As a parent of young children, sleep is elusive, broken and something you spend a lot of time trying to figure out.
I remember the Little One sleeping through from 9.15pm – 5.30am at five weeks old. I tried my hardest to recreate a Groundhog day of all the events leading up to that blissful night’s sleep.
Of course it didn’t work. It is extremely unusual for five week old babies to sleep through the night. But regardless of that, you will Google solutions to your broken sleep. You will read every forum until your Google search turns up only purple links which you have clicked on before and you will wonder if you will ever get a full night’s sleep again.
But one of the hardest things about the sleep (or lack thereof) is the milestones. Moving baby from Moses basket to cot (“it’s so big, he looks so tiny!”), moving baby/toddler from your room to their own (sob), moving toddler from their cot to their own bed (“stop growing up now!)
Sometimes, some of these things happen simultaneously and even if your little one has been sleeping through, you get antsy that the transition will disrupt your nights all over again.
So anything that can safely help with these transitions is always welcome.
One of the things we struggled with when transitioning our little one to his own, big bed was the falling out! Our boys wanted to share a room which meant we decided on bunk beds in order to save space. But the back of the bunk beds is solid with shelves, meaning we couldn’t use a typical bed guard which sits underneath the mattress and weights down on the opposite side of the bed.
Step forward Purple Daisies!
They provide products (and specifically the Bed Bumper) which are a direct result of a parent going through exactly these sleep transitions and anxieties.
And it shows. It is clear that the Bed Bumper has been created by a parent who knows that these things need to be simple to use, quick, portable and safe.
I ordered the original Bed Bumper and an extra deep fitted sheet (it’s touches like this which show how the products have been created from a very practical parenting perspective).
The bumper is intended for toddlerhood and beyond. It is a simple foam wedge which fits on ALL beds, with no assembly required. Simply pop it on the mattress and fit the sheet over the top. So easy! No pressing any buttons, no trying to hold the mattress up whilst you fit the ‘legs’ of a traditional bed guard underneath it and no movement from the bed guard once it’s fitted. You can see from this picture on the Purple Daisies website which sort of position to put the Bed Bumper in.
I love it because it’s less intrusive than a traditional bed guard. It almost acts as a little cushion for children to cuddle, whilst allowing them to look at the pictures from their bedtime story book without having to peer through the mesh of a traditional bed guard.
This is how it fit on my toddler’s lower bunk – first without the sheet and then with the sheet over the top (I actually didn’t need the deeper fitted sheet as my standard sheet accommodated the Bed Bumper easily. They do mention that this is the case on the Purple Daisies site but I ordered the deeper sheet just in case):
Apologies for my creased sheet – I don’t iron bed sheets. Life is too short for that!
It took me a grand total of 18 seconds to fit the bumper with the sheet over the top. Yes, I actually timed myself! Not only is it super quick (and easy!) to fit, but this bed bumper just feels a bit softer and more inviting as it makes the bed more cosy, rather than being an obvious barrier designed to keep your little ones in their bed. These Bed Bumpers are fully safety tested and certified to meet all UK Safety Standards. So that’s just extra peace of mind. (Obviously they are intended for toddlers and older children – I’m considering ordering another for the five year old for when we go on holidays – and not for use with little babies in cots. You, of course, have to observe all the usual sleep safety guidelines when adding anything to your child’s bed.)
But one of my favourite things about this is the portability. My boys stay at their grandparent’s house every couple of months and we love our family holidays. We like to take advantage of time off together and will often try and go away even if it’s just for a night or two. So the fact that I can just take a foam wedge with me is perfect! I actually used to roll up towels and use them in the exact same way under the bed sheets when going on holiday with the eldest but, of course, towels lose their shape, are easy to roll over and shift quite a bit under the sheet. The Purple Daisies Bed Bumper provides the perfect solution!
And it’s not just me that thinks so, Purple Daisies has won awards and has more 5 star reviews than any other bed guard on amazon. It has an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 and that is with 486 customer reviews; so we’re talking about a very large number of experiences here.
Out of curiosity, I read the lower star reviews and most of them talked about the price. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the price! The original Bed Bumper is £9.99. Less than a tenner for a bed guard; this gives you a solution which is at least half the price of almost every bed guard sold by, for example Argos (at the time of writing this, an Argos search gave me 26 results for bed guards and all were more expensive than Purple Daisies. All except one (which was £16.49) were at least double the price). We have to remember that Purple Daisies products are all safety tested and we are paying for this as well as the product itself.
I have found the Purple Daisies products so easy to use, safe and really effective. I would definitely recommend the Bed Bumper and will be taking it with me when we go away this new year and can see myself using it on holidays for years to come!
I was sent the bed bumper and fitted sheet in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and based on my own experiences.
But that’s not all! To celebrate hitting 5K followers on Twitter, Purple Daisies has very kindly offered me a bed bumper to giveaway to one lucky reader!
And not only that, but anyone who enters but doesn’t win can receive 10% off any orders at Purple Daisies with a discount code you will receive once the winner has been chosen!
All you need to do to enter is click the link below! Good luck!