Being tired makes kids wired, and this wildness can easily lead to accidents. Just as a tired juggler starts dropping things, tired tots get impulsive and klutzy and prone to all sorts of mishaps.

For preschoolers, the most common bed-related accidents (other than falling out of the crib) result from jumping on the bed or falling out of a bunk bed. I know it’s hard to enforce the “no more monkeys jumping on the bed” rule…but how crazy do you have to be to let a 4-year-old sleep in a top bunk bed? If you know of any parents who let their tots do this, tell them that there are more than 35,000 ER visits each year linked to bunk bed falls…with most of them happening to kids 3 and 5! Worse still, these tend to be head injuries.

Bunk Bed Safety Guidelines from the Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • Children younger than 6-years-old never sleep in the upper bunk.
  • Parents use night-lights to help kids see where they’re going when they climb down from the top bunk.
  • Kids not be allowed to play on upper bunk beds.
  • Parents avoid placing bunk beds close to ceiling fans or other ceiling fixtures.

Also, make sure there are no slats or posts in your child’s bed where he can catch his head. And finally––I know I’ve said this before, but I’m a baby doctor, so I have to keep saying it––always have working fire alarms, fire extinguishers and an escape plan in case of fire.

If you follow these simple rules, your little monkey should sleep safely and soundly...and that will make it much easier for you to snooze happily, too.

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