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Bunk beds??

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3boys3dogshelp · 07/08/2013 20:59

we have 2 boys, another on the way, and a 4 bedroom house. So I am trying to decide what to do with them all!
ATM boys have a room each and we have a double bed in spare room for (very regular) weekend guests. Mil and 4 sets of brothers/sisters and their families often stay.
Initially thought room each for boys and sofabed downstairs (which would be a pita as most of downstairs is fairly open plan) BUT now boys are asking to share. They love it and sleep quite well when they share on holiday. Great as we keep a spare room, but whichever way we do it they would have to have bunk beds. They are just 5 and 3.5. What do you think? Are they old enough? Will it be a nightmare??

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ohcluttergotme · 08/08/2013 09:46

I think bunk beds are a lot safer now than back in the 70's & 80's. I've seen ones with cot sides that come right up so the little one would be really safe & you can get ones that are not as high as years ago. My niece & nephew 5 & 3.5 have bunks & they seem to cope fine. Grin

missnevermind · 08/08/2013 10:08

We have always had bunk beds.

When we moved here the boys were 3 and 6 months, so had a cot and bunk beds with the older sleeping in the lower bunk.

When the younger moved out of his cot he went straight into the lower bunk and DS1 went up top - 4 1/2 and 2 I think. The top bunk has safety rails all round.

Mind you they were good bunk beds they are 12 and 15 now and still using them.

nannynewo · 08/08/2013 20:50

I have looked after children in the past where they shared a bedroom and had bunks. If you can get bunk beds where there is room underneath to keep a spare mattress then each night you could pull the mattress out as a safety precaution. This is what they did...the kids were 2 and 4 and they often wanted to sleep in the top bunk together! Although I am almost certain they won't fall out :)

3boys3dogshelp · 08/08/2013 22:11

Thanks everyone that's a great help Smile I think they would LOVE bunkbeds but I fell out on my head when I was younger (80's child!) so was a bit unsure. 5 yo is fairly sensible so I think he'd be okay, it's his loopy little brother I worry about!! Grin

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BramblyHedge · 08/08/2013 22:13

My boys have been in shorty bunks for a few years. They are now 7 and 5 but think they have had them since 5 and 2.5

3boys3dogshelp · 08/08/2013 22:16

Brambly, what are shorty bunks?

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dadinthehat · 15/08/2013 02:46

My two DSs (6, 4) are in bunks and have been for a couple of years now. DD (2) has just moved to a cotbed in the same room. All love their beds and perfectly happy, although DD is always climbing in to the bottom bunk.

We've had no accidents.

Mummyoftheyear · 25/08/2013 19:46

My son has been in a cabin bed (storage underneath instead of another bed) since 2y 8m.
I put extra bed side guards in it, although it already had losing ones.
No probs until one day he got down (age 5) to go to loo in night but held duvet vs ladder and slipped down, knocked head... Concussed. Admitted to Hospital for just 8 hrs for observation. No CAT scan needed in the end.
But, thank gd, fine.
I was so shaken as wanted to get rid of bed ASAP but A&E and children's ward told me that bunk bed incidents are incredibly rare. Most common accidents are with hot drinks. Insisted I don't get rid of it and that hell not do it again. Still scared but have kept it.

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