Once a child begins to be able to climb out of their crib (and it always seems to happen almost overnight) or reaches a height of about 35 inches is is time for them to leave their crib behind and graduate to a big kid bed.
Many parents at this point do choose to purchase special toddler beds. These beds almost always come with bed rails for toddlers as a part of the design. Bed rails for toddlers are essential pieces of safety equipment, especially when a child is just making the transition from crib to bed. They are however only good if they are installed properly. Ill fitting or inadequate bed rails for toddler beds can actually do more harm than good.
Removable Bed Rails for Toddlers
At home they may have the cutest, safest toddler bed, complete with built in bed rails for toddlers but what are you going to do to keep your child safely in bed when traveling to a hotel on vacation, or to a relatives house? The answer then is that you can quite easily purchase toddler bed rails that can be used on a regular adult size bed.
When using portable bed rails for toddlers it is important that you follow the manufacturers instructions to the letter. If the bed rails for toddlers are installed in such a way that they leave a gap or loosen during the night, your child could get trapped, so even if you are sure that you did everything right give them one last check at bedtime just to make sure.
Whatever kind of bed rails for toddlers you purchase make sure they fit tightly and snugly and that there are no gaps between the mattress and the rail, so that your child can’t get stuck. You should also make sure you leave at least 9 inches between the bed rail and the foot board and headboard of the bed.
Removable bed rails for toddlers should not be added to toddler type beds as they are not really strong enough to support the. These removable bed rails are only really designed for use with adult mattresses and box springs and should also never be used on a bunk bed set.
Types of Removable Bed Rails for Toddlers – There are more than a few different types of bed rails for toddlers available that offer the security parents are looking for combined with ease of use. Lightweight foldaway bed rails for toddlers like the Summer Infant Sure and Secure Double Bedrail, Blue are a great choice for the family on vacation as they are lightweight, easy to carry and install in just a few minutes.
If you are looking for a more permanent solution – say you prefer to use a twin bed rather than a toddler bed for an older child, then bed rails for toddlers like the PRIMO Adjustable Bed Guard Rail are a safe, secure and very affordable choice.