Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Readers, I need your help

We bought the big-boy bed from Ikea this weekend. We went with the Hemnes in a twin size, dark wood. We elected to go with the high-quality, natural latex mattress (yay, no chemicals!) and the slats on the bottom, not a boxspring.

But that has caused a major dilemma: we can't find a bed rail for the side away from the wall. Every one I have seen so far slides between the matress and boxspring. Plus, the ones that fold down won't work because the mattress peeks up only about 3 inches from the siderail. So the "elbow" of the bend won't fit between the mattress and the side rail.

Does anyone know what kind of bed rail to recommend? The damn bed is all put together in his room, but he can't sleep in it because he'll fall out.


Blogger tutugirl1345 said...

I'm not a mom, so I don't really have much expertise in this, but what about a bed bolster that straps to the mattress? (Like this one: Looks like you could strap it directly to the mattress, keep it there, and just let Jack climb over it to get in and out of bed.

February 11, 2009 3:43 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

We have a Hemnes bed and because we cosleep, we have bed rails on our bed. We also have slats, but we use a box spring, too (which might be totally wrong and would explain a few things about the bed now that I think about it, hmmmm.) But anyway, we have a First Years bed rail on our Hemnes bed...

February 11, 2009 6:46 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

You could always do like we've done for our 3 year old when she moved up to a big girl bed. Slip a pillow beneath the fitted sheet, just at the side of the mattress at bedtime. Easy to remove when you want to make the bed and have it look super cute, easy to put right back at night. She's never rolled over it once. :)

February 11, 2009 10:19 PM  
Blogger katina said...

I apologize in advance for the snarkyness of my answer:

have you thought about putting pillows on the floor?

February 11, 2009 10:27 PM  
Blogger Hettie said...

No advice on a rail - we never used one. Sorry!

When we moved Owen to a big boy bed, we started with the mattress on the floor for 6 months or so (and I did put pillows on the floor!) and then once I knew he wouldn't fall out, we moved it onto a frame.

Good luck!

February 11, 2009 10:50 PM  
Blogger Orah said...

we use this, but actually for the side in between the wall + bed- we were losing blankies in the middle of the night b/c the boys have captains beds and they dont lay flat against the wall. but it should work for the other side as well.

February 12, 2009 11:10 AM  

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