Moving your little one from cot to cotbed – or full-blown adult bed – can be daunting. Most toddlers are wriggly little sleepers, doing 360-degree turns every half hour, so you can’t quite imagine them staying put without tumbling out onto the hard floor.
Luckily there are quite a number of products on the market to help you stop night-time falls. Whether a bed rail or a bumper – portable or semi-permanent – these products can help your little ones (and you) stay comfortably put, giving you peace of mind and ultimately a better night’s rest.
Remember though, that these products are aimed at toddlers, with the recommended age usually from 18 months to 5 years. They are not designed for younger babies or co-sleeping.
So, read on to explore some of the best kids bed guard products…
1. Hippychick Dream Tubes bed guards, £35.49
Dimensions: 90x200cm (Dream Tubes single sheet), 71x146cm (Dream Tubes cot bed sheet)
Key features: Blow-up, portable, lightweight
The Dream Tubes are ingenious. You blow them up and then pop them in the pockets of a special sheet – either cot bed or single bed size – to make a cosy barrier to help kids stay put. We love the fact that this product includes the custom sheet, which effectively keeps the bumpers (two per pack) in place – no more awkward stuffing pillows or pool noodles under normal sheets.
The bumpers also fold up to a handily small size, making transport a doddle. So you can take them with you everywhere – no more rearranging the hotel furniture to prevent kids from rolling out of bed.
You can buy the Dream Tubes from Hippychick, Amazon or Dunelm
2. Ikea Vikare Guard Rail, £10
Dimensions: 90cm length, 8cm width, 4cm height
Key features: Stylish, easy to install
Trust Ikea to come up with one of the most affordable bed guards out there. The Vikare is easy to fit, and can be attached to cot beds and normal beds, without leaving any mark when removed. Admittedly, the Vikare is quite a hard, rigid addition to the bed, but it doesn’t look too overpowering in its neutral white.
Buy the Vikare directly from Ikea.
3. BabyDan Wooden Bed Guard Rail, £43
- Dimensions: 42x90cm
- Key features: Wood
The stylish wooden bed guard rail from BabyDan comes in a few neutral tones, including white and natural. It is made from furniture grade wood, so has a nice quality to it, compared to many, more flimsy options out there. But most importantly, it attaches and detaches easily, with no tools required.
You can buy the Wooden Bed Guard Raul from John Lewis and Amazon
4. Summer Infant Grow With Me Single Bedrail, £26.99
- Dimensions: 90×70 to 90x51cm (Folded: 27.3x47x9.9cm)
- Key features: fold-down for access
The Grow With Me Single Bedrail follows the classic cloth and mesh design and fits standard divan beds or beds with slatted bases. It accommodates cot beds as well as single mattresses, so you can use it as your toddler grows for added security and peace of mind. It folds down for easy access and is available in white, blue or pink – some staple nursery colours, but maybe a bit boring for some. The only downside is that it’s a tad fiddly to install, according to some parents.
You can buy the Summer Infant Grow With Me Single Bedrail at Amazon, Argos or via George at Asda
5. Safety 1st Portable Bed Rail, £25
- Dimensions 106×42.5 (assembled), 63x42cm (folded)
- Weight: 2.7kg
- Key features: Portable, foldable
This bed guard has a standard mesh design with great functionality. It can fold down to allow easy access to bed, and it can also be slid together to make it more compact and portable – great for taking along to family visits or on holiday. It comes in classic grey, pink or blue versions.
You can buy the Safety 1st Bed Rail at Kiddies Kingdom, PreciousLittleOne or Amazon
6. The Little Bed Bumpers by Acosy Bumpers, from £13.99
- Dimensions 100x13x13cm
- Weight: 42g
- Key features: Nursery grade foam, portable, easy to use
Made from nursery grade foam, the Little Bed Bumpers are available to suit many ages and bed types. You can buy the bumpers from cotbed/toddler bed sizes to those that suit single beds or bigger.
The bumpers, which have a grippy bottom, simply sit on top of the mattress, secured in place by your own fitted sheet. The bumpers are hypo-allergenic, and don’t need any screws, bars or fixtures to use. Many also like that they are soft and cosier than fixed bars. They are also ideal for traveling due to their light weight. The pack also includes a free storage bag with clip.
You can buy the Little Bed Bumpers from Acosy Bumpers or Amazon
7. Venture QFix Bed Guard, £29.99
- Dimensions: 42x99cm
- Key features: Extra-strong safety straps
This foldable and portable bed guard is 42x99cm and fits a variety of bed sizes. It is sturdy and durable and easy to install, according to the brand. It features strong safety straps to eliminate any gap between mattress and bed rail. It also has a handy push button fold-down features to allow easy climbing into bed by your little one.
The Venture QFix Bed Guard is available from Venture Distribution, Amazon
8. Safetots Extra Wide Bed Rail, £32.90
- Suitable for: Cot beds, single beds and double beds with minimum mattress length of 90cm and maximum mattress thickness of 20cm.
- Dimensions: 140x40cm
- Weight: 3.6kg
- Key features: Easily folds, comes with carry bag (20x76x8cm) for easy travel
Available in natural, white and blue, the Safetots Extra Wide Bed Rail, provides a little bit more coverage, if you want to make extra sure that there’s no room to tumble out of bed. It also has the handy fold-down feature and comes with a travel bag to make taking it along that bit easier.
You can buy the Extra Wide Bedrail from Amazon
9. Lindam Easy Fit Bed Guard, £28.99
- Dimensions: 107x45cm
- Key features: Secure locking mechanism, no-tool assembly, fold-down
The Lindam Easy Fit Bed Guard is very simple and suitable for beds with 150-200cm length and mattresses of 75-90cm width. It has a standard fold-down mechanism to allow you to access your child and change sheets more easily. As many of its competitors, it is available in pink, blue and grey.
You can buy the Lindam rail from Safetots.co.uk or Amazon.
10. Wood bed guard by Oliver Furniture, £81
- Dimensions: 2.5x77x42cm
- Key feature: Wooden material, stylish
If you’re not keen on the mesh pink, blue or white toddler bed guards that all look the same, you can opt for the range of kids beds by Oliver Furniture. The Wood bed rail is a custom bed guard that fits the bed, the day bed, the junior bed and the bunk bed of the brand’s Wood range. It completes the look very nicely with its clean lines and understatedness.
You can buy the Wood bed guard by Oliver Furniture from Lovethesign
Read on for more tips and products to help your toddler sleep…