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A month before my sons first birthday, i decided to convert his cot into the cotbed. I knew that i would need a bed guard as he doesnt keep still when he is sleeping, he does a complete 360 degree turn in bed and can get into some very strange positions. So after a lot of searching and a bit of research i decided to purchase the Safety 1st portable bed rail. I used this with my eldest son and was very impressed with it then, not being able to find anything that would be better, for me this was the obvious choice.
With this one, i like the fact that the centre is made of net, so if your child rolls into it in the night they are not going to hurt themselves. It is not as ugly looking as a metal one with bars either. The bed rail comes already assembled, the only thing that you have to do is attach the poles that sit under the matress to hold it in place and these just clip in very easily. The rail is very light in weight. It doesnt fit the whole length of the bed but if it is fitted at the top end of the bed where they sleep it is still long enough to keep them from falling out of bed. The poles that fit under the mattress can extend from 63cm to 107cm so depending on how wide the bed is depends on whether you need the extension poles or not. It is very easy to fit the bed rail to the bed, the poles just sit underneath the mattress and that is all you need to do to it, its that simple. The side flips down which can be convenient for parents if they need to get to their child without leaning over the rail. The bed rail folds up completely flat so can be stored very easily, or can be taken with you if you are going to be sleeping somewhere else other than home. It retails at around the £20 mark, this is how much i paid for mine but i have seen them on offer before now so its definately worth shopping around before buying.
This is the standard bed rail as far as I can see. If you're like we were and you need to buy one in a hurry as you child suddenly decides that the 'big boy bed' is where he wants to be then go out and get one. It does the job, and there doesn't seem to be any competition. There are some things I like about it, some stuff I'm not so keen on.
I Llike :
- that it folds down out of the way so the toddler can get out and you can get him in
- it has a handy little storage pocket in it
- it's a decent colour, not giraffe patterned or anything
- it discorages the child from leaving the bed in the night
I didn't like :
- the rubbish instructions that made my husband very nearly say something unrepeatable infront of my son - just look at the finished picture and work it out
- the fact that much to my husband's amusement it takes me 2 hands, my chin and all 5ft 2inches of me to fold the thing down!
All in all, it's a Volvo, not a Porsche!
Our son will be two next week and has just made the transition from big cot to proper bed, albeit a lowered version. This change was surprisingly painless and he really seems to like being in the 'real' bed. However, we often visit relatives and this presented the problem of where to put him to bed. Now out of a cot at home we did not really want him to be put back in a travel cot when staying at granny's or grandad's, but the single beds at other people's houses where just too high for him if he made a wrong turn in the night and fell out. I came across the Safety First travel bed barrier on the Tesco website, where it is currently reduced to half price. Whether i would buy it at the full price of around £20 i don't know, but for £10 it has been an excellent buy. The unit itself is lightweight, folds flat and condenses to its smallest length for travelling and storage. It also has a convenient handle. It is quick and easy to assemble and comes with clear instructions. It fits easily under the mattress of any bed and is sturdy and can't slide out once fitted. To remove it all you have to do is lift the mattress again, but obviously no toddler can do this if he/she is in the bed. The barrier is mesh so there is no suffocation danger or pressure discomfort if the child wedges itself against it in the night and although it wouldn't stop a child from launching itself out of bed if it really wanted to,it is completely adequate at preventing a sleeping child from accidentally falling. We have used this barrier several times in several different places and it has certainly given me peace of mind for a small cost and very little travelling bulk. I would recommend this product if you travel and visit frequently and your child is a 'night wriggler'. It is well made, and if used enough would justify the full cost. it is available from Tesco.com but i am sure that most baby product shops or sites stock it too. <
Cushion the fall! This portable lightweight bed guard can help with a toddler's transition from cot to bed. Folds flat for travel.