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    Default Nursery - how small is too small?

    Hi all,
    Hubby and I are expecting our first child in march. We've found a great house to buy (current apartment too small) but there is no bath in the bathroom and there room that would be the nursery is 2 x 2.4m. Bath will only become an issue after a few months I know but I loved having baths as a kid and I feel sad at the thought of my baby missing out on that by having showers with me or bathing in some sort of plastic tub somewhere. And I don't know how I will fit everything in such a small nursery - surely a cot, change table, chest of drawers and feeding chair can't all fit?! I consider all those things essentials. Hubby says I am being too picky - "the baby can bath in a tub in the living room" and "all you need in the nursery is a cot, feed on the couch in the living room, put the baby clothes in the linen cupboard, and put the change table in our bedroom". Am I being silly and inflexible, or do I have valid concerns? Would you buy this house if you were expecting your first baby?

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    I would, but I would be happy making do.I remember applying for a house to rent and seeing it had a walk-in wardrobe and thinking, "great, I can use that for the nursery". We didn't get accepted for that house so it didn't happen. The house we did get had a large master room, so I kept bub in there with me instead.However that is me. It really does sound like you wouldn't be happy with it and would probably resent having to shuffle around and make do. You really need to consider how you will feel. If you are going to resent the too-small nursery, perhaps you should look for a different house.

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    Honestly, no I wouldn't, unless I wasn't planning on living there more than a couple of years. Thinking ahead, could you fit a full size bed in there when bub gets older? Your DHs ideas could work, sure, but the older your bub gets the more inconvenient it will be. If you have other options in your price range I'd keep looking (unless there are other things about the house that are awesome and outweigh the space problem).

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    I would consider how long you want to live in the house, and what areas there are for the baby to play in when it gets mobile - it happens really quickly - within 9 months! Yes a baby only needs a safe cot and doesn't care where it's clothes are, as long as it is dressed and warm when it needs it. A feeding chair doesn't need to be in the nursery, it's more where the mum wants it - near a tv or window for something for mum. A bath can be on a verandah in summer or next to the heater in winter - but I'd be thinking more long-term if it is to buy, not rent. We had some 'interim' measures when DD was born, but we knew it was only interim. Best of luck!

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    DS's nursery is 3x3 I think and that doesn't feel to cramped. In there is his cot, change table, feeding chair and footstool, side table bookcase thing and his small cupboard.

    We have always had a bath but at 9 months DS has never had a bath in it. He has a shower with DH 98% of the time, otherwise a couple of times as a baby we used the baby bath, and once I've used the laundry through when people were over. But were on tank water so showers/baths aren't where we spend time to relax.

    The only thing that would concern me in that is if that nursery would then become a child's room as that's to small in my opinion. DS's nursery will turn into the study when not being a nursery anymore and all the kids we have will move into big double sized rooms downstairs.

    Good luck deciding

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    Honestly no because a nursery is only good for a very short period of time then as the child grows so does the stuff! Lol. You will move from cot to bed would a bed fit? Toys?

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    You don't need much room to start with. To tell you the truth I set up a gorgeous nursery for my first baby that I never ever used. Bubs slept in a bassinet beside my bed and I even ended up moving my rocking chair and all his clothes in as well. The cot was also in my room for the first 12 months.
    Baby baths that are on stands are simply a necessity in my opinion if you want to save your back from leaning over the bath. A big bath only becomes important once they are toddlers or at least sitting unassisted at 7 months. Wash tub in the laundry also doubles as a great baby bath.

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    Hmmm. Personally I would like to fit a few more things in the baby's room. Especially a feeding chair as I feed then just pop my ds (15 months) into bed...

    It's also nice to have a change table and clothes in the their bedroom in case at night they need a big change and if your half asleep you want it all to be close by.

    We showered with our ds (well dh did) for a long time but now he's a toddler he really enjoys being in the bath. And you don't want a toddler splashing around in a tub in the lounge room!

    In saying that. I'm sure you would adapt and lots of people probably cope just fine. They just do things differently to me.

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    My little one is 4 weeks old, we have a nursery for her. It has a change table and a chest of drawers and eventually will have a cot in there. Currently I feed her in bed or on the couch, I change her in our room or on the dining room table and she sleeps at night her basinet is beside our bed. During the day she sleeps in the basinet attachment of her pram in the living room..
    We have a bath but I either bath her in a plastic one or yesterday we bathed her in the kitchen sink...
    All the best laid plans don't always come to fruition.
    If the house is otherwise perfect, personally id be inclined to make do.

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    We used to live in a bus. So really, you don't need lots of room/things for them. We had a cot and change table in the bus. We used an exersaucer as his high chair, he had a play mat for his toys. When he was little we washed him in a laundry tub, when he was bigger he showered with us.

    After that we lived in a small two bedder, his cot and change table were in the sleepout. You mat in the . Lounge room and high chair in the eating room

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