My four-year-old keeps asking for bunk beds, but I keep refusing because I am worried he'll get hurt. He already broke his collar bone when he jumped out of his crib as a toddler! It was so scary! I took him to the ER and he got an X-ray and it was so sad. I felt like a horrible parent. At this point, I don't want to do anything that I know could lead to another Emergency Room visit. However, I do love the idea of bunk beds. We'll see!
- Make sure guardrails are used on both sides of the upper bunk
- Guardrail gaps being 3.5 inches or less to prevent entrapment and strangulation
- Ensure the mattress foundation is secure and the proper size mattress is used
- Don't permit children younger than 6 years of age to sleep in the upper bunk
- Discourage children from playing on bunk beds
- Use night lights to help children see the ladder at night
- Removing hazardous objects from around the bed
- Don't place the bunk bed too close to ceiling fans or other ceiling fixtures.