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As your child moves from a cot to a bed, keeping them safe by finding the right bed rail will help both of you get a great night's sleep.
Most toddlers move non-stop during sleep, rotating 360 degrees and rolling back and forth. While there are a million options available, the best toddler bed guard will protect your child comfortably and let you relax knowing there's no risk of your little one hitting the floor.
The best toddler bed rails will be easy to install, sturdy and comfortable should your toddler brush up against them at night. While the best bed guards will be suitable for a range of bed sizes, some are not. So, we've listed the dimensions of each option to ensure you pick the right one for your child's bed.
Toddler bed guards are usually either wedge based, fitting under your child's sheets, or a barrier secured under the mattress that acts as a fence for your child’s bed. Wedge style rails are the best toddlers' bed guards for smaller beds as they will keep your child wrapped snugly on the sides. Barrier guards are perfect for parents who need easy installation, great for families who travel a lot or children who sleep between houses.
While a bed guard rail will help keep your child from falling in the night, it is incredibly important to pay attention to the safety of the design and set-up of the rail to avoid the risk of toddlers getting stuck between bed rails and the mattress. Making sure a large part of the rail's structure slips under the mattress will prevent it from falling down during the night and a rail that comes with a top-of-mattress attachment to remove any gaps is an even better option, particularly for the safety of small children.
We're sure the perfect bed guard for your child is on this list and if you need more ideas for decking out your child's room with style and safety, check out our list of the best hand sanitisers and the best baby gates.
Kidadl's Top Pick
While all of our bed guards come highly recommended, if you're short on time, we've picked out the best option based on price, ease-of-use and portability.
1. Safety 1st Portable Bedrail Grey
This portable mesh bed rail guard from Safety 1st is one of the best toddler bed rails for its functionality and portability. At more than 100cm long, it will keep your child in the bed regardless of how much they move and its fastening mechanism means it will fit any size bed. The rail can be folded down when not in use to make sure your child's bed is accessible and the bed guard rails can be slid together, making it the perfect, compact travel bed guard.
- Price: £24.99
- Age: 18 months +
- Adjustable width extends from 65W to 107cm
Best Inflatable Bed Guards
2. Hippychick Dream Tubes Bed Bumpers
These award winning bed bumpers are soft, inflatable tubes that fit like a sheet (literally) on your child's bed or cot. They will keep your child comfortable and their pillow look won't affect their confidence as they transition from cot to bed. Our favourite part is that they fold up into a small size, making them easy to pack for holidays and use to keep your toddler safe in bed while travelling.
- Price: £34.99
- Child must weigh over 5 kg
- Dimensions: H90xL200cm (Dream Tubes single sheet), H71xL146cm (Dream Tubes cot bed sheet)
Best For Unique Design
3. Hiccapop Bed Rail Bumper
Hiccapop's aesthetically pleasing design won't have your toddler feeling like they are in a prison with bed rails. The soft touch of this bed guard is designed to trigger your child's 'passive safety' response alerting them that danger is near and to move away. It is spread out under a deep fitted sheet and your child's weight will hold the guard in place. It has a washable cover and provides ample room for your child to roll around safely at night.
- Price: £57.94
- Size: L132.08 x W17.78 x H11.43 cm
Best For Accessing The Bed
4. Summer Infant Grow With Me Single Bed Rail
This rail will be a great companion as your child transitions from cot to bed. Available in pink and blue, the rail comes ready to use and will fit your child's bed from cot to single size. It comes with a straightforward fold-down mechanism to ensure waking up in the morning and changing bed sheets are both a breeze.
- Price: £35.92
- Age: 18 months+
- Size: L90 x H51cm
Best For Families On A Budget
5. Cuggl Natural Bed Rail
This fold-down rail is easy to use and will ensure your baby is safe at night while giving easy access to the bed as needed. It is designed to fit most slatted and divan beds and comes with a child safety lock to give you extra peace of mind.
- Price: £22.99
- Age: 18 months +
- Size: L92, H46cm
Best Easy-To-Clean Bedrail
6. Dreambaby Phoenix Foldable Bedrail
This extra wide frame is super easy to assemble and install and will give your child extra protection at night, great for little sleepers who like to move. This toddler bed rail comes with a removable machine washable cover, making it super easy to clean and great for busy parents.
- Price: 24.99
- Size: 110L x 45.5H
Best For Families On The Move Families
7. The Shrunks Inflatable Kids Bed Rails
These award winning rails come with a foot pump and storage bag, making them the perfect toddler bed rails for travel. They fit conveniently under bedsheets and are made of child-safe materials to ensure your child is not exposed to harmful chemicals while sleeping.
- Price: £31.21
- Age: 2+
- Size: 121.9 x 17.8 x 10.2 cm
Best Wooden Bed Rail
8. Safetots Wooden Bed Rail
This is one of the best toddler bed rails available to keep your little one safe. The wooden bed guard slides under your child's mattress, making it super easy to install and suitable for most cots and beds. This toddlers' bed guard is made from high quality pine wood to provide a strong barrier for the child who moves constantly and will provide suitable protection for your child up until five years old.
- Price: 32.95
- Age: 18 months- 5 years
- Size: 121.9 x 17.8 x 10.2 cm
Best Foam Bed Rail
9. Purple Daises Foam Bed Guard Bed Rail
This foam guard is held securely in place by your child's bed sheets, a safe alternative to traditional guards that is easy to use for children of all ages. It removes any risk of your child falling between the bed and bed guard and is made from baby safe foam to keep your child protected from both the floor and any chemical nasties.
- Price: £15.99
- Age: Babies upwards
- Size: L100 x W11.5 x H11.5cm
Best For SnuzKot Bed Frames
10. SnuzKot Toddler Rails
These bed guards for toddlers are designed to fit into your child's SnuzKot bed, with four pieces to attach to the head and foot of the bed and keep your child safe during the night. While these bedsides for toddlers are super stylish and perfect to complete your child's SnuzKot bed, take note that they fit the top and bottom of the bed and leave an exposed area in the middle so if your child is a crazy mover, these might not be the best option for you.
- Price: £49.95
- Only suitable for SnuzKot frames
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