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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

SweetPeaPods Fri 23-May-14 12:08:22

Marking place. Will add feedback when we finally receive them!

rootypig Fri 23-May-14 12:09:19

Just got mine! thank you. Will wrestle with the universe screwdriver later grin

glorious Fri 23-May-14 12:53:17

Mine arrived today too, , thanks MNHQ and Lindam. Hopefully fitting them after lunch.

PandaFeet Fri 23-May-14 13:11:45

Mine have arrived this morning, just marking place.

Mine just arrived this morning - in the nick of time as our twins have just started exploring!

SweetPeaPods Fri 23-May-14 14:01:29

Just arrived here too smile

WowOoo Fri 23-May-14 14:32:47

non tester

My tips -
Anything dangerous and breakable out of reach.
Clear corridors and floors of trip hazards and clutter.
It's hard work once they start exploring. High, high shelving came in very handy.

mjmooseface Fri 23-May-14 14:52:53

Non - Tester:

We live in an upstairs flat. It's not the most ideal place to have a little one but at the time we were moving in, we weren't really in a position to be really picky after my beloved MIL made us homeless when I was 8 months pregnant with my first child!! (But that's a story for another time!!) I hope to be able to move soon but definitely if/when we have another child!

Having a stair gate at the top of the stairs was our main priority. As was a stair gate on son's room so we could keep him in there with his toys when other things were going on in the rest of the house. We don't let him wander freely in the living room because of bookcases, musical equipment, keyboard, fireplace, big expensive TV and xbox, so he is always supervised if he's in that room. Otherwise, when he is roaming around the house, I keep the bathroom door closed and move anything dangerous, breakable or chewable out of reach! I've lost a few good bookmarks this week to my teething toddler!

We have two different types of stair gate to keep our son from working out how to open them! (A friend's son worked out how to open theirs when he wasn't even 18 months old!!!)

Closing the door when we're out in the garden so LO doesn't climb back in the house and go up the stairs by himself!

We have a dog, too, and whilst he is a really good dog and really protective of our son, I don't keep them together in a room by themselves alone, just in case! The stair gates are really handy for keeping the dog in when we get our food shopping delivery, too!

Covering plug sockets and keeping cables out of the way.

I keep a close eye on my son when he's in the kitchen as we don't have any of those cupboard locks and he likes to explore!

I think it's mainly just viewing your home from the eyes of a baby/toddler and moving things out of reach as you see fit.

Non-Tester, my tips: Keep clutter to a minimum, never leave young ones unattended. Use stair gates, cupboard locks and protector pads for corners of tables etc to stop bangs to eyes & heads etc. Keep breakables out of reach. Keep electrical wires hidden and secured under carpets.

Received ours this afternoon, will probably fit over the weekend and add feedback then grin

I might even give it a go as it doesn't require drilling!

Received ours this afternoon, will probably fit over the weekend and add feedback then grin

I might even give it a go as it doesn't require drilling!

flutterbynight Fri 23-May-14 16:31:50

Tester

I tried the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate. Overall I was impressed with how sturdy it was and found it relatively easy to install - though I did have one hiccup and one bugbear (for which more below). However, I think that this is a good quality gate and am really impressed by the lifetime guarantee (though I hope we won't be needing to use them for that long!)

The gates were fairly easy to assemble and install. I would have preferred to have written instructions to supplement the pictures - I ended up sticking the wall-fix stickers to the wrong side of the bracket first off! Also, I would prefer not to have to draw on the doorframe to mark where to put the door cup (for want of a better name). That being the case, I actually did without the cups, though I am sure this is not recommended - please do not try at home and all that jazz! (Worked fine for us though).

I definitely found the gates effective in keeping our son safer - primarily we wanted them to stop him being able to roam the upstairs when he wakes in the night but we also have one on the kitchen door as he is becoming more inquisitive about the cooker when it's on. Prevention is better than cure!

Having received the gates to review we will continue to use them on the kitchen but may take it off his room as, on second thoughts, it might be better that he is able to go into the hall and get to our room when he wakes at night rather than be stuck in his room and potentially cause mischief (or danger to himself).

I would definitely recommend the Lindam Easy Fit Deluxe Gate to friends and family - I was able to install it by myself within ten minutes, even with the slightly confusing (to me) pictoral instructions and it felt very secure once fitted. I also like the fact that you can tell when it's tight enough in the door frame because only then will the gap between the handle and the gate frame close. Added to that the lifetime guarantee, I think it would be money well spent.

BonjourMinou Fri 23-May-14 16:57:19

Tester

I tried the Easy Fit Deluxe Gates. Overall they seem to be good quality gates, they are nice and sturdy and I have no concerns that they will come out of place, they seem sturdy enough to last for years if you so choose (for example, if you were a childminder.)

Installation-wise, with the huge caveat that I am not a very confident DIY-er and tend to pass over the responsibility for these jobs onto my husband, they were not too difficult to install; I installed the first gate at the bottom of my staircase and the second gate at the entrance to my kitchen. With the first gate I struggled to keep all the screws balanced on the gate while I drew around them with a pencil to mark where the stickers needed to go - they kept falling out and in the end I had to lose one of the screws at the bottom in order to install the gate. It would have been significantly easier if there were English instructions to accompany the pictures.
The second gate I found significantly easier to install, partly because the gap was wider so balancing the screws in the gate was less of a problem and partly because I had a better idea of what I needed to do.

Yes I think the safety gates are essential for keeping children safer, I have a young baby and she is only just starting to move around but it will be important to keep her out of the kitchen and off of the stairs.

I think I will continue to use the safety gates, they are very firmly installed now and I am confident that they will work well.

I would recommend the gates to my friends and family, especially since there is no need to screw in holes and they are fitted via pressure, but unless they were more confident DIY-ers than myself I think I would come round and help explain how they need to be installed.

judypoops Fri 23-May-14 17:58:40

Marking place- received the gates and will update over the weekend- thank you very much Lindam and MNHQ :-)

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Fri 23-May-14 18:57:39

Non-tester
Don't leave your child unattended. They sniff out danger and head for it instantly.
Once you've fitted your stair gate, give it a good shove to make sure it's secure.

LuLu2809 Fri 23-May-14 19:08:20

Non-tester
As a childminder I feel its important that safety equipment is strong, durable and uninteresting to children. Keeping it 'boring' to look at ensures children don't see it as a new toy!

I make sure everything is well out of reach (and climbing reach!!) in a cupboard with safety locks. Keep clutter to a minimum and toys placed where they are easily accessible so that they don't go hunting!!

TopsysMum Fri 23-May-14 19:47:05

Non Tester
Let your children explore from a distance. This helps them sort out some levels of danger themselves. Obviously don't let them doing anything crazy ;-)!

Let your children climb the stairs with you following behind. It means that if you are somewhere without a stair gate they at least know how to climb and are less likely to fall if they escape to the stairs.

Don't lock every kitchen cupboard. It just makes them more interesting! Having a cupboard of plastic or pans they can explore makes the novelty wear off much more quickly.

Just wondering whether I should have been a parent in the 1970s ;-)

Ratbagcatbag Fri 23-May-14 20:23:53

Phew topsysmum I thought I was the only one. ;)

We let dd explore everything within reason, so dangerous items in locked drawers, but a couple of drawers accessible with wooden spoons, spatulas in etc.

Stairgate for when you're not around, but if you are encourage them to climb the stairs with you following and how to get down on their tummies.

We haven't moved everything high, but we don't leave dd unattended in any room, so if she pulls out Xbox controller etc we just distract her with other things and put them back, by doing this we find she's not as interested in them now as they're not forbidden.

crimsonwitch Fri 23-May-14 20:29:31

Jusp putting the gates up now that DS is in bed. I will add feedback in a couple of days.

SherbertDip Fri 23-May-14 20:59:56

Received my gates - 2x easy fit deluxe this afternoon will have a look at fitting them tomorrow - thanks to Lindam and mumsnet

lottietiger Fri 23-May-14 21:18:22

Just received my gates today, thank you smile I will be fitting over the weekend so will feedback in a few days.

Im with Topsysmum & Ratbagcatbag too.. there are a few of us out here smile

sharond101 Fri 23-May-14 21:32:08

Non-tester. Never underestimate a child. No matter how young. If it's within their reach or climbing reach it's a hazard. Keep all doors closed where possible. Store things high up with potential to cause harm. Never leave chid alone in area which hasn't been child proofed (although I question if that even exists as DS has now managed to open all child locks and throw away the soft corners for the furniture which has sharp edges.)

LadyOfLlangollen Sat 24-May-14 00:36:02

My DCs have made it safely to adulthood without too many injuries. confused

The main thing I did was differentiate between things that might hurt them and things that might kill them! So, for example, knocking into a corner of a wooden coffee table might hurt them but falling from an upstairs window would kill them. I would then take action to eradicate any chance of them getting killed but accepted that some, minor injuries, might be inevitable.

Some egs of what I did was,
Unsafe chemicals/drugs locked away
Smoke and co2 detectors
Tall/heavy furniture secured to the wall

OrdinaryGirl Sat 24-May-14 07:09:19

Marking place ahead of full review... The gates arrived yesterday - thank you MNHQ and Lindam!

neenienana Sat 24-May-14 09:24:02

Non tester.
We are about to enter the moving phase with my daughter who is my third after a 6 yr gap. I am going to fit one in her room as I think it will be easier to manage her upstairs. We always has safty catches on the cupboard. Which luckily we haven't removed. Everything out of reach, and constant supervision are key in my experience.

BettyOff Sat 24-May-14 09:25:09

Tester

Will leave full review later but picked my Easy Fit Deluxe gates up 10 mins ago (missed yesterday's delivery) and the first one is up already. I agree that written instructions alongside would be helpful but it was fine. Hopefully the top of our stairs will be a lot safer now!

Thanks Mumsnet and Lindam, I'll review the rest once we've them through their paces.

judypoops Sat 24-May-14 10:19:42

The first gate is up and I quote dh; "that was much easier than I thought it would be!" Ds2 is asleep at the moment but will update when he's put it to the test!

bonzo77 Sat 24-May-14 10:37:09

Tester: thank you so much lindam and MN!

1. I tested the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate.

2. They are very easy to assemble and install. My DIY skills are fairly rudimentary, and I didn't use the instructions, though I've had other lindam gates in the past. They come with foam sticker things and cups, i guess to make them more secure, but I've not used them. We got away without them in the past and they'll damage the woodwork.

3. They definitely keep my kids safer. Not so much my 4 year old DS1, who is more than capable of opening them. But my 18 month old DS2 who is not walking is a demon stair- climber, but not so good at getting down safely. Also, as the cat can jump the gates, it means she can escape from DS2. These gates, like all pressure fit ones, have a bar across the bottom, which is a trip hazard. There is no way round this, apart from being careful. If the colour contrasts with that of your flooring that's helpful. If it didn't, and you had people prone to falls then I think I might put some of that yellow and black tape over it so it's more visible. My Grandmother is 88 and arthritic and not steady on her feet, and we are very careful to make sure she knows where her feet are when she has to step over the bar.

4. I'll definitely continue to use them. We have 3 flights of stairs, 2 small ones and one big one. I have gates currently at the top and bottom (bottom is one of the new trial gates) of the big stairs, top of the top little stairs, the bottom of the bottom little stairs (one of the new gates) (which is also the entrance to the kitchen), and also an old gate with extension units across the double doors into our sitting room, which is like a big play pen.

5. I'd definitely recommend them. I'm not sure about what advantage these have over my older gates Lindam axis. You operate them the same way, but the mechanism itself seems a little more complex. As you get a life time guarantee I guess it doesn't really matter if they are less robust, but it would be irritating if the mechanism packed up and you needed to use the gate. They fit gaps 75-82cm. Once of our gaps is exactly 82 cm and the gate is indeed fine there. You can buy extensions from the Lindam website.

Now, socket covers. I thought that in the UK the sockets were designed in such a way that they were very safe indeed and socket covers make them more dangerous, not less. Good explanation here. I've never used them.

ataraxia Sat 24-May-14 10:44:33

Non-tester - minimize the number of ornaments/knicknacks and keep any that remain on high shelves.

themitch21 Sat 24-May-14 12:03:12

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 both and I have to say I was impressed with both of them for different reasons. The extending gate took a little more time to put in correctly but the fact you could then take it on and off really easily was a big plus point. The easy fit gate was true to it's word and I liked the fact that it's a pressure fit so there was minimum holes needed in the wall. Just a few screws for extra safety.

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

I'm a bit of a DIY disaster so I passed this one over to my husband. He assures me that they posed him no problem and the gates were already pre assembled. It seems like they've made them as simple as possible to install but as it's the kids safety at risk I'd rather let someone with more experience fit them.

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

I found the extending gate more effective as it doesn't have a bottom bar so there's no triip hazard. I know the easy fit has the double lock feature using the bottom bar but I wouldn't feel safe having it on the stairs in case the kids tripped over it.

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

Definitely, my youngest is learning to sleep in a big girl bed at the moment so she's always up and down at night. We've put an extra one on her bedroom door so she can see into our room but can't go wandering in the dark.

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

Definitely, in fact one of my friends is pregnant now and I've already been telling her about the extending one, which would be perfect for her kitchen in order to keep the dogs away from the baby when she's feeding.

Mammabear31 Sat 24-May-14 12:25:40

Tester

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

We were given 2 x easy fit deluxe gates to test. I am very happy with the installation, performance and durability of the gates so far, and DS seems to enjoy pulling himself up and peeking through the bars so it's an new "game" too - bonus smile

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

As someone who always starts flat pack and then ends up calling in DH as I've either messed it up or can't figure it out, I found it relatively easy to install the gates. I would agree with a previous poster that written instructions would have made the process that bit easier, but it was pretty foolproof as it was (although it took me a while to figure out you had to lift the back of the latch to open the gate, a bit of clarification in the instructions would have been beneficial).

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

Yes, we do - we have one set at the kitchen door and the other on our sons bedroom door. Our son isn't bothered by the gates and enjoys shouting at us over the bars! It's really useful for being able to leave him playing safely for a minute while we nip to the loo or answer the door. I also feel alot better now he can't get into the kitchen, especially when the oven is on.

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

Yes we will, and will keep them for our next child too. They are brilliant for letting our son explore and learn independantly but safely at the same time.

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

Yes we absolutely would.

Extra note: We found quite a few dirty marks and scratches in the paint on one of our gates. It was also very creaky til DH went at it with the WD40! Otherwise we are very happy with them.

Wjjkl Sat 24-May-14 19:36:52

Received my gates - thank you. Will add review once fitted & tested!

KateOxford Sat 24-May-14 19:39:21

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? Easy fit deluxe gate
Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install? My husband installed it in under 10 minutes. He found it very straight forward and didn't use the instructions.
Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes definitely. We've installed one on my daughters bedroom door which means we can safely enclose her in her room in the event we need to go to the toilet or answer the front door etc. In the future when she is in a bed rather than a cot it will prevent her from wandering in the night time.
Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes. Most definitely. It feels a really strong gate. Very straight forward to use and very robust. It feels much better quality than the Mothercare gate we had on my sons room (until he broke it off). I was worried about the trip bar but it's actually very narrow and as it fits flush to the ground doesn't bother me at all. I have to say it would have put me off buying this product but it is not a problem so I hope this reassures others.
Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not? Absolutely. It is a very easy to fit gate which doesn't leave awful marks on the wall as my previous gate has done. It's easy for an adult to open. It's strong and feels excellent quality. Completely satisfied. Thank you very much.

glorious Sat 24-May-14 21:02:59

Q1. Tested the Easy Fit Deluxe Gates. Overall i think they're really sturdy and easy to use.
Q2. Pretty easy to install, though I agree that verbal instructions as well as pictures would be good.
Q3. I would hesitate to put these at the top of the stairs because of the bottom bar. But they are doing very well in doorways (dining room, where my 15mo plays and which is near one set of stairs, and her bedroom door). They mean I can nip to another room, it's quite liberating!
Q4. Yes I think at least the one in the dining room as now she's walking it'd be so easy for her to get to the stairs. She can go down safely and is very good at waiting for me but I don't know how long that'll last. I'll keep the one for her door for when she goes into a bed as there's a flight of stairs each way outside her door.
Q5. Yes if not for the top of the stairs.

Thank you Lindam!

asuwere Sat 24-May-14 21:38:17

tester

Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?
both, overall seem nice, look quite good and seem quite solid. Lifetime guarantee gives me confidence.

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
Very easy. Ironically, I found the Extending gate easier to install than the Easy Fit one. I think I was expecting it to be the other way round and started with the Easy Fit one and by the time I got to the extending, I then expected it to be much more awkward but it was very straightforward.
It would be good to have written instructions though - don't really like just pictures. I installed the Easy Fit gate without the door frame cup things as I didn't want to use sticky pads or screws in the door frame (which is why I was using the pressure fit there) It seemed pretty sturdy and my DC had a lot of attempts and moving it and never managed! Due to the pressure fit, it does mean it has the bar at the bottom which I loathe!

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?
Both gates did what they are supposed to do and kept the child in an area I wanted them to stay in (or out of an area I didn't want them in) I do prefer the Extending gate for safety though, depending on where it's installed, when it's open, it can be easy to move out of the way - against a wall. The Easy Fit gate, as mentioned, has the bar at the bottom which I would not have near stairs as it is bad enough in a doorway for tripping. Also, the Easy Fit gate has a smaller opening and when I wanted to leave the gate open, I found it just got in the way, it barely manages to open to 90 degrees and I then had to walk round it to get in/out a room. It may be fine if you never leave it open but I feel that the child doesn't need it closed at all times.

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
I will continue to use the Extending gate, it is great. The Easy Fit gate has already been removed and I don't think I will be using it again. I will put it in the attic in case I do feel the need to try it again but I feel it may be making it's way to the charity shop.

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
As above, if asked, I would probably recommend the Extending gate but definitely not the Easy Fit gate.

snowymum12 Sat 24-May-14 21:48:36

I've tested both types of gate. We only put them up this morning but are already feeling much more reassured as our adventurous daughter can't escape up our steep stairs by herself anymore! The gates are really great quality. The extending gate had to be screwed into the wall, which was pretty straightforward and, in my opinion, gives the gate extra stability (our landing is an awkward shape so it was ideal). The easy fix was a doddle to assemble and is really sturdy (at the base of our stairs). I like the opening mechanism on the easy fix, it is better than others I've seen when visiting friends with children as it has a sort of handle.
I'll definitely be keeping the gates up for the foreseeable future (I've another baby due imminently so the need for stair gates will be around for a good while in our house). They do the job perfectly.
I have already phoned my sister to tell her about the gates as she was looking for some ready for her child and couldn't make her mind up. I'll definitely recommend them to others too.

hakunafrittata Sun 25-May-14 02:13:13

Non-tester

I've not read the thread so apologies if I repeat other suggestions.

If you have any sort of apparatus which involves buckles or harnesses for babies-take the extra 2 mins to read safety instructions included and utilise them correctly. Small children are always learning so may surprise you when they buck their legs/ throw their weight forward. An example of a surprise was when my DS was 1 months old and having tummy time, and in less than 5 seconds had managed to roll over on his mat really quickly which gave him a scare. It must have been a fluke because he didn't do it again till 4 months later.

Do not be afraid of being firm with people (especially inexperienced people) who wish to hold your baby if you are anxious . A polite 'make sure you focus and support his/her head/ I would prefer if you were seated' will make you feel better. If they take exception and act offended then ask for your baby back. If they were understanding they would reassure you rather than belittle your feelings.

SaltySeaBird Sun 25-May-14 07:45:13

I think TopsysMum has it spot on!

I taught DD to go up and down stairs safely as soon as she was curious about them. Before she was a year old she was fine going up and then sliding down legs first on her tummy. That way when she was round relatives and friends houses who didn't have stair gates I didn't worry.

I've always let her explore and tried to teach her the dangers of things rather than just block then off. The door catches I put on the kitchen cupboards were useless, so I let her look in the cupboards and pull the mugs out etc (with me helping). She soon got bored with it. We made sure the dangerous things were just high up.

We don't have any baby safety stuff that we use now, she is 19 months old. She figured out how to open the stairgates (same ones as in this product test) a while ago. I actually think the gates you have to lift slightly are safer.

Please don't enter me in the contest, I wanted to comment on the discussion but the non-tester prize would be wasted on me!

PinotGreedy Sun 25-May-14 11:07:20

Non tester here. We have a lot of bookshelves so secured all of these to the wall. Anything dangerous is on a high shelf out of reach. Bought CO monitor. Found some really useful window stays for the upstairs windows and got my dad to fix them - called 'securistay'. The cupboard under the sink has a permanent child lock on it.

BettyOff Sun 25-May-14 12:07:28

TESTER

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

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
The gate was a doddle to fit and took less than 10 minutes but I would say I find written instructions easier than pictures.

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?
I've fitted my gate at the top of the stairs. We have a turn in our stairs so just one stair under the gate before the rest of the flight so I feel ok putting it there despite it having a raised bar that could be a trip hazard. Saying that my DD sits down at the top of the stairs and turns round to come down backwards and seems to have taken the bar in her stride too. She's given it a good going over with shaking it and climbing on it and it hasn't budged which I'm happy with.

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I will continue with it.

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would. I know a pressure fit gate isn't for everyone because of the bar but it was easy to fit and seems really solid.

Thanks Lindam and Mumsnet.

As for the other safety tips I have to say we're not very babyproofed here. Large things are attached to the wall and she's never alone in the kitchen so she can't get into the cleaning cupboard but other than that I just persistently tell her no when she goes for something she shouldn't. I need to fit some locks to the hazardous cupboards but other than that and making sure there's no looped blind cords there's not much else planned as yet. I'm probably too laid back about it but hopefully not. grin

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 the easy fit deluxe - so far so good!

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
I had a go first and fiddled about a bit, couldn't work it out straight away so asked my dh to do it - he said it was the easiest thing he'd ever put up. I'm no good at following diagram instructions - I also lack patience!

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes particularly the youngest (11 months) as she has no idea how to work them. I would advocate using the twisty thing at the bottom to make sure that it can only open one way up the stairs as my 2 yr old dd tried to open them and nearly flew down the stairs! -our mistake!

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes we need them to stop the youngest from falling down the stairs and clambering up too!
The only thing that we might find wearing is dd1 is used to just going upstairs to use the loo but she can't always mange to open the gates.

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, particularly to under 2 yr olds

I didn't read the other reviews before posting mine so as not to be biased. It's interesting that so many have said about the instructions!

glorious Sun 25-May-14 14:03:58

Just coming back to say thank goodness for this test because DD got out of bed after her nap for the first time ever, so quietly that despite the monitor the first thing I knew was seeing her rattling the gate. Her room is right by stairs both up and down, and while she can tackle them safely I'd rather she didn't alone. Hooray for the gate!

AndHarry Sun 25-May-14 15:21:23

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 got one of each. My overall first impression was that they looked of good quality and fairly easy to use.

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

I didn't use the cup/sticker part of the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate as it's for my ILs' house and they want to be able to take it out when the grandchildren aren't there. As other testers have said, it works fine without it and installation takes about 10 minutes.

The Extending White Metal Safety Gate is for our house. It's really easy to put up - takes about 20 minutes including drilling time.

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

Yes. I have two DC - a 4 year-old and an 18 month-old. The 4yo can open the gates quite easily and let himself in and out, which is just fine as they're not really for him. If he couldn't open them he would try to climb over them so I'm glad he can! The gate means that I can shower in peace knowing that the little one won't go anywhere she shouldn't and I have another one across the door to the kitchen so that she isn't clinging onto my ankles as I cook or playing with the oven.

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

Yes I will. They give me peace of mind and, especially in the kitchen area, keep the toddler out without me needing the close doors, so I can still keep an eye on her and talk to her as she plays.

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

Yes I would. They are good quality and easy to use.

AndHarry Sun 25-May-14 15:21:45

Oh, and thanks for choosing me to take part!

BonjourMinou Sun 25-May-14 19:37:23

Just wanted to add a big thank you to Lindam and Mumsnet for choosing me to take part! flowers

judypoops Sun 25-May-14 20:28:05

tester

1. We tested the Easy Fit Deluxe Gates. We are really happy with them and they are strong, sturdy and it's handy that they open both ways. Nice looking gates!

2. Dh assembled and at first thought it was going to be a fiddly task (grumpy!) but was pleasantly surprised and they were a doddle (10 minutes)

3. The gates seem very safe and ds2 - who is always looking for an escape route- has been unable to get through. Ds1 (8) has just tested it out for me and tried to budge it but it was going nowhere. Feel very confident that this is a strong, safe gate.

4. We will definitely continue to use these gates and we're really pleased with them! The reason is because they work well whilst looking good too.

5. We will be recommending the Easy Fit Deluxe Gates to friends and family because they are a fantastic design.

Thank you MNHQ and Lindam

Hopezibah Mon 26-May-14 00:14:56

non-tester. I think so much depends on the individual child as to how much safety -proofing you have to do. Stair safety is a must for all little ones but beyond that it has really varied for each of my three children. One was a real climber and pushed the boundaries for everything - so we needed kitchen cupboard locks on all the cupboards and we had to watch him like a hawk.

Middle son more laid back - needed safety catch on cleaning fluid cupboard but not really elsewhere.

third child we only have stairgate at top and she hasn't tried to get into cupboards at all.

We use socket covers on all plug switches.

Fridge / Tv locks not used.

One of those door stopper guards is a must for preventing fingers slammed in doors.

Bubbles85 Mon 26-May-14 06:41:03

Non tester. We are just making our house child safe now. We got down on our hands and knees and had a crawl! From there we could see more dangers that needed sorting than from our birds eye view.

idleweiss Mon 26-May-14 10:34:24

Q1. I tried two of the Easy Fit Deluxe Gates. I thought both looked great, sturdy, and just what we need. I liked the fact that the locking/opening method was a bit trickier for little hands to work out (and bigger, had several visitors flummoxed by how to open it, so you know it's good!)than some other gates. With a little practice, I can now do it one handed!

Q2. I found the gates really easy to assemble and fit, had both fitted in no time at all!

Q3.I did indeed find the Easy Fit Deluxe Gates effective in keeping my little ones safer, away from hazards in the kitchen and away from stairs, etc.

Q4. I will definitely continue using the gates, they are great quality! Just what I need.

Q5. I would recommend the Easy Fit Deluxe Gates I tried to friends and family, I have actually recommended my Mum get one for her house for when we visit, as it is so easy to fit and remove without having to do any drilling into walls, brilliant quality and very robust (my little ones put them through there paces quite thoroughly!!) smile

CheeseEMouse Mon 26-May-14 10:49:23

Q1: We have tested both the easy fit and extending gates. My overall impression is that they were sturdy, with a good opening mechanism and good quality.

Q2: The easy fit gate was straightforward to install. The pictures in the guide could be a bit bigger and as others have said written instructions/guidance would help - for example how to know what you have installed is safe. The wide gate was a bit less straightforward, but that is because it involved drilling and we needed some different rawl plugs because of the type of wall we were going in to.

Q3: Yes - because it has allowed us to restrict where our crawling baby can get to. We are in a first floor flat and she has been showing an interest in inspecting the stairs...

Q4: Yes - we will keep using the gates. They seem a very sensible design and we'll made. Whilst the opening mechanism is slightly fiddly this is a benefit when it comes to trying to outwit a small person.

Q5:I would recommend the gates - straightforward, robust and well priced.

rootypig Mon 26-May-14 15:25:35

Tester.

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

Both. Overall impression good - nice, clean, simple lines (I'm a bit of a minimalist and found them unobtrusive visually in our quite open plan flat) and feel sturdy and strong. The open / close mechanism has a knack but easy once you get it (thinking about visitors, more than me!) and I like that actually, I can't see a child's hand doing it. It's brilliant that they open both ways or not, depending on your preference.

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

The easy fit, great, this is the level of hassle I would expect from a safety gate tbh, I just want the design of the gate itself to keep it in place. I was disappointed that the extending one would need a drill, I hadn't realised that before. Partly because I'm not confident with rawl plugs! and partly because I rent and psychologically it feels wrong to drill into the wall, though my dad has told me I'm daft and the holes are easily filled.

Anyway so I asked my dad to do the one with the drilling, and he said it was easy, but he has 40ish years of DIY experience! The easy fit was fine for me to do. I would have liked some text in the instructions, I find it reassuring, or easier to approach, for whatever reason.

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

Yes. DD is 18mo and actually we have never had safety gates before. But I am a LP and the baby proofing that sufficed before just doesn't cut it any more. Eg she climbs now, on everything - I can't live in a flat with no chairs and tables! Having the gate across her bedroom door, where it truly is totally safe (just cot, toys and books) means there is a safe space for her to be in if I need to do something in another room - take a shower, take a work phonecall. She gets very upset when I shut the door, so being able to see me if I'm on the other side eg cooking helps avert tantrums. I am also thinking that soon the climbing means she'll need to come out of her cot, and she can open doors, so the safety gate across her bedroom will give fab peace of mind at night.

Like other testers, I preferred the fact that the extending gate had no lip or ledge running across the floor when open, though even a dunce like me can see that it is integral to the design. Perhaps there could be some way to make it more visible. DD has already learned to step over it but other children who visit (since they are not really babies, they do charge about) and older relatives will both make me nervous. I will be adding some brightly coloured tape to aid visibility.

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

Yes, definitely, mostly for the night issue I described 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 recommend them, they do the job well, look good, and I've looked up the RRP - they seem very reasonable, I would happily have paid it. The extending one is brilliant for the awkward slightly wide doorways / tops of stairs that may people have.

Thank you Lindam and MN for the opportunity to test.

EddieReadersglasses Mon 26-May-14 15:27:51

Non-tester
My baby has recently started crawling and with 3 Lego obsessed big brothers it's really difficult to keep her from putting Lego in her mouth. I had to do a visual sweep of a room to make sure floor is clear before I put her down. Hard floors much easier for clearing up Lego as I can sweep it all together and into box.
Will need to put stair gate back on again soon!

Other thing is being obsessive about making sure all cleaning products have been turned to "off" setting, as well as being put away straight after use. They go in cupboard which we keep locked with carabiner which fits well with our cupboard handles

Antidote Mon 26-May-14 15:44:07

Non-tester:

Borrow a baby who is slightly older than yours at regular intervals, and let then roam your house (under close supervision). A simple way to sniff out potential hazards. For example, my nephew nearly climbed out of our 1st and second storey windows given a chance, resulting in some swift window guard installation. My son crawled across my sister's living room floor and nearly head butted on an old gas pipe.

And Google the YouTube video about how dangerous plug socket covers are in the UK.

Nouseforausername Mon 26-May-14 22:41:56

we don't have tips as such we're still learning (11mo ds) we had and have still got a jack russell terrier so did kind of dog/baby proof before hand in that we don't have anything below waist height apart from plugs which have furniture in front of them so nobody can get to them, we have pipes and bits on the radiators but all have covered knobs and no sharp edges on them. nothing that can be easily toppled, the only thing we've got to worry about really is the baby when he figures out that he can climb which he is so close to.

oh and don't waste your money on the cupboard locks that go on theoutside of the cupboard as the baby took them off the cupboard and started eating them faster than it took me to put the damned things on!

crimsonwitch Mon 26-May-14 22:44:36

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 both. They both look well designed strong and sturdy. The locking mechanism on both seems like it will keep any little hands from figuring out how to escape.
Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install? The Easy Fit was pretty straight forward and could probably be fitted without instructions if someone was familiar with this type of gate. However, for a person who has never owned a pressure fit gate, I think written instructions and pictures together would have been preferable to just the images. The extending gate took a little more time due to the DIY aspect, but again was pretty easy to fit.
Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, they both performed as expected, keeping my one year old restricted to safe areas in the house.
Q4. Do you think you'll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes. They did the job I wanted them to do, whilst being easy to use and very affordable.
Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes definately. The gates worked well, and I know and trust the brand.

crimsonwitch Mon 26-May-14 22:47:14

Thank you Mumsnet and Lindam for the opportunity, Have a wine on me.

ClothBumMum Mon 26-May-14 22:50:06

Still waiting for mine but will be sure to add feedback when I do get them! Thanks MN and Lindam!

PandaFeet Tue 27-May-14 10:37:07

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 both gates. Our stairs are too wide for the easy fit gate, so the extending gate is brilliant because we now have the top of our stairs secured. The gates are sturdy and well made, and if I had paid for them I would definitely feel that it was good value.

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

The easy fit gate was a sinch to install, and we didn't really need the instructions. Its on our living room door so that the kids can still see us in the kitchen, but they can't get out to the stairs.

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

Yes. Our five year old can't work out how to use them which is great. It has put a stop to her early morning wanderings downstairs. grin

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

Yes, definitely. I always worry about the kids falling down the stairs, and dinner time is much easier now knowning they are contained in the living room and not under my feet near the hot oven.

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

Yes I would. They are so sturdy and well made. Also really easy to fit.

One extra thing that annoyed my DP, the packaging was so tight that when we were trying to get it off, he scraped the white coating off the metal. Wear and tear is one thing, but its annoying for a brand new item to be scored like that.

Thank you mumsnet and lindam. The gates are fab!

blueberrycupcake Tue 27-May-14 12:42:18

Non-tester:
Crawl on the floor so you will see the world/wires/sockets etc from a baby's perspective and move/cover as needed.

My toddler has a case where her train set is kept. We always put one of the foam door catchers at the side of the case when it is open to stop little fingers from getting caught.

I do not buy liquitabs at all because they are very dangerous if a baby/toddler bites into one by accident. They are unfortunately often very colourful and therefore very attractive to babies/toddlers.

lottietiger Tue 27-May-14 13:40:26

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 both gates, the packaging was clear and straight away you could tell the difference between the two gates.

Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
The easy fit gate was really easy to both assemble & install, the instructions were pretty good and there was not any drilling to be done, it was just a matter of reading and understanding. I'm glad that there was a note that the gate should not close properly until hung otherwise I would have thought it was broken smile The extending gate was much harder, in fact I gave up, pathetic I know, and passed it to my OH to complete. It required marking and drilling, whilst balancing the screws and the gate. The instructions were ok though, I knew what I had to do just had trouble doing it. It definitely wasn't a five minute job.

Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? Yes, the locks are very good, we had an old gate at the top of the stairs and my little boy had worked out how to open it, luckily he has to have all doors closed at all times for some reason, so if ever he saw it open he closed it!

Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates?
Yes, we will continue to use them as my son cant open them so they are much safer, they are a bit more of a faff if you are carrying a tray or something you need two hands for though.

Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family?
Yes I would definitely recommend, they are good quality and the price is not excessive. I would recommend the easy fit gate first though as it is much easier to fit.

ButterflyOfFreedom Tue 27-May-14 19:41:44

Non tester

Safety catches on cupboard doors whose contents could be harmful (ie. Cleaning products)

Put 'safe' items in drawers that are accessible / can't be locked.- for example in our bedroom we have put towels & bedding in our low drawers

Medicines are kept in the bathroom cabinet which id very high up

Socket covers are used around the house

Corner protectors are used on low tables with sharp edges

Safety gates are used at the top and bottom of the stairs

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in use

Locks on all windows - plus never leave windows open in a room in which DC might go alone

Never let DC (age 1) unattended in bathroom

itisntme Tue 27-May-14 22:09:08

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

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 do their job - stop the kids from getting where they shouldn't.

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

Yes, to keep the children away from the top of the stairs when upstairs. I expect we'll use the second on DS's bedroom when he is out of his cot.

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 - easy to use, do the job they are supposed to.

Florin Wed 28-May-14 12:08:02

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 the Easy fit deluxe gates. I found them much easier to use. We have a very similar gate I think it must be the same just older design (about 18 months old) but they can be tricky especially when my Mum comes over and she doesn't have much strength in her hands so really struggles to use them. My husband worries it will be easier for our son too but he hasn't worked it out yet!
Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
Extremely easy-even I could do it and it is normally a job I would leave for the husband
Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes. We have one at the bottom of the stairs, we used to have one there but had to move in an emergency a couple of weeks ago when our son got out of his cot so we needed one on the door of his room. We really missed the one at the bottom of the stairs as although dh can go up and downstairs very well on his own he has a habit of trying I drag large unwieldy objects up them making it very unsafe plus it is nice to know he is safely downstairs. We are very happy to have another babygate at the bottom of the stairs. The other gate is over the kitchen door. We have never had one there nor have we baby proofed the kitchen as hate all the safety locks. Therefore he has always had to be closely supervised but makes such a difference now he can't get in the kitchen unaccompanied and so much safer.
Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely will keep using them as it is keeping our one year old safer.
Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes as they are easy to fit and you don't have to screw into the wall. They are also easy to use. They are a popular you also get a good resale price on them as it is the gate everyone wants.

MrsFizz Wed 28-May-14 13:33:46

My daughter is now 9 but we have lots of small nieces and nephews round so make sure all table corners at head height are covered, foam door stoppers on the tops of doors to stop slamming little fingers in them and any cleaning fluids, tablets, medication etc is kept high up and well out of sight and reach of inquisitive eyes and fingers.

weeblueberry Wed 28-May-14 14:39:27

Q1. We tested the Easy Fit Deluxe Gates. Overall I was very impressed with them. They managed to withstand my 12month old daughter gripping them and using her whole weight to try and dislodge them!! My only concern is that there might be considerable marks left on the wall where they're mounted but I suspect that would be the case with any baby gate.

Q2. They were moderately easy to install. It may have been more helpful to have further paper instructions inside the box as the images on the outside were quite basic. I didn't have any issues actually installing them but they were going on a standard size doorframe so there wasn't much adjustment needed in terms of size.

Q3. They're definitely doing their job! As I mentioned my daughter used her entire weight and tried to push it over with brute force. They didn't budge in the slightest in the door frame.

Q4. We will definitely continue to use the safety gates. We have pets and so as well as using the safety gates on the stairs themselves we have used them to create a safe haven for our cats where they can sleep and eat without my daughter pestering them.

Q5. I already have! My cousin has a young baby and her parents mentioned recently that they were looking to get a safety gate for when their grandson visits. I recommended the Easy Fit Deluxe Gates and they're off to purchase them soon.

milliemoon Wed 28-May-14 19:45:04

We let son explore a cupboard where we put safe items in, eg some plastic pots, plastic child friendly food etc. He loved taking the items out and putting them back in and it seemed to stop him getting so frustrated at not being able to open the other cupboards. However, the safety catches were a must to stop him getting his hands on dangerous items should the temptation win! We also made use of a travel cot in the kitchen with his toys in for the times when we needed to open the oven for example.

DifferentNow Wed 28-May-14 20:33:48

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 the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate. Our overall impression was that this was a well made product which seemed to be significantly better than the last gates that we had purchased about four years ago.

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

Whether it was because with five kids we have significant experience with safety gates or because of the simplicity of the instructions but my husband and I found them very easy to assemble.

In terms of installation, the fact that there was no need to drill into the wall/bannister makes life so much easier and it was very clear once we'd achieved a tight enough fit in the appointed space.

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

Our older children are old hands with safety gates but even they commented on the ease with which they could use them and everyone loves the handles. They have found the gate easy to open and importantly easy to close securely.

Our eleven month old is on the verge of walking and likes to stand up at the gates but after being initially wary we are now quite happy that no amount of rattling will dislodge the gate and put her in danger.

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

We had wondered whether to employ gates with number five but having put these up we are very happy with them and comfortable that they aren't seriously impacting the flow of 'traffic' around the house, whilst ensuring the safety of the youngest member of the family.

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

We would definitely recommend them.

They are easy to assemble, easy to install and value for money.

Added to that, they are well made, easy and quick to negotiate when moving around the house and most importantly they are a safe gate that you can have total confidence in when leaving your child on the other side of them.

Wickedgirl Wed 28-May-14 20:34:12

Non tester

Watch your children and never underestimate how determined they can be when they want something!

Teach them that there are some things they can't have.

Use stair gates and check their fittings regularly to ensure they haven't become loose.

For crawling babies, make sure that there are no trailing wires to chew on and that older children haven't left small toys within grabbing distance

Make sure that cleaning products and medicines are stored safely away from the reach of children

Spotsondots Wed 28-May-14 22:47:47

Tester

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

We are trialling both gates. So far we have only really used the easy fit deluxe so I will post again when we have used the other gate more. Overall impression of this gate is good - it seems to be sturdy and to do the job intended. It is quite secure on the wall. The catch is quite fiddly with one hand, which is a bit annoying if you have a wriggly baby on your hip but it may be that I just need to get used to this.

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

In the interests of product testing DH left it to me to install the gate hmm. I am a DIY numpty so this was truly a test of its simplicity! I managed to assemble and fit it eventually by following the instructions provided, but would have liked some text to accompany the diagrams at times. No drilling required though, which makes it great for rental properties where you can't necessarily drill into the walls freely.

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

Yes - this gate provides a secure barrier to the much coveted stairs in our house! The catch is, as I said before, a bit fiddly, and DS hasn't noticed it (yet) but I think it'll pose enough of a challenge to keep him out!

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

Yes definitely. DS is only going to get more mobile...!

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

Yes I would recommend this, but not for the top of the stairs, as I would worry about tripping over the bar at the bottom of the gate.

Notmyidea Wed 28-May-14 23:04:22

We are testing one of each gate, the extending gate in the archway between lounge and dining room and the easy-fit to restrict access to the kitchen.
The gates seem very sturdy and attractive, although I prefer the extending version as it doesn't have the bar at the bottom. It's great to be able to leave the dining room French doors open and know the baby isn't going to escape and I can leave the ironing board up with confidence now.

Both were very easy to install, I just handed them over to dh and they were both up in under half an hour. He's not a confident diy-er either. He found the instructions clear, and easy to follow.

I do feel that the baby is safer with them and I feel confident that he can't get through them. I have a couple of quite self absorbed adolescents at home, I particularly like that the handles stick up if they have not been closed properly, helps me keep tabs on themsmile We have another manufacturers gates on our stairs, and this was a problem for a while before they got used to them.

We will definately continue to use them, thank-you mumsnet and Lindam for the opportunity to test them, and would recommend them to friends and family.

OrdinaryGirl Thu 29-May-14 14:09:45

Tester

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

Both gates. Overall impressions...the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate is a dream in most respects, and the jury is still out on the Extending Gate. With narrowed eyes. More on that later.

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

The Easy Fit gate is very easy to assemble and install - as one would hope. (This descriptor often means nothing - most of us have on several occasions been lured in by charlatan companies and their empty promises of products being 'easy', only to have our hopes dashed in a flurry of marital discord, crumpled instructions, emergency gin and swearing.)

The Extendable Gate is not easy to assemble or install. I am a reasonably bright girl and have put together vast Ikea wardrobes with minimal fuss, but found the runic diagrams so complex as to almost require assistance of a senior elf and a moonlit night. At the time of writing, my dad and I have spent an hour poring over the kit and the relevant destructions, and so far have achieved the blu-tacking of a strip of paper to the wall. And some pencil marks. Neither of these things is going to keep my 8.5 month old from his stated aim and intent of a fractured femur.

In fairness to Lindam, our struggle may in part be due to attempting to fit the gate to the bottom of the stairs in a drunkenly irregular Victorian terrace where no line is parallel to any other line. It is really hard. I think the process might have been more straightforward if we had a standard new build house with a straight block newel post, rather than curvy carved nonsense.

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

The Easy Fit gate is up at our kitchen door. DS likes to pull himself up and watch what's going on. It seems sturdy and he hasn't been able to budge it or open it, so yes, it's effective. I imagine the Extendable Gate will be effective if we ever manage to fit it.

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

Yes, we'll continue to use them - they do the job and are easy on the eye - clean lines and all - and I'm not looking for anything more than that. DS being my first child, I have no frame of reference for these things, so I don't know how arrestingly elegant or easy to use baby gates should be.

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

Ye-ee-es I would recommend the Easy Fit, with the caveat that the handle catch is incredibly fiddly to operate with one hand. You have to adopt a pincer grip and then lift a lever using your little finger - this is the only way it is possible to open it. I am guessing that this is to make it extra-difficult for little hands to open, but if you are exhausted and busy and are constantly thwarted in moving around your own house to the point where it feels like a mummy gate, it can get frustrating.

The instructions let down the Extendable Gate, so I would probably not recommend. They need to be simplified. In fact the actual fittings need to be simplified. In an ideal world, Lindam's customers would all be well-rested, with plenty of time on their hands and an ability to maintain a serenely crystalline focus on the assembly of their products, but the reality is that most people buying these gates are going to be exhausted and busy and therefore the manufacturers should factor this in. Ergonomics, innit.

Something slightly niche that occurred to me this week with these gates is about cats. I know this is a bit specialist, but it would be useful if the packaging could indicate at a glance whether or not an average cat can get through the bars. We have a cat who is quite seriously miffed at his house-patrol being impeded, and if I hadn't been lucky enough to be selected to test the Lindam gates, I would probably have positively selected for a gate with bars just a little wider apart.

Thank you Lindam and Mumsnet for the opportunity to participate in the testing. I hope this review has been helpful.

CrispyFern Thu 29-May-14 14:54:46

I'm a tester but my phone is on the blink. I've just borrowed my mum's for a minute so I'll do my review Monday when I should get my phone back. I how that's Ok!

Quodlibet Thu 29-May-14 18:12:33

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 both gates. Both feel sturdy, both easy to open once you get the knack of the safety catch. Personally I prefer not having a bottom bar to step over so the extending gates suit me better.
Q2. How easy were the gates to assemble and install?
Both very easy - Easyfit of course having the advantage that you can move it about if you're not sure exactly where the best places are for your gates.
Q3. Did you find the Safety Gates effective in keeping your children safer? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes. The only consideration for me is that children do need an opportunity to climb stairs etc and learn how to keep themselves safe, but safety gates are undoubtedly still a good idea.
Q4. Do you think you?ll continue to use the Lindam Safety Gates? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes
Q5. Would you recommend the Lindam Safety Gates you tried to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes.

vincenta Thu 29-May-14 20:27:15

Non-tester.There are lot of things to make house child friendly, like door stoppers, socket covers, corner cushions, etc but best thing when your child start to crawl do the same, as you will find all other things which are easy to reach and find when you are crawling.Completely different world there smile

SweetPeaPods Thu 29-May-14 20:52:25

Tester

1. We tried both the extending white metal safety gate and the easy fit deluxe gate.
We put the extending gate at the top of our stairs as there is no bottom bar, and were generally impressed. Easy fit gate is at the kitchen door as it is too narrow for bottom of our stairs. I don't really fancy buying the extender for an extra 1cm!
2. Instructions could be better.
3. Yes, ds was just starting to try and climb stairs and I couldn't trust him to crawl upstairs but now i feel much safer.
4. Not sure, I don't find them very easy to open with one hand while carrying ds.
5. If it came up n conversation yes.
Thank you for selecting me to test though smile

mamato3luvleys Thu 29-May-14 21:02:18

Non tester
All of the above advice but also cable tidies behind TV etc as my son has realised the wires are less boring when the all covered up together.
Bath mats inside the bath and mostly just never leave them alone for any length of time you just never know what they will find to harm themselves I always get on the floor with my son to see what's in his eye line especially as I have two older children in the house and they are forever playing with lego or leaving nerf bullets lying around!

mamato3luvleys Thu 29-May-14 21:04:34

Non tester
All of the above advice but also cable tidies behind TV etc as my son has realised the wires are less boring when the all covered up together.
Bath mats inside the bath and mostly just never leave them alone for any length of time you just never know what they will find to harm themselves I always get on the floor with my son to see what's in his eye line especially as I have two older children in the house and they are forever playing with lego or leaving nerf bullets lying around!

mamato3luvleys Thu 29-May-14 21:05:05

Sorry for duplication.

Ditsy79 Thu 29-May-14 21:16:04

1 - we tested both the extending gate and the easyfit deluxe gate. They are both good quality and seem sturdy. I like the opening mechanism, as it is not as fiddly as the mechanisms we have seen on other gates at friends and family's houses. Our cat is not impressed, as she can't fit between the bars (and is too lazy to jump over the top!)
2 - The easyfit gate was extremely easy to put up. The extending gate was more difficult as it involved drilling etc. We found the pictorial instructions quite confusing, and think it would have been a lot better if Lindam had included some printed verbal instructions in addition to the pictures.
3 - The gates have been effective so far; although as our daughter has only just started crawling, it's a case of'watch this space'.
4 - we will continue to use the gates.
5 - we would definitely recommend the gates to friends and family.

moonegirl Thu 29-May-14 22:52:57

tester

*Q1. Did you try the Extending White Metal Safety Gate or the Easy Fit Deluxe Gate (or both)? What was your overall impression?8

I was lucky enought to try both of the gates, my overall impression was that they looked sturdy and safe.

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

The easyfit gate was very easy and I had this up and working in around ten minutes. The fixed gate was more complicated, but only because we habe thick solid stone walls. I hired a handyman to put this gate up and he had finished in around 15 minutes.

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

Yes most definately, my preference being for the fixed gate as it was really sturdy and had no movement in it whatsoever.
The easy fit gate also held sturdy and kept my child safe out of the kitchen, however the bottom bar was quite annoying.

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

Yes I'll continue to use both safety gates

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

Yes I would recommend Lindam, the gates were safe and I think they'll be reliable. I googled the recommended prices and they seem very reasonable. Persoanlly I would recommend the fixed gates for stairs even though they are more complicated to fix they are very solid and it gives that extra piece of mind when the child gets a little bit older and can start climbing!

judypoops Fri 30-May-14 07:53:39

Update to previous post.
Gates still working brilliantly but the bottom bar is really annoying and keeps tripping ds2 up when we let him through. He's been trying his hardest to escape however and having no luck!
All in all still very happy with them.

Uzma01 Fri 30-May-14 12:03:18

Non-tester

I moved breakable things out of reach before my son started crawling around. My DH taught both kids how to climb the stairs safely, then how to get down safely too as our stairs have a low bannister on the one side so couldn't fit the safety gate at the bottom of the stairs.

All plug sockets were fitted with covers.

Their toys were places on or near the floor.

Apart from that just being vigilant especially in other people's homes where they didn't have small kids around.

TheDudess Fri 30-May-14 13:05:41

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 tested the Easy Fit Delux Gate. I was very impressed with it, it is very sturdy, easy to fit and easy to open/close. It also fitted well which I was surprised about as our stairs are a bit odd.

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

They were relatively easy, however I had to refer to the online video to figure it out as I couldn't work out the instruction manual. I couldn't figure out from the pictures how the bolts went in and became taught, despite trying it a few different ways. I think the fact that the manual is in so many different languages means that Lindam have tried to cram a lot of information into a small size and I would have found a couple of lines of text about this very helpful. As it was, the video made sense but it was a bit of a pain to have to go an look it up as I thought it would be straightforward. I say this as someone who is very good at putting together IKEA flatpack furniture!

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

Not my child specifically as they aren't toddling just yet, but they did prevent my friends toddlers from climbing the stairs/getting into the room with the cat's litter tray in. I don't know what it is about toddlers but they go for that flippin litter tray like moths to a light. With the safety gate I could put it over the door way so we didn't have to keep chasing them whilst having a brew (could always see them but didn't have to worry about that particular issue ifkwim).

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

Yes absolutely. They are very sturdy and do just what you want them to.

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

Yes. These are high quality safety gates that do just what you want them to do. The only thing I would change is the instructions could be a bit clearer.

Wjjkl Fri 30-May-14 14:35:12

Tester
Q1 - we tried both the extending white metal gate and the easyfit gate. First impressions were that they were well packaged - not too much packing waste & they looked sturdy.

Q2 - like the other testers, the extending easyfit gate was very simple to put up (as it says on the tin really). The other gate was more complicated and the instructions could have been clearer (written ones?)

Q3 - yes the gates are very effective. I have to be conscious of the bottom bar on the easy fit gate so I don't trip - not a big issue, but I felt I had to be aware of it especially if holding the little one.

Q4 - yes, I'll use both

Q5 - yes, I would recommend the gates. Reasonable price & the fixed gate in particular is very sturdy. I would only suggest the instructions were made a little clearer with some words rather than just pictures.

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!

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.

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

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!

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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,

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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!

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!

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!

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

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