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Sleeping arrangements - different floors

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goindowntoyasgursfarm Sun 19-Jul-15 13:25:40

Does anyone have one or more of their young DC sleeping downstairs in a ground floor room while you & partner are in a bedroom upstairs?

Am considering this but can't help feeling uneasy. Am I nuts - I really don't think anyone will break in downstairs and steal a child shock but it just doesn't feel right ... Would solve a lot of organisational probs in the house though.

UrethraFranklin1 Sun 19-Jul-15 13:27:51

We did for years. It made no difference at all. If anyone is goung to break into a house to steal a child I doubt stairs are going to put them off much!

goindowntoyasgursfarm Sun 19-Jul-15 13:33:52

Yeah, true. But anyone coming up stairs would have to pass our room first, and I'm a very light sleeper ... potential DC's room downstairs is immediately next to front door. I know, I know, I'm being uber paranoid!

Iggi999 Sun 19-Jul-15 13:38:49

I'd be as worried about them sneaking out! I wouldn't do it, and I don't look at houses (we need to move) that have this arrangement).

BackforGood Sun 19-Jul-15 13:47:35

Slightly different in that our dc all slept on the first floor and we slept on the 2nd.
At first we used a baby monitor but soon realised there wasn't really an issue.

Ginrummy Sun 19-Jul-15 13:50:35

The thing that'd put me off is if you have any visitors in the evening or takeaway delivered, the door bell would wake the dc up.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 19-Jul-15 13:53:16

We did this for a few years when dc were 8,6,4. We were upstairs and they were all downstairs. It wasn't a problem.

goindowntoyasgursfarm Sun 19-Jul-15 13:54:55

Hmm, no possibility of sneaking out, Iggi, as the front door is locked shut with a key, and the bit of the window that opens is too small to climb through. Still thinking though.

Visitors? Takeaways? That would suggest we actually have a social life ...:-D

Could you take the downstairs room? Or is it too small for a double bed and wardrobe etc? If it's big enough that's what I'd do.

We have all the DC upstairs (1st floor) and we're in the loft conversion, and that's always been fine. I would share the slight unease about a small child alone downstairs, more in case they wandered half asleep than incase somebody broke in.

mrsplum2015 Sun 19-Jul-15 14:07:04

We had this set up in our last house. And it was fine but we did have a baby monitor as I was paranoid about intruders! I also made sure dd (age 9 at the time) had a good awareness of fire safety as I didn't want the dc waiting for us to get out if the worst happened.

No problems with visitors and take aways as the bedrooms were in a separate area at the back of the house.

goindowntoyasgursfarm Sun 19-Jul-15 14:27:17

Welt retten, yep, room is too small for a double bed, unfortunately.

Mrs plum, that is a very good point about fire sherry, I think I may try and target one of the older DC to take this room instead of the little one as I was thinking.

goindowntoyasgursfarm Sun 19-Jul-15 14:28:06

Fire sherry?!? Safety!!

rubyhorse Sun 19-Jul-15 14:31:48

We have this. When fire brigade came to fit smoke detectors they talked to me about making sure that DS had his own escape plan.

goindowntoyasgursfarm Sun 19-Jul-15 14:34:57

Hm yes - as I mentioned, room is immediately next to front door, but I guess from a fire POV we'd then have to leave the key accessible, which does have its own probs ...!!

Iggi999 Sun 19-Jul-15 14:48:59

Your key should be accessible anyway for adults to get out - always telling my DM that no, she won't have time to go hoking around in a drawer to find it if she's breathing in smoke. Is this a house you live in already?

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