Last September, Helina began sleeping in a crib in her own room. Just before her 1st birthday, we bought a safety rail for the built-in bottom bunk in her room because we figured she'd be transitioning out of her crib in the coming months.
Well, a couple of months have passed since then and, as predicted, Helina has officially outgrown her crib:
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As I contemplated the options for keeping Helina from falling out of her bed, it occurred to me that perhaps I was approaching the problem from the wrong perspective. Instead of trying to find something to prevent an inevitable fall, I decided that a better option might be to simply eliminate the bed altogether, since that was the source of the problem in the first place. After switching mental gears, I began searching the Internet for "toddler floor mattresses," which eventually resulted in the discovery of the German Wohnling kinderbettmatratze!
The Wohnling floor mattress is soft, comfortable, and appears durable (enough). It folds compactly, and Helina enjoys using it as a chair when it's not being used as a bed.
Unfortunately, since this bed is from Europe, its size is not compatible with sheets made for U.S. toddler beds. So, we got a sheet from England, which came courtesy of Royal Mail.
Having a toddler bed and linens shipped in from Europe seems very extravagant, but the truth is, nothing we ordered is very fancy (we found everything on Amazon). And, at the end of the day, our daughter is sleeping on the floor, and there is certainly nothing fancy about that.