How to stop toddlers from falling out of bed?

Toddler playing

Firstly, let’s take a look at why toddlers fall out of bed, to begin with, and then we can take a look at some tips to prevent it from happening and to minimize the risk of injury.

It is never easy transitioning your child from a cot to a bed, and it can be an anxious time for parents. It is pretty common for children to roll around in bed and sometimes fall out, thankfully serious injuries are rare, and it should occur less and less as they grow older.

It has been suggested that one of the reasons it happens is due to a sense called proprioception; it is the sense of self-movement and body position, in essence, It’s a relationship between body and environment. It helps your body know where it is in the world and where all the parts of your body are in relation to each other.

It operates during the day and at night while we are sleeping. In children, however, this sense is still developing; it improves with practice as your child gets older.

A toddler trying to climb out of a cot

How to prevent toddlers from falling out of bed?

What if a fall does occur?

It is not unusual for falls to happen, and as discussed, it’s a pretty common occurrence in children after moving to a “big bed”. If you, as a parent, follow the safety advice as provided, injuries should be on the whole, mostly preventable. This still does not negate the fact that when it does happen, it can be pretty frightening. Young children will often cry regardless, but will usually recover quickly soon after. If, however you see any symptoms such as drowsiness, vomiting or cannot move arms or legs or anything else you consider untoward consult a medical professional immediately. For further reading on injuries, click on the links in the sources below.

Here are some commonly asked questions about toddlers falling out of bed.

There is no specific age; as they get older, it should happen less and less.

Use a toddler bed that is lower to the ground and has guard rails or consider placing a mattress on the floor. If using a regular bed guard, inexpensive portable guard rails can also be used.

Yes, it is a pretty common, particularly in children who have just transitioned from a cot to a regular bed.


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