Talk to me about babies and a very small house!

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
913 posts
Busy bee

We’re in a 1 bedroom apartment right now and expecting our first LO in December. We’re looking into getting a bigger space, but we won’t be able to until our lease runs out next year…sooo until then we’re converting our dining space into a baby space, since we hardly use the dining table. Not ideal but it’s totally doable, especially within the baby’s first year. You could definitely make it work if you want to 🙂 

Post # 3
534 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think it’s fine the first few months at least. I have a 9-week-old and we only use the main floor of our house (basement is unfinished) which is about 900 feet and it’s more than enough. He has his own room, but he doesn’t need one. He doesn’t sleep there and he doesn’t have enough clothes to really need a closet or dresser.

The bigger items we actually use: bassinet (in our room – we won’t be moving him to his crib until 6 months), swing, changing table (ours has storage underneath for extra diapers/wipes/bath stuff) and a cube organizer thing, which is where we store his clothes and blankets. We also use a Rock n Play and one of those piano play mats, but those are smallish and easy to move and I don’t think we use them enough to consider them a must-have. He has his own bookshelf for all his books also and we have a rocking recliner that I would’ve died without.

Things we have but really just don’t need: a baby bathtub (he has taken baths with me and fits in our sink easily with a towel underneath – both are way easier than the tub!!), the crib until 6 months, a separate hamper for his clothes, a Pack n Play (our bassinet folds up and is way more appropriately sized for him if we travel), a second stroller (I really don’t think you need a regular one and a jogging one but the Internet convinced me I did …), a toy box and toys (they don’t really do toys for several months but I didn’t realize that lol), his high chair …

I think the real challenge will be preventing people from buying you too much stuff when you don’t really have the room. You’ll have to be very selective about your registry – include lots of gift cards and don’t feel weird about exchanging cute space wasters for practical items!

Post # 5
649 posts
Busy bee

moto5522 :  If your baby is a light sleeper it will be really difficult.  Both of my kiddos after about 6 weeks were easily startled so 400 sq ft would have made getting anything done during nap time impossible. At 8 weeks both my little guys started going to bed at 8 pm and needed dim lights for 30 minutes beforehand–I’m not sure how that would work in such a small space with an open floor plan. 

Post # 6
6236 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

My SO and I had our son in a 600 square foot apartment for the first year of his life and then we were in a slightly larger (but still small) apartment where he was sleeping in a corner of the master with us. It’s actually really easy to have a small baby in a small space (probably easier than two full sized adults in that same space!). They’re easy to keep track of and it keeps you from going overboard with the unnecessary baby items. I actually thought of our first place as our cozy little family cave for a while.

I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Good luck making your rainbow!

Post # 7
7905 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

When I was born, my parents lived in a studio apartment. I don’t know all the details, but they made it work, and I turned out ok. 

Post # 8
578 posts
Busy bee

My grandmother was one of 18 children. She told me her siblings used to sleep 3 kids at the head of the bed, 3 kids at the foot of the bed. You should be just fine 🙂

Post # 9
2618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Not personally but close friends had a baby in a small one bed apartment. It was my opinion that it wasn’t big enough for the couple alone, but it was all they could afford. I think it’s okay for a very small baby but I’d worry about the crawling/walking stage. My friend’s baby’s learning was stunted as he had no reason to stand by himself…he either crawled everywhere or grabbed onto anything close by to keep him steady because there was no clear space for him to fall/learn.

Good luck with the new house and I wish you good fortune with your baby hopes.

Post # 10
1263 posts
Bumble bee

Well, we’re about to have twins in a 500sq ft apartment, so I’ll let you know, lol. We’re staying here for at least the next 2 years. We’ll make it work. 

Post # 11
9506 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You will be fine. It’s recommended that the baby sleep in the same room as you until they are a year old anyway.

We didn’t even use dd’s nursery until she was around 14 months. As long as you’re good at living minimally (which I assume you are at 400 sq ft! wow!), go for it!

Post # 12
6834 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

Husband and I are currently living in an 800 sq ft, 1 bedroom house and our first child is due in January. We are attempting to sell it (goes on the market this weekend!) and get a bigger house before the baby is born, but we realize that might not be possible. It’ll be cramped and uncomfortable I’m sure, but we can make it work at least for the first few months of the kid’s life. Once he becomes mobile though, I see it turning into a serious issue. 

Post # 13
2394 posts
Buzzing bee

We live in 900sq ft with an almost-one-year-old. It’s totally fine. It’s actually nice that we can see him at all times, pretty much no matter what we’re doing. Storage is, of course, at a premium. Command hooks to store things like bibs work wonders. We also put toys (like bath toys) in lingerie wash bags and hang those as well. We have one dresser where we change him, and use the drawers to store pants, bathing suits, socks, diapers, sheets, etc. for him, and then my husband built a shelf from which we hang onesies and shirts, and use the top of the shelf for storage and his sound machine. Pack n play’s will save space over a full sized crib. 

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