Raising a baby in a small space – somewhat minimalist?

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

check out jim gaffigan (comedian).  he had a tv show about his life, living in a 2 bedroom nyc apartment as a family of 7.

by the way, not all people register at 12 weeks.  i ordered my furiture when i was 30 weeks and didn’t put together my registry until after that. i didn’t purchase anything baby related until after the he was born.

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megm1099 :  we just bought a changing mat and laid it on a dresser that was low enough to be comfortable. At least then you aren’t dragging out a folding pad all of the time. You can also look into doorway hanging toys. As long as you install correctly you should be able to manage a basic jumper and they don’t need all the lights and flash of a fancy one. Not much help beyond that… our bedroom was too small but the rest of the house sufficed for a couple of years so we didn’t have to be particularly careful. 

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Sugar bee

Congrats!! I’m 8 weeks today and I’m already thinking about things we need! 

I was a nanny and babysitter most of my young adult life so through the years I’ve seen a lot of that stuff isn’t even necessary. Personally, I like to change babies on the floor. We will have a separate nursery for our baby but I don’t see a need for a changing table. Floors are much more comfortable!

There are a lot of products that convert and grow with the baby so those are awesome for small spaces. I know there’s a bassinet that flips into a changing table. You can use a nursing pillow to prop the baby up instead of buying a specific bumbo chair or something similar. 

There are lots of families in their situation and they do just fine! I think Europeans are much better (I live in the US) with minimalism and only buying what’s necessary. IKEA has a lot of items that are small space friendly as well.

Hope this helps! 

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megm1099 :  if your apartment is that small I wouldn’t bother with the bassinet and the mini crib – we used our bassinet for only 4.5 months before she outgrew it and they aren’t cheap (I DO love it, but I have plenty of space – I would have skipped it otherwise). 

For the diaper situation we just put a keekaroo pad on top of her dresser and loaded up the top drawer with diapers and sleepers (the only clothes she wore for the first several months). My friends had much smaller jumper/activity centers than us – there are a few compact ones on the market! Also get solid toys that can be used creatively multiple ways. We get WAY more use out of our wooden alphabet blocks than anything with batteries. Building, spelling, counting, juggling – all with just a small box of blocks. I’m no help on the stroller, it lives on our enclosed porch. 

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Bumble bee
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No personal advice, but my friend (who splurged on a whole nursery), ended up using the decked out pack-n-play they got for the living room for a changing table/nap station/play yard. So that may be an easy way to avoid a changing table/baby napper, since presumably most people need some sort of playpen eventually anyhow. 

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Sugar bee
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I wanted our crib set-up before the baby came. Big mistake because we still haven’t used it and she’s four months now.

We use her dresser as a changing table and that saved a lot of space, plus it’s easier. Our baby didn’t particuarly like her swing or the bouncer so the swing is going to my parents place so my advice on those sorts of things would be wait and see if you really need it. PP is right, changing a baby is so much easier on the floor, I do it all the time at my mom’s and it’s my preference now.

Honestly the most helpful things we got when she was first born were diapers and wipes. We didn’t need to buy any until she started using size 2 diapers just last month.

Is it possible for you to use a playpen with a bassinet insert and the changing table insert? That would also work as a sort of crib when he/she is older and as a toddler.

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Busy Beekeeper
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I guess my first question would be, how long do you plan to try and stay in this current apartment? I definitely get how stressful it feels to have a baby in a space you don’t feel is ideal. We sold our house while I was 12w pregnant and were in a rental until our baby was 7 months old and we moved into our new house. We did set up a nursery but it’s still not the same when you don’t feel “settled”.

I would skip buying a special bassinet or crib for now, and instead get a pack n’ play w/ the changing station & bassinet sleeper. Similar to this one: 

https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Trend-Retreat-Nursery-Center/dp/B07R8JS6M1/ref=sr_1_16?keywords=pack%2Bn%2Bplay&qid=1567622130&s=gateway&sr=8-16&th=1

Babies need a firm sleeping space until a year so after that you could technically keep your kid in the PnP. We still use ours for travel and I bought the Millard Memory Foam PnP travel mattress for it – since he has the crib version at home:

https://www.amazon.com/Milliard-Memory-Foam-Mattress-Topper/dp/B078XMMSYP/ref=sxin_3_ac_d_rm?ac_md=0-0-bWVtb3J5IGZvYW0gcGFjayBuIHBsYXkgbWF0dHJlc3M%3D-ac_d_rm&crid=2RCJW9EV83B47&keywords=memory+foam+pack+n+play+mattress&pd_rd_i=B078XMMSYP&pd_rd_r=5f184bdc-4bf9-496c-ac34-969c60c45aa3&pd_rd_w=qgx17&pd_rd_wg=qs0D1&pf_rd_p=404c4843-2c96-4d0d-a5fe-2b0598693e61&pf_rd_r=31HQV5NP9Z2RBGFRB3D8&qid=1567622971&s=gateway&sprefix=memory+foam+pack+n%2Caps%2C147

We kept our PnP set up downstairs so we had a place to change baby during the day, it worked out just fine. I don’t know anyone who has purchased an actual “chaning table”. Pretty much everyone I know, myself included just put a changing pad w/ a basket of supplies on a dresser. In our new house we have a changing pad on our dresser as well for daytime changes so we don’t have to go upstairs.

As for all the extra stuff, plenty of people do without, although there are definitely things that just make like easier with a baby. Instead of a giant swing/rocker contraption I’d look into getting something a big smaller and portable that you can easily fold and store away when you need to. There are just going to be times where you’re going to need or want to put baby down into a safe spot while you do things, and something like a swing/rocker can help keep them entertained:

https://www.amazon.com/Ingenuity-Swing-Portable-Swings-Hoots/dp/B017XNL39S/ref=sr_1_14?keywords=baby%2Bswing&qid=1567622702&s=gateway&sr=8-14&th=1

I fully admit to being the ultimate consumer of baby stuff. We had literally everything and I’ll be really honest of all the stuff we had (rock n play, mamaroo, etc) my kid loved the $25 bouncer seat from walmart that we bought to use on our boat!! 

This is the one we have and he LOVED it:

https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Babys-Bouncer-Geo-Meadow/dp/B014D4HPXI/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=bouncer+seat&qid=1567622854&s=gateway&sr=8-6

 

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Busy Beekeeper
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megm1099 :  In that case, I’d just tough it out and don’t worry about buying a crib or special bassinet. Definitely get the Pack N Play – there are many options of varying prices but I would splurge and get a quality one that includes the changing station and bassinet. Both can be removed for when the baby is too big for them, and once you are established have a nursery/crib the PnP can still be used when you travel! 

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megm1099 :  oh yea the pack ‘n play! We had ours set up in the living room as my downstairs station and it was awesome for the first few months! 

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megm1099 :  Yep! My 17m old still sleeps in it when we travel. ๐Ÿ™‚ They’re basically a portable crib that can be folded up and packed away.

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