Posted by Michael Hixson on February 11, 2014
Bunk beds are not recommended unless space necessitates them. Recalls abound. Check the CPSC recall list to be sure you are not using an unsafe one.
For children who are not sharing a room, a doorknob cover on an older child's bedroom door helps protect that child's toys from a baby. It also allows that child to retreat from the baby and play in peace in his or her bedroom. Investing in an additional safety gate for the doorway of an older child's room works well too. By the time the younger one can climb over the gate, it's probably time to remove it anyway.
Don't entrust the care of a baby to even a responsible older young child without an adult available. It's an unfair responsibility to put on the shoulders of a child who can not possibly make a mature decision if a situation should arise.