Choosing the right flooring for your growing family is an important choice. It’s not as simple as purchasing which flooring you think looks most aesthetically pleasing. Instead, you have to think practically and what is going to be the most durable. With your kids grow up so quickly, too, you have to make a sensible choice which will have a long life span, rather than needing to replace every time your kid hits a new phase or age.
This may sound counter-productive in terms of keeping clean and potential stains, but the carpet is a good choice when dealing with babies and newborns. Carpet is perfect for allowing our baby something soft to roam around on when they begin to crawl – and as you’ll be crawling on the floor right along with them, it’s important to find something soft for your knees, too! Not to mention the amount of time you’ll both spend sat on the floor, meaning something bouncy and soft is preferable over hardwood.
Carpet is also beneficial in that it is a lot cheaper than expensive wood flooring, so it’s a great budget-friendly option.
Other positive aspects of choosing carpet to mean that your home is warmer in the colder months, creating a much cozier atmosphere for spending time with your baby, and this includes nighttime feeding when you may have to pull yourself from your warm bed into a house that may not have the heating on yet. Added to the fact that carpet allows your footsteps not to be heard by a sleeping partner whose turn it is to sleep and not feed the baby.
The obvious drawbacks of the carpet are the potential for stains – and there will be a lot of those when it comes to a newborn. If you can find a cheap carpet option in the first instance which you intend to replace in the long run, then stains won’t ultimately matter if you can get rid of the carpet when your child gets a lot older. Consider a low pile option so that any potential stains will be easy to clean rather than becoming matted in a thicker option.
This kind of floor is a cleaner’s best friend, as it’s so simple and easy to take care of problematic stains which come with having children. The fantastic thing about hardwood flooring is that it will never go out of style, meaning if you invest in it, the chances are that you will never want (or need) to replace it. It’s a timeless and stylish option for any home and suits any room. This is also a good option if you want a durable floor which will last and if you would prefer not to spend time picking out new flooring over the years when you have a new child to bring home.
As with carpet, there are still some drawbacks to having hardwood flooring, however. The obvious being that it is hard and cold and often creaky in the middle of the night, which doesn’t make it the ideal area for your baby to spend its time.
Yet as your baby develops into a toddler, this is going to mean more movement, more mess and more running around. A hardwood floor is perfect for that, as it provides an enduring and strong flooring for your toddler’s heavy footsteps and toys that might get thrown around. As your hands will be fuller as your child gets older, too, you’ll want cleaning up to be as fast and efficient as possible, which it will be with a hardwood option.
This flooring option gives you all the benefits of hardwood flooring, with a more budget-friendly price tag. Laminate flooring is a practical and functional option that always looks good. It’s important with laminate, however, not to choose the very cheapest. Sometimes the super-budget options ordered online, without knowing the supplier, can be problematic. It’s better to get your laminate flooring from a professional who knows what they’re doing with quality products.
Again, laminate flooring provides a safe and easy-to-clean space for either a baby or a growing toddler to spend their time in. Laminate also comes in a range of textures and colors, meaning you can have some fun with it, too, whether it’s decorating the child’s bedroom or the living area.
If you’re looking for a happy middle point between hardwood and laminate, then vinyl could be the best choice. Luxury vinyl flooring has a more appealing look than laminate (as in, it looks more expensive) and usually looks quite similar to hardwood flooring options. Vinyl’s also even more stain-friendly as it is waterproof, which will be a fantastic feature when your child comes to spill anything and everything. The cork underlay also means you get an added softer element to luxury vinyl than you would with laminate.
If you want the best of both worlds in terms of having something soft and warm for your baby to crawl on and be able to sit with them comfortably, but also want an easy-to-clean laminate option available when you need it, consider investing in an area rug. This means you can easily remove the rug when your child is becoming a little messier, or move them on to a laminate area of the room for messier tasks.
A rug can also be easily moved around from room to room if your priorities change as the child gets older, and you decide you want to change the layout of your home.
A rug can also provide a cozy solution to the creaky floorboard problem if you’re always getting up in the middle of the night to tend to your baby.
The good news is, there are many options for you to choose from, and all are available from Palmetto Carpet and Floor Coverings! If you’re looking for the best of everything, an area rug over laminate or vinyl flooring is probably your most practical and budget-friendly option.