10 best toddler bed guards

12 January 2021

toddler bed guard

As your toddler makes the move from cot to bed, or cot bed to ‘big bed,’ a toddler bed guard can give you peace of mind at night.

Toddler bed guards help prevent your child from rolling out of bed at night, which means that your toddler can go to sleep feeling enclosed and secure.

The best toddler bed guards offer things like drop sides and have the ability to be folded for travel. But they come in many shapes, sizes and designs to suit different beds and needs.

Here are the best toddler bed guards for 2021.

1. Best overall toddler bed guard: Lindam Easy Fit Bed Guard

“We have the Lindam one. It's deeper than others, the mesh sides go right under the mattress, it folds down easily, and the pole frame that goes user the mattress is big so it stays on the bed more securely.”

1. Best overall toddler bed guard: Lindam Easy Fit Bed Guard

This fabric mesh bed guard is great value for money, taking a child from one to five years of age. Because it’s fairly compact and lightweight, it would be easy to take with you to a grandparent's house if needed.

It requires no tools for assembly and folds down easily to allow your child to let themselves out when it’s time to get up.

It’s suitable for slatted and Divan beds, but it’s worth knowing that it doesn’t sit well on upper bunks or where the mattress sits within a raised frame.

The bed guard has a light and airy mesh panel that's comfortable even if your child sleeps right up against it, but it feels nice and secure too. It’s available in grey, pink and blue.

Need to know

  • Size: 52.2 × 9 × 27cm
  • Weight: 2.5kg

2. Best budget toddler bed guard: IKEA Vikare Bed Rail

“My kids have this one on their IKEA beds and they’ve been fine.”

2. Best budget toddler bed guard: IKEA Vikare Bed Rail

This simple, low-cost bed guard from IKEA doesn’t have any fancy features, such as the ability to open and close or fold up for travel, but it does exactly what it says on the tin and, for £10, that’s a pretty good deal.

A big thing to be aware of is that the Vikare doesn’t have any arms that go under the mattress – it attaches to the side of the bed using a screw fastening. This means that it's not quite as sturdy as some bed guards on our list and it doesn’t work on a Divan. But if you have a bed or cot bed with wooden sides of 18 to 25mm thick, it will attach quite easily.

Its simple white, wooden design can be wiped clean and will blend well with any nursery scheme.

Need to know

  • Size: 90 × 75cm
  • Weight: 1.5kg

Price: £10

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3. Best tube-style toddler bed guard: Hippychick Dream Tubes Inflatable Bed Guard

“Since moving out of the cot, our now four-year-old uses Dream Tubes on the single bed (and anywhere else we go). A bit pricey, but a good investment as it's a single fitted sheet that will fit on any single bed and we use it a lot.”

3. Best tube-style toddler bed guard: Hippychick Dream Tubes Inflatable Bed Guard

This clever product comprises a specially designed sheet that has pockets to accommodate two inflatable tubes. The tubes go down either side of a single bed, keeping your child snugly in the middle, should they roll. As an added bonus, it prevents the duvet and cuddly toys from slipping off the bed too.

Included in the box are two tubes and one customised sheet, but you can purchase extra sheets to allow for washing if you like. Because the tubes inflate, this folds down easily and can be used on any single bed.

Need to know

  • Size: 26 × 6 × 32 cm; 90 × 200cm (sheet)
  • Weight: 5kg

4. Best toddler bed guard for travel: Safety 1st Portable Bed Rail

4. Best toddler bed guard for travel: Safety 1st Portable Bed Rail

This metal-frame, fabric-mesh bed guard, available in three colours, is similar to the Lindam Easy Fit Bed Guard but more portable.

The Safety 1st Portable Bed Rail contracts to nearly half its width and folds to make storage and travel easier. It’s also really quick and easy to attach to any bed.

Fully extended, the bed rail is a generous 101cm long, so is a good choice for taller toddlers or incessant wrigglers. The curved arms means it can be used on a slatted base as well as a Divan and the rail folds down to allow your child to easily get out of bed.

Need to know

  • Size: 101 × 37 × 42cm
  • Weight: 2.7kg

5. Best wooden toddler bed guard: BabyDan Wooden Bed Guard

“We had a wooden bedstead and used the wooden BabyDan bed guard.”

5. Best wooden toddler bed guard: BabyDan Wooden Bed Guard

Impressively sturdy, this traditional-looking wooden bed rail from BabyDan is simple and stylish, and would look lovely on any wooden bed. It’s available in natural poplar wood or painted white.

The metal arms slide under the mattress, where they are kept in place by the weight of the mattress and your child, and the wooden rail then clicks into place securely.

It’s also very simple to remove, so you can take the rail off during the day if you want to and simply click it back into place at night.

Need to know

  • Size: 90 × 30 × 50cm
  • Weight: 3.6kg

6. Best toddler bed guard for longevity: Summer Infant Grow With Me Single Bed Rail

6. Best toddler bed guard for longevity: Summer Infant Grow With Me Single Bed Rail

Suitable for use with both slatted bases and Divans, this bed rail can be moved from cot bed to a single Divan as your child grows.

The Grow With Me is available in several colours, with metal arms that slide under the mattress and a plastic frame with a breathable fabric mesh panel that’s comfortable for your child if they roll up against it in the night.

Reviews praise its sturdiness and durability and the fact that it’s incredibly simple to set up. The side panel folds down easily to let your child clamber in and out of the bed, and to make changing the bed linen easier.

Need to know

  • Size: 90 × 2 × 51cm
  • Weight: 2.5kg

7. Best toddler bed guard for larger beds: DreamBaby Phoenix Bed Rail

7. Best toddler bed guard for larger beds: DreamBaby Phoenix Bed Rail

The DreamBaby Phoenix is really solid with V-shaped arms that make it suitable for either Divans or slatted bases, as well as safety anchors to keep it in place.

The guard itself is extra-large, at 110cm wide and 45cm tall, so will last from 18 months right up until your child is around age five and able to sleep through the night without tumbling out. The mesh panel is breathable and machine-washable and folds down easily to allow your child to climb out of bed in the mornings.

It’s worth noting that this guard won’t fit beds with recessed mattresses that sit in a frame, but it will work with Divans up to queen size, a feature that’s fairly rare, so this is a good choice if your child is going to be sleeping in a larger bed.

Need to know

  • Size: 110 × 45.5 × 9cm
  • Weight: 2.6kg

8. Best inflatable toddler bed guard: The Shrunks Sleep Secure Inflatable Bumper Guard

8.  Best inflatable toddler bed guard: The Shrunks Sleep Secure Inflatable Bumper Guard

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best and this inflatable bed guard that works to keep your child from rolling out of bed is genius at its most simple.

The log-shaped bolster comes with a storage bag and pump (as well as a patch in case of a puncture) so it travels easily and can be stored away if not in use.

Once inflated, it slips underneath any bed sheet and is secured there as you fold the sheet edges under the mattress. The plastic it’s made from is BPA- and phthalate-free for your peace of mind.

Because it works simply by slipping under a sheet, The Shrunks Bed Guard is suitable for all beds of all sizes.

Need to know

  • Size: 121.9 × 17.8 × 15.2cm
  • Weight: 0.27kg

9. Best foldable toddler bed guard: Venture QFix Bed Guard

9. Best foldable toddler bed guard: Venture QFix Bed Guard

This portable and foldable bed guard is suitable for children aged two to five years. A sturdy steel construction surrounds the breathable mesh panel which lets plenty of air circulate for a comfortable night's sleep.

The bed rail also has a push-button opening that allows the guard to be folded down so your child can let themselves out in the morning. A strong safety straps keep it really secure and eliminates any gap between the guard and the mattress.

Need to know

  • Size: 99 × 42cm
  • Weight: 2.6kg

10. Best foam toddler bed guard: Acosy Bumpers Transitional Foam Cot-Bed Bumper

10. Best foam toddler bed guard: Acosy Bumpers Transitional Foam Cot-Bed Bumper

If you’re looking for a softer alternative to a traditional bed guard, this foam model is a great buy. It works in the same way as The Shrunks Inflatable Bumper Guard, but won’t need pumping up or reinflating. It simply slips between the sheet and the mattress to provide a soft but firm barrier to prevent rolling out of bed.

Made from hypoallergenic, antibacterial, baby-safe foam, the bumper comes with its own storage bag, and the cover can be zipped off and popped in the wash.

On the downside, this bed guard can’t be deflated for storage, but it packs easily into the car for a holiday or in the corner of a wardrobe when not in use.

Need to know

  • Size: 100 × 14 × 14cm
  • Weight: 0.6kg

What age is best for a toddler bed?

While this will vary from one child to another, the best age for a toddler bed is any time from around 18 months to three and a half years.

A sign that it might nearly be Big Bed Time is when your child starts to look interested in clambering out of their cot. It’s best to make the move to a toddler bed before they actually manage to make it up and over the edge.

They need to be physically ready for a toddler bed and be able to climb out of it. Lots of parents choose to make the move as they potty train so that their child is able to find their own way to the loo or potty in the middle of the night.

Do toddlers need a bed guard?

Experts recommend using a bed guard up to the age of five as toddlers and younger children are at risk of injury when falling out of bed.

A toddler bed guard won't be necessary in all households, and parents often do their own risk assessment to decide if they need one, but it can offer some much-needed peace of mind as well as helping your child feel secure when they first move into a toddler bed.

A toddler bed guard or bed rail will help keep your child where they should be and, if their bed is more the height of an adult bed (rather than lower to the floor), it’s well worth investing in one.

Remember that a bed guard isn’t designed to prevent them from getting out of bed at all. They should be able to climb in and out around it.

How safe are toddler bed guards?

Whichever toddler bed guard you buy should conform to British Safety Standards. You'll also need to make sure you have a good fit – there should be no gaps between the mattress and the bed guard.

Transition phases, such as moving from a cot to a toddler bed or learning to walk, are times when accidents are more likely to happen, so investing in equipment such as bed guards and stair gates can really help. The Child Accident Prevention Trust has lots of advice on safety at different ages and stages.

What are the different types of toddler bed guard?

Wood or metal guards are the most traditional style of toddler bed guard and they work like a rail on the top bunk of a bunk bed.

If your child likes to sleep right up against the edge of a bed, a mesh-style toddler bed guard, which is soft and breathable, is an alternative option.

Both of these styles usually feature a bottom rail that slides under the mattress, which then keeps the guard in place. Some, however, attach to the side of the bed.

You'll also find bumper-style toddler bed guards, which are generally made of foam and are placed under a bed sheet. This creates height at the edge of the mattress so that your child doesn't roll out.

There are also travel versions available in varying styles. Some are inflatable tubes that slide under a bed sheet, while others have arms that fit under the mattress. These are often lightweight and fold up nicely.

What to consider when buying a toddler bed guard

First, think about whether you can put your child’s bed next to a wall – you'll only need a single bed guard if you do. You'll need two bed guards or a double model if the bed is open on both sides.

Take a look at the dimensions and design of your child’s bed to ensure that your chosen bed guard fits. Don’t forget to note the depth of the mattress too so that you can be sure the guard will come up high enough to keep your child in bed safely.

It’s also important to consider whether you want the bed guard fold down or not. Will it stay in place permanently or do you want to be able to remove it if you need to?

If you need a bed guard that you can take with you on overnight stays or holidays (when travel is safe again), consider one that's lightweight, foldable or even inflatable.

What is the best bed guard for toddlers?

The best toddler bed guard will depend on your needs, but but we think the Lindam Easy Fit Bed Guard is a great all-rounder at a reasonable price for most families.

How we chose our recommendations

We drew up a longlist of toddler bed guards from those that were bestsellers on Amazon, had won awards or accolades on other trusted review websites and had been recommended by experts.

We also trawled the Mumsnet forums for recommendations from parents, as well as for information about which products they weren't impressed by.

From this list, we chose a shortlist of the 10 best toddler bed guards that we felt offered a range of styles, designs and price points, to ensure there was something for everyone.

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