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    Default Preparing for Bub - in a small space

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    I am almost 20 weeks pregnant with our first child. We live in Sydney's East in a decent sized one bed apartment. We are hoping to stay here at least another year. Bub will be about 9 months when we look at moving. So far our plan is to have a small cot for the baby in our room and share this space until we move. I've heard mixed opinions of what we should and shouldn't do, but we feel comfortable with this option.

    Who else has lived in a small house/unit with a baby for several months? How did you find it? Any space saving ideas? We won't worry about pieces such as a change table... We plan to have a DIY change station in our laundry.

    We've started clearing out our linen cupboard in the unit to accommodate the baby's clothes and other bits and pieces.

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    We live in a 2 bedroom unit with 2 kids. DS (now 3) shared our room for 2 years before we moved him in with his sister. To be honest we didn't find it too difficult when he was really young - not many toys etc that take up lots of space. We had a box of nappy changing stuff that we moved around to whatever room we needed and just changed him on the floor/couch. We did have to do a bit of a clean out before DS came along so we could fit his clothes into the house, but that didn't prove too difficult. We didn't bother with things like a baby bath and we borrowed a swing (which he didn't end up liking anyway!) so we didn't have to store it after he was too big for it.

    One thing we did find useful was to have a spare single mattress under our bed (it will become DS' mattress when he moves into a single bed) - there were nights where one of us or the kids were sick (or teething, or just generally not sleeping) and the mattress allowed DH or I to set up camp in the living room for the night so we could tag team and get some sleep and function the next day. It has been very useful many many times over the last few years.

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    I have always had enough room to put my babies in another room but I have anyways had all of my babies in my room for the first 3 months at least.

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    We're in an inner Sydney 2 bedroom place with 1 toddler, but 1 room is strictly off limits (home office, as we both work part time from home).
    We'd have DS in our room at night for the first couple of years anyway so that's fine for us. Our loungeroom is his playroom, with an added Ikea shelf (pic attached) with all of DS's clothes and toys and nappies. Foam change mat slides under the couch, no change table needed. Instead of an big couch in the lounge we have a small couch and a mattress, so like Sajimum said - if someone is sick or something we can switch out.
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    Luckily babies are only small.
    Honestly I don't get the issue. Ignore the naysayers!

    If you can fit a small cot and a small chest of drawers (or similar), then you can fit a baby. They don't take up much space at all. There is no need for excessive paraphernalia. My last baby only had a sling, clothes, cloth nappies, and a car seat. That's it!

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    Definitely doable. While we lived in a bigger house when ds was born we since have moved into a smaller unit and are much happier. We cosleep so that saves heaps of space with no bassinet or cot. We have always changed ds on the queen bed. You can use a nappy bucket or sink for a bath or alternatively shower with bub. Ds's toy area is in the lounge similar to the pp with cube storage shelves, a table and toy box. A sofa-bed, comfy couch or spare mattress might be a good idea.

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    We are in a 2 bed unit, with the 2nd room off limits as hubby works from home.

    I purchased a small 2nd hand cot off gumtree. When we purchased a new bed in January, I specifically got one with 4 big under bed draws. I have turned a bookshelf into bubs clothes draws with some baskets from spotlight.

    I have ordered a swing (because I wanted it!) and ordered a change table on wheels so I could move it around.

    We do have 2 big built ins plus a double linen press, so I'll have to give them all a clean out shortly.

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    We lived in a small 2 bed unit until dd1 was 9 months old. She stayed in our room the entire time.
    They don't take up to much space at that age and honestly you don't need all the stuff so it's doable

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    Thanks for all the replies. We've got a bath and a decent sized laundry sink, so bathing the baby is one thing we don't need to worry about.

    I agree with the above comments about they don't need a whole lot of things. So many must haves are commercialised now and I just think back to when my grandparents were raising my parents and they would have had the bare essentials.

    I think I've narrowed down our initial list to a cot, car seat, stroller, carrier and something to sit in (bouncer). Then all the obvious like clothes & nappies etc.

    We're feeling pretty confidant with sticking it out for the next year, if it's longer, even better. We're not quite ready to make the move to the 'burbs yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    Luckily babies are only small.
    Honestly I don't get the issue. Ignore the naysayers!

    If you can fit a small cot and a small chest of drawers (or similar), then you can fit a baby. They don't take up much space at all. There is no need for excessive paraphernalia. My last baby only had a sling, clothes, cloth nappies, and a car seat. That's it!
    I agree. As long as you don't mind room sharing you'll be just fine!

    My baby is 6mo and I have a room for her but she's still in our bedroom


 

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