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Toddler Falling out of Bed

It might give you a jolt when it happens, but many parents end up laughing about stories of their toddler or child falling out of bed. Kids tend to be sound, but active, sleepers and often end up on the floor – some kids more than others. Although frequent falling out of bed may signal a sleep disorder, for the most part, it's a benign occurrence that your child will outgrow.

Preventing Falling Out of Bed

Some parents may be tempted to put their preschooler back into the crib if they fall out of bed, but that's really rarely necessary. Try putting pillows next to your child (between him and the edge of the bed), pillows or a soft blanket on the floor next to the bed, or use a bed rail to safeguard your child and cushion a fall.

Likelihood of Injury From Falling Out of Bed

A serious injury – broken bones or a neck/spine injury – is very rare when kids fall out of bed. The fall is generally one to three feet, and kids are pretty flexible. If anything, your child may get a few bumps or bruises. This isn't to say that you shouldn't check him over for injury. Give him a good once over and send him back to bed. More boys than girls encounter sleep disturbances, so boys, especially those from birth to preschool or kindergarten age, may be more prone to falling out of bed. Also, small kids getting out of bed to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night are none to steady and might take a tumble. But, again, most kids outgrow this. If you're concerned about your child's frequent falling, contact his pediatrician for advice. She'll talk to you about your child's sleep habits, bedtime routines, and safety precautions you can take. She will also be able to assess your child for sleep disorders and suggest treatment if necessary.