R.M. asks from Murrieta, CA on November 01, 2010
Bunk Beds - Murrieta,CA
We have three kids (1 boy, 2 girls) who all insist on sleeping together in a full sized bed. I have been trying to think of a sleeping arrangement that would give them separate space but allow them to be in the same room, hoping they will go for that. My son is 6 (the oldest) and probably should be by himself in a room but he is the most opposed to sleeping alone and they all sleep well together so I have just let them. The girls use their bedrooms to play in and all sleep in his room. My husband really wants to get a bunk bed but I am terrified of it because we have a 2 year old who I can picture climbing up and falling out. What are other mom's opinions on bunk beds? Feel free to tell me horror stories so that I can have a stronger opposing argument for my husband - lol.
M.P. answers from Pittsburgh on November 01, 2010
I bet if you got them they would still all pile in together in one bed. They are comforted by sleeping together obviously. My boys went through a phase of doing this every single night. They still do it once in a while. I think it is sweet. Maybe just let it work itself out.
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J.K. answers from Sacramento on November 01, 2010
I have bunk beds for my tow and got them when they were almost 4 and 51/2. Most models have a rail on the top bunk so it's hard to fall out when sleeping, however, i'd be concerned with the little one climbing and wanting to play up there. It's a pretty big fall from the top. They do make them where the ladder is removable, (they sort of hook on for to secure them) but my kids have been known to climb from the ends too.
If I were you I would think about a bed with a trundle. It's as space saving as a bunk when pushed in, but you need the floor space to have it pulled out.
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B.C. answers from Los Angeles on November 01, 2010
Put a safety bar across the top bunk. It will be ok. If that really bothers you put a mattress next to the bunk beds so if they fall out of the top bunk, they will land on the mattress. But be careful, they may decide to play army and be "parachuting" out of the top bunk onto the mattress.
Your kids have a greater chance of bing hurt in a car after dark, than they do falling out of the upper bunk. But you still drive them places after dark. Good luck to you and yours.
M.F. answers from Phoenix on November 01, 2010
You might want to ease into the whole separate bed idea with a bunk bed with a trundle bed attached. That way your son can sleep up top and your daughters can sleep on the lower bunk and on the trundle. They'll still be in the same room, still close, but have their own space and time to get used to sleeping in their own beds. The bunk bed can then be moved to your daughters room when your older daughter is big enough for the top bunk and your son can get a "cool" bed he can pick out sheets for.
D.N. answers from Chicago on November 01, 2010
My older kids sleep on a bunk bed with a trundle. Unfortunately we only have 2 bedrooms so we cannto split them even though we really want to at this point. My 2 yr old climbs up to the top bunk easily and there is no ladder. She just cannot get down again. If you do go for a bunk bed with a trundle, make sure the ladder is one attached to the bed and not on the floor--that is why we do not hvae the ladder. It blocks the trundle. You could also consider having a bunk with a full size bed on the bottom or maybe a futon on the bottom, turning into a couch during the day.
S.S. answers from Chicago on November 01, 2010
you could do bunkbeds for the older 2 with a mattress that pulls out for the little one. slide it under the bed in the daytime. most bunkbeds come with rails so the little ones won't fall out. my boys started sleeping in them when they were 2 1/2 and 3 1/2
R.K. answers from Boston on November 01, 2010
I bet if you got bunk beds you would still find them all curled up into one bed in the morning. We had a trundle bed for our boys just because our youngest (now 3.5 yr) is/was such a crazy daredevil. He has now fear and high pain tolerance we've caught him trying to do some pretty crazy stunts and I could just picture him climbing up to the top bunk and trying to grab onto the ceiling fan. Another reason we didn't get them was because our nephew (same age as our youngest) ended up with stitches from him and his brother's bunk bed set and he is not nearly as daring as our little guy. If you get a set that can be separated I might get the bunk bed with trundle but keep the bunk beds separated for now with a trundle under one. or just one w/ the two bunks and let the girls share a bed for now but keep them all in one room. Our little guy didn't like sleeping in his own bed until recently.