Babies, toddlers, kids and more – they are the light of our lives and we do the best we can for them as parents. If I had it my way, I would have lined the floor and walls with foam – but seeing as that wasn’t (and still isn’t) practical or cheap, we should look into the next best thing: baby-friendly floors!
Many first-time home buyers are young families looking to settle down and start a family. And while people love the look of hardwood floors, not to mention the fact that increases the value of your home, the last thing you want is to have little plastic wheels and toys wearing your floors down.
On the contrary, you don’t want your littles falling down and seriously hurting themselves on that beautiful tile mosaic in the living room! I remember being small and watching my little sister spin round and round right in front of the all-brick fireplace right before she gashed her head open on it because she was too wobbly to stand straight. Nothing a few stitches couldn’t fix, but still – it was traumatic for me as a child, and definitely for my parents (they lovingly nicknamed her “scarface” after that incident).
Because we are not only crazy about our kids, but floors as well, we have compiled a list of baby-friendly floors for you and your current or future brood in SW Missouri!
Best Baby-Friendly Floors For Your Littles
Choice #3 Hardwood Floors
Pros: As stated above, hardwood floors are elegant, beautiful and increase the value of your home. It’s easy to clean up messes on, but try to avoid too many liquid spills.
Cons: It’s a hard surface which doesn’t make a soft surface for your kiddos to fall on. Additionally, the do take SOME maintenance in order to keep them in pristine condition. Oh, and don’t let water sit on them too long – wood has a tendency to warp!
SOLUTION: Get a kiddie rug or foam mat to put over that hardwood floor! That way the floor AND your littles are protected!
Choice #2 Tile Floors
Pros: If installed correctly, tile can last forever and can take a beating from toys and the constant pitter-pattering of feet. Additionally, there is not much maintenance which goes into keeping up tile floors except usual cleaning. Stain clean-up is easy and won’t hurt your floors…you know…unless it is acid. Don’t let your kids play with acid.
Cons: Like hardwoods, it’s a hard surface. Your baby falling down won’t hurt the floor, but your kiddo will feel it!
SOLUTION: Also like hardwoods, get a large area rug or foam mat so your children have something cushiony to crawl over.
Choice #1 Carpet
Pros: It’s comfy, it’s warm, and it can soften a fall with ease. Some carpets can be very easy to clean, and carpet can actually help with indoor air quality (despite what some sources say). Numerous studies have repeatedly shown that carpet prevents dust and other allergens from becoming airborne, where they are easily inhaled.
Cons: VOC’s could be an issue as well as stains. Be sure to buy carpet with low VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) or your child may be inhaling some. Be sure to get a stain-resistant carpet – children can be messy and there is nothing quite like purchasing a new carpet and then having to deal with the stains for the next few years!
SOLUTION: Be sure to get a stainmaster carpet pad can a good quality carpet. Don’t be dazzled by low prices (if you bend the carpet at the seam and can see the backing, that is some CHEAP carpet).
The top three are our choices in best floors for babies, toddlers, and kids of all shapes and sizes. Sure, there are other alternatives such as cork and bamboo, but they come with their own set of issues. For example, did you know bamboo flooring, if not made in the U.S.A. could have been made with toxic chemicals? Or that cork is a great choice except if you keep a heavy piece of furniture in one place too long it leaves a dent in the floor? Just some things to think about!
That being said, even if you do have hardwood floors, tile floors or carpet installed, the condition of your flooring product plus the craftsmanship of your installers will have an impact on the overall quality of your floors. #foodforthought
Do You Have a Project in SW Missouri? A Little About Direct Install Flooring Company
We at Direct Install LLC are located in SE Springfield, Mo and service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks. While we specialize in flooring products and flooring installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet and laminate, we pride ourselves on our service, our floor installers and products. This is why we have an A rating with the BBB.
We strive to provide the best flooring in SW Missouri and beyond. Whether you are looking for quality flooring contractors, installers or construction management, our services include everything from flooring residential construction projects to custom flooring projects and large commercial flooring installation projects in SW Missouri. We are passionate about floors, and only hire and employ the best contractors in and around Springfield, Missouri.
If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 576-7052 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting. We look forward to serving you!