Bunk beds may be fun for children, but they can pose hazards, especially for children who aren't old enough to use them safely.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this advice about bunk beds:

  • A child under age 6 should not be allowed to climb into or sleep in the top bunk.
  • Position bunk beds into a corner, with walls supporting two sides. This will reduce the risk of areas where a child could fall and offer more stability.
  • Mattresses should fit very snugly inside the frames.
  • The top bunk should have an attached ladder, a night light and a guard rail that won't allow a child to slip underneath.
  • Top bunk mattress should be secured by slats or wires and securely fastened at each end.
  • Never allow children to jump or play roughly on bunk beds.

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