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      29.04.2003 01:48
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      My son Alex gained his mobility at a very early age, so I very sensibly decided to buy a safety kit. Buying all the pieces we needed would have proved to be very expensive so when I saw the Kiddiproof Child Safety Pack for £10 I thought ?What a bargain!? That will teach me for going cheap. INCLUDED IN SAFETY KIT ARE THE FOLLOWING: 1 Fridge lock 8 corner cushions 1 door jammer 1 video lock 12 socket covers 6 cupboard/drawer latches NOT INCLUDED IN SAFETY KIT Guarantee Instructions Address to complain to It comes in a blue box, with a full description of the contants on the front. The contents are all wrapped neatly in clear plastic. BEGIN THE SAFETY KIT DESTRUCTION These things were useful to begin with. Alex could move around the room and I felt comfortable that he wasn?t going to electrocute or maim himself. That is until the kit started to?. Well, disintegrate. The first thing that proved to be useless was the video lock. It is made of black plastic, so it blends in with most videos. It clips into the video slot very lightly and Alex discovered at the age of 6 months that giving it a pull would get it out so he could discover the joy of pushing whatever he could into the slot. My verdict?Useless. The next thing to be discarded was the door jammer. It is made of white plastic. This supposedly fits around the door to stop little fingers being squashed. However, my doors are quite narrow and the jammer just slid down the door. At 7 months Alex found that pulling it off and slamming the door was great fun. Maybe my doors aren?t wide enough, or maybe the door jam should be improved. My verdict?Useless. The fridge lock was next on Alex?s list for destruction. It was made of white plastic. This pesky thing was annoying to fit. It stuck onto the fridge with those silly press-on stickers. As there was no instruction leaflet I put it on as seemed best, although I?m
      not sure if I actually put it on correctly. Alex totally disregarded the minutes of work I put in to get the lock stuck on, and at 11 months he tore it off. He also tried eating it, so I had fun trying to peel the sticker off of his lip, without causing bloodshed. Why did the sticker refuse to come off skin, yet be unable to stick the fridge? I have no idea. My verdict?Useless. The corner cushions are applied in a similar way. Stickers are applied to the very attractive (if you like white molded plastic) corner cushions, which are then applied to the relevant piece of furniture. Not only do they look terrible but Alex took a liking to these as well. One tug was enough to remove the first one, and obviously the rest soon followed suit. Great fun for Alex, but a nightmare for me. They also attract attention, and a friend of mine had her table ruined by the dog chewing the corner cushion. My verdict?Useless. The cupboard catches were useful for a while, but very difficult to attach. They are made of white plastic. You have to screw them into the cupboard, which obviously damages it. Of course this means it holds better than sticky tabs. The problem is that if you don?t get the catch in the spot on correct place it?s either impossible to open the cupboard at all or it can be pulled open too easily. Unfortunately, now Alex is 16 months he can just yank the cupboard open, damaging the catch. My verdict? Not bad for a few months. Last but not least, the socket covers. These are also made of white plastic, so blend nicely with most sockets. They slot into the plug socket so no fingers can be poked through. These were very useful until quite recently. Alex has found how to take them out. We have now had to take them all off as he sucks them and tries to put them back in the socket. As fond as I am of the NHS, I don?t want to be in my A&E explaining why my son has had an electric shock. My verdict?Work well until child is older. My ad
      vice to anyone looking for a safety kit is to buy all the pieces separately and find which ones work best for you. This may prove more expensive but this safety kit was a waste of money. I think my son?s life is worth more than the money I paid for this. My son is not a genius but has the brains to figure out how to overcome all the obstacles this kit put in his way. I consider a kit this useless to be a danger as it lulls you into a false sense of security over your child's welfare. The pack can be bought from places such as Mothercare, Toys R Us and other similar places. I would urge you not to. Modified from Ciao

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        14.03.2001 01:24
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        With a small child around the house it is so difficult, you either have to watch them like a hawk 24/7 or you have to make the house more secure. So, when you are in the kitchen and you’re child in the living room you won’t have to worry. When my daughter was 9 months old, we decided to make the house safer, we bought a Kiddiproof Child safety pack at the excellent price at £11.99, which I thought was excellent value. You get plug covers, children have a tendency to either put their little fingers in the plug holes so the plug covers would come in handy. Anyone with kids will realise that when they start crawling, the first thing they do is go towards your TV cabinet, so the video lock came in handy. They like flapping at the video flap and the door jammer was good, it meant they wouldn’t trap their fingers. The 8 corner cushions for any sharp corners and the 5/6 drawer catches. The house can never be secure enough but this pack really helped, and with some additional bits and bats like Fire guard I felt pretty much safe. Although, I wouldn’t buy it again because some of the things we couldn’t use like the corner cushions since we didn’t have many sharp edges around the place. I thought the plug covers came in very handy. It’s a good child safety pack and is worth investing although some of the things you may not use. The draw catches were really good and helped to stop my units being demolished. Although, you can’t be 100% safe you can do something and this child safety pack is good value, and help you make the house more safer.

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          02.03.2001 03:10
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          My son who is almost three and in to everything loves opening cupboard doors and emptying the contents of the cupboard, so I decided to buy cupboard locks thinking there is no way he will open these because I could not open them.Anyway to my amazement he could so I thought this was a waste of money, they were intended to keep him out but didnt .Although they are by a good name (tommie tippie)they are a waste of money. I also have a video lock from boots which is very good my son can not get that off as its got a button you have to press in and pull the lock out at the same time,the cupboard locks are actually two pieces of plastic, one goes on inside of cupboard and the other piece on the door .The one on the door clicks in to place when the door shuts it latches on to the piece attaced to the door but only has to be pushed in and cupboard door opens so not very child safe.From a top name I would of expected something better than two pieces of plastic just goes to show better names dont always make better products.I would not buy this product again.

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            13.11.2000 03:51
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            As my own son is now a young man, I have little reason for having any input in this section, However, I was shopping with a friend the other day and, as she is expecting her second child, we went into Index, to buy things for after her “upgrade” as she calls it. - (Sheila’s husband is into computers too). Sheila made several purchases and I found this set of safety gizmos which should come in really handy, both now and after the birth. There is a fridge lock, which should keep wee Jimmy away from the food (and the drink), he’s too young to take after his Dad, just yet! Sheila’s getting a new one (fridge that is) and she’ll be able to fit it on that one, when it gets delivered (the fridge, not the baby, they don’t have any safety feature, last time I looked). Also fitted in the kitchen were the drawer catches. They should stop young Jimmy getting his fingers caught when his Mum has her arms full with the new arrival. What Jimmy found NOT AT ALL to his liking, was the toilet lock, he’s got too used to playing in the loo as soon as Sheila’s back is turned - that is why he doesn’t like the new locking gadget. Isn’t technology wonderful ;-) One other piece of safety equipment included in this great little package, is the pair of ‘slam-stoppers’, we haven’t got these fitted yet. Maybe I’ll come back and update this at a later date. Meanwhile, the “Safety Pack” must be the best buys I’ve seen for the home that has young children running around. At £9:99 it is a steal. Sheila’s so chuffed that I bought them, she’s letting me baby-sit tonight . . . GG

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            19.10.2000 07:06
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            We purchased this product from a catalogue and immediately upon its arrival we set to work making our house a safe environment for our child then aged 10 months, he had just started to crawl and had trapped his fingers in a kitchen cupboard door. Two days later he learned to stand against the furniture, how soon our tiny boy was growing up! Later the same week he managed to remove a fridge lock, undo the cupboard locks and those corner cushions come off if you suck them hard enough!! Either our baby is Houdini or these are not all they are cracked up to be. The only useful thing which remains to be useful as we can't remove them either are the plug socket covers, these I would recommend to everyone who does not ever want to use electricity again!! It is a rather expensive piece of equipment for the length of time it is actually effective so I would not recommend the purchase of this item, especially as the socket covers can be bought seperately.

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            25.09.2000 16:45
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            We purchased this product earlier this year when our son started crawling. At first glance you think it is good value for money. It has 1 fridge lock, corner cushions, door jammer, video lock, socket covers, cupboard and drawer catches and in our pack there was a night light. Out of all the items we have only used the door jammer and the socket covers although my hubby has spent the weekend swearing while he attempted to install the cupboard catches. The instructions of use are printed on the back of the cardboard box and it has no written instructions. Only drawings. I would prefer that mainly so I could shout at him that he is doing it wrong!!!! But alot of new parents are unsure how to do these things and not all of us has degrees in child safety. I was disappointed in the product and if I could buy the items seperatly I would as I found alot of them we did not use. I brought the product as I believed that Kiddiproof were a good brand name and I was not disappointed with the quality of the products we did use.

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            12.09.2000 23:53
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            We were given this pack as a present at Christmas by a family member and I was quite pleased as I was thinking of buying it for us anyway. We have used the socket covers (some of which I had anyway) and the door jammer, but everything else we havent used. To add insult to injury the video lock just does not work. I finally got round to putting it on our video as my son was just figuring out how to open the tv cabinet doors. Well the first time he got in the video lock was straight out of the video. It has some cabinet locks and drawer locks but we have found it much more effective to just give our son a drawer or cupboard of his own in the kitchen that he is allowed to play with and change the contents of it from time to time.

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            28.08.2000 23:23
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            This pack includes drawer/cupboard locks, table corners (I even used two of these for the corners on my marble hearth, a door stopper, socket covers, video guard etc. It's a great starter pack and if you calculate the cost of buying each item seperately, you save pounds. We have used every single piece in the pack but were very disappointed in the video guard. This item just didn't suit our video at all and was easily removed by the children. The socket covers are difficult to remove, even for adults, so they are ideal. The drawer/cupboard locks are difficult for children but obviously require drilling and fixing in to place. The door stopper fits at either an edge or top of a door, it's rubber and easily pops off once children are two years or so and "slam" doors shut. We've built on our kit by buying extra items but nevertheless praise this particular kit for covering most aspects of child safety. It would make a great present for new parents.

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            09.08.2000 15:59
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            Kiddiproof have a really good range of products to protect your children around the home. I bought some of their cupboard locks from B&Q. These are used in the kitchen to lock away all the cleaning solutions. These are easy for an adult to open but virtually impossible for a young child, you have to hold in a button on the side and one on top to release the catch. For a childs smaller hand they would find this very very difficult. These can be used on corner cupboards as well. As with all safety devices they are not 100% guaranteed to keep your child at bay so it is important to watch your childs development.They might not be able to crack it this month but maybe next..

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              01.08.2000 04:04
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              When my daughter started to crawl at nearly 10 months old, we decided to childproof the house. We bought the Kiddiproof Child Safety Pack from Toys R Us for £10.00. At the time of buying the safety pack I thought it was good value for money. In the pack we got approximately 12 plug socket covers, 1 video lock, 1 door jammer, 1 fridge lock, 8 corner cushions, and 6 cupboard/drawer catches. When we opened it at home, we were very disappointed to find that a lot of the items were useless as they only fitted standard sizes of household equipment. For instance the video safety cover was too small for our video and just didn't fit. The very next day, my daughter put her hand into the video and ripped the video flap off. It cost us around £50 to repair!!! The fridge lock was only designed to fit squared edged doors, our fridge door is rounded!! So this was useless. The only things that have been useful are the plug socket covers, as these stop wandering hands poking things into the plug sockets. Also the corner cushions are very useful on sharp edges. Toddlers are forever falling into things, so at least these soften the blow a little bit. However, we hardly have any sharp edges around the house, so have only used 2 out of 8 corner cushions. All in all we lost out. We couldn't take the safety pack back as my husband had opened a lot of the items, and had fitted some of the door catches. I would recommend that parents who are thinking of getting a safety kit, think again and buy the things seperately to make sure that they fit your household equipment. Certainly look around for a good video safety cover. I have since seen one in Mothercare that fits completely over the front of your video. It is a bit too late for me though!! UPDATE I recently bought a toilet safety catch from Mothercare for £3.99, as my toddler is forever lifting the toilet seat up and running off with th
              e rim block!! What a complete waste of money! The catch just sticks onto your toilet by an adhesive strip and didn't last two minutes with my toddler. She managed to pull it off without much effort and came running into the bedroom to show me what she had done!! I thought these products are supposed to be childproof? I am thinking of taking it back as I feel like I have been ripped off. The best childproof thing to do in the bathroom is to shut the door, but my daughter can open doors too!! Any solutions anyone??

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                31.07.2000 07:20
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                tThe types of catches you get in this pack only work while children are very young e.g. the crawling stage. Once they are past 1 year they figure them out. Well we do insist on giving them toys where that is the object. Do not trust these to protect your kids from chemicals and sharp knives etc. If you can store your cleaning materials and medicines in a lockable cupboard. Even putting them in a high cupboard isn't always enough. My 3 year old can reach all the cupboards in the kitchen via chairs and the work tops. He doesn't climb up as he knows it is wrong but the fact is he can. The socket covers are good and difficult even for adults to remove. There was 12 in the pack I got which was enough. Only 1 door jammer but I didn't really use this to much. I used 4 of the 8 corners covers on my low coffee table. Both kids have used the table to pull themselves up and start walking and I felt the corners needed these. Not very attractive but stick on well. The video lock is great for when they start crawling about. Ever tried picking mashed up raisins out of a video recorder. My 3 year old takes the cover off himself to put his videos on, but he is past the stage of posting things where he shouldn't.

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                11.07.2000 06:01
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                If you have children and are worried about them trapping their little fingers in doors but don't want to fork out money for door jammers then get some pipe lagging from your local builders merchants/B&Q etc cut into small pieces and put over the edge of your doors, they will not shut with them on and little fingers won't get squashed. We have just bought a kit with the plug cover in etc and there is only 1 door jammer, we will need at least 3 or 4 so will make the rest. Simple idea at a fraction of the cost.

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