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At Safetots, we know how important it is to keep your little one safe. Therefore, we offer well-designed bed guards that are a perfect solution to prevent your child from falling out of their bed. If you're not sure which option is right for you, we have a handy guide to help you find the best bed guard for your toddler's bed. 

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A bed rail is a must to ensure your toddler is safe while they are sleeping and dreaming. Bed guard rails will allow your child and yourself to rest 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 safely tucked up in bed. Purchase a bed guard and sleep peacefully knowing your toddler or young child is safe while they are asleep. 

Different types of bed rails 

If you shop our extensive selection of bed rails, you will see that we offer both wooden bed guards and mesh bed rails designed for both single and double beds. We also stock a range of double bed rails. Coming in a pack of two, these guards offer security on both sides of the bed for a safe night’s sleep. Plus, our extra tall and wide bed guards offer extra peace of mind. 

If you decide to go on holiday or to visit a family member and stay overnight with your child, do not worry! You can still enhance your little one’s safety as 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 today at Safetots and find the perfect toddler bed guard for your little dreamer. If you’re not sure which bed guard is right for you, our expert team will be happy to help. Simply get in touch today. 

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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 safely tucked up in bed. Purchase a bed guard and sleep peacefully knowing your toddler or young child is safe while they are asleep. 

Different types of bed rails 

If you shop our extensive selection of bed rails, you will see that we offer both wooden bed guards and mesh bed rails designed for both single and double beds. We also stock a range of double bed rails. Coming in a pack of two, these guards offer security on both sides of the bed for a safe night’s sleep. Plus, our extra tall and wide bed guards offer extra peace of mind. 

If you decide to go on holiday or to visit a family member and stay overnight with your child, do not worry! You can still enhance your little one’s safety as 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 today at Safetots and find the perfect toddler bed guard for your little dreamer. If you’re not sure which bed guard is right for you, our expert team will be happy to help. Simply get in touch today. 

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 safely tucked up in bed. Purchase a bed guard and sleep peacefully knowing your toddler or young child is safe while they are asleep.  Different types of bed rails  If you shop our extensive selection of bed rails, you will see that we offer both wooden bed guards and mesh bed rails designed for both single and double beds. We also stock a range of double bed rails. Coming in a pack of two, these guards offer security on both sides of the bed for a safe night’s sleep. Plus, our extra tall and wide bed guards offer extra peace of mind.  If you decide to go on holiday or to visit a family member and stay overnight with your child, do not worry! You can still enhance your little one’s safety as 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 today at Safetots and find the perfect toddler bed guard for your little dreamer. If you’re not sure which bed guard is right for you, our expert team will be happy to help. Simply get in touch today. 

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Do I really need a Bed Rail?

Sometimes your toddler’s transition from a cot to a bed can seem daunting, as they suddenly have the freedom to climb out of the bed when they choose, or potentially roll out of the bed while 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 rail is not designed to prevent children from climbing out of bed, it simply keeps them safe while they sleep. 
 
For young children, a bed safety rail provides the security they have become accustomed to from being in a cot during their younger years, yet it provides them with the first steps to a greater independence as they are no longer fully enclosed in a cot. What’s more, bed rails come in all forms, from mesh bed rails to wooden bedrails that are 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 it provides peace of mind for parents at bedtime. Should your little ones manage to climb out of bed during the night, our range of baby gates and room dividers will keep them away from any potentially dangerous areas of the home.  

It is important when installing a child bed rail to ensure it is suitable for your child as well as compatible with the bed you are fitting it to. 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 are the best choices for travelling. With their slim design, they are compatible with most beds and mattresses. Lightweight and space saving, they’re the ideal child’s bed guards for packing in your case. These bed guards also come complete with a carry bag, making them perfect for your travels.  

Meanwhile, wooden bed rails provide a strong and durable barrier for keeping children safe while they sleep at home. Plus, with their contemporary design and great choice of colours from white and natural through to grey, they’ll look great in your child’s room too. 

Sometimes your toddler’s transition from a cot to a bed can seem daunting, as they suddenly have the freedom to climb out of the bed when they choose, or potentially roll out of the bed while 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 rail is not designed to prevent children from climbing out of bed, it simply keeps them safe while they sleep.  For young children, a bed safety rail provides the security they have become accustomed to from being in a cot during their younger years, yet it provides them with the first steps to a greater independence as they are no longer fully enclosed in a cot. What’s more, bed rails come in all forms, from mesh bed rails to wooden bedrails that are 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 it provides peace of mind for parents at bedtime. Should your little ones manage to climb out of bed during the night, our range of baby gates and room dividers will keep them away from any potentially dangerous areas of the home.   It is important when installing a child bed rail to ensure it is suitable for your child as well as compatible with the bed you are fitting it to. 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 are the best choices for travelling. With their slim design, they are compatible with most beds and mattresses. Lightweight and space saving, they’re the ideal child’s bed guards for packing in your case. These bed guards also come complete with a carry bag, making them perfect for your travels.   Meanwhile, wooden bed rails provide a strong and durable barrier for keeping children safe while they sleep at home. Plus, with their contemporary design and great choice of colours from white and natural through to grey, they’ll look great in your child’s room too. 

Which are the best bed rails?

Safetots bed side rails are designed to prevent children from falling out of bed while they sleep, and are safety tested in accordance with today's current safety standards.  

All of our bed safety rails are suitable for cot beds, single beds, queen beds, and double beds, and our wooden bed guards range in length from 110cm to extra wide at 140cm. These bed rails have a standard height of 38cm, but wide and extra tall options are available. 

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 that 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. 

Unlike mesh bed guards, our wooden bed rails 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. 
 
 
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.  

Standard mesh bed guards measure 40cm in height by 100cm in length and can be used in pairs. If you’re looking for a bigger size, then 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.  

Safetots bed side rails are designed to prevent children from falling out of bed while they sleep, and are safety tested in accordance with today's current safety standards.   All of our bed safety rails are suitable for cot beds, single beds, queen beds, and double beds, and our wooden bed guards range in length from 110cm to extra wide at 140cm. These bed rails have a standard height of 38cm, but wide and extra tall options are available.  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 that 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.  Unlike mesh bed guards, our wooden bed rails 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.   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.   Standard mesh bed guards measure 40cm in height by 100cm in length and can be used in pairs. If you’re looking for a bigger size, then 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.  

What age to use bed rails?

Children’s bed rails are recommended for use between the ages of 18 months through to five years. From the age of five, a bed guard should be taken down. This is because beyond the age of five children are stronger and their weight is heavier, meaning 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 five 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 frequently in their sleep.  

Some parents may take comfort in having a bed guard in place for longer than the recommended age of five, 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 parent’s discretion. 

Children’s bed rails are recommended for use between the ages of 18 months through to five years. From the age of five, a bed guard should be taken down. This is because beyond the age of five children are stronger and their weight is heavier, meaning 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 five 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 frequently in their sleep.   Some parents may take comfort in having a bed guard in place for longer than the recommended age of five, 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 parent’s 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 safest 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, meaning 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 standard 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. 

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 safest 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, meaning 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 standard 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 a fold down bed rail?

Once in place, wooden bed rails cannot be lowered. These 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, strongest, and securest bed rail for kids while they sleep.  

Mesh bed rails are more versatile and can rotate 90 degrees thanks to their unique fold down mechanism. This enables easy access so you can get your child in and out of bed safely. For the protection 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 

Once in place, wooden bed rails cannot be lowered. These 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, strongest, and securest bed rail for kids while they sleep.   Mesh bed rails are more versatile and can rotate 90 degrees thanks to their unique fold down mechanism. This enables easy access so you can get your child in and out of bed safely. For the protection 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 do you attach bed rails?

Mesh bed rails are fitted with a frame that simply slots between the mattress and the bed frame. Complete with a safe and secure locking mechanism, once fitted, the hinged design is safe and suitable for children 18 months to five 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-degree 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.  

Toddler bed rails are simple to fit in place and quick and easy to remove. Mesh bed rails and wooden bed guards which are suitable for double beds can be fitted following the same methods above. 

Mesh bed rails are fitted with a frame that simply slots between the mattress and the bed frame. Complete with a safe and secure locking mechanism, once fitted, the hinged design is safe and suitable for children 18 months to five 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-degree 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.   Toddler bed rails are simple to fit in place and quick and easy to remove. Mesh bed rails and wooden bed guards which are suitable for double beds can be fitted following the same methods above. 

What is the advantage of a fold down mechanism on a bed guard?

Some mesh baby bed guards have the added feature and benefit of a 90-degree fold down mechanism. This mechanism enables you to access your child easier than other less versatile bed rails. It makes changing bed linen easier and your infant’s 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. 

Some mesh baby bed guards have the added feature and benefit of a 90-degree fold down mechanism. This mechanism enables you to access your child easier than other less versatile bed rails. It makes changing bed linen easier and your infant’s 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 narrow 90cm 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. Our bed rail buyer's guide includes step-by-step instructions for choosing the right sized bed guard for your child's bed. 

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 beds, 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 based on 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 deep 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.  
 
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 

Safetots bed rails range in size from a narrow 90cm 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. Our bed rail buyer's guide includes step-by-step instructions for choosing the right sized bed guard for your child's bed.  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 beds, 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 based on 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 deep 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.   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 cots and cot beds. 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 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 toddler 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. 

All Safetots branded mesh bed guards are compatible with cots and cot beds. 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 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 toddler 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. However, 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-like 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. To be most effective, a bed guard should be fitted closer to the head of the bed where your child sleeps. 

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. 

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. However, 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-like 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. To be most effective, a bed guard should be fitted closer to the head of the bed where your child sleeps.  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 or mesh. Wooden bed rails are more contemporary in their design and often blend in with a child’s bed and bedroom furniture. These toddler bed guards are a perfect match for wooden beds and wooden cot beds, as they can almost look to be part of the actual bed. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that 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. These bed rails are a lightweight, folding option that is versatile with its 90 degrees fold down mechanism. It also comes complete with a carry bag for ease when travelling. 

Bed rails can be wooden or mesh. Wooden bed rails are more contemporary in their design and often blend in with a child’s bed and bedroom furniture. These toddler bed guards are a perfect match for wooden beds and wooden cot beds, as they can almost look to be part of the actual bed. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that 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. These bed rails are a lightweight, folding option that is versatile with its 90 degrees fold down mechanism. It also comes complete with a carry bag for ease when travelling. 

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. When choosing a bed guard or rail for your double bed, firstly measure the depth of your mattress. If your mattress is extra deep, then an extra tall bed guard will be more suitable. These bed rails 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. 

Bed guards can be used on double beds, although some bed guards are more compatible and suitable than others. When choosing a bed guard or rail for your double bed, firstly measure the depth of your mattress. If your mattress is extra deep, then an extra tall bed guard will be more suitable. These bed rails 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. 

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. Our stair gates and room dividers will prevent them from entering any unsafe areas of the home once they're out of bed. You can install one of our screw fit safety gates at the top of the stairs to keep your little one safe. 

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 to 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 both ends of the bed should be visible 

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. Our stair gates and room dividers will prevent them from entering any unsafe areas of the home once they're out of bed. You can install one of our screw fit safety gates at the top of the stairs to keep your little one safe.  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 to 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 both ends of the bed should be visible 

How do toddler bed rails work?

A bed rail is a safety barrier for beds that enables you and your child to sleep safely. 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. These 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 guards are also fitted beneath the mattress, though 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, it prevents your infant from falling out of bed. 

A bed rail is a safety barrier for beds that enables you and your child to sleep safely. 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. These 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 guards are also fitted beneath the mattress, though 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, it prevents your infant from falling out of 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, as 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 five 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.

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, as 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 five 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.
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