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    Hi
    Just wondering if I can get some feedback on others who have lived in an apartment with a baby. We are looking at moving into an apartment complex and will be bringing our newborn up for the first 6 or so months there. Just wanting to know others experience?
    The complex is fairly new. Lots of units. Seems pretty family friendly. Plenty of indoor space.
    Thanks in advance

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    If it's new it's more likely to have adequate sound proofing, right? That's the only major downside i can think about from both perspectives- baby annoying neighbours or neighbours annoying you and your baby.

    I've lived in a heap of units over the years and inconsiderate neighbours and excessive noise is the only real major issue. I worry about my kids being too noisy as well.
    To a lesser extent, all depends on the design of the unit but some have really poor airflow and lighting. The unit i currently live in has no external windows in most of the rooms, it makes for a stuffy, hot summer. I'm guessing a newer unit is more likely to have air con though i spose?

    Overall, i think it can definitely work. There might be a few downsides but the grand scheme of things, they aren't major issues particularly if you are only living there for a relatively short period of time.

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    We lived on a unit until ds1 was about 10 months old. It was fine, I don't know how I can really expand on that.

    I don't think I could have done it much longer than that, but only because ds1 was getting more active and wanting to explore. He loved the park then and I wanted him to have a yard.

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    We lived in apartments till DD1 was 3.5 with no issues.
    We made an effort when she was a bub to get out walking with the pram each day and once a bit bigger to the park or beach.
    I really miss our apartment living in the city, we moved when DD2 came along and as much as i miss it i don't think we could do it with our family of 5 however it was perfect for us & DD1

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    We love in an apartment, always have. I have a 5 yo DS and 2 yo dd. Getting up and down stairs can be a real pain especially with shopping plus stroller. And the balcony is a big issue safety wise. But with one immobile baby there's really no issues I can think of. I used to leave the pram downstairs and carry bub up in my arms or I used a hug a bub or an ergo. It's fine

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    DS1 is 19mo and we live in an apartment. 3d floor no elevator.

    The pram lives downstairs in our garage behind the car.

    Yes it's a pain going up and down the stairs but it keeps us fit
    We go out all the time, there's lot of parks around us so the no back yard is not an issue.

    Love the inner city life!!

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    We lived in a brand new apartment until our oldest was three years old. I cried when we moved out. I loved it so much. Now we're a family of five hubby says there's no way it would still work, I'd be pretty willing to give it a good go though It's never going to happen, but I really think that apartment living with a baby will be fine. Just invest in a good carrier if you need to climb stairs with groceries etc. and leave the pram downstairs or in your car so you're not carting it up and down stairs all the time.
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    We lived in an apartment until DS was 5, we then sold and bought another apartment and now have DS8 and DD5. We are very fortunate to have a large terrace area for them to play (like a backyard). We've never had complaints from neighbours about crying kids (and my DS was a non sleeper that cried a lot).

    We love apartment living - we have no intention to move to a house

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    We lived in a tiny 1 bedroom unit when I was pregnant with dd1 and for the first 6 months. All I can say is... never again! It was only 4 units, ours being the smallest and we shared walls with 2 neighbours. My first night home from hospital, bub was very unsettled and cried most of the night (as newborns do). One neighbour got angry at us the next day because it kept her awake (we shared a bedroom wall). Another neighbour said she heard it too (her room was on the opposite side of the building, but it didnt bother her. After the neighbour getting angry I was constantly worrying about noise and not bothering anyone. The angry neighbor also complained to the real estate.

    It put us off ever living in a unit with kids again. Constantly worrying about trying not to bother other people was just no way to live for us.

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    Subbing, we are going to move to Sydney and I am getting quite anxious about living in an apartment. When we look at rentals, all it comes up are apartments. We have a 3 year old and 7 month old. We have never lived in an apartment or inner city before. Freaking out.....

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