I'd say if he's capable enough to climb up then he's safe doing so. Maybe it sounds crazy but I do believe, if children are given space to explore their own boundaries, they will stay within their boundaries of what they are actually capable of.
Og course accidents could still happen, but he's unlikely to intentionally hurl himself off the top bunk if he's allowed to explore his own limits is he?
oh, just read the ripping of DS2's pictures off the wall.
I guess, it comes down to respecting his older brother's space which I guess is a bit hard for a 2 yr old to grasp straight away. Could you make his space extra special just for him and have the same rule that DS1 isn't allowed on the bottom bunk and make a big deal uot of this? So modelling the behavious you want from him?
Sometimes he seems to understand that he isn't allowed up. He puts his serious face on and says "Not climb on ds1's bed"
Then the temptation proves to much!
OMDB - I will give that a try. He hasn't got any pictures up because I just presumed they would get torn down, but it is worth trying I will also put a board or something at the end of the bed so he can't grab on
I don't think you can stop him from climbing up tbh, once he knows he can do it, then he will want to carry on. Like someone else suggested, you might be better to just show him how to do it safely. I'd probably put some pillows under the ladder just incase of a crash landing!
Maybe you could swap bedrooms for a while? give the kids the bigger room, seperate the bunk beds so they each have a normal bed and then you can swap back again once the littlie has reached the age of reason?!
OverMyDeadBody on Sun 20-Jul-08 21:49:13 "I'd say if he's capable enough to climb up then he's safe doing so. Maybe it sounds crazy but I do believe, if children are given space to explore their own boundaries, they will stay within their boundaries of what they are actually capable of."
I take it you have never sat over an unconscious child in hospital then?
I don't believe in this idea that accidents won't happen if they are capable of climbing up onto something. That is no guarantee they can't fall down, particularly if they start playing and forget where they are. Dd nearly died from falling off a climbing frame which she had been fine climbing up and had been playing on for an hour perfectly well.
I had a friend whose Mum (in the medical profession) had been called out to a toddler who had climbed up on his brother's bunk bed in the middle of the night and somehow got his head stuck while falling. He was dead from strangulation when my friend's Mum arrived, but it could equally well have happened from a skull fracture.