Kids and two story houses

  1. Guys help me with this please.

    We are going to buy a house that is a two story house. The master bedroom is on the lower level and the other two bedrooms are on the second level.

    Baby's bedroom would have to be on the 2nd story. In our current house, both bedrooms are on the same floor.

    I have a problem with being so far away, the fact that the little one will be crawling and toddling soon and a flight of stairs in between the two bedrooms.

    My husband doesn't seem to see the big deal in this. Am I overreacting, being 1st time Mom?

    Anybody else have this problem and what did you do to help keep your little one safe? (getting another house at this time is not an option).

  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Roseyposey
    I have a two-story house, but all bedrooms are on the same story. I'm with you; I wouldn't buy a house that I couldn't be on the same floor as my young children (5,3,9). If they were older, maybe I'd feel differently.
  4. by   gwenith
    Can you make the second bedroom on the upper floor a "master bedroom" until your little one (who is looking soooooo cute in the pic BTW) is not so little??
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    We've lived in a two-story house for 16 years. We didn't put the kids upstairs until they could get up and down stairs safely. Safety gates aren't enough . . the little buggers find a way to climb over and then fall even farther down the stairs.

    We are those dreaded co-sleeper families though . . .our 2 1/2 year old still sleeps with us. But one of the things we did with our daughter was put her crib in the office down the hall and make that her bedroom for awhile. We've also had our toddler's crib in our room.

    I'm like you . . .I never felt safe with the kids upstairs until I knew they could negotiate stairs. Fortunately my husband is a true believer in co-sleeping.

    Is there a room downstairs you can temporarily turn into a bedroom?

    The kids ended up loving having the upstairs . . . .and taking pillow rides down the stairs. My husband taught them that . . this was his grandparent's home and he did the same thing as a kid and so did his mom. My daughter had her grandma's room up until we made it over into our son's room. Kinda cool to grow up in the same house your grandma did.

    Congratulations on the new house!

  6. by   Rustyhammer
    Look at it this way, if you DON'T buy it you'll be kicking yourselves hard when they are older, especially when they are teens.
  7. by   LesJenRN
    Toddler Proof, Toddler Proof, Toddler Proof.....
  8. by   nekhismom
    I like steph's suggestion. We co-slept for a little over 2 years, but we don't have any steps. Steps can be treacherous to little ones, but if you want the house, hopefully you can find a way to make it safe for your family.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Toddler proof is a great idea but here's the problem with my upstairs.

    Our house was built in the 1920's. The bedrooms have windows on all three walls, two apiece. The windows are at crib level, so my toddler standing up could very easily climb up onto the window ledge and break that old glass and fall two stories. Moving the crib into the center of the room could help that problem but they can still move things over and climb on up. Also, those gates they sell . . .well, we put one at the top of the stairs to protect the kids in case they wake up in the middle of the night but guess what? They can climb over the gates. My second son, in another house we lived in with 2 stories, climbed up a ladder in the backyard and made it up onto the roof. Toddlers are absolutely amazing! It would drive me nuts to have my babies/toddlers upstairs at night. Falling asleep would be impossible.

    Russell is right . . . toddler-hood will go by fast and you will love it when they are teenagers. So, for the time being, make that office into a bedroom or put the crib in your room. It won't last long, I promise.

    As to co-sleeping. My 21 year old, my 19 year old and my 14 year old no longer sleep with us. :chuckle

  10. by   ktwlpn
    I would use the second bedroom upstairs fo myself -and put 2 baby gates across the stairway-one on top of the other..I would not move downstairs until the kids are old enough to safely negotiate steps,respond to the smoke alarm and evac independently...Can't do that with gates at the stairs..If you have another they can bunk together and the master bedroom downstairs will make a good play area......
  11. by   traumaRUs
    We have always had one story homes or apartments (courtesy of the USAF), so it wasn't a problem. However, you have to do what you are comfortable with - good luck...