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Opinion or experience living in a condo townhouse with 4 levels or top two floors with young child?

Husband wants to buy a townhouse with master bedroom on one level and two other bedrooms on another level meaning toddler’s room would be on another level. Would you put your young kiddo on another floor by themselves?

  • anonymous mom
    Oct 27

    I wouldn’t. But that’s because I don’t have to...it’s possible and a lot of people do this and make it work. It’s really about your comfort level. If you have any doubt, you could also just sleep in the second room on their level till the toddler is older.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 27

    If there is a CHOICE I would choose no. But sometimes it is what it is, and ya gotta make it work. Could you sleep on toddlers floor for a few years and move up to master once you feel it’s safe?

  • Laura
    Oct 27

    I think if they're in a crib and sleep through the night it won't be a problem at all. If they still wake up a bunch it'll be slightly inconvenient to go downstairs when they need you. If they're in a bed where they can get out and roam around, again it will be slightly inconvenient when they want you. But totally doable, especially if you stay in the extra room on their floor some of the times when it's easier to be near them.

  • Cathy
    Oct 28

    My worst fear is always that there is a fire or emergency and I am unable to get to my son. I could never be on a different floor than my children.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 28

    @ Cathy... that didn’t even cross my mind 😱

  • anonymous mom
    Oct 28

    @Cathy, yikes. I never thought of that. We have an extra bedroom on a different level than ours and now my daughter will never sleep there 😳😩

  • Amy
    Oct 31

    We have a first floor master with two young children on the second floor. A fire risk still bothers me (have a plan) but besides that and the occasional middle of the night wakings, I LOVE having my bedroom on the first floor.

  • Vache
    Oct 31

    We are on the 2nd floor and our twin toddlers on the 1st. Never been an issue because we made it a prerogative to teach them safety around stairs. They always climb with all 4s and go down sliding on their butts. Remove the paranoia and insert proper training instead. Fires and other natural disasters are a risk regardless of the floor separation, and we are not paranoid parents to let that dictate our lives - twin parents pretty much have no choice to be. Teach them to be confident and make smart decisions on their own, instead of putting up emotional and physical barriers.

  • annag
    Oct 31

    we looked for a house with stairs. i think they're important.

  • Jen
    Nov 01

    We live in a 2 story house. My LO sleeps in the bed with us because I’m scared for her to be upstairs where I can’t get to her fast enough if something were going on. She has fallen down the stairs once and we are very careful with going up and down. She fell from the top and rolled hard to the bottom and hit the tiled floor. It was scary and now my dad has me scared to death about her accidentally falling over the rails. Since he said she has stood on a high stepping stool, was looking over the side at me, yelling and waving “hi mama”. She was proud of herself but I could see her falling. I want to sell and move but it’s not my call. I’m 42 and find stairs exhausting after walking up and down them 7 times a day.