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"Once your child can climb in and out of bed without difficulty, you can remove the side rails," says Mark A. Brandenburg, a practicing emergency physician at the Trauma Emergency Center (TEC) of St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Brandenburg is also the author of Child Safe: A Practical Guide for Preventing Childhood Injuries.
Most children can climb in and out of bed by the time they're about the age of 3. However there's no reason to be in a rush about removing bed rails if you're worried your child will roll out of bed while sleeping.
When you do remove the rails, Brandenburg recommends placing a piece of plush carpet or some pillows beside your child's bed to cushion his falls, just in case. Your child may not want to stay put in his new wide open bed.
Learn more about night wandering and other sleep issues at this age.