Can You Have a Baby in a Tiny House?
The moment I found out I was pregnant the number one response was something along the lines of ‘so long tiny house’. For some reason it seemed more logical that I should get a bigger space… I can kind of get it but at the same time kids are pretty much attached to their parents literally and figuratively for a few years… the last thing that made sense to me was paying more for rent or taking out a mortgage just so I could guarantee that I would have to work to sustain my home and even more so, so that I could pay for daycare… the tiny house began to make even MORE sense once little miss came into the picture. It has played out just that way too since she’s been born.
Honestly, I have been commended an awful lot and encouraged by others who think the tiny house is perfect for Hazel and out family. At the same time I have been criticized a lot for having a kid in such a small space. It’s quickly assumed by some that she is being ‘abused’ and or deprived somehow by not being able to have every gadget available… in my opinion most gadgets are for parents in order to make things convenient. That said she has a lot of gadgets even in a tiny house… (you have to take the good with the bad, I am learning, there are those on both sides always, it’s just a reality of living a lifestyle outside the norm). I will tell you that having a kid (or a couple for that matter) is totally possible in a tiny house. At this point, for the most part she is in my arms or sleeping an arms-length away. I have already heard that ‘sure, this may work now but when she starts walking… or crawling… or talking… or wanting to have friends over… or hitting puberty etc. etc etc.’ When it is time to move on from the tiny house we will do so but that won’t be happening for a little while… much to the dismay of some :). For us it will work at least a few years… Things will change as she gets older and she may have a little brother or sister even in here, things will modify as needed, I built my house just so that I can switch things up and change them around as needed!
For now (Hazel is nearly 4 months old), this is how we fit and where we put our stuff:
So far we don’t need anything else, she doesn’t seem to be suffering. She doesn’t take any real interest in toys just yet (even the home-made ones we made a couple weeks ago) but she loves going on walks, playing with her dog, having picnics at the park and hanging out with mom all day long.
As far as diapers are concerned and how they mix with a tiny house, we use disposable diapers at night (one) then one in the morning, when she poos. The rest of the day she is in cloth diapers. Every once in a while she will poo in the cloth. While she is on breastmilk those diapers are ok to just be thrown in the washer as is, once she is on formula and/or food they will need to be shaken off first into the toilet. We will see how that works out but I think we have a pretty good system down… I was unsure how it was going to go in the tiny house.
So that’s how it works, any other concerns or worries about having kids in a tiny house? How old are your kids and what do you think the hiccups would be moving them into a tiny house with you?