Best Childproofing Edge Guards
The Roving Cove Baby Proofing Edge Corner Protector is a simple edge and corner protection set. It includes 18 feet of foam edge guard and 8 foam corner protectors. The foam has an adhesive backing that is easy to install and works well. It is available in 3 colors, and the foam is free of BPA, phthalates, heavy metals, latex, and SCCPs. We like that this product is doing one thing and doing it well.Like all adhesive products, the adhesive can fail if not used correctly or is pulled on aggressively over time. However, this is true of any of the edge protection guards as they are all adhesive installation. Overall, we like this edge guard, and corner protectors are easy to install and work well with no muss and no fuss.
The Bebe Earth - Edge and Corner Guard Protector Set is a great budget-friendly set that includes 20 feet of edge protection, 8 corner protectors, and a door bumper. This set has the adhesive strip separate from the foam, so it can be applied to the surface before you mess with the foam cover. The foam is compliant with US and EU child safety regulations and is BPA and phthalate-free should your little one decided to take a taste test. We like the look of this foam, the adorable cow door bumper, and the easy installation. This kit comes with the most straight-edge linear feet of foam in the group, making it a must-have for longer locations that require protection.While the adhesive roll might be easier for some, we imagine others will be frustrated by the two-step process compared to the contenders where the adhesive comes attached to the foam. Also, while the edge guard is available in three colors, it looks like only the white option includes the cute door bumper, which is disappointing. Overall, we really love this set, and even without the bumper, the longer foam with a reasonable price means you get more protection for your buck, which is a win in our opinion.
The Sure Basics Corner Guards is a pack of 8 corner guards in three sizes. The foam already has the adhesive backing on it as one piece, and they are thick enough to protect from just about any accidental bump or fall. These corner pieces are straightforward options for protecting little ones from sharp corners on furniture counters and more.
While we didn't experience it during testing, any adhesive can fail given the right circumstances. You should take special care during installation, and you shouldn't expect great results on heavily textured surfaces. That being said, we think these corner protectors are a useful addition to any childproofing lineup where sharp corners are a concern.
The KidKusion Hearth Cushion is a product designed for hearth use providing edge and corner protection around fireplaces. The foam with this kit has a double-sided adhesive Velcro backing and is crinkle-free, closed-cell. This foam is made in the USA and free of BPA, phthalates, latex, and obvious odor. It comes in two colors, and the hearth specific cushion has a semi-beveled edge that looks somewhat fancier than the rolled edge we see on most of the competing guards. The foam is easy to install and looks nice.This edge protector is relatively thin compared to some of the competition and it will only work in specific situations. We recommend measuring your space and checking your fireplace hearth for compatibility before purchasing to avoid disappointment. However, if it is the right selection for your home, it is a good choice for making hearths a safer place for little ones to stumble.
The CalMyotis Corner Protectors are soft, clear, PVC corner protectors. The protectors contain no phthalates, BPA, chemicals, or added toxic fire retardants. Each corner includes a clear, pre-installed adhesive that works well and installs easily (you may need a hairdryer to heat the glue). We like the look of these unobtrusive corner guards and think they are a great choice for those who need corner guards but aren't interested in the unsightly foam options.These guards are thin and are not soft or squishy in the same way foam protectors traditionally are. So while you can avoid point-related injuries, it does not offer the same impact protection as a foam buffer. However, if aesthetics are your priority, these corner protectors have the potential to protect little ones from sharp corner-related injuries.
The Safe Harmony Baby Safety Edge Guards Set is a set of babyproofing items that gives you a taste of a few different items. This set includes 18 ft of edge protection and 4 corner guards and 3 strap style cabinet locks. It also has an adorable door bumper to prevent pinched hands or accidents that happen from slamming doors. We like the cute bumper and multi-pack versatility. Everything is easy to use and requires no tools for installation.While we like a little of everything, there isn't enough of any one thing to do the childproofing job well. Unless you live in a small home with virtually no cabinets and only a little need for edge protection, you might be left unfulfilled. Alternatively, this combo pack could solve all your childproofing needs depending on your home or lifestyle, and we like the quality of what it offers.
The Winthome Edge and Corner Guard is just over 13 feet of edge foam protection. The materials are free of phthalate, latex, lead, BPA, and odors. The foam feels super soft and offers protection from bumps, bruises, cuts, and other injuries. We like the length for larger pieces of furniture, and the corners offer impressive eye protection.Like all of the edging, it attaches with adhesive. Adhesive can fail if improperly installed or if little ones have consistent access to pull and pick at the protection. This foam is also fairly thick, which offers great protection but is harder to cut. Overall, it is a good choice for those who need to cover longer distances.
The Heelalbaby Safety Corner Protectors set includes 16 L-shaped and 8 ball shape corner guards. These guards are clear, non-toxic PVC to protect little ones from sharp corners. The set includes stronger adhesive than previous versions and can be removed without leaving residue behind. We like that it comes with 8 additional adhesive strips if you need to move the guards or make a change. The protectors are somewhat flexible and soft. They are easy to install, and we like the look as it is less obvious than foam options.INstallation requires holding in place for a full minute. This is longer than you think until you do it. They also are not soft, and while they can prevent stabbing injuries or breaking the skin, you can still get bumps and bruises with these guards. Overall, these are a potential option for those who don't need a significant amount of additional protection and are worried about the overall aesthetic.
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Senior Review Analyst and father of 7 Bob Wofford leads the edge guard review with extensive research on childproofing and edge protection. Bob is our go-to tester for most things 7 years running. The edge guards were selected with safety in mind and tested for ease of installation and how effective they were at getting the job done on various surfaces. Wendy Schmitz, Senior Review Editor BabyGearLab team member circa 2014, rounds out the childproofing team with the test results analysis and review write up.
Analysis and Test Results
We tested 8 top competitors for edge guards in our childproofing conglomerate of testing. Each edge guard was assessed for ease of installation, potential longevity, and how well it worked, protecting little ones from potential injuries.
While childproofing is an essential part of early parenthood, no childproof device is perfect. As with all other types of childproofing gear, caution should be taken using the edge guards that you still keep a protective eye on little ones as much as possible to avoid accidental injuries should the guards fail to withstand the rigors of daily toddlerhood.
Ease of Use
There isn't much to the edge guards beyond a peel and stick installation. No matter which variety you choose, or what style, the majority boast a 3M adhesive backing that universally seemed to work well went the surface was properly prepared. Attempting to attach any adhesive product to a dirty surface or a heavily textured surface is bound to fail, but otherwise, we didn't experience any trouble.
Other considerations would be cutting the edging to fit the desired location. While corner pieces do not need modifications, the longer edge parts will. Most of the products are designed to be cut to fit, and for the most part, we didn't have any trouble cutting the foam with ordinary scissors. The only real difficulty is getting the adhesive backing off and the protector in just the right location because once it sticks, that is it; even if you manage to pull it off to reposition, it won't stick property a second time, and there will always be a "weak link" area that stubbornly refuses to stay where it should.
We recommend you measure your space twice and cut once, then pull off the adhesive backing just a little bit at a time, so you don't accidentally create an un-sticky edge in your haste to finish what should be a simple, straightforward job but, in reality, requires a little more attention to detail. Corner pieces are easier to apply than longer edges, and the small silicone corner bumpers practically apply themselves. If you can solve your safety situation with just a single corner piece, save yourself the headache and stick with pre-created corners. Alternatively, if you have a longer edge, avoid using smaller pieces and always use a one-piece solution for safety and easier installation.
If you use the products as directed in the right locations, they are very effective at preventing accidental injuries. Whether it is the sharp corner of a coffee table or the rock ledge of a fireplace, a tight-fitting edge guard can make all the difference between a nothing bump and a need for stitches. The two common ways edge guards can fail is an improper installation where the guard is not being used for its designed purpose or it was installed without prepping the area properly, both of which can result in adhesive failure or unprotected areas and unintentional injuries.
Because many little ones find soft things mesmerizing, you might find your child chewing or picking at the foam guards. If this occurs, we strongly suggest replacing any damaged edging as soon as you see them as the foam bits pose a potential choking hazard should children or babies ingest them on purpose or accidentally. Once again, adult supervision is mandatory for babies, even if you have effective childproof measures in place.
The second failure comes when kids spend time picking, pulling, or playing with the foam edging that acts as a magnet for some little ones who find the puffy foam irresistible, much like a moth to a flame. For this reason, we encourage parents to monitor little ones and redirect them to other activities should the bumpers become too intriguing. Preventing excessive play, picking, or pulling on the foam will increase the childproof device's longevity and decrease the chances of potential harm.
Childproofing is not the fun part of parenthood, but it is necessary to some extent, depending on your lifestyle and your child. At some point, you'll need to make an effort to use childproofing products, which can effectively help you prevent potential injuries and even death. Children on the move will want to explore everything, and while nothing trumps adult supervision, any childproof device can be a big help. Finding great edge guards and corner protectors can give you a leg up on keeping your little one safe from the potential head and eye injuries commonly sustained from falling into sharp edges and corners. We've tested many of the top-rated options to help you find the protection you need for almost any application and budget.
— Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team