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Mothercare Soft Fold-Down Bed Guard
Member Name: mummy2harry
Mothercare Soft Fold-Down Bed Guard
Advantages: Good value for money, nice guard, drop down feature is handy
Disadvantages: Tricky to put together in places
So we trawled the internet just to see what sort of guards were available and what sort would be suitable for Harry's single bed with pine slats on the base. We found quite a few, but delivery times were going to be a week plus, no good as we wanted to move him that day. So we popped to our local Mothercare and had a look there. Our branch of Mothercare sold 3 different guards. A pine one which cost £30, one which only fits Mothercare beds for £15 and a soft drop-down guard available in either pink or blue for £20. After deliberation we opted for the drop down guard, and handed over our cash to make the guard ours.
The guard came in a flat pack cardboard box, with a picture of the item on it, as well as useful information for any consumer. This information helps you to make sure it will be able to be used on your toddlers bed so you don't spend money for the sake of it. The specification on this particular guard is the following:
* Suitable for use on both 2ft 6inch and 3ft bed
* Adjustable width so it can suit any width mattress
* Conforms to BS 79772:2001 (a safety regulation)
I knew Harry's bed was a 3ft single bed so was fairly sure it would fit. So on getting it home, I opened the box and emptied out all the various bits and pieces. There was an instruction booklet with it, with nice clear pictures and basic step-by-step instructions on how to put the guard together. I managed to do the first few bits on my own, it basically involved slotting together a few pipes and inserting them into the coloured canvas part of the guard. They all slotted together fairly simply and I ploughed on...until I had to stop because it just got impossible. I got stuck when I had to insert the last pipe into the canvas. The canvas has NO give in it whatsoever, and I couldn't get the pipe in as there was no room to manoeuvre it.
I even got my partner, who has a lot of brute force, to try it and even he couldn't manage it. We managed to get it about halfway there and it just wouldn't budge. There was nothing in the instructions telling you how to do this, and by this point I was getting really angry with the thing. Eventually it occured to me perhaps you had to bend the guard at the hinge points which I did, allowing the pipe to slide in with a little bit of force. It was incredibly irritating not having anything about that in the instructions, and it is definitely something Mothercare should consider adding to them, as it isn't obvious what to do, and is frustrating.
Anyway once it was assembled, we took it upstairs to fit it to Harry's bed. We had set it to the widest setting, which was way too wide for Harry's bed. To shorten the width of the guard, you have to push the metal pin in and slide the pole along until it clicks up into the next hole. You do this each side until it suits the width of your bed. On Harry's bed we had to use the smallest width which did surprise me. You simply lay it on the bottom of the bed, along the slats and then put the mattress on top of it. We did have to really push the mattress down to get it to sit flat, and as Harry's bed has pine sides, it was quite a squeeze to get the guard and the mattress in the space but it did go luckily. The position of the guard is supposed to be that the first edge of the guard will be roughly level with the shoulders of the child sleeping in the bed. This makes for hilarious viewing when watching Harry coming out of the bed...instead of climbing to the end where there is a large space to exit his bed, he squeezes through the tiny gap between the bedhead and the guard. Completely bonkers.
The main reason we opted for this guard was the fold down element. I'm only 4' 6'' tall, so making Harry's bed every day (twice a day actually!) involves me having to pull it away from the wall so I can smooth each side of the sheet down properly as I can't reach across fully. So leaning over a huge guard wasn't an option for us. With this one, I simply fold it down and it is out of the way for me to make the bed. This is really easy to do. You just have to squeeze 4 buttons, 2 on each side of the guard and then push it down. I found it a bit impossible to squeeze all the buttons and move it down, so now I do the buttons and push it down with my chin lol! But it folds vertically flat, which is superb and makes his bed look nice and neat when he isn't in it. Folding up is brilliant, just pull it up until you hear each side click into its lock, and bingo.
The guard has a white netting/mesh on the side of it, which allows your child to be able to see through it, so they don't feel too enclosed with this alongside them, although this doesnt bother Harry as he sleeps on his back anyway. The outer borders are blue (or pink, depending on which you choose) and the buttons on the side match the colour of the guard too. Another good feature of this guard is that you can use 2 simultaneously if your child's bed is not against a wall. You simply slot the two poles together for each guard under the mattress, instead of using the curved poles supplied for use for a one-side guard.
So am I happy with it? The answer is a resounding yes. Harry adores being in a bed, and we love being able to put him to bed knowing he is nice and safe, and can't just drop out of it in the middle of the night. It is a sturdy guard, and there seems to be no way the guard will fail and just drop if Harry leans against it, as it takes my weight! And the buttons are too difficult for a toddler to operate when you leave the room, another reassuring fact. It is very good value for money, just £20 for an attractive, safe and handy product. The major selling point for me though is the drop-down feature, this is priceless for me especially! So if you are looking for a guard to keep your toddler safe, and stop you getting a back ache everytime you make their bed, pop down to Mothercare and get this one!
You can also order it online for £19.99 plus a postage charge of £4.95 on their website; www.mothercare.com.
And in case you're wondering, here is Harry in bed with his guard and beloved Fireman Sam duvet (he's just woken up hence the moody look!)
Thank you for reading!
Summary: Super little guard
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