Monday, October 27, 2008

Double-storey-house what to do-s!

HURRAH!!! We are going to collect the keys of our new house this Thursday!
May even get to more in before Chinese New Year! But, let's hold our horses for a while!

Now, this is my first time in a double storey house with kids.

So, one question I can think of now.

When your toddler wants to sleep at 10 pm and you have a movie also at 10 pm, what do you do?

Coz the kid sleeps upstairs and your TV is downstairs.

I am planning to have a gate at the staircase but what happens if he wants something? Or if he wakes up and gets into mischief?

Planning to let them sleep in the master bedroom with us to reduce the cost of making an adjoining door. Maybe I can create another TV line in the next room and make another living room upstairs?

What should I consider when having a mischievious monkey of a child in a double storey house? And (*wink*) have to consider when the other baby comes along as well.

13 comments:

Cuddly Family said...

have a baby monitor. that way you have your peace and quiet in your room but still keep an eye on munchkin.

Julie said...

Time to get a baby monitor. You can watch your tv peacefully downstairs. A tv in living room upstairs may disrupt the kid's sleep.

You really need a safety gate to avoid Christopher from climbing up and down which may cause accidental fall.

Something About Us said...

record your show? :D

- Ling

andrewjune said...

we hv a tv at the living hall and another one at the master bedroom...so usually we hanged out at the master bedroom only when at home hahaha...

we can watched TV at the room while keeping an eye on rachael...it has its good and bad anyways, the volume has to be low and the light has to be dimmed so rachael only knows it's her bedtime...

that's what we do :-)

rgding the staircases, ooopsss we hv NOT thought about it yet!

HI said...

Olivia's room is upstairs and our TV is in the lower level. We just put her in the crib and she goes to sleep by herself.

YOu can have a baby monitor downstairs in case he cries.

Moomykin said...

Why not use one of the bedrooms for a Tv room for now (until like you need to move boyboy into his own room?)?

No TV in the main area malso means no distraction when guests comes for chitchat. :)
Also better control for kids over TV time.

You will need to get 2 gates for the stairs - one on top and one downstairs. A fuss, I know, but it's safety first.

Andrea said...

Do you have a baby monitor? You can hear exactly what your kid is up to then...they even have ones that you can watch them on video with...but they're a LOT more money! Anyways, I don't know what I'd do without my baby monitors! Congrats on the new house by the way! :)

LittleLamb said...

I dont have a TV downstairs because as Moomykin put it..we dont want to distract our guests heheheheh

Mummy-yeoh said...

Congrats on your new home. A baby monitor is something you might need. You might want to turn one of the rooms or the living room upstairs as TV room with toys. That way Christopeher can play along side while you watch TV. As for the staricase...safety gate

mumsgather said...

Congrats on your new home. My upstairs is like our mini apartment cos we're so used to living in a small space. Hehe. At night we just retire to our "mini apartment" where we have our tv, hot water etc so that we don't need to go downstairs for anything. Too lazy. As for the stairs, we never had any rails for the kids but we forbid them from going up and down the stairs without supervision. If they want to go up or down, they will call out to us to watch them.

Our Jouneys.... said...

wah so nice...a new house...me looking forward to having one too...

Baby monitor souns good...

Angeline said...

my cousin stays in a double-storey house with a hyper active 1year old.
she doesn't have gates, she just sticks with him, but when accidents are meant to happen, it WILL still happen no matter how careful she was with her boy....its fated.

as for the TV, she lets him fall asleep on her lap or couch in the living room, when shows over, she'll then carry him up... cos' if she carries him up first, its hard to hear his cries sometimes from 'downstairs'....

Ann said...

After much thought, we have decided to go for the living room upstairs concept.

So, we will all sleep in the kids room and when they are ready to sleep on their own, we will move out back into the master bedroom, equipped with TV and sofa and all.

Much like a hotel room no? Cool....