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Old 05-29-2010, 01:29 PM   #1
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How do you babyproof a bunk bed ladder?

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My 1 year old can climb his sisters' bunk bed ladder. He has fallen off it once.

Now we have to put the ladder up all the time and it's a pain in the neck.


Anyone have ideas, or things that they've done that work?

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Old 05-29-2010, 01:52 PM   #2
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At the furniture stores, they have some sort of plastic sheeting attached to most of the ladders. I have seen a similar type of thing sold for banister rails so that kids cant toss toys through the slats of stair banisters. It would still be somewhat of a pain, but less than the removing the whole ladder.

What about just putting a baby gate at the door unless she can be supervised while in there? I would also provide a lot of teaching moments where she is taught not to climb the ladder.
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Old 05-29-2010, 01:53 PM   #3
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Re: How do you babyproof a bunk bed ladder?

Because the bunk bed room is also where all the toys are. And the sisters of course
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Because the bunk bed room is also where all the toys are. And the sisters of course
Oh, that wont work then.

I googled baby proof bunk bed ladder and came up with t his. It looks kind of expensive, but you could probably make something similar yourself.
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Re: How do you babyproof a bunk bed ladder?

Ooo... I might be able to make something like that that'd work. Thank you
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Re: How do you babyproof a bunk bed ladder?

We just lay the ladder on top in the day. I went in there yesterday and my 2y/o was up on top. I asked him how the world he got up there. He had climbed up on the built in desk on the end and had pulled himself up some how.
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Re: How do you babyproof a bunk bed ladder?

How old is the child on the top bunk? ODS started sleeping on the top bunk at around 3.5 and he could climb up without a ladder so we never put the ladder up. Then again its a twin over a double so much easier to climb.
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Re: How do you babyproof a bunk bed ladder?

IDK about the bunk bed you have but we have the wooden one from Ikea and we just take off the bottom rung so my 2 year old can't get up, but my 5 year old still can.
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Re: How do you babyproof a bunk bed ladder?

We put the ladder in the closet and let the older child just scale the side. Not sure how your bunk bed is set up though- for my dd it is about as easy as using the ladder.
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Re: How do you babyproof a bunk bed ladder?

My oldest has a molded Step2 plastic bunk bed & desk combo. We just figured that once little brother could climb it alone unassisted, then he'd probably be just as safe as any other kid climbing it. Anyway, that's what I tell my kids & daycare kids. If you can't do it alone(like climbing a rockwall on a playstructure or sliding down a slide, etc) then you are probably too little to do it safely anyway.
I figure once they can do it alone, ah, why bother.

If your not that kindof parent, then I'd take the ladder off during the day. It doesn't need to be attached until bedtime anyways. Or baby gate the room, but you said that wasn't practical for your situation. Take the first few lower rungs off so little legs can't reach that far(like a city fire escape). Get rid of the bunkbed. Get rid of the ladder & figure out another system for your bunkbed approved kiddo to use to get up there with.
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