My wife and I were recently (forced to) transition our daughter’s crib to a toddler bed. I say forced to because one day, she decided to go on a diaper protest and fully potty train herself. Unfortunately, her potty training regiment did not include training to stay in her bed. She is absolutely horrible in her sleep and rolls around everywhere! As a result, there wasn’t a single night where we didn’t hear a thud, from the poor girl falling out of her bed (6 inches is a pretty far drop at that age).
Fast forward a month, our daughter has decided that she prefers sleeping on the floor, because it means she won’t fall out of bed. My wife and I talked about procuring a bed rail to keep her in bed, but have dawdled on it. Good thing we dawdled, because I certainly didn’t want to spend money on something that I would have to modify to fit the Craigslist crib/toddler bed we picked up back in December. So today, I (with the help of a good friend) whipped up this (with absolutely no plan or idea what I was making), using lots of scrap MDF that I had lying around.My wife and daughter were quite pleased with the project progress (which still needs to be sanded and painted). To quote them:
- Wife – It looks great! I didn’t expect you to make something as fancy. I expected a few boards screwed together
- Daughter – Daddy, put back on my bed? Daddy made it for me!
To my surprise, they requested a bedtime debut tonight. So I doubled down and did a quick sanding of the entire surface and broke the edges. So far, we have a sleeping toddler and no thuds.