Good Questions: How Small An Apartment Can You Have a Baby In?

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Hello AT,

I have a question for you since I know that you also live in a small apartment. What is the smallest apartment that you think a couple can live in when having a baby?

We currently live in a 400 sq/ft one bedroom in the East Village and are expecting in four months. We have a bedroom, a common room with a kitchen in it and a bathroom. There is a bit of a hall. Some people have said our apartment is just too small. Others have said that we need to have a separate room for the baby. A few have said we'd be okay for awhile. What do you think?

Thanks, Agnes

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Dear Agnes, We DO live in a small apartment but we haven't gone down that road yet. When we do, we'll know the answer for sure.

In the meantime, we think that if you are really comfortable with your spouse and very mellow, you could be fine in a one bedroom apartment (of any size) for anywhere from 0 to 12 months. Eventually you are going to need another room, and the most important reason for that other room is so that one of you can be sleeping while the other is awake with the baby or so both of you can sleep while the baby is crying (if you are in the process of getting your baby to sleep the whole night through).

What do the moms and dads out there think?

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