“ Brand: Bruin / Safety Type: Bed Rails „
We purchased my daughter a bed guard when she was old enough to go in her own bed. We didn't want her falling out of bed in the night with an almighty thump! I looked at a few different makes of bed guard and settled on the Bruin bed guard. My daughter's one is the pink version, however and not the blue one which is pictured.
The bed guard folds out into what I would call a sort of L shape. The L shape consists of a bar which slides underneath the matress. This leaves the mesh side to be the bed guard and stop said child falling out of bed.
My daughter first went into her big bed at age 3 - she previously had a Dora the Explorer toddler bed which had sides to prevent her falling out. We don't know if she would have ever fall out of bed but the likelihood is that she probably would have. Even now we find her tucked up close to the bed guard!
The bed guard does its job. It is sturdy and holds in place well. My daughter has kicked at it a good few times in her sleep but it has never even moved an inch. It folds away easily when you need to store it away. It folds completely flat so can easily slide down the side of a wardrobe for storage. The only thing that does annoy me about this bedguard is that when I take it off of the bed, it does fall apart. The bit that slides under the matress sometimes comes away from its connectors which is annoying. This has never happened whilst it has been is use though.
The bruin bed guard is .. well as it says lol a bed guard. Mainly for toddlers who are getting used to sleeping in a bed rather than a cot.
The bed guard itself is blue and padded around the edges with a mesh type material in the middle. It is attached to two metal bars with hooked ends that can be folded against the guard so it is flat for storage. These two metal poles slide under the mattress and keep the guard in place.
I was given mine by a friend. She said the poles twist round somehow but me and 5 friends had a go and none of us can do it so some instructions may be needed (unless we are just really dim) anyway, due to this the poles are the wrong way round and instead of hooking between the bed-slats they point upwards. luckily the mattress is thick and my toddler is light so it doesn't matter too much.
As a product in general it does its job, however I would think it would be better if it was both wider and taller as once its under the mattress obviously the child is higher so the guard isn't actually that much higher. Plus my son likes to squeeze himself into the corners of the bed so technically he could fall out that way . BUT so far (touch wood) we haven't had any problems keeping him in there.
As the name suggests, this is a bed guard. Designed to help stop your young child from falling out of bed by providing a removable physical barrier.
The guard folds out into an L shape, with the bottom of the L going under the mattress and the vertical side being the barrier.
I used this with my eldest when he first went into a big bed at the age of 2. We definitely needed it as he did fall out of bed several times before we started using it.
This bed guard is easy to use and folds flat again for storage (fits nicely under the bed for example).
We used this for a few months, not only is it a good physical barrier to stop your child falling out of bed, it also works well as a visual barrier to put them off getting out of bed. Which they invairably try to do when first given the freedom!
The only problem I had with this bed guard was that when using it it with a cot bed, which has a thinner mattress than normal beds, it was possibble to feel the bar on the bed guard through the mattress, though I have to say that as my son is so light he did not notice, but an older child may well do. It is probably only designed to be used with a proper bed.
We never had any other problems though and the guard stayed secure all night and seemed very saef, would definitely recommend.
We made the decision to keep our first child in the cot for as long as we could get away with, but there came a day when he decided to climb over the side of the cot (the day before his 2nd birthday, incidentally!) and explore his bedroom in greater detail! The cot conveniently converted into a junior bed, just by removing the side panels, but that didn't stop him from rolling out of the bed. So we used this bed guard in order to keep him safe while sleeping and it worked a treat! The bed guard doesn't require to be fitted with screws or anything and simply slides under the mattress, using the weight and support of the mattress to stay in place. After a few months, he just started dragging it out from under the mattress and playing with it as a toy, but by that point he didn't really need the bed guard in place anyway as he'd got used to his new bed! The bed guard also folds away flat, so it's handy for travel or storage. In terms of design, it is simple but fine - white plastic feet that slide under the mattress and a blue outer with white mesh in the guard itself. It was low cost to buy and had a softer feel to it than wooden or metal bed guards, in terms of how much it would hurt if your child were to bang their head on it! Overall, we were happy with our choice of bed guard and it certainly did the job.
Yes, the time has come for my son to have the bars removed from his prison cell within his bedroom. Now we had bought a cot bed when he was a baby, this means that when the time comes all you do is remove the side rails. This is great as it means you don't have to fork out for a new bed which can cost the earth. Now the only problem is that it is hard to get accesories to fit cot beds, you usually have to buy specific models of sizes. This can sometimes end up costing more or you can be lucky and find it on the reduced section as an out of favour item or end of line.
As it happened we had been given some IKEA vouchers for christmas so we decided that we would go and try our luck there. Well they did do them but they just wern't what we were looking for. So we had noticed a Toys R Us outlet as we entered the retail park, we decided that as we had come this far we should go and have a look for one there. Well thank the lord that we did as we headed straight for the childrens accesories section we spotted them straight away. they were all neatly displayed in a way that we could easily assess wheather it would fit his cot bed. The price was the next best thing was the price only 19.99, although you can get them cheaper elswhere I had my heart set on freeing my son from his prison cell that day. So off I toddled with the item to the till and then bolted for the door to avoid having to pay (only joking) Of course I paid for it first then left at normal speed.
How Does It Look
Well once unboxed you notice that it is made up of padded fabric around a metal frame with a cotton translucent mesh in the centre. The padded fabric is a dark blue colour and the mesh is white, there were no other colour options that I could see of. Below this were two feet that folded out, this is so they lay under the matress to stabilise it. Although they are quite weighty they are designed so that when the matress is laid upon the weight of the child holds it in place. To aid this process the legs have rubber strips on so that they can't slide out should the child roll onto it in his/her sleep. On the whole I think it looks much nicer that having bars or a wooden fence type thingy, less intrusive I would say. So for looks and ease of assembly I give a crackin 10/10
Well although it took him a couple of weeks to either pluck up the courage or realise that he could get out of bed (so he is either soft or stupid) He loves it, it is like a new found freedom for him and a new way to annoy mummy and daddy. He likes to stand at his doorway and bang his empty bottle on his safety gate, this I am lead to believe can be translated as I want another drink. Or if you think I am stayin up here while you sit down there and watch MY telly, you have got another thing coming. He obviously trusts it which is a very important factor in my eyes. So with all this in mind I think he would probably also give it a big 10/10.
Well like I said earlier you can get much cheaper options at independant retailers and local markets. But I am quite pleased that I didn't now, I don't think I could have done much better than this one quality and safety wise. There was basically no assembly required to fit it which is a massive plus for me. The only draw back for me is that he has a new way to annoy mummy and daddy as we have to keep going upstairs to put him back in bed. But he will grow out of this act or it will lose it's novelty factor, so based on this I shall give it a 9/10. Although when he stops getting out of bed I shall amend it to a 10/10. I know that is probably not a fair mark as it is not the guards fault but it is my review HAH....!
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Thanks for readin.....Krisp.