03 May 2012

Rolled-up towel keeps kid from rolling out of bed

Amazon: Sea to Summit DryLite Towel

Veteran Parenthacker Kim-Anh found a quick, easy hack to keep her sleeping kid from rolling out of bed.

When we removed the bedrail from my youngest son's twin bed, I felt like I was sleeping with one eye and ear open to make sure he didn't fall out of bed. We've been sleeping a lot better since we started using a hack we came up with while traveling with the kids and staying in hotel rooms.

We roll up a large towel (a blanket might work, too) into a long roll, and then shove it under the bed's fitted sheet to keep it in place at the edge of the bed. This helps to give kids a physical reminder if they roll up against it during the night.

It's not foolproof, but seems to be enough to keep my son from rolling off the side of the bed.

I love how this hack doesn't require packing anything extra in your suitcase.

Related: Turn the changing pad into a soft landing pad next to a "big kid" bed 

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we have done this with a pool noodle while on beach vacation.

Yup, we used the pool noodle tucked under the mattress pad as bumpers for our son when he first moved out of the crib to his "big boy" bed.

Under the sheet. Brilliant! And pool noodles?! Love that too!

Lisa: We've got "pool noodle as bed rail" in the archives!

We never used bed rails. Our boys both moved to a twin sized bed on a normal frame a few months before their second birthday. We put the bed against the wall on one side and keep the crib mattress on the floor on the other side. The idea is that they do fall out of bed a few times and learn to limit themselves but they land safely on a mattress. Yes - they wake up and it messes with their sleep but a lesson is learned. I like the towel idea for travel though. We were just out of town and this would have been REALLY helpful for our 23 month old who is still in training instead of the bed sharing we wound up doing. (The bed sharing was a nightmare and no one got much sleep)

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Going to a king tempurpedic mattress to the floor has done some damage. ;) My flight leaves back to LA tomorrow. A beautiful long vacation almost

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