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Is a bunk bed safe for a 4 year old?

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Berrie Sun 27-Jul-08 09:20:23

We're just putting together an ikea bed for ds (5 in November). It's actually not a bunk bed but a raised bed with a space underneath so not as high. Anyway we now find that the instructions say to beware of young children (under 6) falling out.
Has this happened to anyone?

cornsilk Sun 27-Jul-08 09:22:07

You can still fit a bed guard on it. I know of a child who broke his arm by falling off a bunk bed. I think it depends on the child.

Berrie Sun 27-Jul-08 09:35:13

Oh dearsad

DanJARMouse Sun 27-Jul-08 09:37:22

We have a bunk bed - double bed on bottom, single on top.

My DD's are 4(just) and 2.9mnths.

They have been sleeping on it for about 3 months now and love it. DD2 even likes to sleep up the top sometimes!

We havent had a falling out incident yet!

cornsilk Sun 27-Jul-08 09:38:45

berrie - they can break their arm falling off the couch! If you think your child is ready for a bunk bed then get it.

melpomene Sun 27-Jul-08 09:40:33

Does it have rails around the edges? My dd1 has had a raised cabin bed since she was 4 and has never fallen out. It is somewhat more worrying when she tries to bounce on the bed with dd2 and her friends...

alardi Sun 27-Jul-08 09:46:49

DS2 fell out of a cabin sleeper spectacularly (about midnight) just before his 4th birthday. I won't try him in it again for a very long time.

BettySpaghetti Sun 27-Jul-08 09:50:34

Is it this type of bed?.

My DS has one like that since just before he was 4 and has been fine (touch wood). The rail stops him from rolling out

Berrie Sun 27-Jul-08 10:13:03

This one
Not nearly so posh!grin
The guard at the side doesn't look very big does it? sad

cornsilk Sun 27-Jul-08 10:15:38

That's big enough to stop them rolling out.

booge Sun 27-Jul-08 10:22:22

I fell out of a bunk bed at 27 and broke my arm. blush

NotDoingTheHousework Sun 27-Jul-08 10:29:17

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Elk Sun 27-Jul-08 11:24:12

My dd1 (5) has been in a bunk bed for six months and has never fallen out.She however routinely falls out of other beds!

Berrie Sun 27-Jul-08 12:31:57

Thanks all.
It's up now. Have put ds's old bed underneath for dd (nearly 3)am plotting what I am going to do with dd's empty bedroom although I know it will simply hide all the junk and piles of washing!

kezboosnez Sun 27-Jul-08 22:24:13

hi u can get a tent that clips on to this bed for about £10 from ikea we have one dd loves it

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