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Finding The Perfect Toddler Bed Rails

Your toddler’s safety is your number one priority. By installing toddler bed rails into his bed, you ensure your toddler is secure helping you sleep soundly during the night. Here are some tips to help you choose the best risk-free toddler bed rails:

Select Your Preferred Type of Bed Rails

There are 3 different types of bed rails. The following are:

Grip Bed Rails

Known as stationary or transfer bed rails, a grip bed rail forms an L shape which can be easily attached and detached under the mattress. It has a handle which aids your little one in getting in and out of the bed. Most often, these rails come with latches for added protection especially during night time when your toddler tends to move a lot.

Safety Bed Rails

Also known as security bed rails, this type of toddler bed rail has a length the same size of a regular bed. You can choose between a one or two sided adjustable rail. These safety rails have an L shape that easily slips beneath the mattress on each side of the bed. This makes it easy for your toddler to go in and out of his bed especially when he needs to use the toilet. While at the same time, its adjustable feature is designed for parents to safely keep their toddler in bed when unattended.

Travel Bed Rails

Classified as portable bed rails, these rails are very handy when the family goes on a trip. It involves lesser set-up time than a grip or security bed rail. They are also L-shaped but with straps that can go around the bed spring of most hotel beds and other irregular beds ensuring a tight fit.

Get The Correct Size

A good toddler bed rail must be at least 5 to 10 inches above the top of the mattress. A bed rail that is of the same height with your toddler’s mattress is useless since your toddler can easily go in and out of his bed or worse, he might fall off.

Prioritize Quality Over Style

While a lot of bed rails these days come in different colors, designs and shapes, not all of them provide security for your toddler. Your safest choice is to go for toddler bed rails made from wood. They are firm, sturdy and harmless to your toddler.

Examine Its Construction

A toddler bed rail needs to be strong yet safe for your toddler at the same time. Stay away from rails made from very hard wood since this can cause bruises and severe head injuries especially during this time when your toddler tends to get restless and he likes banging his head on the rails. The rails must also be made from child-friendly materials. Always check the manufacturer’s label to make sure that there are no chemical products present which can irritate his delicate skin.

Look For Extra Features

Look for these 3 toddler bed rail features – padding, to help protect your toddler’s head from injuries (e.g. if he accidentally slips and hits his head in the rail or if he likes to bang his head with hard objects). Compartments and pockets for storing some of his favorite toys and books so he can conveniently reach them.  Built in music (lullaby) and night light, the night light keeps his anxiousness at bay and the music will help him go back to sleep when he wakes up in the middle of the night.

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Ensure Your Child A Good Night’s Sleep With Toddler Bed Rails

Once your toddler is big enough for his crib, transitioning him to sleep in a toddler bed will help him sleep more comfortably. However, since your toddler is very active and giddy during this stage in his life, he can easily stumble and fall off the bed. To prevent accidents from happening, attaching toddler bed rails to his bed is the best solution.

What are toddler bed rails?

Toddler bed rails secure your toddler’s safety especially at night when he sleeps alone in his bedroom. These bed rails are made to fit in between the bed mattress and a box of spring often forming an L-shape. They are like fences that serve as a barrier to help safeguard your toddler from scaling the height and heading over the rails. They eradicate the fear of any accidents that usually take place in the middle of the night due to active unconscious movements. Hence, it eliminates your toddler from the risk of getting bumps, bruises and other major injuries.

Different Types of Toddler Bed Rails

There are different styles of bed rails for every type of toddler bed. The following are:

Convertible Crib Bed Rails

If you have chosen a convertible crib as your toddler’s bed, you might notice there are no built-in bed rails attached to it. A convertible crib bed rail made from mesh or wood materials can give ample bed side protection to your little one. Rail measurements are usually 33 inches in length and 13 inches in height. These are perfect for toddlers from ages one to three.

The KidCo Convertible Crib Rail In White

Double Bed Rails

If his bed is positioned in the center of the room, a double bed rail will help keep him protected during bed time. They are foldable and can be easily fastened by using the plastic axles and straps between the box spring and mattress.

Summer Infant Double Bedrail With Fold

Mesh Bed Rails

Mesh rails are made from soft artificial materials. However, they are not recommended for toddlers below six years old as toddlers can easily roll on the side and stick their faces into the mesh that can cause suffocation.

Summer Infant Sure & Secure Mesh Double Bedrail In Pink

Mounted Bed Rails

If your toddler wants to sleep on a regular bed, mounted bed rails will give him 100% security since this type of toddler bed rail is very safe and snug as the rails will never fall off. These bed rails are installed on his mattress frame using easy-to-use ratchet tools. Rails come in two styles - a bendable mounted bed rail that helps your toddler easily climb in and out of the bed and a hide-away extra long mounted bed rail that can accommodate a double, king, queen or twin sized bed. Mounted bed rails are perfect for toddlers from ages three to six.

Standing Bed Rails

Standing bed rails are tall and can stand on the floor touching your toddler’s bed. These are the sturdiest and most secure type of toddler bed rail as the rails do not easily fall off with a toddler’s push. Standing rails are ideal for young toddlers (from 10 to 15 months).

How to Choose A Perfect Bed Rail

  • Get The Correct Measurements

Measure the depth and height of his bed with a measuring tape to get the correct dimensions. If you buy bed rails that are too low, he can easily squirm his way out. If you buy rails that are too high, he can get stuck in between the edge of the bed and the rails. The bed rail should be situated to level your toddler’s shoulders when he is lying down. There must also be a space between the headboard and foot board to prevent him from rolling off into the gaps.

  • Consider The Quality

Toddler bed rails must be durable and constructed from the sturdiest materials. It must be able to keep up with your child’s energy. Always go for bed rails with padding’s to give extra protection in case he bangs himself. Look for different features that are present in every bed rail and compare. An easy to install, portable and durable bed rail can last a long time.

Also, do not buy bed rails that are too noisy and hard. Instead, go for a toddler bed rail that makes no noise and those with rounded edges. A bed rail with round edges is elastic but firm which is perfect for your little one if he habitually falls off his bed.

A toddler bed rail is like a profitable investment. This tool keeps accidents at bay promising you and your toddler a good night’s sleep throughout the night.

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