Beds for Children: Choosing Bunk Beds for Kids

Beds for children tend to change as they age, so why are so many parents surprised when their kids ask them for new furniture once they reach that certain age? Maybe the twins no longer want to share a double bed, and the time comes when brother and sister not only need new bedroom furniture, but also need separate rooms!

Every parent with more than one child must face this problem at one time or another, and even single children would not be happy using the same furniture all their lives! Children’s bedroom furniture changes as they age and you must prepare and budget for it. You can bribe them to an extent by purchasing a sofa bed that can be used for sleepovers, although that is not always an acceptable solution to an age-old problem.

Here are some ideas for beds for children that might go some way towards easing the situation. You have a choice between three fundamental types of bed: bunk beds, single beds and doubles. Your choice may be influenced by the space available in the bedroom, and also by how many rooms you have and the children you have.

Bunk Beds for Kids

Most children love bunk beds, and the problem is generally not whether they like them or not, but the fight over who gets the top bunk. You have a number of options with bunk beds: they can be twin over twin, twin over full or full over full according to how many kids you have to accommodate.

If you have the space, then full over full is best because each child has more room, and sleepovers are easier to organize. In fact, a twin over full takes up much the same room as a full over full, and the Classics 4.0 version of the latter comes at 84″ long, by 60″ deep and 79″ high. This is part of Universal’s Smartstuff Youth collection, and is available in white or saddle brown wood. Optional underbed storage units are also available.

The dimensions of the same line in twin over full are just one inch short in depth, the rest being the same. Each of these can be broken down into individual single or double beds. A twin over twin is the same size as the full but 45″ deep, saving 15 inches of space. Not all children’s bunk beds are the same size of course, and Signature’s Jaidyn youth twin over twin comes at 81″ x 44″ x 69″ as a comparison – generally smaller all round.

By contrast, Legacy offers a twin corner loft bed to make the best use of limited space. This can be arranged to sleep three in a space 121″ x 82″ and the height is 72 inches. There are several units available to fit underneath, such as a dresser, nightstand, bookcase, chest of drawers and even children’s seating. The end rails of this unit act as a ladder, although an optional lean-to ladder is also available.

Regular Beds for Children

If you don’t like the idea of bunk beds for children, or you have a bedroom for each child, then you have a wide choice of kid’s beds in single, twin or double sizes. One example is the Molly Dual twin bed by Hillsdale Furniture, which an old-style bed at 39.5 inches wide, while the full bed size is 15 inches wider. Bedding is available to suit either gender.

Universal’s Classics twin panel bed looks fabulous in all white, and is 46 inches wide and 84 long: this will suit children of all ages and sizes. Jaidyn children’s beds offer optional underbed storage, but for something special you could opt for the Jaidyn youth day bed.

Day Beds and Sofa Beds: Great for Sleepovers

Signature understands that a kid’s bedroom is usually smaller than that of their parents, and that they usually want to make the best use of the space available. The day bed is 83″ long and 41″ wide, and is a sofa in the day and a bed at night. This is different from a sofa bed, in that it doesn’t change – simply lay the sheets, add a duvet and the sofa is a bed!

Finally, you might even decide that a sofa bed is the most appropriate form of children’s bed, and the sofa is pulled out at night. Many kids want a spare bed in their room for sleepovers. You can save space by purchasing a sofa bed that you children can sit on, but that can be converted to a bed when their best friend stays over.

There is a wide choice of beds for children, and whether you decide to choose bunk beds for kids or regular beds, make sure that your children like them. Bunk beds are very popular with children and youths, and even if you have only one child one of the bunks enables them to invite one of their friends to sleep over. They will love you for it!

Purchasing the Right Dog Bed

Where does your dog like to sleep? On your bed or furniture, or does he have his own bed? Is your dog a new puppy or an adult dog? When choosing a dog bed, there are several factors to consider.

When you get a new puppy, of course the size of bed you need will be small. But as he grows, obviously he will need a larger bed. While young, he will need a very durable bed because puppies are known to chew a lot. You could, however, decide to select a larger bed that he could grow into so you don’t have to buy too many dog beds.

As you begin the process of trying to decide just what kind of bed would be best, here are a couple of suggestions to aide you in your decision.

As your dog sleeps, does he like to stretch out all fours? In selecting a bed for this type of dog who likes to have space, a rectangular shaped or round bed would be the best for him. Measure him as he sleeps and get a bed that is just a little bigger than he is to give him enough room to be comfortable. He won’t want any of his legs or paws extending beyond the bed because it will be uncomfortable for him.

Maybe your dog likes to curl up. This is quite common in the smaller breeds. It helps them keep warm. If this is how your dog sleeps then a round or donut shaped bed would create for him just the right space.

Some dogs like to prop themselves against something, so any bed that has a bolster around it should be your goal. Bolster beds can be designed in round beds and rectangular beds.

If your dog likes to walk in circles to create a ‘nest’ like area, then a pillow soft bed might be just the perfect choice. As he curls up, he will be able to snuggle down inside the pillow.

After evaluating how your dog sleeps, the next thing to consider is the health of your dog. His health will give you an idea if he would be more comfortable on an orthopedic memory foam bed because it would give him more support, or he just might be young and his doesn’t need this extra support. An orthopedic bed is excellent for the larger breeds or an older dog that is suffering from arthritis because it gives maximum support.

Maybe your dog has allergies so an eco-friendly filling may help him. Cedar fillings also help to reduce flea infestation.

A platform bed raises your dog off of the floor and is especially great for his outdoor bed. It keeps the bugs away. In warm weather, this bed also allows air to flow under the bed to keep him cooler. A platform bed also gives extra support to any dog that may need it. You can also put a pillow type bed on top of the platform for extra comfort.

When a dog loves to sleep on the furniture, getting a throw to cover up your furniture maybe what you are looking for. Throws can also be heated so he can be very comfortable when the temperatures drop. Of course, a throw doesn’t always need to be heated if the weather or room is warm. In either case, a throw would cover up your furniture and keep it dog hair free.

Next, consider where you want him to have his comfortable bed: indoors, outdoors, in his shelter like his dog house or crate, or while traveling with you in the car. You may need to purchase a couple of beds so you have one in a couple of different places.

If you are providing a place for him indoors, is it important to you to have the dog bed go with your décor or color scheme? There are a variety of styles of dog beds, and many color and fabric choices from which to choose. You may want a bed that is under a table, or next to your chair. Take the placement of the bed into consideration so you can get the right size for your space and for your dog.

Fabrics are important for you to consider. If your dog sheds a lot, an easy care fabric is a microfiber. Try to find a fabric that will last, one that will resist some scratching and/or chewing. Remember, however, there is no perfect fabric and that continuous scratching or chewing can destroy a cover. Some fabrics can be machine washed, and some can be hosed down. If the cover is machine washable, it should be washed once a week to keep it free from dirt and irritants. If you are able to buy replacement covers when you purchase the dog bed, it would be advisable to purchase it because you can have one to clean and one for use. If your dog has the unfortunate problem of incontinence, then you will need to change and clean the cover more frequently. A moisture resistant covering between the bed and the outer cover will be necessary to keep the dog bed itself clean.

As you can see, there are many things to take into consideration with making a decision to buy your dog his own bed. You may need to buy one large enough for more than one pet if you have pets that like to sleep together.

Please remember these issues when selecting your dog a bed.

*A good quality will last longer than an inexpensive bed.
*Consider how your dog sleeps; stretched out or curled up.
*Does he like a pillow or bolster?
*Will you need an orthopedic memory form mattresses or a polyester filling?
*Buy one that will eliminate allergies.
*Should it be heated or unheated?
*Will the bed be used indoors on the floor?
*A throw may meet your needs to cover the furniture.
*Select one that will be comfortable for his crate or dog house.
*Decide if you want it to blend with your décor or color scheme.
*Fabric of choice will depend on the dog and where the bed will be placed.
*A durable fabric that can be machine washed or hosed down, and will resist scratching and chewing.

The better the quality of dog bed, the longer it will last. The proper choice will provide the best rest and sleep. He will like his very own space.

Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian nor do I have any formal training in any medical field. This article is not to replace the advice of your veterinarian. I am only providing options and ideas that you may want to discuss with your veterinarian.

Bed-Wetting – When Cures Can Be Worse Than the Disease

There are many issues in psychology that both interest and puzzle me but there is one in particular that I am especially curious about and interested in-people’s attitudes toward various management techniques for nocturnal enuresis (the clinical term for bed-wetting) particularly in older children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults. Although this is not a psychological issue per se; how people react to, interact with, and perceive individuals using protective garments to manage their bed-wetting has psychological ramifications for these individuals. Depending on how other people respond to the incontinent individual the ramifications can be either positive or negative. I have read a fair amount about this subject and this article is a distillation of this knowledge.

This article discusses my thoughts and feelings on the stigma associated with the use of diapers to manage bed-wetting, a brief discussion about the different types of diapers to manage bed-wetting, how to deal with the possibility of teasing from siblings, various ways to deal with the stigma associated with using diapers for bed-wetting, psychological techniques a person can use to help him or her come to terms with using diapers to manage bed-wetting, ways to be discreet about diaper use and bed-wetting, and ideas I have for a reward system designed to encourage a reluctant youngster to wear diapers to bed in order to more effectively manage his or her bed-wetting. This article is long but I feel it covers a lot of useful information for both bed-wetters and their parents. The article is broken down into several sections for easier reading. The introduction discusses various treatments for bed-wetting and why in some cases they can be worse than the disease, the second part is called “Types and Brands of Diapers to Use” and is an overview of the various diapers available to manage bed-wetting in older children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults. This section also lists various companies that sell these diapers and their contact info.

The third part is called “Reasons for the Stigma Surrounding Diaper Use in Older Bed-Wetters” This section discusses what I feel are the reasons behind the stigma associated with using diapers in older children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults that wet the bed and ways society can reduce the stigma, the fourth part is called “Will Wearing Diapers Decrease the Motivation to Achieve Dryness?” There is a theory that wearing diapers for bed-wetting will decrease the incentive to achieve dryness. This section discusses why I feel this won’t be the case. The fifth part is called “Thoughts on the Development of Our Ideas Regarding This Issue.” The sixth part of this article is called “How to Encourage Older Children, Adolescents, and Teenagers to Wear Diapers to Bed and Other Issues.” This part offers several strategies and methods a parent can use to motivate and encourage a youngster who is reluctant to wear diapers to bed. In addition the section talks about issues of discretion and psychological techniques a youngster can employ to help them cope with wearing diapers to bed. Finally there is part 7. This part is called “Should Parents Require Their Older Child, Adolescent, or Teenager to Wear Diapers to Bed?” This section discusses why I feel parents should require their bed-wetting youngster to wear diapers to bed. It also talks more about how to approach them about this topic and how to encourage them to wear diapers to bed.

Introduction-When Cures Can Be Worse Than the Disease

Bed-wetting for many youngsters can be extremely traumatic-there is the potential for teasing from siblings and other family members, punishment from parents, and the possibility of their peers discovering it especially if the youngster wants to attend sleepovers.

Although many cases of bed-wetting can be cured using medicines, alarms, and other methods there are cases of bed-wetting persisting into adult years. In fact many adults suffer from bed-wetting their whole lives. The statistics vary but anywhere from 2 to 3% of adults wet the bed. Due to the negative image associated with enuresis we should consider the possibility that these figures might be significantly higher. Just as some rape victims are reluctant to report their rape because they feel ashamed, many adult bed wetters could be reluctant to see a doctor because of the shame they are experiencing. The reason for this shame is the perception shared by a large number of people of bed-wetting as a child’s disorder. The adult bed wetter realizes the negative public perception of bed-wetting and as a result, many adults don’t seek treatment and resign themselves to wearing diapers at night.

Bed-wetting it seems carries more of a stigma than other forms of incontinence. Why this is so is puzzling to me. While younger children are not immune from feeling embarrassed about this condition it seems that the older one gets the more embarrassed one feels.

Due to the stigma associated with nocturnal enuresis there is tremendous pressure with most people to cure it, and while I believe that a person should consider different methods to cure their bed-wetting and be open to trying new treatments when they become available, there are a number of factors that should be kept in mind. First of all, it can sometimes be more distressing and embarrassing going to countless doctors and specialists and having endless tests and procedures done without success. Second, there are many instances of people trying a wide variety of treatments to cure their bed-wetting without success and unfortunately there may always be circumstances in which the bed-wetting can’t be resolved for whatever reason.

Third, some people might not be happy with the options available to treat their bed-wetting and prefer to wear diapers instead-as hard as it is for most people to believe there are people that prefer to use diapers to manage their bed-wetting! The reason for this is that in some cases the cure can be worse than the disease and bed-wetting and the various techniques used to cure it is no exception. For example, I have heard and read that bed-wetting alarms can disrupt a child’s sleep patterns and as a result the child has difficulty both staying awake and being able to focus in class. While I am not aware of any studies corroborating this, the possibility that this might occur with some individuals should be considered. If the parents choose to use a bed-wetting alarm they should monitor the youngster’s sleep patterns and if the youngster reports any difficulties then the parents should discuss these problems with the physician. If it looks like these symptoms might be a result of using the alarm and if these problems persist or get worse over time they should consider discontinuing use of the alarm.

In addition some children and teenagers are very deep sleepers and sleep right through the alarm. In fact I’ve heard of cases where the alarm wakes up everybody else in the house except the bed wetter. That’s another reason why alarms might not be a viable option in some cases-it might wake up the other members of the household and they might not be able to get back to sleep.

Furthermore, sometimes the alarms create false positives-i.e. false alarms. This can occur if the child or teen sweats a lot at night. Finally some children are frightened or embarrassed by the alarm. The reason the alarm might embarrass the child is that as mentioned it might wake up other members of the household and as a result it draws attention to the fact that the child or teenager had an accident, therefore it’s difficult for the youngster to be discreet about the bed-wetting.

Medicines are another method used to treat bed-wetting but these can have unpleasant side effects with some people and there are also instances of people who in general don’t like taking medicines whether due to the side effects, their fear of long term effects on the body, or both. I was also reading that there have been cases of children dying from using some medicines for bed-wetting. For example there was an article published on December 4, 2007 which discussed an FDA warning about the drug DDAVP. The article mentioned that 61 seizures were reported and of these 36 were connected with the intranasal form of the drug. In addition there was a report of 2 people dying from the drug. There have also been cases of children dying from the drug Tofranil or Imipramine. It should be mentioned that these cases appear to be rare but nevertheless it’s important for parents to be informed about all potential risks involved with using medicines to treat their child’s bed-wetting. Surgery is also another option to treat some cases of bed-wetting but again this can be an unpleasant choice for most people.

There’s an old saying- “if all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail”. The people who sell bed-wetting alarms are naturally going to view their method as the best way to treat bed-wetting, the pharmaceutical company marketing a particular drug for bed-wetting is going to be biased about their method of treating bed-wetting, etc. It’s important to realize this when evaluating various treatment methods. I’m not suggesting that any of these methods are bad or don’t work for people. The fact is that they are successful with many cases of bed-wetting, but it’s important to keep in mind that with some people they don’t work for whatever reason-everybody is different.

The main point of this section (and I can’t stress this enough) is to help people realize that if they’re given a choice between several options to treat their bed-wetting they need to evaluate the pros and cons of each in a calm, objective way and not feel pressured to find a cure just because they feel embarrassed and/or pressured by what others think. It’s important to realize that all of these methods have their advantages and disadvantages and with some people the disadvantages might far outweigh the advantages. The same is true with most medical decisions in addition to other choices we make in life. A person has to weigh all these options and then ask themselves what are the best choices given their particular circumstances. For example if it comes down to two options to deal with the bed-wetting-say wearing diapers or taking medicine and the medicine causes unpleasant side effects then the user has to ask him or herself the following question-which is worse wearing diapers to bed or taking the medicine? Personally I would think taking the medicine is worse but everyone is different. Or what if the only option to treat the bed-wetting was surgery but the risks and/or complications from the surgery were unacceptable to the person or what if the expense of the surgery was too great? Or perhaps all three?

Sometimes in life we have multiple options to choose from but unfortunately there are situations in which there are only two alternatives neither of which is pleasant. In cases such as this we must choose the lesser of two evils. In the cases mentioned above the lesser of two evils would be wearing diapers to bed. If this was any other medical problem the person’s decision to not take the medicine or undergo surgery would be respected but with incontinence (particularly bed-wetting) we have a double standard. With any medical problem we must choose the most appropriate tools and equipment to manage it and since everybody has different needs they’ll require different tools for their particular situation and circumstances. An example that comes to mind are mental health disorders. Although people might have similar symptoms, the symptoms might manifest themselves in different ways therefore people experience these diseases differently. This means they might need different medicines or treatments. The same is true for problems like bed-wetting. People might wet more at night than others and require a product with more absorbency, they might have problems with side leakage due to the fact that they tend to sleep on their side and require products that are more effective at dealing with that issue, they might prefer cloth diapers because they are more cost effective than disposables etc. With this in mind people must wear products that best suit their needs and be less concerned about whether or not the products have a good “image” (which is a euphemism for being less “babyish.”)

One of the key issues that seems to be forgotten when discussing bed-wetting is quality of life. While bed-wetting is unpleasant it is not as bad as having daytime incontinence since it is much easier to be discreet about it and in terms of medical issues there are many disorders and medical issues that are far worse to live with-multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, cerebral palsy, diabetes, cancer, schizophrenia, etc. That’s not to say that life is peaches and cream for the bed wetter but it’s good to be able to put things in perspective. Although most bed wetters want to seek a cure for their enuresis (due I suspect primarily because of the stigma associated with it and as a result of that stigma societal pressure) there are a significant number of them who have tried multiple cures without success and while some of this group might be depressed about it there are also a number of them who take a more stoic approach to the situation. With these people they feel that their quality of life is not that significantly effected by the bed-wetting and don’t have any problem putting on a diaper before going to bed. This could be because they have friends, relatives, or a spouse who are supportive of them and aren’t concerned about the bed-wetting and diapers, because they have a strong self-image, or they have both a strong self-image and supportive friends and family, etc. The people who have tried different methods of curing their bed-wetting without success and who feel that their quality of life is not significantly diminished should not be pressured to find a cure if they can live with it and should not be stigmatized for using diapers to manage the bed-wetting.

Why people are stigmatized for wearing diapers for bed-wetting is a mystery to me. Just about every other medical aid is accepted by people-canes, glasses, hearing aids, wheelchairs and walkers, pacemakers, insulin for diabetics, inhalers for asthma, etc. Everything except night diapers. For example people don’t say to a person using a hearing aid or a cane- ” you should feel ashamed of yourself-you need to find a cure!” People are more pressured to cure incontinence (especially bed-wetting) than any other disease.

Individuals are different in their ability and propensity to tolerate different things in life-one man’s backache is another man’s headache. Some people feel real upset about their bed-wetting whereas others are not that concerned about it. Some people might find it puzzling that a person can take a relaxed view of a problem such as this-after all most people believe that only babies or small children wet the bed. But it’s important that we face life’s challenges with grace and dignity and in the overall scheme of things the fact that a person has to wear diapers to bed is not that bad.

Finally with some individuals it is difficult to ascertain the cause or causes of the bed-wetting. We must not forget that while medical science has made tremendous strides in dealing with different diseases there are times when even the professionals are stumped and cannot provide answers or cures with some individuals. In situations such as this we must use whatever means necessary to manage the problem in order to live a fuller and richer life. Diapers enable many bed wetters to do this. As mentioned there are people who wet the bed their whole lives and many of these people sleep in diapers their whole lives. If this is the case a person shouldn’t feel discouraged or depressed. It’s okay to be a bed wetter and it’s okay to wear diapers to bed no matter how old you are!

There are many online support groups in which you can talk to individuals dealing with the same problems. In addition many psychologists, counselors, and other mental health professionals deal with this issue and can provide therapy for the individual having difficulty coming to terms with wearing diapers to bed. If the parents decide to go this route they should talk to child or teen beforehand and ask them if they would prefer to talk to a male or female therapist. They should also tell the child the reasons for going to therapy and how you feel it will help the child. The parents should talk to the therapist before the session and discuss the goals they have. They should let the therapist know that they’ve tried many different methods to cure the bed-wetting to no avail and tell him or her that they prefer to use diapers to manage the bed-wetting but the child or teen is having difficulty adjusting to wearing the diapers to bed. The parents should ask the therapist if it would be a good idea for them to meet with the therapist and if he or she wants to meet with both them and the child at some future point.