Post # 16
Congrats on your pregnancy!
Slightly different, my hubby doesn’t work from home but he is studying part time (usually one or two nights a week after work) so needs a proper desk, chair and place for a laptop and printer. I don’t want it to be in the nursery but that’s where it is now and we can’t work out any other place for the desk. We will probably downsize to a smaller one, somethung that will suit the nursery furniture more, but I’m still not happy with the idea of it being in the same room.
Looking forward to seeing/hearing how you work it out 🙂 good luck
Post # 17
I think your DH will be fine. I work from home and have a 6 month old. I had the crib in my office and just moved it to our bedroom. We do have a small 3rd bedroom which is the baby
s room and my husbands “office”. I know my situation is a bit different because I was on maternity leave and DH works out of the home. Based on my experience, I would suggest finding a solution for naps that is not in the office. I don
t think you would bother him with diaper changes and it may work out that baby can hang out in the crib while DH works at times and you know baby is safe. I have done this for a few blocks no more than 30 minutes otherwise my LO gets bored. As long as baby is not trying to sleep, I found sharing the office is not a problem. However, my LO plays on the floor in the living room and that is where all of her toys are. From 3-6 months she slept in my office and I was either on maternity leave or working on my lap top in another room but I am not a programmer and dont need 2 monitors ;). What I think is most important is that you don`t forget it is his office and he is at work so if baby is having a bad day and fussing a lot, you will need to be prepared to take baby for a long walk or to do something out of te house. It is really hard to work with a crying baby even if sou know someone else is watching her. My LO is not yet walking or crawling but I do have all my wires on a surge protector which is set up inside the desk and I can close and eventually child proof the desk door. The Rock n Play is a good space saving sleep solution that you can easily fold and move (more easily than the Pack n Play) and I would 100% recommend for small spaces and flexibility for babies from birth to about 6 months. Sorry this is so long, hope it helps a bit.
Post # 18
Same boat, also in CA… We’re saving for a larger place and hope to be able to make it happen within 2 yrs, but for now DH’s massive computer setup is going to takeover the dining space and our office will be baby’s room. He still wants to try the hybrid office nursery but I think it’s way too many screens and blinking lights, and like others have said I don’t think he’d be able to be in there at the same time working and have someone else basically controlling his work flow. Good luck with however it works out for you! CA real estate and rent prices are serious problems for expanding families!
Post # 19
- Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor
So true. The only reason we have the space we have is that we are renting from out of state family members, and although the rent is lower the utilities and commute are a step down from where we were before.
Is your dining area separate from your living area? If we had that we might be able to squish an office in there, but we just have one big open room with a kitchen/island taking up one quadrant, dining area/kitchen spillover in the 2nd, and then the remaining half is living room. We both feel like having the office out of the living area is better, DH because it is easier for him to “clock out” when he can come relax in the living room and leave work in the office, and me because I would feel like me and baby in the living room all the time would be too distracting to him, so I’d rather have full run of the living room and limited use of baby’s room than full run of baby’s room and limited use of the living areas. Plus people are gonna be coming over to see the baby while DH still has to work.
I totally share your concerns about screens and lights- what we are thinking now is a kind of semisolid room divider like a bookshelf backed with frosted acrylic or something so it still lets the light through but blocks all the glare. Then we’ll have a baby gate in the “doorway” between the bookshelf and the wall. Definitely will make the room smaller but we have high ceilings so I hope it will still feel airy.
Anyway first challenge is getting rid of the junk underneath our guest bed that we haven’t looked at in 2 years and get rid of a bunch of junk in our storage unit so we can store the double bed to make room to even have a baby room!
Post # 20
Totally, we are torn between renting a bigger place that is bigger but a “step down” and it prolonging the time it will take us to have a downpayment for buying…or staying where we are and being a little cramped but getting to the house faster..Currently our dining area is like a sort of nook off of the living room, it’s not fully a separate room and it’s small, but it could work – we just won’t have any dining table at all, but honestly we often eat at our coffee table, and we have barstools to our kitchen counter so there’s that…If DH was working in the dining room he’d definintely need to where headphones if he didn’t want to be distracted to sounds in our living roomm..and I guess ideally I wouldn’t have the TV on in the living room if he was working, but I could always hang out with the baby in the bedroom with my laptop if I needed to get some things done. Another option could be us renting one of those co-working office spaces nearby if it’s cheaper than finding a larger place to live…Our office room isn’t really big enough to divide but that could be a creative option. With the screens I feel like if I accidently bump into the desk it turns all the screens on, and then you just have to wait for them to sleep again (without constantly powering up and down the whole thing) Also the printer super loud, and maybe I’m just paranoid about stuff I don’t understand but I worry that it could somehow be unhealthy for a baby to be next to all of those bluetooth signals and whatnot bouncing around in there. Our computer router hookup is in that room though, and I’m not sure we have another choice…
Post # 21
- Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor
You make me feel so normal!! I totally thought about the wifi/electronic radiation thing too, but our router is also in that room and can’t be moved (our internet is beamed at us from a tower, so the receiver needs to be at a certain place on the roof and run into the house from there) but I figure since baby will be on the opposite side of the room, and probably not in there very much while the electronics are on, it shouldn’t be a big deal.
Post # 22
Hi! I know this post is old, but how did this work out for you? I am in the same boat with a husband who works from home and would like for the office to double as a nursery. I am considering dividing the room with a black out curtain.
Post # 23
Me and fi have talked about this a lot. Yes he has a 3 bd house(im moving in with him after the wedding), but both our works involve confidential information and we arent supposed to share a workspace. We see a few options for after we have kids and we move him or her into her own room.
1. Move to a bigger place.
2. Use the dining room or part of the bedroom as an office.
3. Partition one of the bedrooms so we can both use it as an office.
Using the third bedroom as an office /nursery didn’t really get considered since we wanted a dedicated space that can be quiet for naptime if at all possible.
Honestly, I think we’ll do option 3.
Post # 24
- Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor
It worked in some ways and didn’t in others. We were able to arrange the room so it was reasonably comfy for everyone- desk/office chair, glider, crib, changing table dresser all fit. We had baby sleep in our room for the first 3/4 months but used the nursery for changing and clothes and everything. I don’t remember it ever being a huge issue that I needed to change her during a video call or something. Once we got her sleeping in the crib it was also fine, if DH had work to do after bedtime would bring his laptop out and work in the living room. The main issue was naps, I just couldn’t get her to sleep in there while he was working and we didn’t really have space for a separate nap area (when we had the bassinet in our room I could barely move in there- it was worth it to have her close at first but once she started sleeping in the crib we had to put it away so that I could use my room again) so she pretty much napped in my arms.
We were luckily able to buy a house and move when she was 7 months old, so she got her own room, and after a few weeks of having her own quiet space to nap I finally got her napping on her own. Glorious.
Post # 25
We started out this way in our two bedroom apartment, and I work from home. When my son was a baby he was rarely in his room. He mostly liked to sleep on someone or in his swing (supervised naps). Since I wasn’t working at night when he’s be in bed for the night, it worked fine. We also had a daybed in the room for guests, and I used a pack n play in our room whenever we had a guest. We are in a bigger place now and my son is two with his own room, and he still barely spends any time in there. I would just make sure to use cord management so a moving baby can’t get tangled and choke on the cords. I’d also block off the outlets and make sure furniture and the monitors have anti-tip hardware on them.
Post # 26
Thanks so much for all your comments! I think this will just be a “see how it goes and adjust as necessary” situation. I anticipate that for the first bit baby will sleep in our room. We live in a 1 bedroom + solarium/den condo and the set up is a bit strange. I attached the floor plan below and what I’m thinking of doing. The solarium/what is the office is divided by glass sliding doors between the living room on one side and another set of sliding door between it and our bedroom. My plan is to divide the space down the middle with a black out curtain and put a mini crib against the sliding doors to our bedroom and keep my husband’s desk on the other “living room” side. This way I can access the crib from our bedroom. The baby’s changing table will be what is now my dresser and all the clothes and other things in our closet. So basically, the office space will just be a place to sleep at night.
My husband is in a PhD program and so has the option of working on campus (though space is limited and he’d have to transport everything everyday, at home, or our condo building has office space on the common floor level where he could work if necessary. I anticipate though that he will consistently he working at home after dinner at the same time that baby needs to go to sleep. He is very quiet but there would be the clicking of keys on the other side of the black out curtain. I was wondering if perhaps a white noise machine would counter act the quiet clicking…. He doesn’t really like to work in the living room as the TV is distracting and I loathe the idea of having his desk in our bedroom… though that is a possibility if sharing the office does not work out.
I don’t want to move as our building is great! It has a children’s playroom, an indoor and outdoor pool, has tonnes of families, a park across the street and is so close to transit. Am I crazy for thinking this could work?