I started with a queen size memory foam mattress on top of box spring on top of other wooden things with a wood sleigh style bed frame. The head and foot is really high, and then there are lower wood panels under box spring along the side, a lot like this. I really like that bed, I bought it new, and I got my changing table the same color wood. I could even store stuff underneath. When dd started rolling over and getting mobile, she fell off the bed once (while playing) so I removed the wooden lifter things from the bottom and found another spot to put the storage things. The box spring wouldn't quite fit into it without, so I took that aside too.
So now I have the mattress and frame only. The sides of the frame are higher than the mattress, and it's harsh corners, so I slit some pool noodles open for bumpers to go over them (works really well). My apartment is small, so I have nowhere to put the box spring or lifters. I can't even use my changing table or bedroom window right now because those things are taking up space in my room.
Dd keeps reaching for things off my nightstand while she is in bed, and the height of the side panels are just tall enough for her to fall over onto the carpet and hit her head. I don't have her in bed just to play anymore, but sometimes while she's trying to get to sleep she needs time to crawl around between nursings. Or when she wakes up and I am in the process of prying my eyes open, she will be crawling around and pulling up on the side panels.
My question is, should I get rid of my bed frame, etc. altogether? (I reeeeeealy don't want to, I love my bed, and want to use it again, but have no where to store it.) Is there any way I can make my current bed safer so I don't have to?
If I can put it all back together that would be best. Are there bed rails that aren't too expensive that work really well for 8 month old babies? Also I'm broke. Maybe I could get rid of box spring and find a place for the lifters, then buy a thrift store box spring in a few years?