BB gets a bed guard

When you have children you give up hope of having a stylish home and instead you are forced to move all ornaments above little head height after a reluctance acceptance that the word ‘no’ falls on deaf ears for the first twelve years.  Your kitchen gets overtaken by strange sterilizing cylinders which seem to serve the same purpose as a dishwasher but you must have both; your doors get replaced by jail like gates and your beds get large clumsy rails put on them when your little one gravitates to a grown up bed. 

After doing every thing by the book with twin boy and girl I decided to ceremoniously burn the book when BB came along and do things differently; this time I hope to not have to re arrange my home with various child locks and preventions but instead find alternatives.  Again I hold out no hope that BB will listen to me when I say ‘no’ which was proven for the first time today when she gleefully ignored me and ripped several photographs off my wall.

So imagine my delight when one evening I was working away (*cough* tweeting) and I got chatting with a lady from Purple Daisies; who told me about her rather fabulous bed guards.

Look at it: its simple and it’s not ugly: hurrah!

Even twin boy can assemble it; you just pop it under the mattress cover…

Cover it up…

and away you go.

Now clearly BB is still in her cot and the twins are fully capable of not falling out of their beds although they are known to push each other occasionally; however BB nightly occasionally spends her evenings in my bed giving me neck cramp as I sleep with one arm tucked round her so she doesn’t fall out of bed  which would ensure my spot in the bad mother hall of fame.  The bed bumper works really well for co sleeping and actually gets me a better nights sleep when little madam comes and joins he who helped create them and I in our passion wagon bed.

You can sit on it at story time, bend it and pop it in a suitcase to go away or over to a friend’s house when you have a baby still needing a nap at lunchtime; it fits all beds and is suitable from birth.

Best of all prices start at £5.99 and finish at £14.99  – not bad for something you can use for a few years.  I am a big fan of this and would recommend it to anyone looking for a more subtle bed guard, the Purple Daisies site has loads more photos for you to browse through to see how effective it is.  I would have taken some of me and BB but we get a little camera-shy in our PJ’s.

For more details pop over to the Purple Daisies website.



  1. April 7, 2011 / 1:25 pm

    wow that’s brilliant. Unfortunately the little one is too old for a bed guard now but I wish I’d had something like that when she was younger

    • April 7, 2011 / 2:04 pm

      They are very cool; would have been fab for twins.

  2. April 7, 2011 / 1:27 pm

    The power of blogging. I’m off to look at this and send the link to DH as we are just discussing this very issue for W who is coming out end of cot phase but not ready for bed phase!!

    Thank you Northern Mum for sharing. Would have been nice to see you in your PJ’s though 😉

  3. April 7, 2011 / 2:10 pm

    This is perfect timing!We’re thinking of moving our son into a big bed soon and so I’ve had bed guards on the brain. This particular one looks like a great option so thanks for the recommendation!

  4. April 7, 2011 / 3:11 pm

    The best ideas are always the simplest, what a clever invention. I like baby aids that travel and I love the price!

    • April 7, 2011 / 3:30 pm

      its a fab invention wish i had thought of it……

  5. April 7, 2011 / 3:59 pm

    That is so cool. I might get one for Tilly when we take the sides off her cotbed. She’s a terrible wriggler.

    • April 7, 2011 / 5:14 pm

      They are lovely Holly, def going to use it in BB’s bed when she goes in one. And so much more discreet.

  6. April 7, 2011 / 4:25 pm

    Hmmm, interesting. Have you been using it long? It looks to me like it might gradually work its way off the edge of the bed while inside the sheet, if you see what I mean? If it stays straight and in place then it might work nicely for us.

    • April 7, 2011 / 5:17 pm

      We have tested it for last couple of weeks and has been fine. I have used a normal sheet and I may jig it about when bed making (I am anal about beds) but had no issues with nightime movement. Obviously BB doesn’t move much… I love this product though was a real find!

  7. April 7, 2011 / 7:18 pm

    Brilliant idea. I may turf my 9 month old out of her cot just to have an excuse to get one. Seriously though, fab idea. Definitely going to get one when she’s out of the cot. x

    • April 7, 2011 / 8:21 pm

      great news – purple daisies are local to us as well x

  8. April 7, 2011 / 7:49 pm

    I’ll take 4 of these please! Perfect I need these for summer when I convert the twins cot beds into beds….dreading them leaving their rooms in the night for a wander so I will put a lock on the outside of their room…. 🙂

  9. April 7, 2011 / 8:48 pm

    thank you! Just about to buy one and you have sorted it all for me. One stop shop this blog of yours!

  10. Heidi
    April 8, 2011 / 7:36 am

    I’ve got them!!! Found a link on netmums when I was looking for advice on what to get for our cot bed, trouble is most bed guards don’t fit cot beds, even if they say they do!

    So much cheaper than any alternative and in my opinion so much more comfy, much nicer to look at, and by far the easiest to install.

    I’m also planning on folding it up into my suitcase for our holiday this summer as it weighs next to nothing and will squidge right down.

    I did have to get a single sheet as the cot bed sheet wouldn’t fit over both the mattress and the guard.

    Go and buy, highly recommended!

    • April 8, 2011 / 9:09 am

      Marvellous, two recomendations in one review! Love it x

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