Thank you to Robert Lobitz for this Guest Post.
One thing that doctors and experts stress as being one of the first determiners of whether or not your child is ready for a new bed is the height of the child and the height of the bed you have in mind. For example, if you are moving your child from a crib to a bigger style bed, you might want to consider how far off the ground they stand before going for bunk beds. However, if the new bed is low to the ground it can be a perfect fit. Most experts say the lower to the ground a child’s bed is the better it is for them.
When it comes to determining if a child is ready for bunk beds or not, there are also some rules that are good to live by. For starters, how old is the child? Most experts and industry leaders indicate that twin over twin bunk beds, particularly the top bunk, should not be used by children under the age of six. In fact, there are some professionals that are stressing that the age of this restriction should actually be raised even higher for safety sake. Some have stated that no one under the age of nine years old should be allowed to sleep or play on the top bunk of bunk beds.
There are other beds to choose from that are also fun and useful, such as day beds, conventional beds in unusual shapes and sizes, and there are even hideaway beds that can be great for children that want to get more out of the space in their room. Just like bunk beds these also depend upon the child, level of maturity, and taste. For example, a daybed might be perfect for one child, whereas having a pirate ship style bunk bed set might be fun, but totally inappropriate for some immature children.
The most important thing to remember above all is safety. Although there are some children that may act a certain way in front of you, having a particularly type of bed in their room might dramatically change things and do so in a way that can be disruptive to their lives and schedule. Make sure that what ever you choose is right for the family as a whole.