When Ashley and Aron found out they were expecting a baby boy, they wondered if they should move out of their studio apartment. Could three people squeeze into just 500 square feet? But then they had the brilliant idea to turn a closet into the World’s Smallest Nursery. Now that their son, Hudson, has arrived, Ashley shares how it all worked out …
How small is the closet, really?
6 square feet. It’s the passageway between our bedroom area and the bathroom.
What if you have to get into the bathroom at night?
When Hudson was a newborn, we didn’t want to risk waking him up. Aron once went 13 floors down to use the bathroom in our building’s laundry room. I washed my hair in the kitchen sink.
And now that Hudson is older?
Now we tiptoe past to use the bathroom, but we have to debate whether or not we can risk the loud flush. Same with taking showers. I’ve army-crawled past him to get from the bathroom to our bedroom. And the floorboards squeak in spots — we once marked them with painter’s tape for a babysitter.
What happens if you wake him up?
I once got trapped in the bathroom waiting for him to lie back down — at 3 in the morning! Rather than risk doing more damage, I put towels in the bathtub and tried to fall asleep. After that happened, anytime we go to the bathroom while he’s asleep, we bring our cell phones, so we’ll have something to do if we get stuck.
Does he ever play in the nursery?
Most of our bedtime routine happens on our bed (books, nursing, etc.) but then we stand over the crib and read or recite “Goodnight Moon.”
You’re moving to California this summer. Will you miss the closet nursery or never look back?
Even though it’s tiny and ridiculous, it’s a special spot. We set it up together, and it will always be fondly remembered as Hudson’s first room. We’ll probably have a romantic nostalgia about it, like an old Bob Dylan album cover — that time we lived in New York and Hudson slept in a closet.