Making the transition from a cot to a bed for an older baby or toddler can be daunting for many parents and a stage in a child’s life that can open up many questions and concerns.  Will my toddler now roll out of bed? What if my toddler climbs out of bed in the night? How will my baby adjust to sleeping in a bed? Will I go back to sleepless nights? Are there any safety measures I can take to keep my baby from falling out of their bed?  There are many unknowns when you decide to take that leap from a cot to a bed but there are many solutions and tips available to help you make the transition go smoothly.

Having listened to our customers over the years coupled with our expert knowledge in child safety, Safetots have compiled a list of top tips and bed safety items for getting your child to sleep soundly in the early days of sleeping in their new bed.

Will my baby roll out of bed?


Some babies and toddlers are as active whilst they sleep as when they are awake, wriggling and rolling and being less aware of their sleep space in the early days in the transition from a cot to a bed.  Your baby may well have become accustomed to the security of their cot frame when they roll in the night and suddenly sleeping in a bed with no frame may result in bumps and bruizes from tumbles out of bed.

To make the transition easier and safer many parents fit a bed guard to their child’s first bed.  Installing a bed guard prevents young children from falling out of bed whilst retaining the same safety as a cot guard, a child’s bed guard enables infants to climb in and out of bed independantly.  A bed guard provides safety during sleep whilst introducing them to their first steps to independence.

What if my toddler climbs out of bed in the night?


If your infant is active and inquisitive and less inclined to sleep through the night, along with fitting a bed guard, if you haven’t done so already, now might be the time to install a child safety gate to their bedroom doorway.  Whilst your child may be ready to sleep in their own bed independantly, as a parent you may not be ready for the challenge of a wandering toddler.  Keep your child safe in their bedroom by removing any potentially harmful items out of reach, fixing wardrobes and drawers securely to walls with furniture straps and installing a child safety gate.

How can I help my baby adjust to sleeping in a bed?


To help your infant make the transition from a cot to a bed consider installing a bed guardBed guards are versatile, simple to install and quick to remove.  There is no need for drilling or screwing to install a bed guard, the base frame simply slips beneath the mattress and the weight of the mattress holds the bed guard in place.  A toddler bed rail can be fitted to both sides of the bed.  If for example your child’s bed is in the centre of a room a bed rail can be fitted to either size of the bed for extra safety.  A bed rail provides the security of a cot, helps older babies and toddlers to feel safe and secure and provides parents with peace of mind that their infant is safe from falling out of bed.  There are many bed rails from which to choose, wooden bed rails, the contemporary bed rail option can be purchased in many colours, designed to blend in with bedroom furniture of today’s modern homes.  Safetots have a great range of wooden bedrails for keeping toddlers safe whilst they sleep.  Mesh bed rails are light weight and ideal for home or away.  Most mesh bed rails come with their own carry bag making the ideal solution to keeping babies and toddlers safe on holiday or simply for visiting grandparents.

Will I go back to sleepless nights?


Introducing ‘new’ things and change of routine in your infant’s life may cause them to be restless at night time and those sleepless nights may well start to creep back in.  When your child moves to their new bed, try continuing with the same bed time routine.  Make bed time exciting and make moving into their new bed an exciting time!  Install a bed rail to make the transition smoother, by installing a bed rail your child will feel less exposed to the open space and still feel the same safety and security provided by a cot frame.  A smooth transition from cot to bed and keeping your child in their bed time routine is less likely to result in sleepless nights.

Are there any safety measures I can take to prevent my baby from falling out of their bed? 


To prevent your baby from falling out of bed, the best solution is to install a bed guard,  Extra tall and extra wide bed guards are recommended for larger beds with a larger mattress and there are many bed rails suited to single beds, cot beds and toddler beds.  Safetots have a wide range of wooden bed rails and mesh bed rails suitable for most beds.  It’s important to check the size and depth of your mattress and bed to ensure the compatibility of the bed rail.  Installing a compatible bed rail that fits well and is securely fitted, is crucial to ensuring your child is safe whilst they sleep.  Bed rails are recommended up to the age of 5 years, however it is completely up to a parents discretion as to how long a bed rail should remain in place.

What to consider when choosing a bed rail?


There are many things to consider when purchasing a bed guard, from the ease of installation, quality and strength through to the compatibility with the bed intended for use.  Consider the size of your bed, the depth of your mattress and ensure your bed rail reaches at least 16cm above the top of your mattress.  It’s important to also ensure a 25cm gap at the foot and head of the bed.  Consider also if you require your bed rail for home or for home and holidays.  A wooden bed rail is heavier than a mesh bed rail and less suitable for transporting with ease.  A mesh bed rails is light weight and designed for packing with ease for travels.  For some parents, the aesthetics of a bed rail is of consideration and wooden bed rails are often the choice for parents wanting their bed rail to blend in with their child’s bedroom furniture.


Safetots are proud to launch our brand new range of super stylish and ultra safe denim mesh bed rails. Your one stop destination for bed rails and bed guards is here at Safetots, leading suppliers of all child safety products. Here at Safetots, we also stock the bed guards from BabyDan, and our very own Safetots brand. We are confident you’ll be delighted with the quality, functionality, design and safety of our products. Safetots bed guards come in wood and mesh, in a wide range of colours, styles and sizes, so there are plenty of options from which to choose.

All Safetots bed rails come with excellent child safety locking mechanisms and simple anchor mechanisms. Installing these child safety products is simple and most are versatile in that they can be transferred between beds.

For more information on our safety products contact us at Safetots Unit 7, The Orbital Centre, Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2NB United Kingdom, Telephone: +44 (0)1438 728888, email: