Does a Baby Need Four Walls?

Does a Baby Need Four Walls?

Carrie McBride
Apr 18, 2011

Q: With a tight budget and a hefty wishlist, we've narrowed down our list of possible rentals to an adorable duplex with "2 bedrooms plus a loft". It will fit my husband and I and our 19 mos old son nicely. The catch? We are trying for our second little one and we are hoping to not have to move for quite a while. The second bedroom is an option but what about the loft next to it? Does a baby need 4 walls? The loft has 2 full walls and banister and opens to the hallway leading to the other bedrooms. What about privacy? Noise? Will I be army crawling to my room while he struggles to fall asleep? Thanks for any advice!

Sent by Jessica

Editor: Although it's hard to picture the loft space you're referring to, I can tell you a little bit about my experience having my son sleep in a room without 4 walls. His crib is in our office separated from our bedroom only by a curtain. He was a light sleeper for his first 1.5 years or so and we were very careful about walking by him (yes, a few army crawls!) quietly so as to not wake him up. We were also careful about not making too much noise in the rest of our apartment since he didn't have a door on the other side of his room either. We have used white noise from the time he was a baby and can't imagine not having it in an apartment with our layout. Now he is a heavy sleeper and we worry much less and can't remember the last time we woke him up accidentally.

That said - a lot of readers have reported that having a baby and a toddler share a bedroom has worked out well for them with the toddler adjusting to a baby who wakes more frequently. Readers, what do you think of Jessica's situation?

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