Tiny House Living with a Newborn

Before I had a rambunctious 16-month-old, I had a sweet little newborn. No seriously y’all the universe totally blessed me, I had the BEST newborn ever. She only cried to eat, slept really well, and was a pretty happy baby to be around. Newborn life in a tiny house was very different from newborn life in a traditional home, but I had no experience raising a newborn in a traditional house, so at the time it was all I knew. Unfortunately, I did not live in the tiny house with my daughter for too long. My ex and I broke up when she was just a month old, so I decided to move back home with my family so I wouldn’t be alone (y’all I had NO IDEA how to take care of a baby!); But I still wanted to share my newborn since I see a lot of posts asking about newborn setups.

BE WARNED! I literally had to drag these pictures up from almost two years ago and they are NOT the best! But hey gotta work with what I got.

Postpartum

New pleather couch(looks like it should be in a college dorm room but whatever works!)

I had a vaginal birth, and like many other women, I had stitches afterwards. I could NOT climb the stairs…well I could but it was advised against and I am a stickler for the rules; therefore, for that whole month I slept on the couch with my daughter. When I first brought her home, I had an L shaped, storage couch from Ikea that pulled out into a full bed. Then when she was 3 days old, I switched to a pleather couch that folded down into a full bed because I just could not take the fabric anymore! She’d pee on the couch bed and then it would soak through and then we’d have to soak the area and it was just all around a mess! While it is 100% possible to climb stairs and crouch down in a loft, I personally preferred just sleeping on the main floor. If you are thinking about going tiny and you do not have kids yet, think about a reversed loft style design. That way you can avoid the steps all together or opt for a main floor room.

I had a vaginal birth, and like many other women, I had stitches afterwards. I could NOT climb the stairs…well I could but it was advised against and I am a stickler for the rules; therefore, for that whole month I slept on the couch with my daughter. When I first brought her home, I had an L shaped, storage couch from Ikea that pulled out into a full bed. Then when she was 3 days old, I switched to a pleather couch that folded down into a full bed because I just could not take the fabric anymore! She’d pee on the couch bed and then it would soak through and then we’d have to soak the area and it was just all around a mess! While it is 100% possible to climb stairs and crouch down in a loft, I personally preferred just sleeping on the main floor. If you are thinking about going tiny and you do not have kids yet, think about a reversed loft style design. That way you can avoid the steps all together or opt for a main floor room.

Baby Sleeping and Changing Table

Putting up the 3 in 1 pack and play (I was so excited for it and NOT ready for its size)

Personally, I am a huge advocate for co-sleeping with baby, but PROPER and SAFE co-sleeping with baby, so I had no need for a crib. I did however want a place for her to nap when I wasn’t sleeping (I adhered to the age-old adage sleep when the baby is sleeping for a while). So after doing research on what was safest for babies to sleep in outside of a crib, I settled on a 3 in one pack and play! On one side was a changing table which actually came in handy, the other side was a small sleeping area where she napped, and underneath those two was the larger pack and play she could lay and sit up in! Luckily for me I was gifted the pack and play, unluckily for me I did not realize how large it would be. It encompassed half the living room, but I mean honestly, I wasn’t having many guests over. Plus, IF I did have guest, it folded up very nicely and tucked away! In fact, I still have it now, folded up and stored in the storage loft.

Newborn bed side (happy, sleeping baby)
Changing table side (she clearly loves it)

Shower Time/ Cleaning

Even though in the beginning there was two of us, my ex would go to work, and I stayed home with the baby. One piece of advice I got that I took seriously, was take a shower EVERYDAY no matter what. I would constantly forget to eat, drink water or even use the bathroom! But I made sure to stick to that piece of advice in my head. As a result, I ended up using a big Boppy on the floor, outside the shower, for shower time. Now I don’t know how safe this practice is, but this really worked for me. She’0d wake up and love the steam and I’d get a couple minutes to myself every day. As she got older, I switched that out for a baby bouncer, and it worked just the same!

Now even though my baby was pretty good, she was still a newborn in the 4th trimester, so she pretty much just wanted to be hugged and loved on ALL DAY. Like I’m not kidding y’all she did not care what I was doing, so long as she could feel me. So, I HIGHLY and I mean HIGHLY recommend investing in a baby carrier or baby wrap of some sort. I am telling you that thing was a lifesaver! It was the only way I could get ANY cleaning done. I mean I was seeping, mopping, and washing dishes with a sleeping baby on my chest. I had the baby Katan because I wanted more of a wrap carrier feeling without having to learn to do all that wrapping stuff. My ex had the baby Bjorn because, well he thought it looked cooler.

Baby in Boppy while mommy showers

Baby Storage

I decided to cloth diaper and I knew I needed space for them all. So I stored the diapers her size in our closet and stored the rest in a suitcase (I didn’t realize how many diapers I bought in the beginning!). I also made it a point to tell everyone that I lived in a tiny house, which means limited storage, so PLEASE don’t go overboard on the clothes buying. I was so happy when people actually heeded my advice, so all of her clothes was able to fit in this mini storage container I picked up at Walmart. I made sure to put them on the top half, so that I wouldn’t have to bend to take her clothes out (which in the beginning was seriously amazing y’all. No one properly prepares you for that postpartum life I’ll tell ya!)

Diaper and clothes storage (probably the only time it was this clean)

Diapers

Hanging the diapers to dry #freedryer

So one of the challenges I was facing after I found out I was pregnant, was diaper storage. I couldn’t imagine having to constantly buy and store disposable diapers which is how I ended up looking for diaper alternatives. I was also beginning my minimal waste journey and did not like the idea of disposables. So I discovered cloth diapers and I’ve been smitten with them ever since! I have a washer/dryer combo in my tiny house, so washing was not an issue. I chose to air dry my diapers at first because that is what is recommended to promote the longevity of the diaper’s life (now I just use it out of necessity since my dryer has decided it no longer wants to dry). Cloth diapers has seriously saved me so much money, and I don’t have to worry about where to store piles and piles of diapers.

It’s all fun I promise!

Me and tiny Lini

Living tiny with a newborn is definitely different than traditional living with a newborn. I did not get to make up a nursery, and I had to be REALLY selective on what toys and gadgets I could accept for her; but, it was still 100% doable, and in my opinion, easier because you are never too far from your baby. If by some weird cosmic phenomenon, I was transported back to when she was a month old, I probably would’ve opted to stay living in my tiny house over moving back in with my dad. I loved the help and welcomed it greatly, but the house was just TOO big. I found myself filing the space again with unnecessary baby gadgets that I then had to get rid of when I moved back in a few months later. They key to living tiny with a newborn, well pretty much the key to living tiny at all, is to be conscience of what you ACTUALLY need versus what people TELL you you need. Living tiny with a newborn does not have to be stressful, scary thing. It can be fun, adventurous and wonderful!

Living, Laughing, Loving Life

Tiny house living with kids

It’s NOT a normal life. Living in a house under 300 sq. ft. with an adventurous toddler and a derpy dog. But its MY life, my dream life! When I designed my tiny house, I figured I’d have at least 5 years in it before having to share it with another person and kids! But life has a way of changing ALL my plans and after living in the tiny house for a year, I brought home my beautiful baby girl. Now, since my relationship failed, I only lived with her in the house for a month before I packed up all my belongings and moved us back into my childhood home. So I have no experience with the infant stage and tiny house living. We moved back in when she was about 10 months and have been here making it work ever since!

Is it challenging sometimes? Of course it is! She can reach everything and frequently cleans out my cabinets so she can sit in them. She likes to throw her toys in the washer/dryer combo and pull candles and whatnots off the bookshelf. The whole house is her playroom, and NOTHING is off limits as a toy. Does this sound familiar? It should! Living tiny with a kid is no different then living in a 2,000 sq. ft. house with one! People who don’t live this lifestyle SWEAR it’s different or that I’m depriving my daughter somehow. I promise we’re all good here! Living tiny with kids just means that we get to spend more time outdoors than indoors (though with this FL heat its hard to stay out there too long). It just means my house isn’t overloaded with millions of useless toys when all she really wants to do is bang our pots together. It just means I don’t have to slave away at a full-time job, taking away valuable time from my daughter because I’m spending thousands of dollars on a massive house everyone else tells me I should have. If living tiny appeals to you than go for it! Is it all peaches and roses all the time? Of course not, and it’s a massive lifestyle change from a “normal” sized house. But it’s 100% doable, 100% crazy and 100% worth it! Don’t let people who have never lived this life give YOU advice on whether or not you should! You wouldn’t ask people for parenting advice if they’ve never had a child, don’t take tiny house advice from people who haven’t lived in a tiny house.

Sending you all the love and tiny living vibes Xoxo,