Couple raise newborn and toddler on old bendy bus they bought on Gumtree

A couple have shared online their out-of-the-box experience raising a newborn baby in a converted bendy bus that they found on Gumtree.

Mum Emma Hill and her partner Nick bought the vehicle for $6,000 (around £3,200) and turned it into their off-grid dream home.

The duo, from Tasmania, Australia, renovated the 1985 bus when Emma was pregnant with their second child and they went on to raise two little ones aboard.

Nick did most of the DIY himself except for the electrical work which needs a professional to ensure it’s all safe.

Then, they moved in when their oldest child, Hudson, was 16 months old.

Emma Hill and partner Nick raised their newborn baby in a bendy bu
(Image: thebushideaway/Instagram)

Speaking to Kidspot, Emma said: “It was in great condition. Old, but everything still in place, seats and all.

“Hudson loved it. He had his little cot set up in his own little room, a huge backyard to roam in, chickens to play with, and a bike. I loved the simplicity.

“It was like a clean slate, moving into a new season of life.

“I laboured at home in the bus with our second baby, Zac, before heading to the birthing centre.

“A day later, we brought him home. The bus was his first home…”

 

They now rent the bus out on Airbnb
They now rent the bus out on Airbnb
(Image: thebushideaway/Instagram)
You can rent the bus for £116 a night
You can rent the bus for £116 a night
(Image: thebushideaway/Instagram)

 

She added: “There were lots of things to think about to make it work with a toddler and newborn, just 20 months apart.”

At first, Zac, the baby, slept in a hammock-type bed.

Meanwhile, Hudson had a cot and then the wardrobe was converted into a space for the newborn.

Just six months after Emma gave birth to their child, Nick had to return to work and the mum was left to look after the two kids on-board their bus home.

Sadly, Emma developed “postnatal depression” and so the family took the opportunity to house sit for some pals.

They did a lot of DIY work on their new home
They did a lot of DIY work on their new home
(Image: thebushideaway/Instagram)
They now live in a home with their three sons
They now live in a home with their three sons
(Image: thebushideaway/Instagram)

The next summer they came back to their bendy “dream home”.

But after Emma delivered their third son, Micah, they decided to settle in a house.

Now, the pair rent out their bus on Airbnb!

Emma added: She adds: “Every now and then the boys talk about moving back in, or living there when they’re older.”

And, you can follow the couple’s adventures on Instagram, @thebushideaway, or rent the Airbnb yourself, here, for $217 (£116) a night.

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