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See what MNers thought of Lindam safety gates (£250 John Lewis prize draw for feedback!) and add your tips for making your home safer and more child friendly – Full Home Lindam Safety Pack (worth up to £378)NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-May-14 11:35:47

This thread is for the 50 Mumsnetters who tested out Lindam's Extending White Metal Safety Gate and/or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate.

Here's what Matthew Wilson, Lindam Marketing Director EMEA and dad of two says, "Safety is absolutely paramount for any parent and in fact, latest research by Which? has found safety to be a top priority for new mothers and fathers. Research findings showed that safety gates are the most popular and useful products for new families and in the run up to Child Safety Week (23rd-29th June) we're really keen to raise awareness of just how important safety gates are, and which ones are best for each individual families' needs.

Finding the right gate can be overwhelming but there really is something for everyone. Pressure Fit or Wall fix are available to fit a range of openings. Gates also have a range of handles and closing mechanisms depending on your requirements. From a Pressure Fit option such as Easy Fit Plus Deluxe to the top of the range Wall Fix NUMI Aluminium Extending Safety Gate, safety, quality and value are key for all gates and each now comes with a lifetime guarantee.

For further information, and to see the wider Lindam range, please visit www.lindam.com"

Non-testers: What are your top tips for ensuring that your home is baby and child friendly when it comes to safety? From covering sharp corners, to making sure any medicines are out of reach, whatever it is, we?d love to hear it.

Everyone who adds their comments will be entered into a prize draw to win a Full Home Lindam Safety Pack (worth up to £378) which includes: 4 x Safety Gates of your choice, Xtra Guard socket covers, corner cushions, 2 x door stoppers, 4x latches, toddler bed rail, and a nursery night light set.

Testers: Please answer the questions below. Feel free to add any other comments you may have too!

Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?
Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?
Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Everyone who leaves their feedback on this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 John Lewis voucher.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

Siri1 Wed 11-Jun-14 15:53:52

Tester:
Q1:Sturdy & well made for function.
Q2: easy for DH to fit but he is a carpenter
Q3: baby kept safe even though she is fascinated by the gates & wants to open them herself she isn't able to do so, I don't think she will for sometime yet
Q4: definitely keep using them as they do the job well
Q5: have recommended to others, also recommended the baby playpen as we had loads of work done around the house & was invaluable as a safe place for my 7-12month old

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 09-Jun-14 11:03:06

Thanks to everyone who has posted on this thread. Congratulations to OsMalleyTheCat who won a £250 John Lewis voucher for leaving their feedback and PinotGreedy who won a Full Lindam Home Safety Pack for posting their tips for how to safety proof a home for a child. We'll be in touch shortly!

deakymom Sun 08-Jun-14 23:18:26

non tester ive one of your gates it squeals like pig what the hell is wrong with it!!

cushions are a lifesaver! my son uses them as an assault course if he trips he lands on a cushion so he does not get hurt

non trip stair gates are better this is my third child and ive just discovered how great they are!

MsPickle Sun 08-Jun-14 22:46:05

Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?

We had the extending White Metal Safety gate to replace the previous wooden one which had taken 4 years of punishment on our kitchen door. The fixings had finally given up to hungry toddlers bouncing up and down demanding their tea cooked faster.
Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?

I got my husband to do it - he'd fitted the previous one, didn't think the instructions were any good. It's a different size so needed everything re setting. He didn't find it particularly easy and it took about an hour all told.

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes, that's why we were pleased to replace it. We've a narrow galley kitchen and if the oven is on it's not safe for small people. We've also previously used one on the living room door which was very useful. We have a Lindam travel gate blocking our wine rack which lives in our fireplace, that's a permanent fixture for now. Prefer that to drunk small children!

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, see above.

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would and we have.

On the other products - I'm not a fan of plug guards. the corner cushions never stood up to even a cursory inspection by curious toddlers. But blind cord winders have been a necessity and used in many places.

We've mainly gone down the 'don't touch' rather than remove route but do have doors on our hifi cabinet as that's all too tempting!

Am I right in assuming by question 4 that we will be keeping the gates? I couldn't tell by the original thread!

Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?

Good quality gates - we used both

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
I had all the intentions of fitting these myself before my other half came home but to be honest I found them hard to fit single handedly.

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effectivee in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?

Definitely! Have one at the bottom of the stairs and the no drill gate between lounge and kitchen...my youngest twin (9 months) rattles at the gate but it remains locked in position

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely will keep them in place as long as needed

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Would recommend for quality (and even
though we didn't pay for these they appear good value for the money they do cost). They are very stable and even haven't moved when my larger than life rugby playing partner crashed into one!

Thanks MN and thanks Lindam

C

HorseyGirl1 Thu 05-Jun-14 22:15:45

Firstly, thank you very much for sending the gates to us to try. They were very much appreciated.
Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?
We tried both. To be honest the Easy Fit Deluxe was my favourite. I liked the gate design and it was simple to use and fit in principle. Only one complaint, could you make it wider or the fitting attachment bolts slightly longer. It fitted our stairs but barely just and to be honest I think I may need to get a flat board to make it just a little better fit. The extending white metal safety Gate was completely fine but a bit fiddley to fit and the instructions would have benefited from worded instructions as well as pics. Took me ages to put it together and I love putting kit like that together. Both products were great but in an ideal world I would have preferred the Easy Fit Deluxe.

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
Easy Fit Deluxe was a doddle - very simple to fit and use - very much liked the simple design. Extending White Metal Safety Gate was less simple to put together.
Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, both products are great but I probably wouldn't trust the Easy Fit Deluxe in my own home personally because of the width issue for our house but certainly would recommend it to others and if my stairs weren't so wide I would buy another one.Perhaps make them in extra wide too?
Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I will use the extending gate but not very regretfully not the Deluxe model which is a real shame. I wanted it for my stairs but will now have to use it for a room
Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely would recommend them, excellent products that feel sturdy.

ClothBumMum Thu 05-Jun-14 20:10:05

Tester

1) easy fit deluxe gate. Found them sturdy but as with all metal gates not particularly attractive. Surely if it's going to be in place for 2/3 years they could make them look a bit nicer somehow. What with gates and the metal fire guard my house looks like a prison!!
2) Yes very easy to install, but I have used Lindam before.
3)Found them to be very effective. He can pull himself up on them so it's a fun game for him to luzz things over the top too. Hmmm... My only suggestion in an ideal world is that they are made a bit taller. But tbh that's because we are both tall and also because I mainly use them at the moment to keep my dog out of rooms and she has learnt to jump over them today...
4) yes we will continue to use them.
5)yes would recommend - not too expensive and seem durable enough (esp with lifetime guarantee!)

Thanks MN and Lindam!

rallytog1 Wed 04-Jun-14 19:49:29

Tester

Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?
Easy Fit Deluxe Gate. First impressions were very good - the gates look very smart and felt sturdy. Once assembled and installed (pressure fit), they have been easy to use and have had the desired effect of keeping our 13mo dd out of the more hazardous areas of our home. We're very happy with them and are likely to buy some more.

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
I have to admit that I let my DH take the lead on assembling and installing the gates. He found the gates themselves very easy to put together and put in place. There was a slight issue with the newel post on our stairs, which was a bit wobbly and needed to be made more rigid and strong to cope with the pressure of the gate. However, that just shows how well the gates fit and how secure they are once they're in place.

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes. Our 13mo dd is a bit of a Houdini and likes to solve puzzles, so she's had several attempts to work out how to operate the gate. However, they feel very safe and we don't think she has a chance of opening them herself.

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely. They fit well, look smart and keep our dd safe. We have no reason not to continue using them.

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely. Obviously we didn't pay for the gates we received, but looking online they seem to represent good value for the peace of mind they provide.

Essexgirlupnorth Wed 04-Jun-14 13:06:51

I received the easy fit plus and the extending metal gate. The easy fit plus seemed very easy to fit but was unfortunately to narrow for our stairs which are extra wide as we are a new build. The extending metal should be wide enough but have not had time to fit it yet as looks more complicated.
The gates look sturdy and will keep my daughter safe unfortunately don't seem to work to well with our house.
The easy fit plus deluxe we hope to use at grandparents house.
Baby has just started crawling so was in desperate need of some gates.

Ruby6918 Tue 03-Jun-14 23:53:50

glue a small eraser to just inside the top of drawers so if they slam they wont catch a childs finger when they r bigger they can be easily removed again, keep a bag of cotton wool in the kitchen for glass breakages as this is the quickest way to pick up broken china, plates or glass should it happen when a wee one it about, soft fabric doorstops are brill at the creeping stage so you can leave a door open between rooms so the wind doesnt blow it shut or someone else opens the door into the baby while they are moving about, and always keep a wee first aid kit handy so you can get it if needed,

MrsSpa Tue 03-Jun-14 21:17:15

Non-tester
We haven't used any safety devices except for a few corner cushions and of course we have smoke/CO2 detectors. We've always been vigilant and have taught the kids (3yrs and 10mths) to use stairs with supervision. However I wouldn't rule any safety devices out if I had a child who was more inquisitive, and it also depends on the layout of house, eg we have a door between lounge and stairs, so I know I can pop into kitchen and baby can't access the stairs. Choke-ables out of reach.

wibblyjelly Tue 03-Jun-14 21:01:44

The only safety device we have put in for 20 month old Ds is stair gates, as he is normally too excited about everything to concentrate on what he is doing! If he goes near anything he shouldn't, we say no, and take him away from it

MNGreenwich Tue 03-Jun-14 12:01:23

Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?

We had both gates. The Easy Fit Deluxe is the one that we already have though and DD figured out how to open it at around 18 months!

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?

Very easy to install and assemble.

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?

The extending metal safety gate did keep DD in but the easy fit didn't.

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?

We will probably continue using the extending gate but not the easy fit.

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I wouldn't recommend the easy fit gates as DD found it too easy to get open.

nushcar Tue 03-Jun-14 11:57:50

Tester

Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?

Easy Fit Deluxe Gate - overall impression is that it looks good in the house, looks well-made and durable.

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?

We had 2 (wooden) Lindam gates and 1 Mothercare gate in our house previously for my older child and so are familiar with the installation process - these are very easy to install by comparison. I think pressure fit is the way forward instead of having to drill holes in your walls as we have had to with other models.

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, very safe and sturdy

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?

We will continue to use them until the point where they pose more danger than help when my son decides to try to climb over them instead (which I have heard happening before). We have had a Lindam playpen and older model gates before and always been happy with them.

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend these as they are safe, well built and will last a while. The previous wooden models are not so durable and easy to use. The only two bits of advice I would give is that the bar at the bottom is easy to trip over if you are a bit clumsy like myself sometimes, so maybe not the best for top of the stairs. This particular safety catch is very good, but not quite as easy to open one-handed as traditional model where you lift gate upwards, but at least you do not need to lift whole gate. A good buy overall.

stephgr Tue 03-Jun-14 03:24:12

Non-tester.
My tips:
1.Cover all unused electrical sockets with outlet plugs.
2. Secure furniture and electronics items, such as bookcases and TVs, so they cannot be pulled down on top of your child
3. Use protective padding to cover sharp edges and corners, such as from a coffee table or fireplace
4. Store all medicines, cleaning products, and other poisons out of childrens' reach
5. Turn down the temperature of water if set automatically
6. keep chords like those attached to blinds out of reach

gizmosmama Tue 03-Jun-14 01:20:45

Non-tester tips:
1: In main play areas e.g lounge, create a safe environment which means you won't be constantly saying "no" and dragging LOs away from things. This not only saves you the stress and LO the upset but also means that you can save "no" for rarer occasions and when you do need to use it, it will still mean something.
2: Remember that by taking away hazards you are also taking away the knowledge of hazards so decide what to teach and what to control and be aware when in unrestricted environments, e.g. LO won't know not to touch radiators if you cover them all up.
3: Hair straighteners are fast becoming the biggest danger to infants - invest in a heatproof case and put them away out of reach immediately after use.
4: Book a home safety check with your local fire service - they will fit and test alarms, advise on appliances and plan escape routes.

Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?
I tried the Easy Fit Deluxe gate. It was very easy to fit, and is nice looking (as gates go!). It appears strong and has a good safety catch.

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
Really easy, even when I had to add an extension. From taking it out of the box to it being fully installed took about 20 minutes, which included fitting the extension and marking and fitting the fixing cups to the wall.

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes. It stops my DD getting up the stairs, and the locking mechanism stops her from being able to shake it open (like our previous gate).

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes definitely, for the same reason quoted above. The other gate will be fitted to her bedroom doorway, so I know she is safe and unable to unlock the gate and get out in the middle of the night.

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely. By shopping around they can be found at a very reasonable price, they fit a wide range of openings, and the safety catch is small-child-proof, but easy for an adult to open one-handed.

9 out of 10 for me, would have been 10 if the extensions were a bit cheaper, as I need one for each gate.

Sorry I'm so late with feedback - we've only has the gate up 2 days,I misjudged the width of the stairs hmm so had to buy an extension (do we get to keep the gates??)

Anyway,so far it's great. DS(6) can open it no problem,but DD(2) can't; perfect. I love that it's not an auto close gate,as we leave it open when we go to bed for DS. This means he doesn't have to fiddle noisily with the gate when he gets up.

I'll answer the questions when I can get on the laptop, but so far I'm happy smile

SharonBotts Mon 02-Jun-14 16:28:18

Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?
I tried the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate. Overall impression is that the gate is probably a good choice for most people. It looks good; is reasonably straightforward to install and (in regular houses) would probably provide good safety/security for toddlers and babies.

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
I struggled to manage to instal the gates myself but my husband was able to go it relatively easily. One of the problems we have is that our house is a period property with an old, uneven staircase and walls so I expect that we would have had more difficulty installing the gates than others might who live in newer houses.

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?
Given the problem we have with uneven alignment of the stair wall and the bannister, the stairgates were not 100% secure. As a result, I was not comfortable to rely on them to keep my children safe and have regarded them more as a visual marker of the staircase rather than expecting them to withstand a bit of rocking or banging against them which my kids are likely to do. When I slipped on a step coming down the stairs the bottom stairgate gave way very easily crashing to the floor. This did not instil confidence that the gates could withstand any bashing or knocking from my toddlers.

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
Undecided. We need to investigate other brands to see if it is possible to find a more secure model for our home.

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would probably recommend the gates to others providing they had a standard staircase in a newer property. Unfortunately the gates just weren't suitable for us and were no use in a period property with uneven walls.

itisntme Mon 02-Jun-14 13:47:21

Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?
Easy fit

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
Very easy.

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes - they kept them away from the top of the stairs. My 3 year old can open the gates, which is useful at times and not at others (like when she decides she can supervise the 1 year old going down stairs on her own!)

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes. To stop my 1year old going down the stairs on his own.

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Probably, if it came up in conversation - although it doesn't tend to be the type of thing we talk about much!

BettyOff Sun 01-Jun-14 21:12:09

Update after a week of putting the easy-fit gate through it's paces we're still really impressed. It's at the top of the stairs which I was concerned about in terms of tripping over the bar but we've miraculously managed so far. Luckily we've got a small landing under the gate before the steep proper stairs. DD has leant how to climb down safely over the bar and the only one that can't seem to master it is DDog who is terrified of it wimp.

I'm really impressed with the strength of the date. DD has been hanging of it and rocking in the hope of escape and has figured out that it involves pushing the button in and lifting but has made absolutely no progress in getting out which is very reassuring. I'd definitely recommend it to a friend and I will keep using the gate and the second one is going to the grandparents house to replace the crappy gate they use at the moment!

Thanks!

SherbertDip Sat 31-May-14 16:37:50

Tester

Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?
I tried the easy fit deluxe gates, I found them realitively easy to fit although like others have said written instructions might be better.

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
The gates themselves were easy to install, I did have Lindam gates when I had my other DD 6 years ago so not too much difference

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?
These gates will keep my children safer as there will now be limited access to the bottom of the stairs and also the kitchen, they seem a bit of a novelty at the moment and my 6 yr old is trying figure out how to open them - didn't take long

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definatly keep using them for piece of mind just knowing there is a barrier for them getting up the stairs unsupervised or into the kitchen when the oven is on etc

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definatly recommend to family / friends as they are easy to fit and feel very sturdy to

AdamantEve Fri 30-May-14 21:30:21

Tester.

Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?

I was sent the Extending Safety Gate and had a bit of a panic as I had not realised it was a screw-fit type - as we rent we aren't permitted to fit these, but we decided to install it at my PILs house as they live literally down the road and always have our children there.

My overall impression was that it was a sturdy, well fitting and secure gate and looks as though it will stand the test of even my heavy handed DS who likes to rattle the gates...

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?

I thought in the interest of being a tester, I should try to install the gate myself, however I found it too complicated for me to even start. My FIL took over and installed it pretty quickly but he is a trial and error type person so didn't really refer to the instructions!
When I unpacked it the plastic ties around the gate were very tight and when I cut them off the scissors scraped off some paint which was a bit annoying.

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?

We normally use pressure fit gates which can be pulled from the wall quite easily so I do feel this type of gate is much more secure and therefore is likely to keep my children safer.

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?

I do think so and we will probably go out and buy the easy fit gate now so we can have it in our house. I do like the fact there is no bottom bar on the extending gate especially as we've installed it in my PILs - because they are older there is a concern about trip hazards and this obviously avoids that issue.

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend the gate based upon the sturdiness but I would probably say you need a bit of DIY knowledge to fit it, I'm not sure if I'd have eventually managed on my own or not.

OsMalleytheCat Fri 30-May-14 21:10:15

Tester Here! First of all thank you to Lindam & MN very happy to have been chosen as a tester!

1. I was given two Easy Fit Deluxe Gates to try, overall I was pleased with the product, I was surprised at how safe they seem to be considering no drills etc were needed. They aren't overly attractive but they are functional and good at what they are required for!

2. Gates were very easy to put up, my husband did one and I did the other, took both of us approx 5 minutes and we both did it without any help, easy as pie!

3. Definitely helped to make the baby safer, now he's on the move you need to have eyes in the back of your head but it's reassuring that at lease he can't fall down the stairs! I was worried about him getting a limb or digit trapped in the mechanism but he's played with them continuously for several days now and (touch wood!) nothing so far!

4. I will continue to use the safety gates until the baby can confidently make his way up and down the stairs, it isn't worth the risk of taking the down!

5. I would recommend the safety gates on the basis that they do what they say they will and the ease of installation & use but I don't know what the RRP is and as cost is such a big factor in many peoples decision making these days it's difficult to provide a conclusive answer! If I thought they were reasonably priced I would most definitely recommend to friends/family!

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