At Safetots, we know how important it is to keep your little one safe and therefore we offer well-designed bed guards that are a perfect solution to prevent your child from falling out of their bed.
A bed rail is a must to ensure your toddler is safe while they are sleeping and dreaming. Bed rails will allow your child and yourself to sleep without interrupting everyone’s sleep time.
Why Bed Guards Are Important
We know all parents, grandparents and guardians worry about their little ones falling out of their bed while they are sleeping. Bed guards for toddlers and young children are important because they keep them safe while they are sleeping, and they prevent them from falling out of their bed while they are getting sleep. Purchase a bed guard and sleep peacefully knowing your toddler or young child is safe while they are in bed.
Different Types of Bed Rails
If you shop our extensive selection of bed rails, you will see that we offer Wooden Bed Guards and Mesh Bed Rails. If you decide to go on holiday or to visit a family member and stay overnight, do not worry! You can still enhance your little one’s safety as the mesh bed rails are easy to transport. Get peace of mind away from home knowing your tot is sleeping safely in their bed with this lightweight option.
Shop our selection and find the perfect bed rail for your little dreamer.
Sometimes your toddlers transition from a cot to a bed can seem daunting as suddenly they have the freedom to climb out of the bed when they choose or potentially roll out of the bed whilst they sleep. A bed guard deters and prevents young children from rolling out of the bed and saves them from possible bumps and bruises in the night. A bed guard is not designed to prevent children from climbing out of bed, it simply keeps them safe whilst they sleep.
For young children a bed guard provides the security they have become accustomed to from being in a cot during their younger years, yet provides them with the first steps to a greater independence as they are no longer fully enclosed in a cot. Bed rails come in all forms from mesh bed rails and wooden bedrails through to inflatable tubes, compatible with most single and double beds and also cot beds. A bed rail prevents young children from falling out of bed and potentially hurting themselves and provides peace of mind for parents at bed time.
It is important when installing a child bed rail to ensure it is suitable for your child and compatible with the bed you are fitting it too. Bed guards and bed rails come in a range of lengths and heights suited to mattresses large, small, thick or thin. It is important to check the compatibility of the bed guard you intend to purchase with the bed and mattress intended for use.
Mesh bed guards and inflatable bed guards are the best choices for travelling. An inflatable bed rail with its slim design is compatible with most beds and mattresses, light weight and space saving, it’s the ideal child bed rail for packing in your case. Mesh bed guards are lightweight and come complete with a carry bag, another ideal bed guard for taking on your travels. Wooden bed rails provide a strong and durable barrier for keeping children safe whilst they sleep at home and with their contemporary design and great choice of colours from white and natural through to pink and blue they look great in any home.
What are the best bed rails?
All Safetots bed rails are designed to prevent children from falling out of bed whilst they sleep and safety tested in accordance with today's current safety standards. Wooden bed guards are suitable for cot beds, single beds, queen beds and double beds, and range in length from 110cm though to extra wide at 140cm with a standard height of 38cm for all wooden bed rails. Wooden bed rails provide a solid, strong and durable safety barrier in keeping children safe from falling out of bed whilst they sleep. Unlike mesh bed guards they do not feature the 90 degrees fold down mechanism, a wooden bed rail once fitted holds one position only. Wooden bed rails are not recommended for inflatable beds, upper bunk beds or cots, but are suited to single beds, double beds, king and queen beds.
Wooden bed rails involve no drilling or screwing, the weight of the mattress simply keeps the frame in place safely and securely, it is recommended you check the depth of your mattress in accordance with the bed guard you are looking to purchase to ensure they are compatible. Extra wide bed rails provide the extra security by covering a greater length of the bed, providing safety from the top, middle and bottom.
A more versatile bed rail is the mesh bed rail. Mesh bed rails are lightweight and portable, and with their simple fold down design, they are a great choice for taking on your travels. Mesh bed rails benefit from a 90 degrees fold down mechanism, enabling easier access to your toddler when getting them in and out of bed. An extra tall and extra wide mesh bed guard measuring 50cm in height by 142cm in length is ideal for use with larger, thicker mattresses. Standard mesh bed guards measure 40cm in height by 100cm in length, can be used in pairs and compatible with cot beds, single beds, queen and double.
Safetots inflatable bed rails are ideal for travelling. The compact design, complete with a carry bag provides the perfect bed rail for popping in your case. Inflatable bed rails are the ultimate, space saving versatile bed rail which can be inflated when needed and deflated for packing.
What age to use bed rails?
Bed rails are recommended for use between the ages of 18 months through to 5 years. From the age of 5, a bed guard should be taken down. Beyond the age of 5 children are stronger and their weight is heavier and bed guards may not be able to sustain the weight, strength and curiosity of an older child. However, some children may benefit beyond the age of 5 with a bed rail installed should they be prone to sleeping near the edge of their bed or if they are active sleepers and move more frequently in their sleep. Some parents may take comfort in having a bed guard in place for longer than the recommended age of 5 and as each child's development is individual and unique to them the decision of when to remove a child safety gate can be down to a parents discretion.
What is the best bed guard for a double bed?
Bed guards and bed rails are not designed specifically for double beds although some bed guards are suitable. If your double bed has an extra deep mattress you may wish to consider investing in an extra tall and extra wide bed rail, this is considered the most suitable and safe bed guard for double beds. An extra tall bed rail will provide you with additional height and therefore greater safety for your child. Bed guards are kept in place through the weight of the mattress, there is no drilling or screwing required for instillation. It is important to check the measurements of your mattress before purchasing a bed guard or bed rail to ensure you are purchasing the most suitable bed rail for your particular bed and mattress. Some mesh bed guards feature elastic straps that stretch around the mattress to secure the bed guard in place, as bed guards are not designed for double beds these straps will not stretch to fit across a double mattress, however the weight of a double mattress alone will safely and securely keep the bedrail in place. Bed guards can be fitted either side of your double bed if required.
How to lower bed rails?
Wooden bed rails, once in place cannot be lowered. Wooden bed rails provide a strong secure closure for a bed in preventing young children from falling out of the bed. Easy to install without the need of drilling or screwing, a wooden bed rail provides the most sturdy, strong and secure safety gate for young children whilst they sleep. Mesh bed rails are more versatile and can rotate 90 degrees thanks to their unique fold down mechanism, to enable easy access in getting your child in and out of bed safely. For the safety of young infants, bed rails and bed guards do not fully fold down, therefore any pressure from an infant will not result in the bed guard collapsing.
How to attach bed rails?
Mesh bed rails are fitted with a frame that simply slots between the mattress and the bed frame. Fitted with a safe and secure locking mechanism, once fitted, the hinged design is safe and suitable for children 18 months to 5 years. Some mesh bed guards come with elastic straps which wrap around the mattress and provide extra stability of the bed guard. Wooden bed guards and bed rails fold out to a 90 degrees angle, the base frame of the bed guard then slips under the mattress and the weight of a mattress keeps the bed guard in place. Bed guards are simple to fit in place and quick and easy to remove. Mesh bed rails and Wooden bed rails suitable for double beds are fitted exactly the same. Inflatable bed guards are fitted beneath the bed sheet and some mesh bed rails have the added benefit of straps which enable you to secure the bed guard further to achieve even better stability.
What is the advantage of a fold down mechanism on a bed guard?
Some mesh bed guards have the added feature and benefit of a 90 degrees fold down mechanism. The fold down mechanism enables you to access you child easier than other less versatile bed rails. It makes changing bed linen easier and your infants bed generally more accessible. For the safety of young children, the lock release is featured on the external side of a mesh guard, and as two hands are required to activate the lock release, a mesh gate with this fold down mechanism is completely safe and childproof.
What length and height bed guard should I choose?
Safetots bed rails range in size from a standard 110cm in length through to 140cm in length. Choosing a bed guard with the most suitable height and length for your bed will really come down to the size of your bed and the depth of the mattress.
Safetots wooden bed rails are a standard height of 38cm from the base to the top and are considered suitable for most beds including cots, single and double beds. Wooden bed guards come as a standard length or extra wide. An extra wide bed guard will cover a greater stretch of the bed and it’s simply a personal choice as to whether you choose standard or extra wide and how enclosed you wish your child to be. It is however recommended that there is a clear 25cm gap between each end of the bed and the bed rail.
For beds with a much deeper mattress, an extra tall and extra wide bed guard provides the safest and most suitable solution. An extra tall bed guard can provide up to an additional 12cm in height which will help counteract the additional depth of a thicker mattress, enabling a suitable bed guard height (above mattress level) to be achieved. The Safetots extra tall bed rail is extra tall and extra wide and considered the most suitable option for larger beds with a thicker mattress.
Due to the uniquely designed base frame, all mesh bed guards and wooden bed guards are suitable and safe for slatted beds frames and solid bed frames.
Which bed guard is suitable for a cot/cot bed with a sunken mattress?
All Safetots branded mesh bed guards are compatible with a cot and cot bed. As the hinge mechanism is featured to the side of each gate panel, the slim base frame can fit safe and snug beneath the mattress. Other bed guard brands may feature the hinge mechanism to the base of the frame making them unsuitable for a sunken mattress as the hinge mechanism will not be able to lie flush with the base of the bed. Safetots wooden bed rails, extra wide and standard size are easy to install and compatible with cots and cot beds with a sunken mattress. To install simply slide the base of the bed guard under the mattress. Always check the hinge/fold mechanism of any bed guard to establish if it will fit down the inside of your bed frame and beneath your mattress with ease.
If you have a cot or a cot bed with a sunken mattress, it is important to ensure that there is a minimum gap of 2cm between the mattress and the bed frame on both sides.
Where should I position the bed guard?
Before positioning your bed guard it is important to ensure you are fitting a suitable bed rail for the bed and mattress intended.
With all bed rails and child bed guards, it is recommended that there is at least a clear 25cm gap between each end of the bed and the bed rail. Bed rails are not designed to limit the freedom of your infant and it is therefore not recommended to fully enclose your child in their bed, both sides with a bed rail.
Bed guards are available in extra wide and standard size, they can be mesh, wooden or inflatable and it is a personal choice as to how enclosed you wish your child to be in their bed. Parents with children who are prone to moving frequently in their sleep may take comfort in the extra security of an extra wide bed rail, creating almost a cot effect. Should an extra wide bed guard be installed it is important to ensure that there is enough space for your child to climb in and out of the bed at the foot of the bed to avoid them potentially attempting to climb over the bed guard when they wake.
A bed guard should be fitted closer to the head of the bed where your child sleeps, enabling the purpose of a bed guard, in preventing your child from falling out of bed, to work.
Once a bed rail is fitted in a position it is important to check that there is no excessive movement. A bed rail should not move with ease and there should be no gaps where limbs can potentially get stuck and cause injury or discomfort to a child.
What are bed rails made of?
Bed rails can be wooden, mesh or inflatable. Wooden bed rails are more contemporary in their design and often blend in with a child’s bed and bedroom furniture. A wooden bedrail is a perfect match for wooden beds and wooden cot beds, as it can almost look to be part of the actual bed. A wooden bed frame is less versatile than other bed guards as once in place it has no fold down mechanism. The benefit, however, is a much stronger more resilient and durable bed guard. Mesh bed guards are made from a strong and sturdy mesh encased within a metal frame. Mesh bed guards are a light-weight, fold down option that is versatile with its 90 degrees fold down mechanism and comes complete with a carry bag for ease when travelling. Inflatable bed guards are made of a strong durable fabric, the ultimate lightweight bed guard ideal for taking on your travels.
Can I use a bed guard on a double bed?
Bed guards can be used on double beds, although some bed guards are more compatible and suitable than others. Considerations when choosing a bed guard or safety gate for your double bed. Firstly measure the depth of your mattress. If your mattress is extra deep an extra tall bed guard will be more suitable. An extra tall bed rail will achieve a greater height above a deep mattress. Secondly, an extra wide bed rail will cover a greater length of the bed and will work well on double and king size beds. Most Safetots branded bed guards are suitable for double beds with either a slatted or solid base. For the safety of your infant, it is important with any bed guard to ensure there is little or no movement once installed.
Do I need a single or double bed guard?
If your child’s bed is against a wall you will only need to fit one bed guard to the exposed side of the bed. Should your child's bed be in the centre of their bedroom a bed guard fitted to both sides of the bed is advised. Bed rails simply aid in preventing your child from falling out of their bed as they make the transition from a cot to a bed and therefore if in the middle of a room, double bed rails are advised.
Are bed rails safe for toddlers?
Bed rails are suitable for cot beds and toddler beds and provide the safest solution for toddlers making the transition from a cot to a bed. A bed rail provides the safety of a cot by preventing your toddler from falling out of their bed, yet provides them with their first steps to independence as they can climb out of bed once they wake. It is important to fit a compatible bed guard to your toddler's bed to ensure the ultimate safety and upon installation make sure there is little of no movement. Bed guards should be installed at the head of the bed and not at the centre or foot of the bed and a 25cm gap between the bed rail and the bed should be visible.
How to lower bed rails?
Once installed, wooden bed rails cannot fold down and be lowered to gain access to your child. A wooden bed rail has one upright position only and provides a strong and solid guard for keeping your toddler safe from falling out of bed whilst they sleep. Mesh bed rails are more versatile, with push buttons either side of the bed rail, these buttons once pressed enable the bed rail to be lowered to 90 degrees providing easier access to your toddler. For the ultimate sleep safety for toddlers, mesh bed rails do not lower beyond 90 degrees, this prevents the rail from fully collapsing and your child potentially falling from their bed during the night unsupervised.
How do toddler bed rails work?
A bed rail is a safety barrier for beds that enables you and your child to sleep safely during the night. Bed rails prevent your infant from falling out of bed in the night and keeps them safe from potential injuries as they make the transition from a cot to a bed. Wooden bed rails are a fixed bed rail, once installed beneath the mattress the bed rail cannot fold down. Wooden bed rails provide a cot-like appearance and provide the safety of a cot, yet allow your child to climb in and out of bed independently. Mesh bed rails are also fitted beneath the mattress, they are more versatile with their swing rotation of 90 degrees. The mesh design provides a soft barrier should your child come into contact with it and as with the wooden bed rail prevents your infant from falling out of bed. Inflatable bed rails sit under your toddler's bed sheet. Inflatable bed rails prevent infants from rolling out of bed and are the easiest bed rail to install as they are simply held in place with a fitted sheet. An inflatable bed guard is portable and easy to pack, neatly folding down into a compact square when not in use.
How to remove bed rails?
To remove a bed rail simply lift the mattress and slide the bed rail from under the mattress. Bed rails can be removed with ease and as no drilling or screwing is required for installation there is no lasting damage to your child’s bed.
Are bed rails safe for babies?
It is recommended that a baby under the age of 18 months should sleep in a cot and not a bed with a bed rail. A cot provides the safest and most secure environment for your baby to sleep, the fully enclosed frame enables your baby to sleep safely without falling from the bed or being able to climb in and out of the bed unsupervised. A bed fitted with a bed guard is recommended for older babies only, from 18 months through to 5 years. Bed rails provide the security of a cot yet provide older babies and toddlers with their first independent steps in being able to sleep in a bed and climb in and out of their bed by themselves. A bed rail is the safest way of introducing your baby to their first bed and makes the transition from a cot to a bed safer.
The transition from cot bed to a bed without enclosed sides is one of the many developmental milestones your child will achieve. At this stage which occurs somewhere towards the age of 18 months, your toddler is likely to be attempting to climb over the cot sides, making this type of bed no longer a safe option.
Whilst a standard bed is the next step, there remains a risk of falling from a height, particularly during sleep should your child roll and wriggle towards the edge. A bedguard is a popular solution to prevent your sleeping tot going bump in the night, whilst giving them the freedom to get out of bed unassisted. The design provides a barrier along the exposed edge of the mattress with gaps at either end so that the child can safely get in and out of bed independently. Should the bed be positioned away from walls and have two exposed sides, a second bed guard may be safely secured to the other side. In addition, a bed rail retains the safe familiarity of cot sides which will help many children adapt to the change and supports restful sleep.
Providing your curious toddler with the freedom to leave their bed when adults may be sleeping requires some safety planning. Many families decide that a safety gate across the bedroom door will provide an early warning system that their child is awake and ready to start their day, giving tired parents and carers an extra couple of minutes to wake up themselves! More importantly, the stair gate will restrict exploration to their bedroom, keeping inquisitive tots away from toiletries in bathrooms or hazards in other rooms such as older siblings’ toys or small items which could be a choking hazard or similar.
Child specific bedrails are recommended up to age 5 as they are designed and tested to support a certain maximum weight. Your child is likely to have learnt the art of sleeping away from the edge by this age, but also may be capable of undoing any bedrail fixing and becoming heavier than the tested weight, thereby creating a potential hazard greater than falling onto the floor.
Children’s bedguards are designed and tested for domestic use only, being suitable for children aged between 18 months and 5 years. They are not designed for use with the elderly or infirm adults.
The type of mattress and bedframe the bedrail will be attached to is as important as the bedrail itself from a safety perspective. Any gap between the rail and attaching surface could become an entrapment hazard. For this reason, select a quality mattress for your child which does not easily compress at the edges when a child equivalent weight is applied. Always select a mattress which fits the bedframe i.e. one that leaves no gaps a small child could roll into between the base and material. Consider the thickness of the mattress in relation to the bedrail options - mattress depth will affect the height of the bed rail above the sleeping surface and any potential for your child to roll over the top of it and onto the floor. For this reason, include any mattress topper in the mattress depth measurement. The length of mattress will vary according to bedframe with king/super king mattresses being longer than others. The size of gap at either end of the bed has potential to be large enough for a sleeping child to roll through if an ill-fitting guard is chosen. Reassuringly, there are bedguards to suit the above scenarios in the Safetots’ range. The extra wide extra tall bedguards will complement the longer and deeper mattresses. All Safetots’ bedrails provide the maximum mattress depths and lengths in the product spec information to make it easier for our customers to select one that is compatible with their child’s bed. A minimum mattress length is also supplied to make certain that there is at least a 25cm gap either end of the bed as recommended by the British Standards Institution (a measurement deemed wide enough for the child to safely leave the bed without being tempted to climb over the rail). Inflatable mattresses are to be avoided in conjunction with a bedguard as these can easily be punctured and deflate.
Bedguards are not suitable for waterbeds for obvious reasons or camping beds where there is only a canvas sleeping surface attached to a metal frame. Nor is it safe to use them on the upper level of a bunk bed as a fall from this height is life threatening. Safetots also recommend against using bedguards on the lower bunk bed level. Many children find bunk beds the indoor equivalent of a climbing frame and a serious accident may occur should a child use the rail as a foothold or spring board when climbing on and off the top bunk. Play of this nature may also compromise the stability of the fixings or fatigue the components making it unsafe for its purpose. As tempting as it may be to tie teddies and similar to the bedrail to create a sleepy environment, these pose strangulation and entrapment dangers, and nothing should ever be attached to the bedguard that is not part of the fittings.
All Safetots’ bedguards have been tested and comply with the British Standard 7972:2001+A1:2009 when fitted in accordance with the instructions.
When buying a product to help keep your child out of harm’s way, Safetots believe it is worth investing in one that has been tested to a professionally approved level of safety using rigorous testing methods.
For this reason and where applicable, our products are tested to a British Standards Institution (BSI) standard and/or equivalent international standard. Each standard that our products complies with has been drawn up by a group of experts in the field. Not only do they have extensive knowledge about their product and credibility in the child safety product industry, they are also fully aware of the potential hazards posed by poor quality items being used in the home where children are involved.
The British Standard for bedguards is BS 7972:2001+A1:2009. You can be reassured that all Safetots’ bedguards designed for use with toddlers (18 months+) and children up to age 5 comply with this standard, and are retested whenever design upgrades are made, components changed or the standard is superseded. The standard also requires that certain important safety information be available to consumers before purchase and you will find this on all product pages. The title of the British Standard, BS 7972:2001+A1:2009, will be marked on your purchased rail next to Safetots’ contact details
What types of tests are carried out and why?
The tests carried out are designed to mimic the actions of a small child before they fall asleep, natural movements during sleep and once awake, how they may explore their bed and surroundings. For example, bedtime hijinks almost always include bouncing on the mattress and attempting to escape the bed itself by any means available, including climbing over, around or under a bed rail. Your little night owl may also wish to show their objection to bedtime by trying to pull everything off the bed including the rail – an overtired tot is a strong one! During sleep, many children will wriggle around, even turning 360 and sleeping at the foot of the bed. In this manner they will at times unknowingly move to the edge where the mattress and bedguard meet.
The standard includes tests to check for parts of the bedrail which could trap, pinch or cut skin and that the size of parts used do not pose a risk of inhalation or ingestion. The resilience of the locking mechanism that fits the guard securely onto the mattress or bed frame is examined for durability. A priority is ensuring there are no entrapment hazards, and this is achieved by measuring the gap between the bedguard and any touchpoint when fitted correctly. A test dummy is used to imitate a child rolling into the rail repeatedly to assist with this test. In short, every effort has been made to ensure that a bedrail complying with BS 7972:2001+A1:2009 will be a hazard free product to purchase when safety proofing your home.