We have been so pleased with the Courtney Bed. Our daughter has an undiagnosed syndrome and frequently awakens in the night. Abigail loves being in her bed and if she awakens she has a “party for one” and we don’t need to attend, or worry. The bed does not have an institutional look about it and with the choices in fabric you can make it fit into any room and look like a regular bed. Her sisters loved that her bed finally looked like a regular bed.
We have had one other bed prior to this one and it was very helpful, but extremely expensive. We are extremely fortunate to have insurance cover these beds, but it is rare to have any insurance pay for this type of equipment. I cannot imagine our life without it. My daughter is eleven years old, but has the skill levels of approximately a 2 to 4 year old with all the curiosity, but no safety awareness. She is mobile, but non-verbal and can climb, open doors etc. When in the bed, our daughter knows she is in a safe place. When she becomes distraught and we cannot figure out what is wrong, we will put her in her bed and she is almost instantly calm. She plays quietly with her stuffed animals and cloth books whenever she is in the bed once she has bounced out her energy! Without the bed, it is unlikely my husband or myself would ever get a full night’s sleep. As my husband is active duty military and frequently deployed, I bear a large portion of the care. Not being able to sleep every night would destroy my health and the ability to provide care for Abigail, let alone her two sisters.
When I have spoken with other families experiencing the same situations they are exhausted. When these children are awake at night they act on their impulses and curiosities. Climbing furniture to get to something they want, climbing out windows, walking out the front door. Any and all of these occur. To try to assure safety for their children and sleep for themselves, they reverse locks on doors and lock their children into rooms at night. I have known families to place a mattress on the floor of a bedroom or in an empty closet and locked that from the outside at bedtime. This does not allow the families to check on their children easily while they sleep. From my mind I can only imagine the fears that must periodically go through their heads-are they safe tonight? Is the window closed? Are the plugs covered? Are there any toys that I forgot to remove from the room? Is this the night he/she will figure out how to do something I haven’t even thought of yet? When my daughter is in her bed I just need to check the bed quickly and zip her in. I do not have to worry that tonight is the night she will learn to unlock the window or stick something in the plug. These are not families trying to harm their children, but families trying to keep their children safe with no equipment to provide that safety. Exhaustion is a huge issue for special needs families and being able to provide cost-effective, safe sleeping environments is not just important for the child, but for the families as well.
We are extremely fortunate to have a bed our daughter loves to be in and provides us with the knowledge she is safe. It is not unreasonable to want this for all families with special needs children. As a country we are always advocating for child safety with mandatory use of car seats, bike helmets, seat belts, etc. Having a child with exceptional needs should not alter this quest. This bed fulfills these essential safety goals and should be available to everyone that needs it without being cost prohibitive. Thank you for giving us piece of mind and a wonderful night’s sleep!