Tuesday, June 28, 2011

On The Go Toddler Bed Rails

We went on a mini vacation with the kiddos last week.  As previously mentioned here, my boys still sleep in cribs.  They like them and haven’t climbed out yet and I like the peace of mind of knowing that they won’t be getting up and running all around the house in the middle of the night.  I know I only have a few more months of this so I’m just going to enjoy it while I can.

Anyway, we stayed in a townhouse on our trip and had to figure out sleeping arrangements.  The boys are much too big for pack and plays so “big boy” beds it was.  First we tired them out every day so that they would sleep through the night.  One problem solved.  Now how to keep them from falling out of their beds?  I first came across this awesome tip when my girls were little and I loved it so I thought that I would share it with you!

IMG_8360 See that little bump along the edge of their beds?  That keeps them in and here is how you do it.  (I promise that this was a nice townhouse but we rearranged the beds like this and took down the pictures that were over their beds because that was just asking for trouble.)




Take your standard swim noodle.  These are cheap, light weight, and easy to bend for packing.



Next wrap it in a towel or blanket.  This adds some extra bulk and keeps it from being so slippery.



Finally tuck it under the fitted sheet on the bed.  Make sure to tuck the fitted sheet in nice and snug to keep it form shifting.

Easy peasy!


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This method worked so well for us that I never did buy my girls bed rails when they were little we just used these all the time.  An additional plus to this method besides being inexpensive and portable is that making the bed is much easier than making a bed with a bed rail.

I hope this helps!



  1. Thanks for the great tip! Making a twin sized bed that is against the wall on one side and has a rail on the other is just about impossible to make!

  2. What a clever idea! I wish I'd known of it when my kiddos were smaller. I'll have to pass this on to my brother when he has children.

  3. This a great idea! THank You!!

  4. that is ingenius! I'm so impressed. I've got to tell my family about that! http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/

  5. very clever idea! this will make life so much easier for vaction! I would have to pack up our ginormous bed rails!!!

  6. Oh hello, TOTALLY awesome advice girl, THANK YOU so much!!!

    I hate bed rails, the way they look, making beds around them, everything. I've never seen the noodle trick before, I think I saw a foam wedge thing before, but never bought one, lol.

    I will surely do this next time we travel, instead of moving furniture around, or placing chairs next to the bed, lol.

    I'd also LOVE to invite you to check out my weekly parties. I would be so happy if you linked up, this and any other fabulous project you are working on.
    Stop by anytime to say hello!!!
    Hugs, Bella :)
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  7. I am staying somewhere this weekend and had this exact problem! I think you are a genious and I will be using this idea for sure.



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