Evaluate Homes for Your Current and Future Family Needs
my husband and I bought our first house, we tried to anticipate
the needs of the babies we hoped to have. The house had 3 bedrooms, a
big flat level yard for playing, and was in a top rated school
district. What we did not foresee was that the spiral floating
staircase would necessitate extensive custom babyproofing when we had a
plan" layout which had been great for adult entertaining later became
problematic when the happy noise of children was channeled throughout
the house. The ski-slope driveway leading to our wooded aerie created a
private retreat for we two. When we became four, the first sign of snow
on our driveway led to playdates hurriedly cancelled by nervous
a home, it's important to look at your future needs as well as your
current ones. According to the National Association of Home Builders
some important things to consider are :
Do you entertain frequently? Do you have plans to grow your family? Do
you need rooms to retreat for privacy?
Square footage does not always equal useable space. Consider the
placement of furniture in the space. How will each room flow into other
Open plans work well with traffic flow, but also channel noise from one
room to another. With this type of plan, do you want to create a
private room such as a library or small den off a larger room?
moving with children should not assume that the optimum arrangement is
one child per bedroom. Same sex children may prefer to share a room,
especially if that's been the arrangement in their prior home. "When
children are young, they gain a feeling of security from another's
presence, and a sibling can be a real comfort at bedtime" says Patricia
Dalton Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and family therapist in
Washington, D.C. "Parents should not feel guilty if they cannot provide
each child with their own room, as there can be benefits to sharing a
bedroom". Independence can be gained when siblings work issues out
together, without their parents' mediation, Dr. Dalton also noted.
with new babies, child safety is a key concern. According to the U.S.
Consumer Products Safety Commission.
children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each year. Many
of these incidents can be avoided by childproofing your home. "A
knowledgeable sales person at your local baby store or an in-home
safety consultant or "baby proofer" can help you find products to meet
your home's unique needs and possibly even identify problem areas you
haven't considered" says Debora Robertson, Group Publications Manager
of the Expectant Mother's Guide Series
If you have
hand-me-down products, you should check that they meet current safety
standards and have not been recalled. You can do this at the Juvenile
Products Manufacturers Association consumer section at
http://www.jpma.org or The Danny Foundation for Crib and Child Product
Written by Margo Rudman Gold
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