I tested this product out with my 4 year old grandson who is about to start school and who is prone both to night-time waking (bad dreams) and early starts, but can't yet tell the time on an ordinary clock....
Bed guards and bumpers
Reviewer: Sue Bradley
GRANNYNET GOLD: The Bed Bumper from Purple Daisies
Portability and function
It claims to be 100% safe, 100% simple and 100% British and is currently priced at £10.99. It is a shaped piece of foam that sits on the mattress under the sheet. The instructions are easy to follow. Naomi (my junior reviewer!) and put it on my bed straight away and she rolled over as in her sleep and it worked fine. She tried so hard that she rolled off the other side of the bed! If your child has a bed not against the wall you would need to buy two. It is light can be folded for travel either in a case for air travel where it would add no weight, or in the plastic bag it came in for car travel. Naomi has slept with this for several weeks, has not rolled out of bed and likes it. For it's price, convenience, portability and function it's great.
Dream Tubes from Hippy Chick
Price and need for extra sheet
Arrived in a smart clear plastic zipped bag for transportation. It consists of a cotton sheet with long zipped pockets down either side and two inflatable tubes which you slide into the pockets. It would take up more room and weigh more for travelling and you need to be able to inflate it. It costs £34.99 for the cot bed size and is suitable for a free standing bed. However, a child of the age to need bed guards is also of the age to have a leaky accident and you would need to buy at least one spare sheet which would be another £27.99. The sheets are well made but rather pricey I thought. It works well but Naomi did not like it, she liked the feel of the fabric but felt closed in by the tube.
Mothercare Folding Bed guard
Fiddly to put together
This came in a box and was quite heavy (3.4k). It requires self assembly and has instructions in picture form. It’s not very complicated but was fiddly. I don’t think it is easily transportable certainly not on a plane. Naomi definitely did not like it, she’s not a baby! I think it may be useful for the initial transfer from cot to bed when the child might like the security of a side but still wants to be able to get out by themselves. Sturdy and does the job but not much use if you do a lot of visiting.