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    Question how young is too young?(maybe a bit long..)

    just a thought..
    i have an almost 3 yr old who appears to be part i don't know what..but is an avid CLIMBER!!
    he can climb onto the top bunk of the bunk beds, even with the ladder pinned out of access against a wall!!
    and, climbs DOWN in a flash! yikes!

    he's insisting he wants to sleep on the top..and since getting him out of our bed has been an issue since day one 9he seemed to have claustrophobia issues in both a crib,and a volkswagon beetle type toddler bed and now the bottom bunk too!)..
    should i just make it safe (put the ladder where he can use it, put the rails on the sides of the top bed) and let himsleep there if that's where he's happy?

    a really big part of me says he's just too small and young..
    but another part says, if he's going to do it, just make it safe and let him..that would be the part desperate for a solid night's sleep without a toddler stealing my pillow, blankets,and bed)
    so..what are your thoughts?
    (ps..he's 3 in May)

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    We JUST bought Aden bunk beds. He turned 4 in Jan. I am 100% fine with him being on the top. The box says “no one younger than 6“ though.
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    I had Andrew on the top bunk at 4.

    As long as your LO can get up and down I don't see it as a big problem.

    My 2 oldest kids were on the top bunks until 1.5 years ago. Makayla 12 at the time, fell off the top bunk and broke her wrist. We had the guard rails up,,, she must have launched herself over the edge

    So in a total of 6 years with 2 kids on the top bunk only one fall out Odds seem pretty good to me.

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    lol! My 91/2 yr old is on the top,and he's fallen out more than once.. nothing broken though thankfully.. he's a very restless sleeper.. i'mwondering if this is part of my little brother can't seem to get any sleep?

    maybe i should give him a test run for a few days at naptime? see how it does?

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    Oh, I've been thinking about bunk beds too (no top bunk for DD until she's 5 though). Decisions, decisions.

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    My girls are in bunks, and the youngest was on the top one at 2.5. BUT they have a railing around the top of them - if your Dh is handy, and could build something like that (you can come see any time) then that helps a lot!

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    They say that if they fall out of bed when they are sleeping, they are less likely to injure themselves than if they were awake.. if that helps...lol.

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    MY eldest was in loft bed at 2 1/2. I think it depends upon the child...I wouldn't have felt comfortable with my youngest up there at 2 1/2 because he is a restless sleeper and a bit more 'clumsy' than my eldest was at that age.
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    My brother used to sleep on the top, and always fell out, even with the guard rails up. My mom ended up ramming some big solid books in between the matress and the guard rail to stop him falling out.

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    hmmm...
    i think we're heading for the young one on top..just feels so final..my baby is getting so big! yikes!
    maybe then his big bro won't wake him as often?

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    I'd say probably 6 or so at the earliest. There's no way I'd feel comfortable with a 2&1/2 year old in a full-height top bunk. Falling out of bed is pretty common/likely at that age, and I wouldn't trust a little bunk bed bed-rail to prevent such a wee child from a 5 or 6 foot drop.

    Is any other child currently using the other bunk full-time, or is it just him? And is the bunk bed separatable into 2 separate beds? If it's just him, and the beds can be taken apart, I'd avoid the problem by removing the top bunk and just leaving the lower bed in his room for now.
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    I'd say 5-6...they are more independant and understand a lttle more about the dangers of falling
    prior tot hat they are daredevils!

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    unfortunately,the other bed is occupied by big brother,
    and even if it could come apart.. wouldn't because the only reason i have themin bunks inhe firstplace is because the room is so ridiculously small!
    its roughly 9 by 10!
    cannot fit two beds in it no way.. i tried!
    its not quitefull height though, i'm only 5'4 andthe top of the mattress on top is about my shoulder height..

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    Why cant big brother be on the top bunk?
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    Get big brother to be more territorial about his (top) bunk. (ETA: but no physically pushing the baby out and making him fall, of course!)

    Can your eldest climb up okay without the ladder? Could you eliminate the ladder entirely? (And if so, would this stop your toddler? Or would you just end up with him climbing up in more risky ways?)
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