Bunk Beds and Boo-Boos

We’ve been thinking about getting a bunk bed for our kids, who share a bedroom. But this news may change our minds: Nearly 36,000 kids and adolescents are treated in the ER each year for bunk bed-related injuries, according to the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The report says nearly half of the injuries occurred among children under 6. Not surprisingly, most happened when kids fell fell off the top bunk, causing bruises, cuts and, more seriously, fractures and concussions. Since my 3-year-old daughter, Isabella, is the daredevil in the family (and has already informed us she’s like to sleep on the top bed), we might wait till she’s older or, at the very least, insist that she take the bottom bunk. If you’re considering (or already have) bunk beds, follow these safety rules from the Sleep Products Safety Council.

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  1. by Jennifer C

    On July 14, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    My youngest is the daredevil in our family. I feel sure she would take a flying leap right off – just to see what would happen. I wouldn’t consider bunk beds for a minute!

  2. by Kim

    On July 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    We just went through debating bunk beds since our girls share a room and the youngest was ready for a big girl bed. But they aren’t supposed to be in the top bunk until at least 6 years old, and my oldest is accident prone anyway. There’s no way I could trust her not to fall out! We opted for a trundle bed instead :)

  3. by Paula

    On July 14, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I don’t want them – not because they are to dangerous – but because they are such a pain to make up and change the sheets. It takes forever! They never look made up.

  4. by MRM

    On July 14, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I slept on the top bunk when I was 6 (now 34) and my mom dreamt something bad was happening to me and she ran (still asleep) down the hall screaming “NOOOOO!” as I was falling off of my bunk and hit my head on the bedside table below. Doesn’t that give you goosebumps?! Anyway, they couldn’t afford health insurance and therefore did not take me to the ER (which they should have). I busted my noggin wide open and hallucinated for several hours. Somehow I survived it without brain damage……but seriously – what were my parents thinking?! Bunkbeds had NO railing options in the 70s to contain kids from falling overboard. I’m glad things have changed!!

  5. by raised air bed

    On July 22, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Wow, good safety rules to know. I had bunk beds when I was a kid, but I was definitely older than 6 at the time (10 or 11). I slept on the top and still got the occasional bump or cut from messing around, so I’d definitely agree that children should be a little older when using bunk beds.