Updated: Aug 13, 2019
As well as choosing a baby name, travel system and antenatal class you can often be choosing a new home as well.
Everything can happen at once, some people even end up organising a wedding on top of this!
Moving house can be really stressful even without having a baby on the way.
Here are 10 top tips for buying a house for a new baby and potential larger family to smooth your journey along.
1. When choosing house layout remember that kitchen diners are handy for weaning babies and enthusiastic toddlers! It can save a lot of mess if you can keep an eye on baby while you fill the dish washer or prepare more food.
2. Try to find a separate lounge or space for toy storage so you can pack the toys away before bedtime so babies and toddlers know it is time for sleep and you can relax in a calm space. It can ease their journey up to bed if they can't see any tempting and colourful toys, left out to play with.
3. Check the thickness of the walls, stand in separate rooms and see if you can hear each other talking upstairs and down, to see if baby can sleep easily. Sound can travel surprisingly easy, it will give you peace of mind if you know that you can still potter about while baby sleeps, invite friends over or put the washing machine on.
4. Look for space for baby contraptions - pushchairs, pram attachments, high chairs, cots, bedside cots, nappy changing tables, baby clothes storage (especially if you're planning on having more babies), nappy bags, coats, food blenders, baby plates, bottles, sterilisers, play mat etc. Spare cupboards and space for storage becomes like gold dust!
5. Listen out for creaky floor boards! Walk around and listen carefully, could you put baby down to sleep and escape easily or would it sound like a haunted house movie sound effect!
6. Find some loft space - extra room at the top of the house can be really useful for keeping the boxes you buy everything in, just in case it breaks. You can store all of the other paraphernalia you collect from having a baby. Or possibly convert to a loft extension in the future if you need more space.
7. Think about access - can you easily get the shopping, baby and pram into the house. If baby is crying could you quickly drop your bags in the house or is the door far from the car? Consider the number of steps you will have to push the pram or lug heavy bags up and over.
8. Look at the garden from the inside and think about if you could keep your eyes on a toddler while preparing things in the kitchen or tidying in the lounge. Check if the garden is sealed so the little one can't escape but enjoy playing outside. Aim for a flat garden with the most grass possible to prevent scraped knees and enable enthusiastic toddlers space to blow off some steam.
9. Opt for at least a little spare room if possible so helpful family can come and stay and help ease the burden of looking after a baby and toddler 24/7.
10. Think about expanding your family and expanding your house. If you think you would like to do an extension, remember that they are very dusty, messy and stressful especially if you have a baby. Any building work is easiest if left for a few years, unless you have another space available so you can stay away from the building work, mess and dust.
Good luck house hunting, any other tips you find useful, please share!
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