In this episode of Tiny House Chat I talk about some of the things I’ve done to adjust to living in a tiny house with a baby.  From pregnancy to 6 months, this addresses some of the big questions I get.


Show Notes:

  • Macy Miller
  • Topic: Baby In a Tiny House
    • Being Pregnant
    • Coming Home from the hospital
    • Sleeping in a tiny house with a Kid
    • Diapers in a tiny house
      • Cloth diapers and a compost toilet
    • Storing all the baby ‘stuff’
  1. This is a great episode, and I’d love to hear more about living with a family in a tiny house. My wife and I and our 13-month-old would love to explore the tiny life, but since we’re planning to have more children, the dream only seems to get further away. I know a lot of the articles about Jay Shaffer always conclude by noting that he moved out of his tiny home to a 500 sq-ft home – what’s that home like? If not tiny, perhaps there’s a place for “small homes”?

    I think that tiny house tv show did an episode about a family with two parents and two teens (though I can’t view the full episodes online since I’m not a cable subscriber) – how has their experience been?

    The family that lives in a tiny home in Virginia (maybe West VA?) that also blogs I believe is just now building a larger house since they’re growing out of their tiny home. I was a bit depressed to hear that. Is there no hope for families in this nascent movement?

    As a parent myself, I sympathize with the amount of “stuff” babies come with, but ultimately, they’re still very small people which don’t seem to be too hard to add. But what happens when they start turning into more opinionated larger small people – how does that impact the tiny house dynamic?

    One other note: you said that one of the benefits of a tiny home on the family dynamic is the forced intimacy which creates the need to deal with issues rather than burying them. However, I feel like I read somewhere (though I can’t put my finger on it exactly) that part of the gap in language skills/vocabulary that has been measured between children from higher and lower ends of the socioeconomic spectrum comes from people on the latter end living in closer proximity. As much as I can recall, the theory was that in a small space, the personal need for privacy was no less, but since the physical space didn’t allow it, people developed insulating behaviors/routines to compensate. Just something to be aware of when presenting the topic.

  2. My wife and tow kids are living in 200 SF in a 30 ft travel trailer. What most people sometimes forget when considering the amount of space a family needs is the outdoor space. Its harder in the winter, but in the warmer months eating, teaching, bathing, cooking, even sleeping can be done outdoors. As far as building bigger as the family grows, it should not disparage anyone. If a family of eight were living in a 800 SF small house that would be 100 SF per person. If a single person lives in a 130 SF Fencl that is 130 SF per person. We live in 200 SF and have two small children, so we have 3 (two kid sizes into one adult size) people using 67 SF a person. The focus should be on the simplicity of life that living small creates, not on the means or vehicle(tiny house, camper, small house, etc.)

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