Diy Installing Toddler Bed Rails

What are some different types of toddler bed rails and how do you place them on a bed.

Moving your toddler from a crib to a regular or toddler bed is a big step up for your little one. It can also be somewhat dangerous for him or her. Keeping a toddler safe during this period of transition is very important to the parents. One way to help make the transition safer and easier on your toddler is to install bed rails on their bed. There are several different types all requiring different ways of installing them.

If you are purchasing a toddler bed, most of these will come with some type of rail with the bed. These usually only extend across the upper half of the bed. Some only come with one rail which can be remedied by placing the bed against a wall and others come with a rail on each side. Installing these rails is generally fairly simple. These rails will usually just fasten to the frame of the bed using screws and holes that are already predrilled into both the frame of the bed and the rail itself. Be sure to fasten these screws as tightly as possible to avoid your toddler from working them loose where he or she can either choke on them or do some other type of damage.

If you are skipping the toddler bed and moving your little one directly to a regular twin sized bed, there are also rails you can purchase for these beds. Most of them will not screw directly to the frame. This would cause damage to the bed frame and cause it to be unsafe to use once the rail has been removed.

Several companies make bed rails that fit on all regular sized beds. These rails are very easy to install. They usually have a fold down feature that allows you to fold the rail down when not in use or to be able to more easily access your child in bed. They are also usually collapsible for easy traveling. The rails come with two legs that fit between the mattress and the box spring, keeping the rail in place. These can be easy for some children to remove though. Some of these also have a secondary attachment feature in the form of nylon straps that buckle underneath the mattress. These would help prevent a child from removing the rails by him or herself. These generally only work when you have bought one for each side as they have to clip to each other.

Safety First also makes a Snug Fit bed rail. This rail offers the extra security of attaching to the top of the mattress as well as to the bottom. It also offers a color coded locking system that assures the parent that the rail is in the locked position.

As with everything else child related, parents much use caution when using any product like this. These products are not meant to be used on waterbeds, bunk beds, toddler beds (unless they came with a toddler bed) or inflatable mattresses. If not used properly, they can pose a strangulation hazard to the child. The rails should be placed tightly against the mattress to keep the child from getting trapped between the rail and the mattress and should be no closer than 9 inches from the head or foot boards. This is to prevent the child's head from becoming trapped between the rail and the boards. Of course, if used properly, these bed rails can keep your child safe at night while they work through this transition.

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