Can my little one fall out of a bed without rails?
Yes – young children tend to move more during sleep than adults, and can indeed fall out of bed. Having rails on your child’s bed is an important way to keep him safe. You don’t need to get a special bed with rails, but can buy rails that attach to your child’s bed. If you live near a children’s hospital, they may even have a Safety Store that offers rails and other safety products such as helmets or locks at low prices. However, if you are concerned your child might fall out of bed, consider leaving him in a crib as long as possible! The transition from crib to a toddler bed is more likely to be smooth with a preschooler (once he is about 3 years old) than with a toddler (a 1- or 2-year-old).
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