A mother has devised an innovative way to prevent her young son from falling out of bed, but some people have pointed out an alarming risk after seeing the results.
taking to Tik Tokthe american mother – known as @leahvidaurre on the social site – posted a video demonstrating the process of creating an inexpensive invention to prevent her son from falling out of his Montessori bed.
The content creator regularly posts tips and advice for her 45,000 followers and other new moms, from breastfeeding tips to sensory play tips.
Leah revealed how she creates a ‘barrier’ to prevent her son from falling in using three pool noodles taped together.
The video received more than half a million likes and more than 1,600 comments, with many pointing out how its hacking could be compromised.
In the video, Leah reveals the surprising method for keeping her young son from falling out of bed: three pool noodles taped together to create a “barrier.”
In the recent video, Leah was recorded walking into a Dollar Tree store to buy about half a dozen brightly colored pool noodles.
She said in a voiceover: ‘My son keeps getting out of his bed at night. It’s a Montessori bed, oh wait, sorry all the Karens keep calling me online, it’s a mattress on the floor.
‘Anyway, he keeps rolling out of his bed at night and this is interrupting his sleep. I’ve been up all night anxiously thinking it’s going to launch, so it’s not really working.”
As a solution, Leah taped three pool floats together, creating a triangle shape to use as bumpers.
She explained, “I decided to make these bumpers out of pool noodles, so I went to the local dollar store and taped them together in a triangle shape.”
The content creator then removed all the sheets and bedding from the mattress to place the protectors on the right and left side of the bed, leaving the bottom edge open.
Leah continued: ‘I’m putting them on two sides. I’m going to leave one side of the bed open so you can get in and out.
‘He’s gotten really good at regulating himself. When he is tired, he gets into bed and falls asleep. When he is not tired, he goes out and plays.
The content creator removes all sheets and bedding from the mattress to place protectors on the left and right side of the bed, leaving the bottom edge open.
The mother completed the video by rolling in different directions on her son’s bed, demonstrating the successful effect of the pool protectors.
She concluded: ‘I tried them, they kept me in bed! So for sleeping through the night.
Some people shared excitement and gratitude in the comments for the cheap and creative advice, especially those who also have a Montessori bed for themselves or for their little ones to sleep on.
One user said: “This is a good idea, I’ll keep this in mind for when my son gets his bed on the floor too,” while another wrote: “That’s really cool.”
However, a large number of users pointed out a flaw in Leah’s idea of attaching the protectors to a mattress that sits directly on the floor: the high probability of mold growing underneath.
One commenter wrote, “I think it’s important to keep it elevated, as a mattress without airflow will mold over time.”
Another said: ‘You should get bed slats to keep it off the ground for ventilation.’
One user warned: ‘As a student, I slept on a mattress on the floor. But he got moldy and I got headaches. Please consider something for some airflow under it!’
Some people commented on the mom’s video to praise her for her creative idea, but most users pointed out that their son’s floor mattress posed a health risk.
Another agreed, writing: “As everyone else said, put some wooden slats or something to raise the mattress so it doesn’t get moldy.”
One person praised Leah’s idea but also gave their own advice. She said: ‘For young children who do a lot of walking at night, this is a smart thing, no injury. But I would recommend a small frame underneath so mold doesn’t grow.
One lone commenter explained that pool noodle protectors have been used in a similar way before in particular industries, saying, “In the nursing home industry we’ve been making pool noodle protectors for years.”