In this article, we are going to take a look at 8 of the best bed bumpers that will keep your little one safe when they sleep at night. Toddlers are proud of finally getting to sleep in their “big kid” beds all by themselves, so make the experience a safe and comforting one by using bumpers.
After all, the experience of falling out of bed is not a fun one at all-you not only could sustain some injuries, but it can lead to tears and the whole house being woken up. These will give parents and those supervising the kid’s peace of mind and a good night’s rest.
Let’s jump in and look at these safe and helpful bumpers.
Features to Look For When Shopping for Bed Bumpers
What makes a bumper worth buying? Here are the features you should shop around for.
Size of the Bumper: These bumpers do not come in standard sizing like pillows, sheets, and comforters. Instead, you will have to measure your mattress, write down the measurements, and then shop for a bumper based upon the size of that mattress. Record the length and width of your mattress.
The height of the bumper matters too-aim for one that is about 6-7 inches when lying on top of the mattress. Also, bear in mind you need to buy bigger sheets because you want the bumper to be on the mattress but covered by the sheet.
Materials: Do you need a bumper that is hypoallergenic? Do you prefer an inflatable one? Do you need a waterproof bumper? How about one that can travel with you in a carry bag?
These bumpers are made of different materials. Make sure you choose one that will not irritate your child’s allergies, or if your child has accidents at night, choose one that can be washed easily.
Quantity: Do you need just one bumper, or two? You can buy some bumpers in two packs; others come in single packs. If your child goes to Grandma’s, stays at a friend’s house, or otherwise needs a bumper when traveling, it may be worth it to buy two-one for home and one for the road.
Reviews of the Best Toddler Bed Bumpers
Okay, let’s get into it-these are the best products we found.
1. Babyseater Toddler Bed Rail Bumper Guard for Kids
Here we have a clean, fresh-looking bumper that comes in a lovely white color. It will look great on your toddler’s bed, no matter their room’s color scheme.
More important than form is function, and this bumper deliver. It features excellent non-slip material on the bottom, so it stays put with no additional tools or straps. You can wash this right in your washing machine if an accident or spill happens.
BABYSEATER Bed Bumper weighs only 2 pounds, so moving it around won’t be hard at all. We also found great comfort in the 4.4 out of 5-star reviews, indicating to us that parents liked this 6.2-inch-high bumper.
And they did-parents talked about the peace of mind they had when it came to their heavily sleeping kids at night.
They also talked about how comfortable it was for the children, too. One parent even noted that her son enjoyed hugging the bumper. Parents also noted that it was great for their babies, too, especially since infants spit up a lot.
The ability to throw this right into your washing machine to keep it hygienic is perhaps one of the greatest things about this bumper.
Perhaps the only annoying thing about this particular bumper is that when it comes in the box, it is twisted up. However, once you take it out and let it rest for a while, users noted it snapped back into shape.
- Installation is easy
- Comes with a handy travel bag
- Wash right in your washing machine
- Non-Slip; stays put
2. Bed Rail Bumper for Toddlers-Olarhike Inflatable
The first thing I noticed about this particular set of bed bumpers is that they come in packs of two. My son loves going to his grandma’s house, and this goes with him.
Why? Because it is inflatable and so easy to blow up. You can use a bicycle pump to do it, or if you have a battery-operated pump, that’s even better.
I also liked that the height was 6 inches-this is the standard height for many of these bumpers and can accommodate the average size toddler boy or girl with ease.
Many of us take for granted that our child’s sippy cups, toys, and clothing is not made with toxic material. The OlarHike company makes a huge point of telling consumers that this product meets all standards of ASTM and CPSC, making it fine to use around children with no fear of harsh chemicals that could bother them.
This product uses a strap that you put around the mattress as a means of keeping it in place. I like this better than the other ones we have looked at because the strap seems to work better for my child. Of course, everybody’s situation will be different.
Other parents liked this, too: with a 4.4 out of 5-star rating, parents are largely satisfied. It even comes with a pump for easy inflation, and it seems to work well.
- Installation takes only seconds
- These bumpers are super soft, and kids love them
- Comes in a pack of two
- BPA-Free and made of quality material
- Kids feel confident in their “big beds”
3. BuBumper 2 Soft Foam Bed Bumpers for Baby, Toddler, and Kids
It is an excellent two-pack of bumpers that is surprisingly very soft, but also very durable for the kids using them. BuBumper Toddler Bed Bumpers are the extra-long ones, so these will be great for those kids who have a huge bed or those who sleep with parents on a king-size or queen-size bed.
These are easy to fit right under bed sheets-they won’t look obtrusive at all. Active sleepers will still be able to enjoy their sheets and blankets and avoid falling off the bed in the process. These bumpers are not clunky or bulky in the slightest, so if parents and toddlers are co-sleeping, they will be a good fit for parents, too.
The cover is washable and water-resistant. That way, if an accident happens, or even if Mom spills coffee while relaxing and watching TV, you can take the cover off and throw it into the washing machine.
Another thing we love about this excellent bed bumper pack is that the product is, of course, free of BPA, lead, heavy metals, and other things that you would NEVER put your child near.
We may take this for granted, but you never know, and seeing that the company advertises this puts all our minds at ease.
Parents also had great things to say-many opinions were shared from a parent who found them easy for their child to get over, but still stopped him from rolling out to a parent who loved them, but found that they moved slightly when used but was overjoyed her son was sleeping through the night.
- Comes in a two-pack
- Easy to install-takes just seconds
- Free from BPA and other toxins
- Super soft and yet firm at the same time
- Features a great refund policy
4. Bed Bumpers for Kids and Toddlers-Averar
The first thing I loved about these bed bumpers is that they come in packs of two! Sure, there is no travel case included, and I found that the covers are not exactly waterproof, but these are still an excellent bumper to be reckoned with.
Firstly, I love that these are made of nice foam. Foam is soft and pleasant to the touch material, and your kids will love it. The cover is a soft cotton zipper cover, which is so easy to take off and put into the washing machine when you need to do it.
The product photos show kids relaxing, reading, and crawling over the bumpers with ease-for once; advertising photos illustrate how great these are.
Even though there is NOT a handy carry bag, you will find that these are lightweight and easy to take with you when it’s time to travel. Weighing in at just 3.6 pounds, it’s a cinch to take along.
And the height on these is perfect for active sleepers-with a measurement of 7.4 inches, your child is in good hands. It’s hypoallergenic for sensitive little kids!
- Odorless, made of quality foam that is even great to snuggle with
- Stays firmly in place thanks to rubber grips
- Easy for kids to crawl over, but will stop them from rolling off
- Fits most bed sizes
- Great washable cover
5. Kids Foam Safety Guard for Bed-Hiccapop
This is an exceptional feature I have picked out. This has over two thousand positive reviews from parents! The price is right, and you can choose to buy them in packs of one or two.
These bed bumpers are manufactured in a way that is responsible and safe. For starters, these bumpers are free of mercury, lead and other heavy metals, and phthalates. The cover that goes onto this bed bumper is water-resistant and washable. It’s a massive advantage to busy parents that have to keep things clean for their little ones.
The design of this super bumper was done at Stanford University, and it was designed in such a way that it fits on every bed size with ease. They are soft and supportive enough also to be used as a body pillow if you find your child needs that added support.
I would argue that this is the best choice for very small kids. It measures in at 4.5 inches in height, a bit shorter than some other bumpers we have reviewed, but still pretty great. It is indeed very easy for little ones to crawl over.
Parents can’t get enough of how great this bumper is. One user wrote that the bumper “actually does not move around”.
The user indicated it was relatively hard to move, given that all that supports it is the rubber grips on the bottom. It’s an excellent option for parents who don’t want to deal with straps that attach to the mattress.
- Water-resistant, washable case
- This installs in just a matter of seconds
- Passes all federal safety bedrail standards
- Bed bumpers are hypoallergenic, BPA free, and non-toxic
- You can purchase a one-pack or two-pack
6. Toddler Bed Rail 2 Pack Bumpers-Shinnwa
What is there to say about this bumper, except that it is everything a parent could want in a value-priced bumper.
You get two excellent bumpers for a great price. And with a 4.5 out of 5-star rating and over 200 reviews, you can be sure you’re getting something your kids will find comfortable and soothing.
The use of memory foam in this bumper is excellent. We all know that memory foam conforms to the person who uses it, so this will essentially be a perfect fit for your child if they roll into it. Memory foam is one of those materials that is hard, and yet soft-the child will not easily roll over this and fall off.
The installation of this particular product is very easy, too. All you have to do is unroll it and allow it to snap into shape. Then, place it at the edge of the bed, pull the sheet over the top, and you have yourself a cozy and safe bed for the kids!
This is one of the heavier ones we have reviewed, weighing in at almost five pounds per bumper.
However, it is still easy to take with you. It may not come with a carry bag but having two in a pack makes it easy to store one at Grandma’s, in the car, or wherever it needs to be.
- Super comfy and pleasing to the touch for kids
- Great memory foam construction and non-skid cover
- Great for all ages, height is good for very young kids at 4.5 in
- Comes with 30-day money-back guarantee
- Simple installation-just open the package, place the bumper and cover it
7. DreamyPanda Toddler Bed Rail Bumper
DreamyPanda has a super comfy, hypoallergenic two-pack of bed bumpers that are perfect for all you travelers out there. These fold down like a dream to go anywhere your child goes.
They are hypoallergenic in case your child requires such a pillow. And, they come in cute pink and blue colors for added fun.
They may also be used as a body pillow if your child needs support or an object to hug.
Parents can also use it if co-sleeping. It makes an excellent divider for kids that kick in their sleep.
Indeed, this is an excellent alternative to the mesh rail system, which can resemble a hospital. This provides an excellent, cuddly alternative, and it comes with a soft bamboo cover. You can pull it off and wash it anytime-it’s that easy.
While the bumper may not be waterproof, it is a great value. Two bumpers for the price of one can be yours, and with a weight of just 2 lb per bumper, it’s easy to move anywhere you go.
And most importantly, parents love it. Go check out some reviews for yourself-my favorite was the mother who used it on her twins that were “turning like crazy!” She even used the bag as a way to store small toys-another win.
- Folds down to go anywhere
- Features a refund policy in case you aren’t satisfied
- Great for queen, full, king and twin beds
- Great dividers in case your child kicks
- Simple installation
8. Big Sky Traders Single Foam Bumper
With two cool colors to pick from and a money-back guarantee, this is a bumper we all can get behind. It does come in just a single pack, but the great reviews are enough to show this one is a winner.
Once again, this one is a great fit for very young kids. Anyone can use it, but the fact that it measures in at 4.5 inches makes it great for smaller kids especially.
Of course, parents loved it-with over 100 reviews and a 4.4-star rating, I knew this was a good one.
One user, who claims to be a registered nurse, indicated she liked this product more than bed rails, which can cause bruising. Her child loved this product, and they even used it while staying in a hotel.
All in all, this is a winner-it’s just one of many easy choices.
- Water-resistant cover
- Great for all beds
- Two colors to choose
- Easy to install
- No odor or chemicals used in production
Additional Information/Questions on Toddler Bed Bumpers
How to Install a Bed Bumper
It’s easy! Place the bed bumper on the edge of your toddler’s bed, and show the toddler their new bed, so they get used to them.
Many of these come with grips on the bottom so that you don’t have to worry about the bumpers sliding off the bed. If your toddler kicks or rolls around at night, these will stay put.
Will They Hold My Child?
I recommend that you read the reviews for yourself to see-we chose only highly rated products because they have many good reviews from parents like yourself.
It is a good idea to set up the bumpers and have your child roll into them to see what happens.
(Make sure you have an adult standing there to catch the child in case they roll quickly). Chances are, all will be fine, but in case they do not work, you can send them back for a more favorable option.
The Pros and Cons of Bed Bumpers for Toddlers
It’s always important to look at both sides – let’s talk about them now.
- Can help parents and children have peace of mind
- They come in a variety of materials to suit different sleepers.
- They come in multiples, so you can travel with it and have one for home.
- Toddlers will stay confident about sleeping in their bed.
- Some children may roll over the bumpers.
- Some children may find the bumpers uncomfortable.
- Sleeping space for the child is reduced.
I Need a Different Option!
If you find that a bed bumper is not right for your toddler, you may wish to try out a bed rail. These fit onto the sides of your child’s bed and many features mesh netting that will safely hold back a child if they roll to the edge. They are an excellent option for those who find bed bumpers annoying or intrusive.
As you can see, there are many excellent bumpers out there that will keep your child safe during sleep.
As parents, I already have to deal with checking for monsters under the bed, reading the perfect bedtime story, and making sure teeth are brushed.
These bumpers take away one of those bedtime bugaboos and give me peace of mind knowing that my son is sleeping peacefully in his “big kid” bed.