Hard wood floors or carpet?

Ashley - posted on 03/06/2010 ( 100 moms have responded )

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getting ready to move and looked at a place the other day with ALL wood floors. i liked it for the easy clean up and no stained carpets to clean. i have a 3 year old who trips over her own feet and a 3 month old that will be learnign to crawl there... only one prefer one or the other of just HATE one? feed back please n thanku

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Ashley - posted on 03/06/2010

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At your local toystore or harware store they have mats that are like puzzle pieces you can put together. We got these when our son started to crawl and walk because our kitchen tile is extremely hard. We still have them up and he is 18 months! They are just safe!! They are usually fairly cheap and easy to clean in my experience. :)

Sarah - posted on 03/13/2010

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I had carpet still do upstairs but have hardwoods downstairs and let me tell you the hardwoods rock they are the best thing ever the carpet is stained not sure how considering no food or drinks are allowed upstairs but I have 4 kids running through the house.

Ashley - posted on 03/13/2010

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I like hardwood for the health reasons my daughter has allergies and asthma and carpet no matter how much you try you still have dust dirt and all that all in it and I didnt want that around her hardwood are healthier for kids even doctors will tell you that

Geena - posted on 03/12/2010

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SInce my son was born we have lived in 2 apartments both fully carpeted except kitchen and bathroom areas. I myself would have preferred hard wood floors but in some cases the padding from the carpet helped numerous falls to the floor. however with that being said carpet can withold lots of dust no matter the amount of times you vacuum and shampooing the carpet is a def. chore. So as all the other woman have stated i would go for hard wood floors and just put some area rugs wherever you feel comfortable

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Adele - posted on 03/13/2010

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problem with hard wood ids dangerous if any spills and cold for crawlers i bought carpet and vax carpet clean works treat

Nicole - posted on 03/13/2010

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my lil boy loves to sprawl out nd kick around but i dnt have carpet so have to put loadz of blankets down, im nw gettin carpet as its alot safer and will be more comfortable to play so i suggest carpet xx

Danielle - posted on 03/13/2010

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I happen to like wood floors better than carpet. I think they are just easier in the long run. All it takes is a mop and broom. Athough I cheat and I have a swiffer vac. I use the swiffer everyday and then mop once or twice a week.

Brandi - posted on 03/13/2010

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I have a bi-level house. Hardwood upstairs and carpet down stairs. The carpet downstairs is constantly having to be shapooed. However I much perfer it to my hardwoods. They are a hassle in a half to clean!

Jennifer - posted on 03/13/2010

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my house is all wood floors i love it just because its so easy to keep clean

Holly - posted on 03/13/2010

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i have hardwood and i layed the foam mats in his room than living room i have a big area rug in there

Shannon - posted on 03/13/2010

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i live in an apartment with linemen floors its neither of the two you where talking about but just as hard as wood floors, i wish we had carpet when my 2 year old was learning to walk hell i still do shes clumsy and is consintly hitting her head on the floors on purpose and accident, and falling off of chairs and the couch... i think carpet is softer lol

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my partner and I have been having that same debate over the past couple of weeks about if we should have laminate or carpets through out the house. This past week we decided that we would get laminate for definite, purely because my son has been so sick this past week and with him throwing up we figured that if it happened again and we hard carpets they would be so stained! My mum had also suggested laminate for the same reason after my younger sister had been badly sick with the same bug! x (we are having carpet on the stairs though but that's the only place x)

Jennifer - posted on 03/12/2010

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CARPET! When my daughter was born we had wood floors. I had to sweep EVERYDAY! and it was very hard for her to learn to crawl and walk. Go with the carpet sweety, you can always get them cleaned!

Monique - posted on 03/12/2010

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Well I think hardwood floors are better easy to keep clean then carpet it my be a little difficult in the begining for the kids to crawl but they will get the hang of it I say go for it .....



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Heather - posted on 03/12/2010

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I've had about every kind of floor possible. Hardwood floors collect dust QUICK!! Carpets are harder to clean though. My favorite types of floors are the Ceramic Tiles. They are easier to clean, hide the dirt, and if you get sick of them you can cover them with a carpet. I will say, with my old hardwood floors, it was VERY EASY for my son to scratch them up. Any toy that didnt have a wheel on it did the trick.

Corinne - posted on 03/12/2010

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Hard Wood Floors! Ur 3yr old will grow out of that soon. Ur 3 month old will be fine to crawl there, their knees are way more patted then u think.

Marketa - posted on 03/12/2010

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I think HARDWOOD. Although, it may be cold during the cold months it is more sanitary for your babies!

Sarah - posted on 03/12/2010

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I always wanted carpet for my son to learn to walk and crawl so he didn't hurt his self... I ended up getting an apartment that had tile... and he's been just fine no serious bumps or bruises and I've found I'm freaking out a lot less about ruining carpet :)

Ashley - posted on 03/12/2010

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i have hardwood. i have a 2yr old & a 1yr old. when my youngest started crawling i just got area rugs. the hardwood is so much cleaner to have. alot less bacteria & easier clean up.

Michelle - posted on 03/12/2010

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Up until my daughter was 7 months old, my ex and I were living at his mum's house, who has carpet, and our daughter tried walking but didn't do it on her own. After we moved into our own flat, with all wood floors, she started walking by herself. Its all up to you at the end of the day but wood floors are so much better for clean up, seeing where they have been and also are better for toilet training lol.x

Rachel - posted on 03/12/2010

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HARD WOOD FLOOR !!!!!!! Kids cant help but accidentally destroy your carpets... ♥ If I could show you my carpet you'd die... well ok it isn't that bad but please... If I was smarter I wouldn't have stopped looking untill I found ALL HARD WOOD.. plus I like the look better, more modern..classier...

Shirelta - posted on 03/12/2010

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Both of my kids were starting to walk by 8mts and had it mastered by 10mts and i lived in a house with hardwood floors, its easier for them to learn to walk on a balanced surface. Also you have to worry about stains.

Jessica - posted on 03/12/2010

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You had it right on the nose. Hard wood is so much easier for clean up! if the go artist on your floors all you have to do is wipe it up. The only problem I have is sometimes it's a bit cold...

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We have hardwood and i love it. My daughter learned to walk on hardwood. I bought socks with the rubber grippies on the bottoms and she doesn't slip or fall. The only thing about hardwood is you can see the dust more than on carpet. To me it's easier to clean up than on carpet. The dust is still there on carpet, you just cant see it.

Andrea - posted on 03/12/2010

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I like hardwood floors it's easy to clean up if there are any spills but also easier to just keep "clean". With carpets dust and dirt get down in the carpet and vacuums don't always pick everything up. And I always hated my babies crawling around on carpets. I just think hardwood floors are better.

Randall - posted on 03/12/2010

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I like hard wood floors better. Always a easier clean up and if the baby needs something soft to crawl on you can always put a blanket down. I have the most clumsy ever. Rules to follow when having hard wood floors 1: No rollar skates or the little play dress up shoes
2: Keep a least one tube of neosporain.
3: and be prepared to give lots of kisses to make everything okay again after an accident

Amber - posted on 03/11/2010

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most def carpet with lil ones, lol it just doesnt need to be white carpet....its soo much easier on there knees and chins....

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Its a catch 22 when it comes to flooring. wooden is easier to keep cleanw ith little ones and doesnt stain. But can get scratched from toys. Where as carpet is easier for kids when crawling and walking. But it a disaster to try and keep clean. I love carpet for comfort but i love wood to. when my kids r older 19months and 3.5 atm, I will go for wood and atm i have carpet even tho it looks horrible from all the stains it is a better place for them to fall when they do! :)

Melissa - posted on 03/11/2010

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I have hardwood floors. They look a lot nicer than carpet. As for falls and stuff, just get some area rugs, and when my son would start pulling up on furniture i made sure i threw a pillow right behind him, so when he fell it was a cushioned fall. He doesn't fall now so i dont need to follow him around with pillows. LOL. He has fallen a few times, but i pick him up and comfort, he is fine. I think the falls sound worse then they are.

DeShannon - posted on 03/11/2010

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Go with the hardwood floors. I have hardwood flooring throughout my entire house, upstairs and downstairs. I also have area rugs in the living room and a puzzled cushion floor mat in my 9 month daughter's nursery. This seem to work just fine. You really want to stay clear from carpet, as it has a tendency to attract dirt and bacteria that is invisible to the naked eye but can be very harmful to the health of your precious ones.
Good Luck!

Destiny - posted on 03/11/2010

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I would choose carpet...I know it is harder to clean, but it is softer on their little heads when they fall.

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carpet, your 3 month old is rolling over and then pulling up, those backward falls will hurt on hardwood floors, i use to put long pillows behind my son and we had carpet. falling back like that hurts i wouldve cried for my son if we had hardwood floors,

Susan - posted on 03/11/2010

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We have hardwood all through the house but, we decided to put carpet in the baby's room and in out family room area (where I think the baby will be spending the most time on the floor playing, learning to crawl, walk etc. We are just going to have a rule about no food/drinks in those rooms that way the carpet won't get stained but will be a bit more comfortable for her to play on.

Ashley - posted on 03/11/2010

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this one helped me too cuz i am having the same issues. i have hardwood and don't really want the baby learning to crawl on them but i don't want to get carpet and the dogs ruin it. i am gonna try those puzzle pieces, thanks!

Laura - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son learned to crawl, walk, etc. on hardwoods. We have a few rugs and a foam, puzzle mat, but it's no big deal! I prefer wood over carpet anyway. It's easier to clean and doesn't stain!

Crystal - posted on 03/11/2010

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I myself prefer wood floors easier clean up for juice spills puke spills LOL all that stuff. carpet is very unsanitary to me i mean you cant ever get the nastiness outta them carpets and kids will pick up toys food anything off the floor and stick it in thier mouth!

Michelle - posted on 03/10/2010

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My daughter learnt to crawl and walk mostly on floating floor boards and tiles. Our current house has tiles through out and in the begining I was very nervous about it as she was just starting to walk when we bought it, save for a few spills here and there, she was ok. I had her in her bedroom while she was learning to crawl at tummy time, which is carpeted. I think if you have a soft enough rug for baby to learn to crawl on, then by the time they're able to get from one side of it to the other easily, they'll be mostly fine there after to go for it on the hardwood. Carpet is great, but for lots of germs and dust, and they're just hard work to clean.

Cleo - posted on 03/10/2010

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with me having a two year old and a new baby in our home if i were looking for a new home I would rather have an all wood house than all carpet because it's easier to keep clean and its easier on kids and adults who have extreme cases of asthma and or allergies. If I were to be worried about there not being any carpet at all I could always put in rugs in certain parts of the house or if all fails I could install carpet if i wanted but that's just me.

Breanne - posted on 03/10/2010

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I have two boys 5 and 3. Until we moved last november we have had hard wood floors. But we always had area rugs to cover up most of the rooms. When they would be playing in just socks they would tend to slip and fall and it was never usually good. Nothing broken, but large bumps and bruses. If your going with hard wood floors I would suggest area rugs in main rooms and in bedrooms for warmth. Sometimes it seems colder with no carpet.

Vicki - posted on 03/10/2010

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We've had both. My boy was just starting to crawl when we had hardwood floors. They are easier to clean up, but he'll have a hard time crawling becz of the slippery floors. Now we have area rugs and it helps out a lot. He is just now starting to walk (18 months) and he's constantly falling or tripping etc. So we definatly like the carpets to cushion his fall. That and any toys with legs (walkers or any toys that sit high up like the ones from leap frog.) will slide around on the floors and have a really hard with the baby trying to control it. Most walkers aren't made for bare floors. You can always get area rugs if need be.

Just some things to think about.

Rebecca - posted on 03/10/2010

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And I'm sorry if I'm one of the one's whose floor is "disgusting", but I don't sweep or mop every day and I have wood floors. I vacuum and mop weekly, and do a spot sweep of high use areas as needed. My kids play outside and in the garden etc - I figure a bit of dust on the floor isn't going to hurt them, and I'm so much more relaxed with them when I'm not stressing about keeping things spotless. Hats off to those who can though!

Rebecca - posted on 03/10/2010

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We only have floorboards, and just bought a big cheap rug for the main play area - less noise of banging toys on the floor, and a softer landing for the little one - but at least a rug is easy to replace when it gets grubby! I love the floorboards!

DEBBIE - posted on 03/10/2010

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WE HAVE HARD WOOD AND LOVE IT
THEY WILL ONLY BE CWALLING FOR A FEW BUT WALKING FOR A LONG time to come

Tonia - posted on 03/10/2010

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Hard wood floors, They are only little for a short period they transition to their environment well usually!

Heather - posted on 03/10/2010

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hardwood, rugs can be cleaned easier. i have a 3 yr old n my lil girl is about to make 1, no problems

Stephanie - posted on 03/10/2010

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For long term the hardwood floors are going to be awesome. I have light light tan carpets and it is so scary with a 19 month old. Some carpets or just cushion play mats in the play areas would work out perfectly. Hardwood floors would make life easier for sure.

Betty - posted on 03/10/2010

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Oddly enough, I think carpet is easier to keep clean. Hard wood flooring gets sticky real fast and sweeping is difficult. I think a home is more welcoming when it has carpet.

Athena - posted on 03/10/2010

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I've had both, definitely prefer the hard wood floors!!! Miss them sooo... Carpet is so difficult to keep with little ones and the hard woods are safe and it allows to to get cute rugs to keep it warm for the kids in their play areas or in walkways.... 100% for hardwood floors!!! Mother of 2 from Orange County, CA.

Katie - posted on 03/10/2010

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I love wood floor!! I have a six yr old and 21month old boys. Its great to clean up messes, especially for those who don't know where there mouth is. Just watch the 3 month old if he/she is wearing socks. it can get slippery. Christopher my youngest has fallin a few times.

Katie

Wendy - posted on 03/10/2010

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We have all laminate flooring in the downstairs of our home and I love it! Much easier to clean and no worries about leaving a stained carpet when we eventually move! To solve cold feet, we put a nice area rug in front of the main couches, and where our son likes to play. We have found a neutral coffee/beige color with our rugs has worked great for hiding general stains - and if you get to a colorful stain fast enough its easy to get out, much easier to destain a rug also (even a larger area rug) - as you can take it off the floor!!

Rebecca - posted on 03/10/2010

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Our son learned to crawl on laminate and he was late because of it. We bought the foam puzzle pad thingy for the floor so he could get some grip and within a few weeks he was crawling...because of the floors he preferred to scoot on his bum because he could slide easily. Our daughter is trying to crawl but again because of the floors she's not able to so we have to get the puzzle things for her as well. She does do the army crawl and pull herself where she needs to go and she's only 8 months so i hope she gets it in the next few days. If you really like the house with hardwood then get it. Don't let something like your child crawling stop you from buying a great house. You could buy a little area rug for the main living space or you can get the little mats like i do. Hardwood has great resale if you need to move later and it's more durable then carpet and yes much more easier to clean!

Terra - posted on 03/10/2010

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i have hardwood floor in my basement suite (and like some one said they do get cold) but i just put warmer socks on and a warm pair of pants as well. My daughter learned to crawl on hardwood and is recently learning how to walk... i find she didn't cry any more on the hardwood then she did when she fell onto the carpet in our old place.

also hardwood doesnt trap in the dust and allergens that could make your baby sick in carpet... i mean its one thing if you own the house and you put the carpet in yourself and know how long its been there and whats been done to it; but moving into an apartment you just don't know if they have properly cleaned it and what could possibly be growing under the rug. In my old place we ripped out the carpet for the landlord when we were living there and it looked as if it was never cleaned, some spots even had mold growing on it and the top of the rug looked perfectly healthy and clean

Ashley - posted on 03/09/2010

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I have carpet and HATE IT! Its so hard to keep clean and sanitary! My MIL has hard wood and I love visiting her place, the floors are so easy to clean and you can always throw an area rug in the baby area!

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