The families that have purchased the Courtney Bed are very pleased with the safety and security afforded their children.
(The first two were written as committee testimony for Maine LD 423)
December 31, 2008
To Whom It May Concern:
We have a 4yr old son with severe autism.
Our son, Jimmy, has the capability to make any situation or room unsafe. Jimmy does not sleep much at night. He wakes up, and is up for hours. If he is not confined to a bed, he will not go back to sleep. He will pick off the outlet covers, play with his windows and try to leave his room. He is dangerously close to opening the doors with safety devices on them. He can climb gates and open most child safety latches.
We have exhausted all safety possibilities. Alarms, monitors, and every child safety device available for purchase have been implemented into our child's life to keep him safe.
We researched special needs beds for months. The only style available has high sides to keep children from falling onto the floor. This style is very easy to climb out of.
We purchased the Courtney bed in June 2008. He has been sleeping in it for six months. The most important factor is it keeps him safe. The bed has had other benefits. The surrounding net makes him feel comfortable and safe. He now sleeps much better at night.
We still keep an infant monitor in his room for an extra measure of safety and security. Jimmy loves his bed. Before he falls asleep we listen to him laughing and jumping in his bed, as he says ''jumping on trampoline!"
We strongly recommend this bed for children like Jimmy who have no self preservation capabilities. Children like Jimmy need the Courtney Bed to feel safe and be safe. This bed not only keeps Jimmy safe, it allows him to get needed sleep to attend to his therapies.
Mellisa D. Burch
James T. Burch, M.D.
Re: Courtney Bed bill
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 nights 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 nights sleep!
That is awesome!! I didn't realize that you had a special needs daughter also.
It has definately made my nights easier. If you knew Alyssa you would be amazed that she goes to sleep on her own. She is one hyper little girl but I got a baby monitor so I can listen and it does not take her long at all to fall asleep. Its great.!
Yes I think we got everything together right. It took us about 8 hours to get it but it was me and one of my friends that is a woman also. ha.
Its wonderful. Alyssa has been sleeping in it for about 2 months now all by herself. Its great. I love it.
Thanks so much for everything.
That's funny you wrote because I have been thinking about emailing you. Her bed is working great, she loves it and believe me she has bounced and jumped in it enough to really test it. It is a big relief to me knowing she is safe at night and to her it is her little haven. Sometimes during the day when things are just to much for her she will say " I want zippady do dah mommy" and wants to go to her bed just to regroup. Can you tell we sing the Zippadiy Do Da song when putting her to bed and zipping it up.
Thank you again for making such a wonderful bed.
Wanted to send pics of the finished product. I haven't found the bedding that I'd like for it yet, but I'm still looking. (However, I did find new colored hospital sheets online for $20). Here are the pics of the bed without an awesome comforter set. It works great, my daughter loves it and most importantly, she's safe in it. Didn't have a good picture of her in the bed, so I added a couple of good pics outside of the bed. Awesome bed! Will continue to share your business with others. Thank you, Patrick!
We got the bed together! I have attached some pictures for you! Joshua loves it!! Thank you for everything!!
Hi pat. Austins first night in his new bed went great within ten minutes of putting him in there he was sound asleep and slept through the night. He woke up this morning very happy:) you truly did an amazing job when you designed the courtney bed and we absolutely love it thanks again for all you're help:)
Thanks so much for the bed! It was everything that I expected and more. No longer does Maddox wake us in the morning by slamming his head into the wooden crib. He still bangs his head, but cannot hurt himself now and is a much nicer sound to hear. It is large enough that he should be able to use it for many years to come and sturdy enough that I know it will last. I have shown all his therapists and they are also impressed. I will spread the word about your company and bed to anyone I know that needs a product like this. I think it is impressive that you are such a good advocate for your daughter that you have developed something which helps others who can relate to your circumstances.
I wanted to write you to tell you how wonderful Victor's Courtney Bed is!! He has just loved it right from the beginning. Since he was in a crib before (up to age 5), he could not climb in by himself when he wanted to and rest or play. Now when he goes into his room, he always goes to his bed as he plays with his favorite things in his room, a new favorite spot! Victor is sleeping very well at night, since he has so much more room in his Courtney Bed. The materials used for the bed are obviously of such high quality, with the solid wood construction and the sturdy fabric, mesh, and zipper. We have been looking forward to your bed since I was blessed to find it searching for safety beds for children with disabilities on the web. Our distributor, Carolina Mobility, was also very impressed with the materials and design of this bed. I am sure more families in North Carolina will be ordering your bed. And we are so thrilled that Medicaid/EPSDT (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Testing) approved funding this bed, opening up for other families to be able to order it also. Thank you so much for this wonderful bed! It has made such a difference in the life of our blessing, our son Victor.
Please feel free to use any of this email for a recommendation on the bed, or if you need anything else as far as a recommendation, please let me know. Just out of curiosity, how many beds have you made for families?
Theresa Pauca, mom to Victor (5, Pitt Hopkins syndrome), Winston-Salem, North Carolina, July 1, 2011
Hi Patrick,Somehow nearly a year passed by since Riley received a wonderful bed! I was just thinking tonight as I put him to bed how thankful we are! It is amazing to go to sleep and know that he is safe! When he is sick or scared and I need to be with him all night I can lay right there. If he is having a tough night dad and I can sit with him just like a regular kid and read or sing to him! When he can't sleep he lays in his bed with his music and will look at a book or hold his doggie, and I know he is safe! We have the perfect wedge, pillows and animal friends all there with him!
I just wanted you to know that nearly a year later we are still so thankful that we have this wonderful bed!!
THANK YOU to you and your team!
The Amator Family!!
I finally got a couple pictures of the bed!! Stella did not want her picture taken today, but at least you can see how great it looks in her room. We are SO happy, and so thankful that we were able to receive the bed. Many, many Thanks to you!!
Hope you and your family had a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
With the most sincerity - I have to tell you this. The Courtney Bed has exceeded our expectations in every way. I can't tell you how much we rave and spread the word about this bed!! So much so that just the other day the assistant to our son's geneticist at a very large Children's hospital emailed me. She remembered me going on (and on and on) about this bed and wanted to tell one of her patient's parents about it. I sent her the website.
Gavin is so happy in this bed. And his little brother loves to crawl in there with him, too! Gavin sleeps better than he ever has.
I'm so glad I didn't settle for what seemed like my only options early on. I'm glad I searched a little further. With all the writing and tagging I do on my blog, I hope another family searching for options comes upon your website easily.
Feel free to share anything I write (here) or in the future - or even off my blog, I don't care! - on your website as a testimonial.
Thanks for checking in!!!
The bed is put together and in Sebastian's room. Sorry it took so long to get back to you but I had to wait for a small team of people to help us. It looks fantastic! The workmanship, time and care you take in the creation of this magnificent piece is truly " a work of art". We couldn't be more grateful. We can rest easy knowing our little guy is safe and happy. The instructions and DVD were all very helpful and detailed which helped the process. It took some time but once we got going we were fine. We can't thank you enough! We'll send along some pics once we're finished decorating the rest of the room.
With infinite appreciation,
Dan, Kelly, Sabian and "Sebastian"