Do you know the right age for kids to sleep in bunk beds?
“What is the right age for bunk beds?” easily qualifies as one of our most frequently answered questions. As kids begin to outgrow their baby cribs and toddler beds (sigh), parents are thinking about the next milestone – the transition to a big kid bed.
For some families, bunk beds make a lot of sense. They are designed with a top bunk and bottom bunk, so they can save a ton of space in the bedroom and clear the way for other furniture or toys. And if you have more than two kids, this can really be a blessing.
Yet, if your child is only 3 or 4 years old, you may be wondering if he or she is the right age for bunk beds – and, if so, which bed is the safest choice.
According to the experts…
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children under the age of 6 not be allowed to sleep in the top bunk. This means a bottom bunk may be the right solution for your toddler, but he or she may need to wait a few years to occupy the top bed.
The reason? Children can be injured from climbing and falling (or jumping) out of the bed, resulting in cuts, scrapes, bruises or more severe accidents.
On the other hand, if you have a child who is at least 6 years old, he or she is probably the right age for a bunk bed. Younger children can take the bottom bunk where they don’t have to worry about falling or climbing, and older children can have their own space on the top bunk.
Most bunk beds come with a railing along the top bunk, too, so you can still have peace of mind when it comes to your bigger kids.