I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this - I'm looking for some advice from those of you who already have a baby.
We are expecting our first baby. We live in an apartment and there is no lift access from our carpark to our apartment.
We drive into the garage, park the car, then have to walk to the end of the carpark, open a heavy door, walk down about 7 steps, open another heavy door, walk up 2 flights of stairs, open yet another door, then walk to our apartment, open our gate, get into the courtyard, then open the door to our apartment.
We have realised that this is going to be a major hassle with a baby! I'm small and I really don't think that I can carry a pram and a baby and open the doors and walk up all those stairs. DH works long hours so I will mostly be doing this alone.
I just have no idea how I'm going to do this. It will influence which products we buy (prams etc) so I'm trying to work it out now.
My question is how can I get the baby to and from the car to the apartment? Here are my ideas:
Any ideas? Now I wish we had bought a house instead!
- unplug the carseat and carry her in the carseat up the stairs? (Will be hard on my back and difficult to open the doors)
- take her out of the carseat, put on a baby carrier, and carry her up in that, then come down and get the pram separately? (seems like a huge hassle to have to strap this on and off just to get from the car to the apartment)
- carry the baby in my arms - is this safe? I would be terrified of dropping her down 2 flights of concrete stairs!!
- buy a pram with carrycot (like Bugaboo Cameleon), put bub in the carrycot, then carry that up the stairs?