New York parents are turning their bathrooms into nurseries

With apartment prices at an eye-watering record high, some people are going to extreme measures to stay in the city



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As New Yorkers, we're always sickly fascinated by the ever-increasing cost of living in this city. Whether it's a $1,500-per-month increase in rent just for the privilege of having an elevator in the building, a jaw-dropping look at just how much a two-bedroom will set you back in Tribeca or an admirable attempt to reduce living costs by building a house out of shipping containers, it never ceases to amaze us the lengths people will go to just to keep their feet firmly planted in Manhattan. Even so, this story from DNAinfo about parents using their bathroom as a nursery was still a shock.

It all started when Joanna Goddard wrote a post for her blog, A Cup of Jo, detailing how her ten-month old son sleeps next to the toilet. In theory, it kind of makes sense—she has a two-bedroom apartment, and with the baby sharing a room with her other child (now three years old), no one was getting much sleep. As a solution, Goddard wedges a pillow between the toilet and the crib and places a white-noise machine on top of the lid, thereby making it both a safe and quiet place for the little guy to nap. That's in theory, though—the gut reaction is, of course, how can you let your baby sleep in the bathroom?

But this, of course, is New York, and the majority of commenters on the post not only commended her for her originality, they shared similar stories of turning closets, tents and, yes, their own bathrooms into makeshift nurseries.

While it's great to see gutsy New York parents finding ingenious ways to solve the growing (or rather, shrinking) space problem, it does raise the issue of where we're all going to be in the next five years? Or ten? With space becoming ever more scarce and ever more expensive, how long will it be before we're reduced to raising our kids in a communal yurt on the fire escape of someone else's illegally sublet studio apartment? If nothing else, Goddard's story has highlighted the truly ridiculous cost of simply putting a roof over your children's heads in New York City.

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