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    Default What age for the top bunk?

    DH wants to put 5-year-old DS in a top bunk, sharing a room with his younger brother (4 years younger).

    I say not on your nelly.


    Your thoughts???

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    Given that my 5 nearly 6 year old still gets up in the night I'd be saying no way, all I'd hear was the sound of thud thud as he fell out. For me it's still a bit young but I guess that depends on the child a bit too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susan Mac View Post

    I say not on your nelly.
    This exactly

    We just bought new single beds for our four year old and five year old and the sales assistant suggested bunk beds.
    No way

    This awful accident happened not far from me at the time and I have always remembered it, even though it was a few years ago now, but it has stuck with me
    http://www.news.com.au/national/exha...-1111116736696
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    DH just thinks I'm a bit paranoid because I fell out of my bunk bed when I was just turned 8. (Fortunately, wasn't badly hurt. I just got out the wrong way.) I'm not the only person I know that has been injured in a bunk bed incident.

    I spent a lot of time sleeping on the top bunk from 8-14 - my sister and I took turns a few months about - and I always hated the top bunk, not just because of my fall. It just always felt precarious. DH never had a bunk bed, so he thinks they are pretty cool. Every one of my six siblings has had a turn on the top bunk: we all hate the top bunk!

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    What about loft style bunk beds? The top bunk is lower than a normal bunk (I think around 180cm high) and the bottom bunk at normal height. They are configured as a corner unit generally so the person on the bottom doesnt feel about to be suffocated. If you google them you will see what I mean.

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    Definitely not until the age of 8 and personally I won't be buying one for home at all. Maybe on holidays I'll let my ds on a top bunk after he's 8 as long as he's not a sleep walker like my brother was! My ds is pretty still in bed though ... but my dd has always been a wriggler in bed and although she's still a baby I doubt she'll be that suitable for a top bunk.

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    Each to their own but I have my 5 year old in the top bunk, her 2 yr old brother in the bottom.
    I had no hesitation buying bunk beds when she asked for them. She's been in the bunk for 6 months, no dramas.
    I guess it also depends on the kid.

    If I had a child who was a restless sleeper or sleep walker of course that wouldnt be a great idea.

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    My boys have bunks - nearly 7yo on the top bunk, nearly 3yo on the bottom bunk.

    No issues at all. DS1 gets up sometimes and has never had an accident.

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    Isn't it 'funny' that the adage 'each to their own' gets trotted out when people choose to go against the recommendations of experts - learned, educated people who actually have no emotional investment in your family but have studied things like bunks and make a recommendation for good reason.

    The recommendations are there for good reason....


    http://www.productsafety.gov.au/cont.../itemId/974795

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