I was nervous about my 4 yr old rolling off somehow, so I hesitated to buy this, even though I knew he would absolutely love it. I even kept checking on him during the first night. LOL. To my delight, he stays put, even though he moves around/rolls in his sleep. Putting it together was easy and didn't take very long. I put it together while my kids were napping, so it took about 2 hours. Just be sure to look at the diagram pictures to be sure you have the correct side of the bars facing the correct way. You should see the holes on the poles in the diagram. I also didn't realize until half way through putting the middle bars in that the little plastic squares you use to secure the bars in place went in a certain way. I kept wondering why some fit and others didn't. The slide was a bit tricky (directions not very specific for the slide) but, if you are a fairly intelligent human being, you can figure it out. I would recommend not tightening your bolts until you have finished a whole side- then tighten. Overall, it was fairly common sense.
I am a safety first type of Mom, so I also had reservations about my 18 month old getting hurt on it/climbing up on it, etc. What we did was set firm rules in place with my 4 year old before we even let him on it. No jumping on the bed. No jumping OFF the bed. No standing/running on the bed. Baby is not allowed to climb on the ladder or get on the bed (we watch him and make sure he doesn't climb up, but we wanted to make sure the 4 year old knows the rules too). We have put him on the slide, but we never put him on top of the bed- just in case he might think it's okay and try to get up there. Establish the rules before they use it and you should be fine. Our son sticks to the rules and the baby doesn't go near the ladder. They play underneath and have a great time together, though.
We bought the Spa Sensations 6" memory foam mattress and it is perfect. Absolutely perfect. My son is super comfortable and it's not too high or too low. The price was great, too.
*Looks great and 4 year old LOVES it
*Not too high, not too low
*Side bars are sufficient for restless sleepers (in my opinion)
*Very sturdy construction. Slide is also very sturdy. All sturdy metal.
*Fairly easy to put together and does not take very long to do so.
*The decorative curtains that come with it don't stay on very well. Either the strings break or the velcro comes undone SUPER easily. It's hard to keep the curtains on the frame. This is not a big deal, though. I am just going to sew them on more permanently.
*Yes, the buttons are a weird purple color and not necessarily the same blue as everything else, but who cares?
*The pockets are nice for storage, but you can't really fill them since the velcro doesn't hold very well.
*Weight limit is only 250, so a fatty like myself can't play on it with my kids.
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