My son’s bed isn’t just a bed. It’s an ark. It takes him around the world. And every night he sets sail accompanied by big red dogs...
My son’s bed isn’t just a bed. It’s an ark. It takes him around the world. And every night he sets sail accompanied by big red dogs, curious monkeys and a crew of other characters only he knows. Inspired by stories his parents read with him at bedtime, he is easily transported to wherever his fertile imagination takes him. We have made a number of decisions to ensure that his nightly voyages and daily adventures remain safe ones. Below are four of most important ones we have implemented.
Over the years, that ark has docked at two different harbors. In both homes, we positioned his bed in the corner of the room. This makes it less likely for our child to roll out of the bed at night. It also keeps him from losing books, clothes, toys and other objects under the bed. If your child is like ours, they will find a way to hide items under the bed, so have a look from time to time.
Bed jumping is a favorite activity with kids of all sizes and shapes. Our son regularly ‘crashes the bed’ by leaping on the mattress to escape some imaginary beast. He will only listen to so many admonishments to calm down and be careful before he is back at it again. Don’t think a trampoline will be the answer. It may be a healthy diversion, but it hasn’t stopped our child. Be safe. Make sure there are plenty of supports.
Remove Obstacles from Bedside
Keep the side of the bed free of toys and other objects. The only things that our child meets on the short distance down are the floor and an old exercise mat we’ve left to cushion his fall.
Our child has slept in the top bunk at the homes of friends and family. In both cases, the top bed had railings with a ladders securely attached to the back of the bed. Always verify the solidity of these features before permitting your child to sleep in the top bunk.
All these choices help keep our child safe. Every child needs to know that there are limits. A proper balance of caution and fun allows a child to safely explore their imagination no matter where it takes them.