bunk beds & toddlers July 08 2015

After my two year old outgrew his crib and was sleeping on a twin mattress on the floor for several months, I decided it was time to upgrade both of them to big boy beds. My older son was still in his toddler bed, but he repeatedly asked us for a bed with stairs. I think this all started because when we lived in Miami, their bedrooms were upstairs and he always knew we went upstairs to go to bed. We shopped around different bed options for their small bedroom. Considered a trundle bed, since it was technically a bunk bed but very low. One of the reasons I didn't like this type of bed was because of the pulling in and out of the trundle every night. Since our apartment is small, their bedroom is also their playroom and we needed to create space for them to dump their thousands of superheroes and cars around, instead of always being scattered throughout our house. The bunk bed seemed to be the best option space saving wise, but also the scariest because of my rambunctious two year old. We decided to just give it a try, and it's going surprisingly well (knock on wood). It's only been a week, so we aren't in the clear yet, but we haven't suffered any broken bones and the boys are happy with their tree house (top bunk) and their tunnel (bottom bunk). The one downfall I will have to point out is putting the sheets on the top bunk, or making the bed even, is a workout!! If you are considering bunk beds for toddlers, I am here to tell you it can work well for two and four year olds. It doesn't stop them from coming into our room in the middle of the night, like I hoped, but it does make a lot of space in their room. I also like the fact that the bunk beds can easily be split into two beds if I ever feel the need to. It's a win, win.

-Melina Harvey Read (mama of two)