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I got these when my eldest went into his toddler bed. We had a standard bed guard to start with but he would just kick it out onto the floor. I figured he couldn't do that with these so it was worth a try. They worked for around 6 months until he began to use them as a pillow. Eventually he would just work his way forward in his sleep and onto the floor. I have resorted to putting a pillow under his mattress which works perfectly (think of the money i'd have saved!!!) and a quilt on the floor just in case. He hasn't fallen out of bed since. These are a fantastic idea and i imagine they work brilliantly for some, especially with a single bed. The foam ones you can get also look good. They are on the expensive side and i think you should get 2 sheets in the pack instead of paying around £15 just for a sheet.
There is 19 months between my children and so I wanted to my son out of his cot before his little sister arrived as it seemed silly to buy another cot. We replaced my sons cot with a toddler bed so he didn't feel like he was moving in to a big bed too soon. I was slightly apprehensive as he still moved around alot in his sleep so was worried about him falling out. He has a car shape bed, and although it has slightly raised sides I wasn't convinced it was enough, but due to the shape it wouldn't fit a normal bed guard. I saw these Dream Tubes when looking for a solution to this problem and immediately thought they looked like a great idea. They were pricey (around £25 after shopping around) but I couldn't find anything else. I got them in cot bed size to fit the toddler bed. They are also available in single bed size. The set arrived and compromises of one bed sheet with two sewn in holes with zip ends. You fit the sheet to the bed and in to each of the zipped holes you insert an inflated tube (easily done by mouth) and zip back up. The sheet fits the bed well and the tubes were easy to inflate and insert. They leave plenty of room for your child between them and are not to obtrusive. My son took to his bed straight away and has never fallen out, he doesn't seem to min the tubes at all and they have put up with being stood on and kicked. The only downside is that you really need a second sheet, especially if potty training and you only get one sheet included, and a second sheet costs around £15! This is alot and it annoys me that they don't include two sheets or make replacements much cheaper, or even give you a discount code in the pack if you want to buy another sheet. I think if my son had moved to a single bed I would have just bought a bed guard but these Dream Tubes have been the perfect solution for our problem. They are a very innovative product, and good quality, but having to spend alot on another sheet is a negative.
I bought some Dream Tubes for our recent holiday. Whilst there was a travel cot available I felt my 20 month old would probably find it too small, but as he's still in a cot bed at home I was pretty sure he wouldn't manage a single bed without constantly falling out! So I had a hunt around for some sort of portable bed guard and came across Dream Tubes: ~The Product~ The idea of Dream Tubes is so simple that I can't believe they weren't invented a long time ago! Available in two sizes (cot bed/single bed) it consists of a good quality fitted sheet with two integral pockets and two inflatable tubes. The one we have is the single bed size. Using it is incredibly easy. You put the sheet on the bed, inflate the tubes (I did use a pump but I imagine blowing them up manually wouldn't be too much of a problem), place the tubes into the integral pockets, zip the pockets up and you have one cosy and safe bed! The sheet and tubes come in a zip up bag with string handles, and more importantly fit back in the zip up bag easily after use. The bag is slim and roughly twice the size of a sheet of A4 paper so they are incredibly portable. (I have just been upstairs to measure the exact size of the bag but have no idea where it is so a rough guide will have to do!!) Once inflated the tubes are around 15cm high, they do not run down the full length of the bed. There is a pillow sized gap at the top, then on the single bed version that we have, the tube runs approximately two thirds down the bed. In other words, they are not going to stop a little escape artist from getting out of the bed! An older child will easily be able to climb over them, and even my 20 month old soon realised that even in his sleeping bag he could wriggle down to the end of the bed and slide out. But they do the job they are intended for, which is to stop little ones rolling out of bed whilst they are asleep! ~The Cost~ If you shop around you can buy the single bed set for £25, but I have seen them priced at up to £50 so be careful! I actually got an un-used set from ebay for £15 as I thought £25 seemed a little steep. However, now I have seen the quality and know that using it was a success then maybe £25 isn't such a bad price - £50 is ridiculous though!! You can also buy spare sheets if necessary. ~Summary~ This product is fantastic and I can see why it has won several awards. The quality is high and in our case it did the job it was bought for, which was to stop our toddler falling out of a single bed! I have absolutely no complaints!