Do You Allow Your Kids to Jump Off/On Furniture?

This question is inspired by some comments and thoughts from the Code Name: Mama Facebook page.

I’m wondering what you guys think-

do you let your toddlers jump on the furniture?
off the furniture?
from cushion to cushion?
on the bed?
off the bed?

Are you uptight?


What are the rules in your house?

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

14 thoughts on “Do You Allow Your Kids to Jump Off/On Furniture?

  1. ooh, great question. I am pretty liberal about allowing this unless they get so wild that it looks like someone is going to get hurt. My husband is much more strict about not standing or jumping on furniture or sitting on arms of couches. It has caused some problems — “but mom says …”

  2. I'm just cracking up! I'm sorry but you are so funny!

    In answer to your question, yes- they jump and tumble and leap and bound. Bu the winters are so long, they have to get out their energy somehow! Yes, our house is essentially a jungle gym!


  3. do you let your toddlers jump on the furniture?
    Nope, he's 18 months & JUST learned to climb up, so we are teaching him to sit on his bottom in chairs

    off the furniture?
    No, he'd get hurt. He knows how to “slide” down feet-first.

    from cushion to cushion?
    No. Again, as soon as he's on the couch he sits on his bottom. If he doesn't want to sit, he gets down.

    on the bed?
    Yes, sometimes! It's fun & we hang out in bed a lot!

    off the bed?
    No, again, he'd get hurt.

  4. eek, tough call. we say no jumping off the couch. not that i'm afraid they'll get hurt, but they need to learn that couches are for sitting. sometimes they'll wrestle around, but we try to keep it under control. my daughter (4) has a loft bed so def no jumping on or off the bed.

  5. We don't let her jump on the couch or the bed BUT we do take the cushions off of all the couches and lay them in the middle of the floor for her to go nuts on! It's a blast for everyone, she can't get hurt (any more than she would playing at the playground!) and it gets out some of that energy! Same goes for her bed. No jumping unless I'm changing her sheets and the crib mattress is laying on the floor 🙂

  6. I'm kinda back and forth. I have 2 boys and a 1 year old girl. I don't let the older ones jump on the bed because we make frequent trips to the ER (and I work in a hospital) so that's definately a no go. Since Addison is little we will play around with her on the bed or furniture but once she gets old enough to know then we'll teach her not to jump on things. She's been in the hospital back and forth for weeks at a time since she was born so I'm probably going to be more of a stickler when it comes to her. She's gonna do it anyways tho when I'm not looking. 🙂

  7. My daughter is 2 1/2 and relatively “calm” physically speaking. She's just getting into climbing within the past few months and she's small, so she's just recently able to get herself onto adult furniture without help. She hasn't (yet) thought of jumping off the furniture (it's still a careful process to get down) so we've not dealt with that yet.

    She does like to climb onto her little art desk then over the arm of the couch into it. Once I saw that she can do it safely, I allow it.

    I'm okay with her standing on the couch, if she's not in a place where she'll fall, and she's not interested (yet) in jumping on it.

    She does jump on the bed, but only when we're there to spot her. (She can't get herself in without help.)

    We sing “Five Little Monkeys…” and she “falls” at the appropriate times 🙂

  8. Nope, none of the above, and that includes the uptight question.

    My girls are 3 and 4. If I let them jump on the furniture here, they will think it's okay to do it when we are in someone else's home. That is not okay with me. Also not okay with me, is when other children come to my home and climb/jump on my furniture. If their own mother doesn't say anything to stop it, I do. It's disrespectful and not okay.

  9. I let them jump (since it would be pretty hard to stop it altogether) unless they are trying to do it in area with lots of cables. I think jumping on beds is just part of childhood, I still remember how much I used to love it.

  10. Yes, we allow jumping on and off furniture as long as it doesn't get too dangerous- like our 2-year-old will jump from the ottoman onto the couch, but not from the back of the couch onto the floor 🙂

    I don't think it would be a problem at other people's houses, for us. She's not allowed to jump on the furniture at daycare and she has no problem with that, and if we're out or at someone's house and she wants to do something not allowed there, we just say “we can't do that right now” and find something else for her to do.

    Maybe when she gets bigger and heavier I would worry about it hurting the couch or beds, but right now it seems fine to me.

  11. No to all of the questions. Definitely not “uptight” – I'm just about the most relaxed parent I know, but jumping on the furniture is one of our “absolutely nots” here. Too much potential for injury, especially for Ryan, whose eye movement issue/ADHD/ASD combo means poor coordination, low muscle tone, and an inability to settle back down once he starts winding up. They can jump on the floor or out in the yard – no need to do it on the furniture.

  12. No jumping on the furniture or beds is a rule in this house! Too many things to get hurt on if they fall! My son has already had his head stapled shut and forehead stitched, so I'll do anything to avoid another accident!

  13. oh my….wish i could actually get my husband to read this. I am a nurse and think jumping off furniture is unsafe…yes kids will be kids and I know they will do it, but isn't the bigger picture that this is disrespectful? I believe in leading by example and I certainly do not go jumping on furniture in my or anyone else's house.

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