4 Best Toddler Bed Rails to Stop Your Toddler Going Bump in the Night

Scary movies, ghosts, ghouls and the boogieman are all things that can make you wake up when you’re asleep. However, there’s one bump in the night that all parents dread.

The bump of their toddler falling out of bed.

This causes you and the rest of your household to awake, costing precious hours of sleep. There’s also a risk of serious injury. One of the best ways to stop this from being a problem is a toddler bedtime rail.

Some of the Best Toddler Bed Rails to Guarantee a Night of Sweet Dreaming

To help you make the best purchasing decision, here are some of the finest bed rails available. I’ve taken into account every aspect you’ll want to consider when buying a rail. This narrows down the options so you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re buying the best!

1. Hiccapop Foam Bed Bumpers

The whole purpose of a bed rail is to keep your toddler safe during all hours during the night. Therefore, you want a product that puts this value at the heart of every design aspect. This is exactly what Hiccapop have done with their foam bumpers.

Unlike traditional bed rails, these bumpers provide stable edges around your child’s bed. This is instead of ‘caging’ them in. This means there are no metal materials to cause any harm to your children.

While on safety, these unique bumpers were designed by experts at Stanford University. These designers have held the core value of ‘Passive-Safety Protection’ (PSP).

PSP means if your child rolls over in their sleep, they’ll touch the bumper. This initiates the ‘passive-safety’ response. This ‘bump’ causes them to roll back into the center of their beds.

With installation in mind, each bumper (there’s one for each side of the bed) is waterproof and comes with washable covers. This allows you to whip them off and pop them in the washing machine to ensure the highest level of hygiene.

Each bumper is made from BPA and phthalate-free polyurethane foam. The materials are also completely free from those nasty proven fire-retardant chemicals and substances. This secures Hiccapop’s place as being one of the best bed rails on the market.​

What's Great About It: On top of these amazing features, these bumpers are incredibly easy to install. Unlike many bed rails, you don’t have to mess around trying to follow complex instructions. Simply position them under your child’s covers, and you’re ready to go!

2. Regalo Swing Down XL Bedrail

Next up, I’ve chosen this extra-long Regalo Bedrail measuring in at 54-inches. Yes, that’s right, that’s an incredible 54-inches of toddler night-time protection.

My children are renowned for rolling side to side in their sleep. Somehow, they also roll up and down the bed, being the restless sleepers that they are. In some cases, they even managed to wriggle around the existing bed rail! That’s when I discovered the Regalo rail.

Regalo has put a tonne of effort into ensuring their rail is as easy to use as possible. You can simply pop the rail underneath your child’s mattress, and that’s all you have to do.

The swing down design means you only have to swing the rail down on its hinge. This allows your toddler to easily jump out of bed, ready to start their day.

Typically, I really dislike baby products that come in white. Somehow, regardless of what my little ones have been up to, they always manage to make a mess. Fortunately, the fabric mesh on this rail is effortlessly removed and machine washable.

That deserves a sigh of relief in itself.​

What's Great About It: To guarantee the quality, performance, and safety, this product has been JPM Certified. This allows us to know our little night-time terrors are sound asleep with no risk of them falling out of bed.

3. Summer Infant Double Safety Bedrail

You may be wondering, I want a rail, but my child’s bed is in the middle of the room? I don’t want to pay out for two rails! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

With Summer Infant, you’ll be able to enjoy the greatest level of safety that’s provided by two rails. Thanks to the rail’s unique size, it will protect your child, whether they’re in a twin, queen-sized or even a platform bed.

Installation of these rails is a breeze thanks to the minimal setup times and simple design. This ensures your toddler is protected from falls from day one.

Every aspect of these rails has met or exceeded all ASTM F2085 safety standards. This guarantees that you’re using a quality and safety-conscious product.​

What's Great About It: As you’ll soon see, swing rails are one of the best aspects of modern-day bed rails. With these rails, one rail swings down, allowing mom or dad to get cozy for a bedtime story. Or, it’s great when changing the bed sheets!

​4. ComfyBumpy Toddler Bed Rail Guard

The one reason you’ll want to buy a bed rail is to maximise your toddler’s safety while they sleep. Thanks to ComfyBumpy, you’ll be able to enjoy not one, not two, but three layers of protection.

This is because this rail is installed to your mattress using the slats or the springs. Additionally, some straps go under the mattress. Furthermore, the rail can be fixed to your toddler’s bed frame using the provided screws. That’s an insane amount of safety!

The universal size of this rail means it can be easily used on cribs, doubles, kings, queens and even twin beds. This warrants protection, no matter what style of bed your child sleeps in.​

What's Great About It: As one of the most innovative toddler rails, no matter what installation you use, your child won’t feel a thing. We can thank the renovated slat design that ensures your child’s mattress is free from lumps and bumps. Traditionally, these bumps cause a restless night’s sleep.

Everything You Need to Know When It Comes to Toddler Bed Rails

There are many different types of rails and numerous styles, designs, and functions. There are also many kinds of bed which make choosing the perfect bed rail a bit of a chore. Here to help you out, here’s everything you need to know to make the most educated purchasing decision.

Safety, Safety, Safety!

I can’t stress how important your child’s safety is. If your toddler falls out of bed in the night, the chances are that you’ll hear a lot of crying that can wake up everybody.

But, what happens if a toddler falls out, causing them to hit their bedside table or even lands at a funny angle? This can result in serious injury and can even cause long-term damage on your toddler’s body.

This is why it’s vital that you check the safety and performance ratings of your rail. Always check the product description or packaging of your product. This is to ensure it has passed a renowned safety and quality checks, such as JPM or ASTM.​

Also, always make sure there’s no gap between the rail and your child’s mattress. There’s a risk your child can slip into the crevice, leading to a high risk of injury or suffocation.​

Ensuring the Bed Rail is Suitable for Your Bed

Not all rail models will fit all kinds of bed. Not all beds will be suitable for all rails, and it’s crucial that you check this before making your purchase.

One thing you’ll want to consider is how thick your mattress is. If you have a deep mattress, the rail may not be high enough to provide adequate protection. It’s vital that you always check your dimensions and measurements.

You’ll also want to consider how the rail attaches to your bed. Granted, there are many universal rails you can buy that will fit all types of bed. However, check that your selected rail does support your bed type.

If the bed has slats, or the rail attaches using straps, ensure that no bulge or strange angle created in the bed. This will cause your child to become incredibly uncomfortable during night times. This will always lead to an increased amount of sleeping problems.​

Easy Hygiene

As with any product you’re buying for your child, cleanliness will be high on the priorities list. Somehow, children are always able to create mess wherever they go, and their beds are no exception.

When it comes to your bed rails, you’re going to want to look for a rail that comes with a removable cover. In some cases, the mesh of the rail should be removable so you can simply pop it in the washing machine or wash it by hand.

Alternatively, if you’ve opted for a bumper rail, these should come with detachable covers. These should be suitable for washing using your preferred method of cleaning.

As a tip from someone who learned the hard way, always hang your mesh or covers out to dry. This reduces the risk of shrinkage, creating a painstaking task of putting the covers back on.​

Child-Safe Materials

It’s so important that you consider what materials make up your bed rail. If you chose to go for cheaper rails, the chances are that they’ll be made from cheaply sourced materials.

These materials can include BPA materials and flame-retardant chemicals. Potentially, they can even paints and fabric dyes.

These chemicals are renowned for being toxic, especially to children. This is because their bodies can absorb these substances through prolonged contact. If your child is asleep for several hours, it’s safe to say that this is long enough.

If you opt for one of these cheaper rails, you may find when you open the box you can smell some artificial odors. If this is the case, always leave your rails out in a well-ventilated room to air out for a couple of days.​

Always Buy with a Guarantee or Warranty

So, you’ve spent hours trying to pick the perfect bed rail, you’ve eagerly picked it up or had it delivered. You’re ready to go!

However, you’ve opened your package only to realize that something’s out of place.

Maybe you’re missing something, or perhaps the rail simply doesn’t fit your bed how it promised it would. This can be company dependent, or simply an error made on the company’s behalf.

No matter what the reason, you’re still left with a faulty piece of equipment that can’t be used. If this is the case, you’ll thank yourself for doing your research when it comes to warranties and refunds.

Always check to see whether you get a guarantee with your product in case something goes wrong. The longer the warranty, the higher the quality you can expect your bed rail to be. This ensures your toddler can enjoy many years of protection.

By ensuring your rail has a promise, you can be confident that you’re buying a high-quality product.

Educating Your Children

Is the first bed rail you’ve ever installed on your toddler’s bed? If it is, it’s essential that you educate your child that this isn’t a toy.

This was one mistake I made with my little rascal. The day we installed it, he immediately thought it was a nice cushiony wall for him to bounce off. Obviously, this wasn’t ideal.

This aspect is especially important if your child is a climber. So, make sure that once you’ve installed the rail, you introduce your child what it is. You need to be clear that it shouldn’t be climbed on or played with.

Additionally, if you’ve chosen a swing down rail, make sure that the rail doesn’t touch the floor when it swings down. This can create a very appealing ramp that will either result in injury, a broken rail or both.

Conclusion

Make sure you take everything into account when it comes to choosing the perfect bed rail. Make sure you consider things like functionality, accessibility, and hygiene. This means you’ll guarantee that you’re choosing the perfect product. All in all, this guarantees a perfect night’s sleep for everyone!

Every family is unique and has their own set of circumstances. Take your time when it comes to choosing the one that’s right for you! Sweet Dreams!​

    Sandra Cobain
     

    Mum of two. Child psychologist. Ardent admirer of art, crafts and cooking. She is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she's not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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