28 posts
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Interesting topic, as we are currently living on the 3rd floor in a building without an elevator! For now it hasn’t really been a problem, but then again it’s just the two of us and we are not even TTC until after the wedding. Anyway this def gives me something to think about! Smile

    Post # 22
    2312 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We have a 2 year old and live on the 4th floor. The stairs are not ideal, but it’s not like, going to kill you! Leave the stroller in the car. Leave the car seat in the car. Make smaller grocery runs during the week so you don’t have 50 bags to tote up on 3 separate trips. If you have a large run, grab what needs to be refrigerated immediately, leave the dry stuff in the car, and tell your husband to grab it on his way up when he gets home, or go back down once the baby is napping is get it yourself. On some days it’s an inconvenience, but at worst, it’s just going to provide you with a little extra exercise. 

    Does your husband travel for work? We live in the DC area and mine travels a LOT for work, which is why we chose a higher floor, for when my daughter and I are here alone when he’s gone. Not that we live in an unsafe area, but it’s nice to know that when he’s gone, there’s only one point of entry I need to worry about (the front door). No need to stress over someone breaking in via a window or sliding glass door or something. If you’re going to be alone with your baby if your husband travels, trust me, the peace of mind of being on a higher floor is worth it. 

    Post # 24
    987 posts
    Busy bee

    I wouldn’t even think twice about it!  I live in a city where roughly 99% of the population lives in apartments and about 30% of buildings have elevators…Needless to say many people deal with carrying children and groceries and whatever else needs to be taken upstairs everyday.  If you like where you live and prefer the top floor, then I think you’ll adapt and it’ll be fine!  

    Post # 25
    3586 posts
    Sugar bee

    No way. We live in a 2 level house and I hate carrying her up and down those. I can’t imagine 3 flights!

    Post # 26
    1309 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We have a two year old. When she was 5 months old we moved from the ground level to the third. Ground level was obviously easier and simpler in most ways but the stairs have never bothered us that much in regards to our daughter. You learn to strategize and plan ahead with some things.

    Having some sort of a baby carrier, like a Moby wrap, is a very good idea instead of carrying the carseat. For one, it’s better for your back and you have both hands free for carrying extra stuff.

    Post # 27
    1312 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think it’s doable but it’s going to be exhausting! Going up and dow the stairs, carrying the baby, trying not to trip, carrying the diaper bag and I always had some extra bags I was carrying whenever I brought my son around. I voted look elsewhere because I really think it will wear you out!

    Post # 28
    64 posts
    Worker bee

    I think you’d be fine, except for grocery shopping you may need two people. I think I’ve used my stroller about twice (he’s usually in the ergo type thing), and rarely use a diaper bag (just throw a changing clutch into my purse). If you have a car, keep the stroller and a bag with clothes and diapers in there and you won’t have to lug it around. In fact if you really wanted you can skip the infant car seat and keep the convertible in the car and just carry the baby. Totally doable if you don’t mind being a minimalist.

    Post # 29
    940 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I wouldn’t say you’re crazy, but personally, I wouldn’t want to do it.  Maybe in time it won’t be a big deal, but think of how tired you might be the first few months, and going up and down those stairs with a baby in tow might be more than you’re up for.

    My husband and I just bought a house last year, and one of his requests was that we find a house where the garage enters on the first floor and not the basement.  I didn’t think it was a big deal, but now that I’m almost 38 weeks pregnant, I can easily envision coming in with a baby AND groceries, or anything else that you might have with you.  And I’m really happy that we ended up not compromising.

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