Snug-fitting foam plugs the gap between bed and wall

Jonathan solved a the bed gap problem like this:

After our 2 1/2 year old transitioned from a crib to a real bed, my wife and I started were woken up several times in the middle of the night with our son in our room in tears. It turned out that the gap between the wall and his bed, about 2 inches, was just wide enough for piglet, his favorite stuffed animal and sleep companion, to slip down.  All sorts of other objects would fall down there at the worst times.

I solved the problem by getting a 2" x 24" x 6' piece of foam (at House of Foam on High & Hamilton in Palo Alto, for those Bay Area folks). It fits snugly between his bed and the wall, comes up just to the bottom of the mattress (so it doesn't get in the way of changing sheets), and effectively traps tinkertoys, stuffed animals, books, and all sorts of other items that would otherwise fall behind the bed.

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  1. koos says

    Please be aware that foam, depending on the type used, may be extremely flammable and may release very dangerous toxic fumes if it catches on fire.

    Personally, I’d keep it away from my kid’s bed and use a different hack.

  2. Cheri says

    Oh, I can’t believe I didn’t think of this! I spent the better part of an hour last night under my son’s captain bed digging for lost treasure. I found money, socks, Yu-Gi-Oh cards (no big loss there!), books, stuffed loveys – you name it, I found it!

    Koos’ note has me trying to think of a safer similar alternative – perhaps that crib mattress I’ve been storing – but I am definitely giving this a try TONIGHT!


  3. CJ says

    We have a very large stuffed bear who used to live in a corner of the room. My daughter initially transitioned to a mattress on the floor; after raising the bed we moved the bear to the wall side of her bed. He covers up the gap, and she cuddles with him instead of calling for us when she wakes in the middle of the night. I had thought of the gap as an issue for HER (I have a memory of waking up squished between the mattress and wall as a kid.), but the bear keeps dolls and other animals from falling too.

  4. DaisyCake says

    Pool Noodle.
    They are the perfect size to stick between the wall and the bed. And, as a bonus, are abundant at most Target-like stores and are way cheap!

  5. Linda says

    I bought my daughter a Hello Kitty bolster and used that for the space between the bed and wall. Works like a charm.

  6. Misha says

    We use a pool noodle. We started using it when my son was in his crib because his pacifier would fall behind and it was difficult to reach under his crib to retreive it. When he moved to the bed, we moved the noodle too and so far we’ve had no missing pacifiers, stuffed animals or toddlers!

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  8. Juliapeach says

    I just found the PERFECT (albeit pricey) solution for the same problem. It’s called a Posey side bed rail wedge. It’s made to fill the gap on the side of hospital beds between the mattress and the rail. It’s also flame retardant so you don’t have to worry about safety for your kids. The price listed is for a pair of 30″ long wedges that can zip together and is what I am using for my full size bed. They also make 35″ ones that might work well for a child’s bed.
    If you only need one, you might be able to find it sold separately for a cheaper price. Awesome!