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      17.09.2010 15:20
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      Essential

      Child safety is a constant from the moment they are first born until they are old enough to go off on their own and I suspect long after that. As each stage of a childs behaviour comes along then there are safety concerns, so when you get to the 2-2 and a bit year olds then its time for them to leave their cots and sleep in a big bed. However, there is the height problem, children roll around the bed like its a playpen but of course the bed can be 2-3 foot off the ground and therefore there is the fall problem and the potential for breaks and worse. So for that first year or so there are guards which can be placed on the bed and stops them falling out once asleep. Children in my opinion if old enough to go on a bed are old enough if awake to know how to safely get off the bed and tend to crawl down to the bottom of the bed and come off bum first. This is therefore a product for inadvertent falls during sleep. Mothercare sells these as products which slip under the mattress and have a raised guard which prevents children falling out of the bed. They are sold for around £20 and are in my opinion essential for a childs first introduction to sleeping in the big bed! Application The guard comes in pieces with the blue section coming as one, but the legs which go under the mattress come as long metal poles. The poles end in curves which go point upwards into the mattress or on the wall side of the bed if desired. The long arms are made of two metal poles, one from the blue guard itself and the other having the curved finish. The first pole has little metal studs embedded in the arm, it has 5 all about an inch apart. The studs insert themselves into the holes present on the other pole section and with a twist can be inserted into the holes. This took a bit of practice and are a bit tight so strong fingers are required. This allows you to fit the guard to the width of the bed and you want the guard to be as tight as possible. The guard itself is made of blue hard plastic, it has the capacity to bend in half allowing slightly easier entry into the bed. Saying that I've never yet had a need to fold back because in truth the guard isn't that high but its high enough to stop our two year old crawling over the top. These like all safety products are essential, they don't have to be expensive but do need to be of high quality and dependable.

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      31.08.2010 18:37
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      Recommended for infants in adult sized beds

      When my daughter reached the age of two I got her her own bed but even though it wasnt too high I was terrified that she would fall out and hurt herself. She had managed to jump out of the bed before and almost broke her nose as a result! I immediately began my search for a solution when I came across this bed guard in Mothercare. The guard itself was selling for 30 euro but they are available online for about £18. I was happy to pay this because it was essential that I had some safety feature for my daughter. They were available in poth pink and blue so we decided on the pink one and my daughter loved it. It was easy to fit when we attached it to the bed. It consists of a frame covered in mesh fabric which is great for little ones as they can still see out if they need too. It was high enough to prevent any accidents. Also I have seen my daughter lying up against it and it doesnt budge with her weight so it is very sturdy. The bed guard itself also folds down which is handy if you are using the bed for other visitors. It can also be easily detached on placed on another bed. I have often done this when we have had visitors over to stay. The bed itself is a single adult sized bed and I would recommend it to those of you who are looking for a similar safety feature to prevent little ones from falling out of their first big bed!

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      25.08.2010 19:13
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      overall it is not a great product for a cot bed but definately a great buy if useing on a single bed

      I bought this product for my little girls cot bed however it didn't fit properly and hung over the mattress , it also looked pretty unattractive due to the poor fit and it also looked lob sided. It did the job though she never fell out of bed and it kept my mind at ease knowing it was there. Due to the poor fit, (I think it was to do with the mattress' on cot beds being thin), the fold down side wouldn't work; however it easily came apart to take away on holiday and to friends and family's houses. My toddler is nearly 3 so a couple of weeks ago I thought it was time to redecorate her bed room and get her a single bed. We purchased another one of these bed guards as they can easily join together to form a double sided bed guard. I have to say it seemed like it was a completely different product once on the bed, it fitted perfectly and it actually looked different, it looked really nice, and the best part was that in the day you can just fold the sides down and then it gets covered with the duvet and you can't even see it. Another huge benefit of the folding sides is that it makes it a lot easier for me to get in and out of bed for bedtime books and cuddles. Once attached to the bed it is safe and secure and doesn't slide up or down. In the long run it was definitely a great buy, and at a reasonable price it is definitely worth it!

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      01.08.2010 23:06
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      A good product that does what it should

      Bed guards are a must have product for younger children once they move into their own bed and the Mothercare range of fold down bed guards do a good job of helping to keep a restless child in bed rather than on the floor. We picked out a guard from Mothercare, which you could buy in either pink or blue to suit. We paid under £20 which we felt wasn't a bad price at the time. The idea of the bed guard is so very simple and its really easy and quick to fit in place. The bed guard we had could fit beds from 2.6 up to 3ft wide and could even fit cot beds. This makes it a nice long lasting product to buy as it can be used on different beds, as and when your child needs to move on to the next stage. ********************************************************** Sometimes no matter how you tuck youngsters in they still end up wriggling about like a cat on a hot tin roof. This makes the transition from cot to cot bed or cot bed to full sized bed a nightmare, without a bed guard. No parent wants to be there watching tv, thinking that there child is safely snuggled up in bed and then hear that thud that means their child has rolled out of bed when asleep. We fitted the Mothercare Bed Guard under the mattress and then placed the other side of the bed up against the wall, as that way we felt that we had both sides well covered. The guard was almost 1m long and although it could be folded down we left ours up the whole time, rather than mess about with it. I think the height of the guard was around 25 to 30 cms high, so it was just high enough to stop a youngster rolling out, but not so high that if they tried to climb over it they would fall from a great height. Even with the guard fitted, its easy for your child to wriggle to the end of the bed to get out quickly out they need to. So the guard does not present a hazard that stops your child from getting out of bed through choice. ********************************************************* The guard was made of a tubular frame which had a material covering. You do need to put the guard together, which was a little fiddly but didn't cause too much fuss. We liked the fact that it also had a good sized breathable panel made of a mesh type fabric incorporated into it. This is a really good safety measure and means that if your child accidently brushes against it when asleep they can still breathe safely. I would rate the product as a 4 star product which did a really good job at keeping a restless child in bed safely. It had a set of rather unclear instructions and so this means it lost a star. We did manage to get it sorted out in the end but would have liked the process to have been a little clearer. The materials used in the product seemed of good quality and the product lasted really well, so I would recommend it. You can also buy a 2 sided bed guard to use if you do not want to place one side of your childs bed against a wall.

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      31.07.2010 15:58
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      5 out of 5

      I bought this bed guard for my daughter 5 years ago when she was moving out of her cot and into a big girls bed. It is from Mothercare and comes in pink and blue. The bed guard needs to be assembled at home and although I don't remember exactly how we did it I do know that it took us ages! My husband and I really struggled to fit the poles together but once it had been built we were very pleased. There is a white metal frame that is covered with a padded blue fabric. The frame sits in an L shape and the bottom parts sit underneath the matress. The poles can extend to fit 3 ft and 2ft 6 beds, these can be extended by pushing in the pin and sliding the pole to the desired length. The guard is also suitable for cotbeds. The overall measurements are 91 x 31.5cm. There is netting in the centre of the frame so the child can see through it. The bed guard stays in place even when the child puts their full weight on it. The poles under the matress grip the far side so the guard is unable to move even slightly. It is very reassuring in the night because you know that they aren't going to fall out of bed. During the day the bed guard can be folded down flat. I only ever did this if we had people coming over or if my kids had friend coming to play. To fold it down there are buttons on either side of the guard, just push them in and the guard can be pushed down. This can be a little tricky as the guard is quite wide but I used to sit on the bed when I laid it flat as then I could push it down with my body. Awkward but did the job! I would then store the guard under the bed. This guard was a really good buy, it stayed on my daughters bed for about a year and by then she was ready to sleep without it. Because it laid flat we were able to pack it in the car when we went on holidays. I didn't use this guard for my son as he had a car bed which has high sides. The guard is still stored under my daughters bed and I am planning on handing it down to my niece when she gets old enough. Mothercare are selling these guards for £24.99 and I would definately recommend them.

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      23.07.2010 11:07
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      A great buy for parents

      The transition from cot to bed is another great milestone in the journey of a baby into a fully fledged independent little person. Our oldest son remained in his (converted) cot bed until he was nearly five years old. We simply needed to remove the sides of the cot bed and, for extra reassurance, fitted one of these Mothercare fabric based bed guards on to the open side of his bed, to prevent him from rolling out and injuring himself during the night. That guard remained in active use for a good year or so, until we were confident that he no longer needed it. The guard has been in storage in the loft since then but, thankfully, is still in as good as new condition, making this particular item even better value for money. The guard is still available in Mothercare stores and online for between £19.99 - £24.99. (It's currently on offer at the lower price.) It has certainly been a cost effective purchase for our family as we are now using it for our youngest son. Due to the imminent arrival of a new sibling, we recently moved our youngest son out of his cot bed straight into the bottom level of a bunk bed, as he now needs to share a bedroom with his older brother. The benefit of using this type of child's bed guard is that it can be adapted and expanded to fit under different sizes of mattress so it is very versatile. Having been used for a smaller sized cot bed, the guard also fits under a standard sized single bed simply by adjusting the metal poles which fit right underneath the mattress and curl across the outer edge. The side piece then remains in place across the open side of the bed, acting as a physical barrier for any wriggly toddlers. Our original instruction booklet has long since been mislaid but the process was incredibly simple and self-explanatory that my husband was able to reinstall this without any problems. As the guard consists of quite lightweight poles and fabric/netting, it is reasonably lightweight making it suitable for travel. We took the guard with us on our recent break to Butlins, for example. The barrier piece is relatively large and cumbersome but it did fit into our averagely sized car boot and certainly takes up less room than a travel cot. At our destination, the guard was re-assembled and attached to a different bed within a matter of minutes so that our youngest was safe and could go to sleep in familiar comfort. One of the supposed features of this guard, is that it can actually be folded down for easier access (to change bedding, for example.) I find it quite tricky to fold down in this way, as it involves pressing in plastic buttons either side of the guard. In all honesty, I just leave this in position at all times and don't generally need to fold it down. Our youngest has enough room to climb in and out either side of the guard so it doesn't create a major inconvenience. He has recently taken to actually climbing over the barrier to get into his bunk but, surprisingly, the guard appears to be pretty resilient and durable and isn't showing any signs of damage at all! I'd have no hesitation in recommending this to any parent as it is so simple to use and just provides that extra reassurance at bedtime. Even though the poles actually fit under the mattress, they don't cause any discomfort or inconvenience, certainly not when used under a spring mattress. Our guard has seen a good few years of active service and is still going strong, so it has proved itself to be an excellent purchase.

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        17.07.2010 13:50
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        Great rail that folds down when you don't need it

        It's always a bit of a step up to the next level when you have to move your baby from their cot into a single bed for a toddler. It can take a bit of adjusting for child and parent. I certainly realised that with our first son when he went into a bed and we bought this Mothercare soft fold down bed guard rail to give us a bit of peace of mind when our son was sleeping in his own bed. The fact that they have gone from a cot where they can't get out to a bed where of course there is no protection from them rolling out in the middle of the night can be a bit worrying. Well this product is is great and only set us back about £19.99 at the time. The guard we bought was in blue but you can also get them in pink colour if it's for a girl. The first thing that struck me about this guard is that it is pretty stable which you want it to be and having used it for a while now I can saftely say that it has taken some battering and is still going strong. The last thing you want is something flimsy that collapses at the first sign of stress on it. Also an added bonus is that this folds down during the day when your child doesn't need it. Thankfully when we got this rail it assembles pretty easily as was thinking it might be nightmare to put together. Once erected and positioned correctyl which you need to do through reading the instructions, then it's great. Also, there are no sharp edges at all that could hurt your child. When it's folded down it's handy enought to store under the bed until you need it next. I would recommend any parent getting one of these if your child is about to head into a proper bed just you don't have to concern yourself with your child falling out in the night and hurting themselves.

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        03.07.2010 17:32
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        4 stars

        It's a daunting time for parents when you realise it's time for the sides of the cot to come down. You know they are ready for it but it can still be worrying wondering how they will cope from sleeping in a cot to it suddenly having no sides on it and they can fall out. When my eldest daughter was ready, I took a trip to our nearest Mothercare store to see what type of guards they had on offer. The options depended on the type of cot bed you had really as some only fit on Mothercare cot beds and ours was from Mamas and Papas which ruled these out straight away. I opted for the material fold down one as it came in two colours, either pink or blue, rather than the boring wood ones and more importantly it folds down allowing it to be relatively out of the way when it's not needed. The bed guard cost £20 and once I got it home it was straight out of the box and I was badgering my husband to build it so we could get it on the bed for Anja's first nights sleep in a big girl bed. It was quite difficult to build and didn't allow for much give when inserting the metal poles into the material. We managed it in the end and was happy to realise that two large poles sit either side of the guard underneath the mattress and almost hug the opposite side. This means that even if the child was to literally be lying against the bed guard with all their weight, it couldn't possibly give or collapse in any way. The poles are also extendable so they will fit the smaller junior beds as well as a single bed. This is really handy if you plan on staying away from home as you can simply take the guard with you. As I mentioned earlier, these bed guards do fold down so during the day it can be folded away. This would seem a relatively easy thing to do, however I always found this very difficult. To fold the guard down, you need to press in two buttons on either side of the guard. This is fine as they are about an arms width apart, however I always found that it took several attempts to get the guard down as it felt like it wasn't pressed in fully when it was. Maybe this was a particular fault with the one I had, but I would be interested to know if anyone else has had this problem. I used the same guard for my second daughter so have certainly had my moneys worth out of this guard but it still looks like new. As the guards are available in both pink and blue, they are perfect for all toddlers who are making the transition from cot to bed. Available in all larger Mothercare stores or online.

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          28.05.2009 20:38
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          a great peace of mind for parents

          You know your baby isn't a baby anymore when the time comes for them to move from a cot to a bed. It can be a daunting experience for both baby and parents. To go from a small enclosure with bars all around you, to loads of freedom all in one swift movement. It's anybody's guess as to what could happen next. I shopped around quite a bit before getting this bed guard from Mother care. I remember having a guard with my older daughter that sometimes didn't appear altogether safe and my reassurance in the product wasn't that great. Years have passed and technology has changed thankfully, as there is a lot more choice on the market now than a few years ago. This bed guard comes in pink and blue. We obviously chose the pink one to co-ordinate with her new bedroom, and I also like the fact that it folds down for during the day. I remember that bed guards act better when a weight is placed on the mattress i.e. in the form of a hopefully sleeping child. Without the weight, there is less support for the guard itself and if it were to be pulled away from the bed in an act of children playing etc then it could result in an accident. I was keen obviously for this not to happen so the fact that this guard folded down was a bonus as we would be able to fold down during the day, and if I am upstairs with my daughter I know she won't be getting stuck through it or pulling it over on herself without a bit of a struggle. My bed guard costs £19.99 which is a bargain in itself, but I managed to get it for half the price in a recent sale Mother care were doing online. I was a bit scared when I saw the guard arrived in an almost flat packed state. My previous one had come all together and I just had to open the legs. This one truly was in bits. I'm a woman and I can do this without the help of a man. In fact I'd probably do it better than a man as I'll read the instructions! Putting the guard together actually isn't that hard, but I do recommend you read the instructions before you or even as you are doing it, as well as providing yourself with some space to work with. The main part of the guard that hosts the netting and plastic outer casing is already intact with a bar connecting it together. The rest of the poles need to be assembled by placing the two hinged poles in first. I found this quite tough as the book didn't quite tell me which angle I should be placing through the holes in the plastic. Once these pieces were in I found the rest of the assembly fairly straightforward. Once made, the guard looks quite a lethal object with turned up metal poles at one end. These are designed to fit underneath the mattress at the opposite side of the bed to where you want to prevent the child from falling from. I found that on a slatted bed that we have you have to make sure you position the guard so the poles sit on or near a slat to ensure the guard stays even. On our first try we did place this in slightly wrong and the guard didn't look right or safe so I wasn't going to be contemplating letting my daughter sleeping with this one. We adjusted the positioning and also the length of the poles coming out from the guard and found it fitted better, so if you have this guard then make sure you are happy with the positioning before you use it. Once you have it placed right, there should be no pole poking out from the other side of the bed. This could be very dangerous to a child playing through the night etc and could cause accidents. As you are able to fold the guard down we also had to learn how to do this. Thankfully this procedure is very simple to do by holding both buttons in on the hinges and the guard folds down easily. The upkeep of the guard is simple in that it can remove stains by spot cleaning, but you can't place in a machine. Through watching my daughter sleep in her bed with this guard as her safety net, I am pleased to report that I feel safe as a parent with her using it on her bed, and she seems to be happy with the colour and design as much as a two year old can be. We manage to fold the guard down every morning and it fits nicely against her bed without hindering any space in her room. The guard also feels secure with her the other side of it and I know she won't topple it with little effort. Peace of mind is worth any money.

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            22.12.2008 10:21
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            Keep your precious one in the right place at night!

            By her first birthday my daughter was a big girl, measuring much bigger than her age and she also rummaged a lot in her sleep. She was in a sleeping bag so this often meant she would turn 180 degrees whilst asleep and she often woke up because she had managed to wedge herself crossways in the cot. We decided to move her into a big bed to give her more space at night. We bought a junior bed so that it would be suitable for her for the next few years. Although one side of the bed was up against a wall and there was a small guard on the bed I wasn't happy that it offered enough security to keep her in bed at night. Even though the bed was low and if she did fall it would only be a very short distance I wasn't happy to let her sleep there. We went to Mothercare and bought this bed guard. It came in a choice of two colours, pink or blue. Obviously have a little girl I chose the pink option. The guard was simple to put together, the main part of the guard was already constructed you just had to add four metal poles to complete the guard. The guard is designed to lay under the mattress and then hook round the side of the bed. Unfortunately this guard did not fit our standard sized junior bed so we had to compromise and take off three of the metal poles. Rather than actually securing to the base of the bed it was secured by the mattress laying on top of the legs of the guard. Initially I was concerned that this method would not be secure enough but it was and we never had any problems with the guard moving. I would say though if I had a child who climbed up the guard to try and get out I wouldn't have been happy to leave it secured in this way. One downside I found to this guard was although the material was easy to wipe down it wasn't washable. I would have been ideal if you could have taken the material from the frame and pop it in the washing machine. Unfortunately, my little girl was sick with every single tooth she cut and this resulted in me having to regularly scrub the huge frame of the guard. Would have been much more simple to be able to pop it in the washing machine. Once not in use it can be folded down flat so can be easily stored under a bed or beside a wardrobe. The guard retails around £20. This bed guard did the job for us and we used it for around a year, until my little girl could get up and out of bed safely herself.

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            13.11.2008 11:18
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            Did the job and stopped little one falling out of the bed

            After deciding it was time to move my daughter out of her cot into a bed. I converted the cot/bed she was in into the bed. It was only slightly of the floor so the drop was nothing at all really if she was to fall out of the bed. The first night of her in the bed I was really worried that she was going to fall out of the bed and kept going upstairs to see if she was okay and still sleeping in the bed. She did fall out of the bed though later in the night but did not actually wake up. So I would pick her up and place her back into her bed still asleep. After it going on for a few nights I actually went into her room to check on here and found her not in her bed. At this point I looked around the house but could not find and was starting to get very worried. I put the light on in her room and looked around and then right under the cot bed up against the wall I found her still asleep. There was hardly enough room for her to get under it but she had managed to. At this point I decided I need to get one of these bed side guards to try and stop her from falling out of the bed until she get used to it. I went to Mothercare to buy one so that I could use it straight away to find that they only had the blue ones available on the shelf. I asked them to check the stores to see if they had any of the pink ones left. Luckily they came out with one that had a damaged box but had everything in it. When I got it home I took it out of the box and stated erecting it to get it to fit onto the bed. As I assembled it and tried to get it to fit width ways across the bed the adjustment would not go small enough on the extendable legs to let it fit in correctly with all the legs in place. I took off the extendable locking legs and left the initial part of the frame sat under the mattress only. It did sit there no problems but was not locked in place as described in the instructions. This did help with keeping her in bed and was of more comfort to me when she was asleep. The product is a great idea and does seem to solve the problem of converting from a cot to a bed. One thing I would say about this is that when the child is in a cot mine tended to stand up holding the cot sides and that when this guard was placed on the bed she did use this to stand up sometimes. This looked very dangerous as she looked like she was going to topple over the top of the guard at times. As for solving the initial problem top marks as it helped and it was not used very long as she soon stopped rolling to the edge of the bed. Mothercae sell this for £19.99 and it comes in blue and pink colours.

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              16.10.2008 16:26
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              Good bed guard for a single bed

              I purchased this bedguard in mothercare £19.99 as my son was now in a junior bed and was a wriggler in bed ends up lying all over the place and falling out a couple of times we did use pillows but thought i should get him one of these as he would get his use out when he goes into a proper bed. Took out the instructions to be honest not very well explained and the pictures were not very clear as you have lots of bars took me over an hour to work it out affter taking a few pieces apart again.As the bars fit into the sides of the bedguard and two bars fit under the mattress they are extendable.Mine is a junior bed but they are still a little bit long It does fold down if you press the two sides in.IT can also be folded in the middle by pressing the two bits in the middle but there's not a lot of room.

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              25.01.2008 10:54
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              Super little guard

              After Christmas, we decided it was definitely time for our son Harry to come out of his cot and into his single bed. Luckily, my parents had given us my old single bed to use, so we already had the bed and just needed to buy a duvet, pillows, and bedspread...and the ultimate accessory for a toddlers bed, the all-important bed-guard. Harry is in an incredibly fidgety child in his sleep, so we knew we would definitely need one. So we trawled the internet just to see what sort of guards were available and what sort would be suitable for Harry's single bed with pine slats on the base. We found quite a few, but delivery times were going to be a week plus, no good as we wanted to move him that day. So we popped to our local Mothercare and had a look there. Our branch of Mothercare sold 3 different guards. A pine one which cost £30, one which only fits Mothercare beds for £15 and a soft drop-down guard available in either pink or blue for £20. After deliberation we opted for the drop down guard, and handed over our cash to make the guard ours. The guard came in a flat pack cardboard box, with a picture of the item on it, as well as useful information for any consumer. This information helps you to make sure it will be able to be used on your toddlers bed so you don't spend money for the sake of it. The specification on this particular guard is the following: * Suitable for use on both 2ft 6inch and 3ft bed * Adjustable width so it can suit any width mattress * Conforms to BS 79772:2001 (a safety regulation) I knew Harry's bed was a 3ft single bed so was fairly sure it would fit. So on getting it home, I opened the box and emptied out all the various bits and pieces. There was an instruction booklet with it, with nice clear pictures and basic step-by-step instructions on how to put the guard together. I managed to do the first few bits on my own, it basically involved slotting together a few pipes and inserting them into the coloured canvas part of the guard. They all slotted together fairly simply and I ploughed on...until I had to stop because it just got impossible. I got stuck when I had to insert the last pipe into the canvas. The canvas has NO give in it whatsoever, and I couldn't get the pipe in as there was no room to manoeuvre it. I even got my partner, who has a lot of brute force, to try it and even he couldn't manage it. We managed to get it about halfway there and it just wouldn't budge. There was nothing in the instructions telling you how to do this, and by this point I was getting really angry with the thing. Eventually it occured to me perhaps you had to bend the guard at the hinge points which I did, allowing the pipe to slide in with a little bit of force. It was incredibly irritating not having anything about that in the instructions, and it is definitely something Mothercare should consider adding to them, as it isn't obvious what to do, and is frustrating. Anyway once it was assembled, we took it upstairs to fit it to Harry's bed. We had set it to the widest setting, which was way too wide for Harry's bed. To shorten the width of the guard, you have to push the metal pin in and slide the pole along until it clicks up into the next hole. You do this each side until it suits the width of your bed. On Harry's bed we had to use the smallest width which did surprise me. You simply lay it on the bottom of the bed, along the slats and then put the mattress on top of it. We did have to really push the mattress down to get it to sit flat, and as Harry's bed has pine sides, it was quite a squeeze to get the guard and the mattress in the space but it did go luckily. The position of the guard is supposed to be that the first edge of the guard will be roughly level with the shoulders of the child sleeping in the bed. This makes for hilarious viewing when watching Harry coming out of the bed...instead of climbing to the end where there is a large space to exit his bed, he squeezes through the tiny gap between the bedhead and the guard. Completely bonkers. The main reason we opted for this guard was the fold down element. I'm only 4' 6'' tall, so making Harry's bed every day (twice a day actually!) involves me having to pull it away from the wall so I can smooth each side of the sheet down properly as I can't reach across fully. So leaning over a huge guard wasn't an option for us. With this one, I simply fold it down and it is out of the way for me to make the bed. This is really easy to do. You just have to squeeze 4 buttons, 2 on each side of the guard and then push it down. I found it a bit impossible to squeeze all the buttons and move it down, so now I do the buttons and push it down with my chin lol! But it folds vertically flat, which is superb and makes his bed look nice and neat when he isn't in it. Folding up is brilliant, just pull it up until you hear each side click into its lock, and bingo. The guard has a white netting/mesh on the side of it, which allows your child to be able to see through it, so they don't feel too enclosed with this alongside them, although this doesnt bother Harry as he sleeps on his back anyway. The outer borders are blue (or pink, depending on which you choose) and the buttons on the side match the colour of the guard too. Another good feature of this guard is that you can use 2 simultaneously if your child's bed is not against a wall. You simply slot the two poles together for each guard under the mattress, instead of using the curved poles supplied for use for a one-side guard. So am I happy with it? The answer is a resounding yes. Harry adores being in a bed, and we love being able to put him to bed knowing he is nice and safe, and can't just drop out of it in the middle of the night. It is a sturdy guard, and there seems to be no way the guard will fail and just drop if Harry leans against it, as it takes my weight! And the buttons are too difficult for a toddler to operate when you leave the room, another reassuring fact. It is very good value for money, just £20 for an attractive, safe and handy product. The major selling point for me though is the drop-down feature, this is priceless for me especially! So if you are looking for a guard to keep your toddler safe, and stop you getting a back ache everytime you make their bed, pop down to Mothercare and get this one! You can also order it online for £19.99 plus a postage charge of £4.95 on their website; www.mothercare.com. And in case you're wondering, here is Harry in bed with his guard and beloved Fireman Sam duvet (he's just woken up hence the moody look!) http://tinyurl.com/2mabt9 Thank you for reading!

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              Suitable for use on 3ft and 2ft 6 beds