My husband and I have been trying to decide the best plan of attack for moving our 2 oldest sons into a bedroom together. We have officially run our of bedrooms, and unless we do some pretty hefty construction work to add on a 5th bedroom, our 2 oldest boys just have to double-up.
For us, it was a simple decision.
For our 2 sons, it’s been something they don’t even want to discuss. The thought of moving in to the same room… ahh, it hasn’t been an easy subject.
So we wanted to make the experience as fun as can be. What came to mind!? Let’s get BUNK BEDS!
There have been pros and cons about the bunk bed chat since January. Our oldest son would only be 4. And our second son would only be 3. Not exactly good ages for bunk beds. All I could see and envision was the “who could jump farthest?” type contests going on at night.
On the other side of the coin… bunk beds would be our best bet for more space in the room with the two of them together. And we figured that we could get a queen size bed on the bottom bunk and possibly have them share that for the time being.
But then I came across an article on News for Parents.org – Bunk Bed-Related Injuries Not Exclusive to Young Children – which states in it’s opening paragraph that:
Bunk bed-related injuries are not an issue of concern solely for parents of young children according to a study conducted by investigators at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The study, published in the June issue of Pediatrics, found although three-quarters of the children who sustain bunk bed-related injuries are younger than 10 years of age, there is a surprising spike in injuries among individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 years.
This study used national data to examine bunk bed-related injuries among children and young adults (which they classified as up to 21 years of age). There were an estimated 572,580 bunk bed-related injuries during the 16-year study period, resulting in an average of 36,000 cases annually.
Now I had concerns about the safety of bunk beds, which is why I have been looking up research on them, but I never figured the numbers to be this high and this alarming.