After spending weeks encouraging and cajoling my young son to crawl and delighting when he finally achieved his first tentative movements the irony wasn't lost on me when it became obvious that his newly-found mobility meant that some serious baby-proofing had to be undertaken in my home. He's a fast little thing, constantly on the go and extremely inquisitive and adventurous with no sense of fear whatsoever. This can result in some scary near-misses if my attention isn't focused on him as he explores the things around him so I quickly decided that a baby gate would not only give him a 'safe area' where he could play without getting himself into trouble but would also allow me to leave him unattended for a few minutes if I needed to go to the kitchen or had something else to do.
It didn't take me too long to decide on which baby gate to buy, at the time of me looking for one Amazon were selling the Lindam Easy Fit Deluxe at half price from £31.99 to £15.99 so I quickly took advantage of the offer and waited for it to be delivered. Described as 'Easy Fit' the baby gate comes ready-built up in a large cardboard box, it can be fitted to a door frame or stairwell and I decided that my son's bedroom was the most appropriate place for me to put mine. His room is completely baby-safe, it's a large room with nearly all of his toys ready to hand and is the perfect place for me to be able to keep an eye on him and know that he's safe if I'm pottering around my home or outside with my dog.
Being pressure mounted the baby gate has four adjustable mounts that need to be screwed into position against a door frame, a supplied spanner is provided for getting a really tight grip as well as 'cups' for the ends of the mounts to sit firmly against and it's just a matter of holding the gate in position and adjusting it to fit. It's an easy fitting process and took me around 5 or 10 minutes to get it fixed firmly in place and once stood is very sturdy and strong. Out of the box the baby gate is able to fit a gap between 75 and 82cms though extensions can be bought separately should you need them. As I was fitting mine to a standard door frame I didn't need to buy any extensions so can't comment on how easy they are to fix or join to the main baby gate but the options are there should anyone need them.
Mine has a two point locking system comprising a top 'handle' and bottom clip. The bottom clip is there for added safety though I don't tend to use mine as I find the handle keeps the gate closed firmly enough to stop my son from getting out and I do think it would be a little awkward having to move a clip backwards and forwards all the time when you are coming and going. The handle itself is quite innovate in design, it can't be lifted without pressure being placed on either side of it so it takes a 'grab, squeeze and lift' action to raise it which makes it far too complicated for small hands to master and keeps the gate firmly in place. Whilst the reassuring aspects of this are good, you know with certainty that a baby or toddler can't open the gate, it does have to be said that it can be slightly awkward using the handle but I'd rather it be like this rather than being anything too easy to open though can cause a little frustration if you're carrying your baby and you need to open the gate though you do get used to its operation after a few times of using it. It can be opened with one hand which is good and when in its closed position it sits firmly in place and is impossible to move, again a very good plus point for its design and very reassuring for a parent.
With the handle disengaged the gate can swing outwards or inwards so a good 2 way operation and again makes it easy to use, the gap is easily wide enough to walk straight through without having to turn to one side and being white in colour I think it doesn't look too out of place. It's made from metal, has a matte white paint finish, weighs around 5kgs and measures 4.5cm in depth and 75cm in height and width (though can be extended as already mentioned) All in all I think it's a well designed baby gate, it was easy to fix and since it has been in place hasn't moved or slipped so the pressure-fitting certainly does the job.
In everyday use I don't find the baby gate to be too much of a hindrance, when he's in his room my son likes nothing more than to pull himself up to a standing position and then grips the top of the gate with ease. I like that it's not too high for him to see over and I think it gives his legs a bit of a work-out and gives him added confidence with standing on his own. Though he's not walking independently yet he does coast around on furniture and he will 'walk' from one end of the gate to the other whilst holding on. A minor niggle to mention at this point would be that the gate does rattle quite a bit, especially when 'someone' is using it as a walking aid but it stays firmly shut and he can't open it so whilst not perfect it would be unfair to criticise this aspect too harshly.
For a shade under £16.00 I think the Lindam Easy Fit has been a great buy and has certainly offered some much needed baby-proofing to my home, it keeps 'trouble' (as I like to call him) out of mischief and allows me the chance to keep an eye on him whilst getting on with other things. I'd certainly recommend one to other parents and though the handle can be a little on the awkward side at times I do think that it's a well made, strong and sturdy baby gate that is easy to fix into place and should provide some peace of mind that baby or toddler is safe and secure.
Four stars as a rating from me, thanks for reading my review.
With a 2 year old my house is a maze of safety gates!!
These gates were on off at Tesco during their baby event for only £15.00 so I stocked up. We now have them at the top of the stair, bottom of the stairs and kitchen.
This gate was ideal for us as it opens both ways, has a triple locking system and is incredible easy to fit.
The gate is metal with a white finish on it so nothing too offensive which is great since these will probably be a feature in my home for the next 2-3 year.
The gate was in a large back built and ready to fit. I removed the box (something else for the recycling) I put the gate in place and twisted the side clamps on to the wall both sides until very snug and bob's your uncle the gate was fitted. I pushed and leaned on the gate and it was secure and robust.
The locking system is great as too complex for a little on to figure out but easy for an adult to open. The plastic handle has a push down button on each side which need to be pushed at the same time then the handle rose. Also there are two twisting clasps at the bottom of the gate for further security.
It is advised you check the gate regularly to ensure still secure. I tend to do this every day and so far I've not had to adjust them and they've been up for 1 year.
These safety gates have provided me with peace of mind however when first put up I often stumbles over the bottom bar but it didn't take long to get used to it being there. Saying that I wouldn't be without them but look forward to the day I no longer need them.
Its recommended safety gates are used until 24 months old however with a mischievous 2 year old and a 2 month old I fear these gates will be in place for a few more years.
As far as safety gates go this has been great and would recommend it to anyone who is in the market for one.
We had stairgates when our eldest was little but we have since moved house and we had to buy an extra one when our youngest daughter started to show an interest in the stairs. We ended up with the Lindam stairgate as my Grandma was buying a stairgate for using with her dogs however they were buy one get one free so she had no use for the second stair gate and gave it to us. We got the stairgates from Argos where they cost £22.99.
The stair gate came in a pretty flat carboard box with a picture of the stairgate on it, the gate inside is all in one piece so there is no building involved which is ideal although you do have to adjust the gate to fit on your stairs.
The gate is supposed to fit gaps from 75cm to 81cms, we first tried the gate on our daughters bedroom and found that it actually was a little too big and we couldn't managed to fit it in the gap despite the door frame being exactly 75cms, she has the box bedroom and as it is so small the door opens outwards so not sure if that has any bearing on the fit of the stairgate or not.
Secondly we tried the stairgate at the bottom of the stairs which we hadn't measured however are as far as I can see standard stairs and certainly don't seem any narrower than stairs in any of the other houses we visit however we found the same problem that the stairgate was too big and we couldn't fit it there either.
In the end we put this stairgate at the top of our stairs, our stairs have 13 straught steps then a large square step and a turn for the last step so we found that due to the turn the stairs at the top are actually wider than the stairs at the bottom and the stairgate finally fitted one place in the house where we wanted one.
The stairgate is white in colour and made of metal, the bars are pretty close as far as stairgates go which is brilliant in our house as we have a cat who although she is pretty large has quite a small head and likes to squeeze through small gaps but she can't get her head in thankfully. There are screw ends top and bottom on either side which has little circle pieces to fir against the walls which are light blue in colour and then there is a little clip at the bottom in blue and a small bit of blue on the opening mechanism.
Tha gate can open either way which is great as it means you can have the opening mechanism on the most comfortable side for yourself, there is a small clip at the bottom which you can use to make it so the gate can only iopen one way but we have never found a reason to need to use this although occasionally when the gate is open the dog does knock the clip down and I end up wondering why I can't get it closed.
The gate is easy to open, you have to squeeze the little lever underneath and then push with finger and thumb at the top of the mechanism and then lift the lever, it sounds alot more complicated than it is and you can easily open the gate with one hand so if you are carrying something up the stairs you don't have to go ahead to open the stairgate. My 2 year old has no idea how to open the gate so it does the job intended perfectly and my 5 year old can manage to open the gate if she uses 2 hands which is great as it means she doesn't need us to open it all the time as even if we are downstairs we still leave the gate shut as it stops the dogs getting into the bedrooms.
We recently painted our hall stairs and landing and because you have to make sure the gate is fitted tightly into your gap we foun that it has removed a circle patch of wallpaper from the wall which is a shame although not a major disaster and the safety of our children comes first, it had not damaged the paintwork on the banister at all.
I would recommend this stairgate it is really easy to use and it provides maximum safety which is exactly what we needed it to do. The gate is certainly more expensive than some others you can buy however it is a well known make and I would prefer to buy something with proven history than take a chance on a cheaper version.
I have two children at home and also live in a house with stairs so stairgates are part of the furniture around here, at least for the next couple of years. I think you can never be too careful on stairs, especially as I fell down ours a few weeks ago and really bruised my bottom, I would hate for my kids to do that so I have a stairgate at the top of the stairs. I've now taken the one off the bottom as my one year old son is not interested in exploring the stairs and it just means we can get about a bit more easily. Stairgates often get in the way I think but these Lindam ones are very sturdy and not as annoying to navigate as other brands are in my opinion.
What's funny is that we also use one of these for our dog. He is allowed to walk around the downstairs of the house freely but when it comes to dinner time we put him in a cupboard space and have a gate over this so he can still see out and is not shut in a cupboard but is secure so he doesn't steal food from the kids plates. It works really well for him.
The stairgate fits easily to most stairs or doorways with the help of a 4 Point pressure fit U shaped power frame. It basically consists of discs on the end of a metal frame that twist to move into place and so you can adjust them to the space you need and then tighten them up. My kids hang on the upstairs gate and really shake it sometimes but it never falls out of place or moves which is very good peace of mind for me.
The handle is easy to open once you get the hang of it but there's no way little fingers could open it which again, is great to know and very reassuring. Basically in order to open the handle you squeeze a the front portion together with your thumb and first finger and then you can move the back portion of the handle with the rest of your hand, sounds tricky but its definitely achieveable with just one hand which sometimes comes in very handy if I am carrying kids down the stairs or the washing, etc.
What I like about this gate is that you can open in inwards or outwards so this again is a handy benefit and great if you want to fix the gate in an awkward space. There is a safety catch on the bottom though that you can apply but unfortunately ours have fallen off all the gates so I would say this is perhaps a little design flaw with these gates. They fell off after a rather over excited little boy slammed the gate shut one too many times!
The gate fits openings from 75cm to 82cm, extending up 138cm with separate extensions and if I remember rightly cost us in the £25-£30 region which I think is a great price for a safety feature you need in your home.
In our current house we have stairs, which for quite a while my daughter never showed any interest in and I was always in the same room as her when we were upstairs, so didn't get a stairgate as soon as she started to move herself. However, just before Christmas she developed a worrying interest in the stairs, and so we knew it was time to get a stairgate. We thought we would get one for the top of the stairs first to see how it worked before ordering a second if desired for the bottom.
I didn't really look around a lot for a stairgate as my in laws have this Lindam easy fit plus stairgate and I knew how it worked when we visited their house and they seemed to be very happy with it, so I decided it would be ideal for the top of our stairs as well. Although it currently retails at almost £30 on amazon, I bought it for under £20 at the time, although in the Asda baby event, I think you can pick this brand of stairgate up as well for under £20.
The Lindam easy fit plus safety gate comes with a two way opening, although this can be restricted to one way simply by moving the little clip at the bottom. I tend to restrict to one way and it works fine. This product actually arrived a couple of days before Christmas and my husband had it fitted very quickly and easily without any hassle. Even if this doesn't fit the top or bottom of your stairs, you can purchase extensions for this gate. This was not necessary in our case.
THere are several features of this gate which I like, firstly, it seems to be very sturdy. My daughter has tried her very best to climb on this gate, and at first I was worried, but it really does resist her climbing and hold up to her weight. Thankfully her initial interest in the stairgate has faded so she doesn't attempt to climb on it as much, but I am confident in its ability to prevent her being able to get over it, or push it. Secondly, I like the fact that you can lock this gate in two places if required to give you ultimate piece of mind. When we first got the gate and my daughter was very interested in how it worked and was trying to work out how mummy got it open, I put the double lock on the gate just to reassure myself that she had no way of opening the gate. Now, that her fascination has diminished, I simply lock the main handle, and not close the little clip at the bottom which acts as the second safety lock. The main handle would prove extremely difficult for a young child to open, as it isn't just a matter of lifting the handle, you need to press the two blue side buttons in, whilst lifting the clasp. I can now do to this one handed when required, but I know my daughter couldn't work it out by herself to be able to open the gate.
We have been really happy with this gate since we got it. It has worked brilliantly at keeping my daughter safe and I feel very reassured when my daughter is moving around the rooms upstairs. As we hope to be moving soon to a bungalow, we haven;t bought another stairgate for the bottom of the stairs and thankfully my daughter doesn't climb these unless someone is with her, but if we had been staying for longer in our present house, I would definitely have bought an identical stairgate for the bottom of the stairs.
We bought this stair gate back when I was pregnant as we wanted to make sure that we had absolutely everything ready for when the baby arrived. The main purpose of the gate when Erin was newborn was to keep the dogs out of her bedroom as they were very curious and wanted to constantly sniff her, but we now have one at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top which puts my mind at total rest that we won't have any accidents now that my daughter is able to lunge herself foward and roll around like crazy!
We got this stair gate from Amazon, although it is quite widely available and a variety of supermarkets and online retailers sell it. We paid £18.99 (RRP £22.99) which I think is a reasonable price and we chose this because it was one of the cheapest. This is described by the manufacturers as an easy to fit baby stair gate with one handed opening, and the fact that it was described as easy to fit helped me make the purchase decision as me and Marc are useless at putting things together.
The stair gate comes packaged in a cardboard box and included with the gate there's two attatchments which can be attatched to either side of the bottom of the gate if your door way/opening is a little wider than usual and there's also two wall cups which can be screwed on to the top of the gate. We have an open plan living room and dining room with the stairs half way in the middle, and we struggled to get the gate to fit without the attatchments as the gap was slightly too big meaning the gate was not very sturdy at all.
The attatchments are easy to attatch and the gate took us under twenty minutes to assemble. We had a couple of issues and it did fall over on the first attempt but we soon figured it out thanks to the very informative instruction manual. The gate itself is very sturdy and quite heavy - it's made of metal and it's a glossy white colour. The lock part is blue with the Lindam logo written in white writing and the attatchments have blue detailing. The gate is quite attractive - it's not ugly and it doesn't clash with our decor.
The gate is easy to open once you get used to it but for a child or even a young teenager it would be near impossible to open if they weren't shown how - not that I'm saying you need to keep young teenagers off of the stairs, but you will need to show them how to use it as my boyfriend's younger brother gets confused how to use it when he visits and usually clambers over it instead! The gate has a locking mechanism which needs to be pressed down on either side then pulled up and at the same time you need to move the little catch on the bottom of the gate. It can make a bit of a noise when opened, but this isn't an issue for us.
This is a very sturdy gate and it doesn't budge when Erin is playing around with the bars, and it even stayed in place when I walked straight into it a few days ago (I blame lack of sleep!) We've had no issues with trapped fingers due to the wide bars and I overall reccommend this stair gate - stylish, easy to assemble and durable.
When my son started crawling round we decided it was definitely time to ensure that our house was baby proof and a safe environment for him. One of the major purchases we needed to make was stair gates for the top and bottom of our stairs. Stair gates are used to prevent baby accessing (and climbing) the stairs and thus prevent accidents. At the same time, they can be opened to allow ease of passage for adults.
After browsing the internet, we opted for some Lindam Easy Fit Stair Gates, priced at £14.99 in the sale - which seemed a very reasonable price to pay (they currently price at around £18 online).
The gate is made of metal and has a white finish to it. The frame is quite a thick rectangular shape and the gate is filled with vertical circular metal poles. The hinge of the gate is coated in plastic. The gate is a pressure mounted gate, which means it is held to the stairway (or doorframe) by extending it into the wall/frame until it fits exactly and is held securely. The gate can be opened in both directions i.e. turns through 180°.
The gate opens using a plastic handle which you can squeeze and lift. This is pushed back down again to lock the gate in place. There is also a plastic fitting at the bottom of the gate that can be rotated downwards to hold the gate shut securely from the bottom. The gate can be used to fit openings from 75cm to 81cm.
FITTING THE GATE
The gate is packaged in a convenient, thin cardboard bow. You need to fit the plastic parts of the gate yourself (just a case of banging them into the ends of the gate). On each end of the gate, at the top and bottom, there is a screw like fitting than is used to pressure mount the gate. By turning this as you would a screw, this can be extended and shortened according to your needs. This must be extended right up to the wall until it can be extended no more to ensure that the gate is held safely and securely. At the end of the metal 'screw' there is a white plastic disc that sits flush on the wall - serving to give good grip to the gate and also protect your wall from damage.
The gate seemed pretty simple to fit and all was going well until we realised our stairway had a width of 85cm and thus the gate could not be fitted. This was entirely our fault as we had not read the measurements on the product and had, rather naively, assumed that stair gates were much of a muchness - that they would fit all gaps and that stairways widths were pretty standard. This meant that, before we could fit the gate, we had to purchase extensions from Lindam. We purchased a 7cm extension for £9.99 - meaning that the stair gate wasn't quite the bargain that we had thought! The extension was simple to fit - you just attach it to the end of the gate and it's effectively just widening it by one vertical bar and the space between them.
Tightening the screw fittings to the wall was fairly simple, but a little tricky once it started becoming a tight fit - more to do with hand positioning when so close to the wall than anything else. Also, if your stairway or doorway isn't quite perfect, getting this flush can be quite a frustrating experience (nothing to do with the stairgate, more shoddy workmanship on your house's behalf!). I would say, overall, this is quite an easy, simple stair gate to fit - just make sure that you measure your gap before purchasing.
USING THE GATE
Once fitted, the gate does feel tight and safe and secure. It can be pulled on quite hard and not move - reassuring as baby quite likes to use these to practice 'pulling up' on. Having a gate that opens both ways is handy at the top of the stairs (if you have room to open it both ways) but obviously pretty useless at the bottom of a flight of stairs!
The lock system is quite simple to use once you get the hang of it. The buttons on the handle need to be compressed and the handle then pulled up, in one motion. This was tricky to do at first, particularly if carrying baby at the same time but once I had done it a few times, and worked on my technique, I was soon able to do this easily with one hand. The locking latch at the bottom of the stair gate can be flicked with a foot if necessary. I find that this does offer additional security to the gate but the gate is held pretty securely with just the top lock. Therefore, depending on my usage (how long I will leave it shut for, if baby is nearby, which gate it is etc) I do not always lock the bottom as well as it can be inconvenient to unlock this if carrying baby.
Getting used to the gate being there is another issue. After a week or so, it was second nature but, for the first few days I suffered a few stubbed toes and foot injuries as the metal lies along the stair just where you tread.
The gate swings open easily but without momentum, so you are unlikely to encounter any problems or have any accidents. It is also lightweight so you can open easily with one hand. We have not had any problems with squeaking or creaky hinges so you can use this confidently when baby is napping etc.
The gate is safe and secure and helps keep baby safe. It is easy to fit and easy to use. Once shut, it can only be opened by an adult. The only downside that we had was that the gate itself was too narrow for our needs and we had to purchase extensions which vastly added to the cost.
When welcoming a baby into the home you know it won't be long before they're mobile. It is essential to baby-proof the home as soon as possible to keep inquisitive little ones safe. One of the most important pieces of safety equipment is a stair gate. Once a child becomes mobile, they are into everything. They have no sense of danger, as they only see everything as fun. An active child is learning about the world around them, however, they need to be kept safe and protected whilst doing so. In the home, stair gates are imperative for families with little ones.
Once I put my son into his own room to sleep at 6 months of age, I knew that I would need to invest in a stair gate. It is never too early to install a stair gate, it is always better to be safe and prepared. Having a stair gate gives piece of mind, and keeps little ones safe. Most stair gates look the same, however, there can be many differences between them. There are metal, wood and mesh material stair gates available. The gate needs to be the right size for its intended use. It needs to be a tight fit to ensure that it is safe.
I always remembered how awkward it was to have to continuously climb over my daughter's stair gate 15 years ago. Nowadays, stair gates have advanced, and there are a lot more choices. I put a lot of thought and consideration into selecting the right stair gate for my son. I certainly wanted a stair gate that featured a door, and one that was easy to operate that was completely childproof. My son is an extremely lively inquisitive child that likes to explore and have fun. He is always on the go, and he certainly keeps me on my toes. It was vital to get a stair gate fitted onto the doorway of his bedroom, as it leads straight onto the steep staircase.
Browsing through the Argos catalogue I carefully inspected and compared the stair gates that were on offer. After long deliberation I decided on the Lindam Easy Fit Plus Child's Safety Gate, I chose this particular gate, as it has a door that opens both ways, which makes it easy to get from room to room. Another good selling feature that swung it was the double locking mechanism on the gate. The stair gate looked like any other, just a standard white metal stair gate.
The stair gate is supplied fully assembled, and is ready to fit. It will fit openings from 75 to 81cm, and it is advisable to measure the doorway prior to purchase to ensure that it is the right fit. It features pressure fit wall cups that clamp to the walls securely. They will of course distress the paint in the doorframe, however, this is to be expected with any stair gate. Once it is secured to the doorframe, it is rigid and robust. Giving it a good tug to ensure that it is firmly in place confirms that it is fitted and there's no chance of it being pulled down. The white metal stair gate features blue plastic fittings. The
It isn't obvious to a child that there is a gate that can be opened. The discreet clever locking mechanism features on the top of the gate is easy for an adult to operate with one hand, leaving a free hand to assist a little one. The locking mechanism is simple, yet genius. The plastic handle features a push down button, placing a finger over this and wrapping the hand over to grasp the underside, both the button and the bar under the underside are to be squeezed together. It is easy for an adult to operate this with one hand, and as it is done in a discreet way, a child is highly unlikely to work out how to open it. There is also a catch on the bottom of the gate, which is to be flicked downward, and this clasps over both sides of the bottom bars to hold the bottom of the gate in place. The gate closes and locks with ease, giving a reassuring clunk to notify that it has been locked. Like all baby equipment, the stair gate should regularly be inspected to ensure that it is safe.
The stair gate is used on my son's bedroom doorway, which is adjacent to the steep staircase. The stair gate has been in operation for 3 years now, and it has been a brilliant device that has offered protection and peace of mind. It has remained in perfect working order, and it is still in great condition. It is not bothersome to have to open the gate to get in and out of the room. The door to the gate opens fully either way making it easy to get in and out. I have opened the gate door both ways, depending on whether I'm inside or outside his room. The bar at the bottom of the gate is not obtrusive and is easy to step over.
The gate usually gets leaned on as we get in and out, and is subject to abuse from my little boy. He enjoys smashing his cars around the floor, and the edges of the room including the base of the stair gate. He also enjoys running around wildly and often run into the gate to stop. My son has attempted to open the gate without success, which goes to prove how discreet it is to operate the locking mechanism.
The stair gate is easy to keep clean, and is just washed down with a damp cloth from time to time. It has suffered minimal marks from toys that have been clanged against the bars. The gate opens easily and effortlessly, and it operates just as well today as it did the first day we installed it. A stair gate should ideally be used until a child reaches 24 months of age, however, this is just a guideline, and it depends on the individual child. I know my son is a livewire that needs to be watched over, however, I know he would never attempt to climb over the gate, and he has no idea how it is opened.
As far as stair gates go this one is a reliable stair gate that is practical and functional. It has won 3 awards, which is another sign that this important piece of safety equipment is a winner.
2 way opening
Fits openings from 75 to 81cm
Maximum width with extensions 137cm
Pressure fit - permanent fix wall cups included
Extensions available via Lindam helpline
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We bought this gate from asda in its baby and toddler week and when everything was half price. It was recommended at £25.99 but picked up for just 11.99. Up until this purchase we had been making do with just telling our child about their boundaries and where they can and cannot go and what they could and couldn't touch. However, as they grow older and when there is only so long you can leave the housework for, you need to know that your child is safe even when you leave the room for the bathroom or to answer the phone!
We use this gate for doorways and stairs. The packaging is not that large and do fit, just, on the passenger seat in a mini for short journeys from the shop to home. We had no issue fitting this gate to our widths, but in the box contains advice that extensions can be bought for this product to increase its lengths to fit non standard door ways.
On set up, the gates are stylish, white and look quite smart. Ours stay up permanently and other than becoming part of my cleaning plans with a quick wash down weekly, they are good use to keep th dog either in or out of certain rooms aswell.
The gates themselves have an additional lock at the bottom, unlike other brands. They are durable and my son has yet to be able to pull them down, despite the odd shaking habit. It may also be noted that time to time we do tend to check the fixtures and fittings just to make sure that everything is still safe and fit for purpose
When my daughter started crawling we thought it would be a good and safe idea to install safety gates. We wanted one on the living room door so that she couldn't get to the stairs, one to the kitchen for obvious reasons, and one at the top of the stairs. We all know how quick and how sneaky little ones can be, so we wanted a gate on all the 'dangerous' areas incase our daughter got past us somehow.
Lindam is a popular brand that I know and trust, and when I went to buy the gates I went to Toys R Us. The retail price per gate is usually around £25, but sometimes they are cheaper when on offer at Asda (usually in their Baby event) and you can get them for about £20 on Amazon. Unfortunately they don't come in packs of 2 or more which is annoying, so you have to buy them individually which was a lovely £75 bill for us!
The big reason we chose these Lindam Easy Fit Plus gates is because they are pressure fitted (although you can buy ones that are permanently screwed into the wall) and they fit openings of between 74cm and 81cm which is ideal for doors as well as stairs. We knew we'd eventually be removing the gates and we didn't want to damage our walls, so pressure fit was the only choice for us. You can buy extensions for the gate that will enable the gate to be placed into a gap up to 137cm in width, which we had to do to fit our kitchen doorway.
The gates are not particularly heavy although they do feel solid. They come part assembled in a reasonably big, flat box with a picture of the gate in use on the front. Inside the box is the gate itself with 2 fixings attached, 2 further fixings, instructions, wall cups and their fixings. My husband fitted all the gates as I was paranoid I would do it wrong, and you do need quite a bit of strength to get them in as they are pressure fitted. Each gate took less than 5 minutes to fit and was slightly awkward but relatively easy. To fit the gate, you simply screw the bottom in by turning the plastic wheels until you have a firm, secure fit, squeeze the top of the gate together and tighten the top screws. It sounds complicated but the instructions are clear and easy to follow. You need to check the gate is secured properly and firmly - it shouldn't be able to move if leaned upon for example.
The gates are white metal with blue fittings and handle, they look quite modern and certainly not unpleasant to look at. To open the gate, you squeeze the two buttons on the handle whilst simultaneously lifting the handle. This can be done one-handed, and once you get used to it, it is easy as pie. To close the gate, you line up the handle with the gate and push down. The width of the gate is brilliant, I could manage to get my wide pregnant belly through it no problem. The gate can open in either direction or in both - you move a small blue lever at the bottom of the gate to control which way you want the gate to open, or alternatively lie the lever flat against the gate and it will open both ways. The only downside is that it takes a lot to get used to the smaller opening (due to the gate taking up space in the doorway) and even now, nearly 3 years later, I still occasionally bump my hips or bottom on the sides of the gate which hurts and leaves a nasty bruise!
The gates serve their purpose well, although Lindam recommend a maximum age of 24 months, my daughter is 23 months and nowhere near able to open them. She is smaller than the average 2 year old, and I suspect that the average 2 year old would be tall enough to climb over (with the aid of a toy box for example). However it is up to the parent when they feel ready to remove the gates. My daughter is very smart and has excellent motor skills but she cannot yet open the gate - although she does watch me to work out how and knows it's the handle that does it!
Despite several attempts at shaking the gate and me and hubby leaning on/over it etc. the gate has stood firm. We check each one regularly to ensure they are still securely fitted and we have never (touch wood) had to tighten one yet. They are easily removed without leaving damage - although they can make the paint flake if you are rough when removing them. To clean, you simply wipe with a cloth and normal household cleaner (I use Dettol) and they still look good as new nearly 3 years on. There are a variety of Lindam gates out there with various handles/locks but I have to say having tried some of them (at my best friend's house), particularly the older models, I much prefer these ones.
One thing I recommend is buying and fitting them well before you think you will need them as a) you never know how quickly little one will become mobile, and b) it will give you plenty of time to get used to opening and closing them.
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Although I'm a firm believer that babies learn best from experience and being shown where they are and are not allowed to go, I still want to make sure my little man safe. So while he's never once been allowed into the kitchen, I still wanted to put a safety gate up at the door, just in case he managed to sneak in while I wasn't looking. Now unlike many first time Mums, I've tried many different types of stair and safety gate in the past, from fixed barriers I would have to climb over, through fixed gates and onto fully adjustable gates that can moved around the house as necessary. Out of this multitude of gates my favourite by far were the Lindam Easy Fit Pressure Mounted Safety Gates. So shortly after Freddy was born I invested in two of the updated "plus" version of these gates (one for the kitchen and one for the stairs), as although the design has changed slightly, I know from experience that these will easily last until they are no longer needed.
Currently selling for £19.95 each on Amazon, these gates are suitable for use either in doorways or on stairs and will fit openings between 74cm and 81cm without the need for screwing anything into the wall. There are also extensions available that will enable the gate to be placed into a gap up to 137cm in width. As I was placing the gates in standard doorways I didn't need extensions or to actually fix the gate into place. (But I have fixed my previous gates in an older property). The gates themselves, come part assembled in a cardboard box, and while they do have a reassuring weight to them, they are not overly heavy and I had no trouble carrying them.
On opening each box, I was faced with the gate itself with two of the fixings attached, two more fixings, two wall cups (with screws and sticky pads) and the instructions. Fixing the gates into the doorways wasn't difficult so much as awkward. As the gate is held in place by pressure, on first appearance it looks as if it will be far too big for the doorway and it does take quite a lot of strength to squeeze it in. Personally I've always found it easiest to screw the bottom into place first, which is done by turning the plastic wheels until you have a firm fit. I then got my partner to squeeze the top of the gate together and gradually started tightening the top screws. I will say here that it's fairly important to try and get the gaps on either side even, so don't just concentrate on one side. Once all the fittings are tightened, the gates are well secured and I am able to lean on them without any sign of them slipping out of place, but I do find that the bottom fastenings come loose over time and all the fastenings need checking and tightening on a regular basis.
Once in place the gates look quite stylish (well much more stylish than the first gates I had almost 20 years ago), being mainly white enamelled metal with blue fixings. The actual gate section is a good size meaning I can get my rather large frame through without difficulty and it opens in either direction. I will say that it does take a while to get used to the smaller opening in the doorway though, which is why I would always advise fitting these gates well before they are actually needed. Opening the gates is simply a case of pushing on the lock and then lifting it, it's something that quickly becomes second nature (so much so that I had to think about how I actually open it). Closing and locking the gate takes a little more thought and care, (but not too much) as you do need to line everything up. Opening and closing the gate is something I find easy, as does Daddy but there are a few visitors that have been trapped as they can't quite work it out.
As for the gates' primary purpose, which is of course keeping a certain little man away from the kitchen or the stairs, well they do an excellent job. While he has worked out that the blue handles somehow open the gates, Freddy cannot actually manage to open them (and he has better than average fine motor skills). What I particularly like about these gates (as opposed to the older ones) is that there is the addition of a small lever at the bottom that can be used to either lock the gate to only open in one direction (a brilliant idea for the top of the stairs that could reduce the risk of falling down), or to completely lock the gate. Although he can't open the gate yet, I can't see it being much longer before Freddy works it out, so this extra little lock could possibly extend the gates' usefulness by a few weeks. The gates have, so far, withstood Freddy's very determined attempts at shaking them loose from the door frames, but I do regularly check all fixings to ensure they are tight.
We've now had these gates in place for well over a year and they still look as good as new, needing only an occasional wipe down with a damp cloth. They have proved to be just as effective and durable as previous models and I do like the plus aspect of the extra little lock at the bottom. The gates are also easy to remove from doorways (as I discovered when I had a new washing machine delivered) and unlike fixed gates they do not cause permanent damage to the walls, which is quite an important aspect if you happen to be privately renting. (Although from experience if you leave them in place for an extended period of years, they may lift gloss paint). That's not to say the gates are perfect, from experience I would say they are at their best when used in door frames, when used on ordinary walls they don't grip as well and they simply make holes in plasterboard (although this can be prevented by screwing pieces of wood to the walls before fitting the gate, which does negate the idea that these do not damage the wall). Another possible negative is that the gates do not shut automatically, but do need the lever to be lowered, however closing the gate soon becomes second nature.
Personally I have no hesitation in recommending these gates to the parents or carers of any baby, toddler or young child as long as they will fit the opening.. Although it can be a slight struggle to fit them in the first instance, it's something that soon becomes second nature (I didn't even need the instructions). The gates have proved effective over the year+ we've had them in place and they have definitely fulfilled their primary purpose of keeping a certain little someone away from the stairs and kitchen. Of course they won't keep him out forever, but even once they have been conquered they will still provide a barrier of sorts to the places I don't want explored. Having used the previous version of these gates for over eight years before passing them on, I am also confident that the gates will easily last for the time period that they are needed and beyond.
And so I'm giving the Lindam Easy Fit Pressure Mounted Safety Gates a hearty five stars out of five, for as far as I'm concerned they are an absolute essential. All I would say is buy them before you think you'll need them (i.e. When baby is still very small and not mobile) as this will give you time to get into the habit of opening and closing them.
We have 2 of these gates, for animal rather than baby use! One between the living room and the bottom of the stairs, the other between the living room and kitchen, as we have no doors on the bottom floor of the house, and it gets tiring chasing the dog back downstairs!
We got each one for £21 from Argos, and they are brilliant. The packaging was largely just brown cardboard, which is recyclable widely. They are white coated metal, and the fittings and handle are light blue plastic. The plastic used is certainly robust enough to withstand normal use, even very frequently, but care should be taken not to pull or push too hard on the handle lock. They come with both screw in and pressure mounting fittings, so you can actually mount it whichever way you like. I think this is a great idea, especially if you live in a rented property and may not want to drill holes all over the place (that would have been bye-bye deposit in our rentals!) As it happens, we use the pressure mounting anyway, because why make holes where there is no need?
Mounting these gates is not the easiest task, especially at the bottom. We have door frames well within the stated sizes but did find it tricky to get them wedged in straight and the distance between the wall and the gate itself varies slightly from corner to corner! Once they were in however, it was just a case of tightening everything up and they literally don't budge an inch and do exactly what it says on the tin. Great stuff. However, tightening the bottom corners is quite difficult, as they are against the floor, making turning the plastic nuts hard. It's more of a push it round and round with one or two fingers affair since you can't get your fingers right around it. You have to ensure you tighten it far enough that the gate actually closes, as if it's too loose the handle lock doesn't reach its counterpart on the opposite side. I thought one of ours was done, it felt very tight in the door frame but when I looked there was still about 2 inches to go before the gate would be lockable!
The locking mechanism is very simple to use, but good enough to stop any accidental escapes (using it for a dog, we wouldn't have this worry anyway). It has two push in buttons, one either side, and the aim is to hold these two buttons in while pulling upwards on the opposite end of the handle. Actually simpler than it sounds, and can easily be done with one hand (as I frequently do, while balancing the laundry basket with the other). I tend to use my thumb and forefinger to hold the buttons in, and pull the handle up with my last two fingers. Someone with larger hands would probably find it even easier.
These gates have an additional lock, on the bottom. It is a simple bracket which you can turn to face upwards (unlocked) or downwards (locked). When in the downwards position, it will stop the gate opening even if the handle is in the open position. It is easy to move with your toes (perhaps not if you've large feet), so can even be easily engaged when your hands are full!
Last point I will make about them, is that they are easy to clean, I just wipe them over with a damp cloth. Overall, I think these are an excellent choice for a decent price. There may be some tricky parts to getting them in place, but I cant imagine how this could be eliminated really. They need to be right against the floor, they need to be uber-tight and you can't have levers and things sticking out all over the place. That would defeat the purpose of child proofing, even if it did make it easier for us!
We used to have two Lindam standard gates in our old house, but after moving and re-painting, I didn't want to drill holes into the walls again. So we decided to get two of these pressure-mounted Lindam gates instead - at Argos, with a sale, only costing £16.99 each.
The gates are well made and relatively easy to assemble, although I can't quite decide what the small sticky pads and screws are for - the instructions are a bit vague (if it's pressure mounted, then why have screws?).
I quickly encountered a problem, in that our new house has narrow stairs, and these gates are made to fit a minimum size of 75 cm.
Our stairs are about 74cm if you include the skirting board, so unfortunately we have had to assemble them 5cm above the ground. This is not ideal, mainly because you now have a bar to step over at the top of the stairs - an accident waiting to happen!
That said, once they are up they are pretty solid and it is certainly easy to assemble them. We put one in our kitchen doorway instead of the stairs, and that's made me much happier. However, I think for the top of the stairs - where, if it came loose, you'd fall all the way down - I'll stick to the screw-in version.
I'd recommend it for occasional use, or in areas where a barrier is needed but there's no great distance to fall. However, if you want to avoid stepping over the support bar, then consider a permanently fixed, screwed-in version (Lindam do a good one of those too).
It is easy to use, but there are two disadvantages - I've found the door easy to open with my right hand, and my 3-year old can open the gate (we have taught him how), but I can't open it with my weaker left hand if I'm carrying the baby, especially as the handle is suited to a right-handed grip. Also, the directional lock (that allows you to set it to open forwards, backwards, or both directions) can easily be changed by small hands, surprising you!
The Lindam Easy Fit Plus Safety Gate is a safety feature intended for houses that have small kids / dogs living in them. These gates function as interior barriers to stop said kids / dogs getting into areas of the home that they shouldn't - and where there isn't a door you can use to keep them out. Typically, such safety gates get fitted at the top and bottom of the staircase, to keep children off the stairs. We used one (a slightly different model from this) when we were living in rented accommodation and needed to keep our baby out of the kitchen area of our flat. In that case, there was an open-plan kitchen - living room, but we managed to wedge the safety gate in a narrowed space against the wall just before the kitchen part began. Now we have several of them in the house; two on the stairs and the most recent acquisition, this Lindam Easy Fit Plus, which fits in to the gap where our kitchen door would be if we had one.
This Safety Gate is a pressure-fit model, which means it's not necessary to screw it into place in eg. your stair banisters / door jamb. Instead there are four plastic pads attached to the sides of the Safety Gate by means of thick, heavy-duty screws. The pads screw outwards from the edge of the stair-gate, until they fit flat against the upright surfaces of your daoor etc. and hold the Safety Gate firmly in place. The width is somewhat adjustable, and it can be fitted across any gap of between 75cm minimum up to a maximum of 81cm.
One of the reasons we don't have a kitchen door at the is that the doorway there is a slightly non-standard shape, and though it's not particularly wide, at about 85cm, this is more than the blurb on the stairgate says it's intended to accommodate. Luckily, we were able to test one of the (different model) Lindam stairgates we've already got in the gap and it still fit, so we went ahead and bought this one from the Argos catalogue shop, where it cost £21.99.
Actually I had intended to buy exactly the same Lindam pressure-mounted stair-gate as we've already got, but although this is what I ordered in the shop, due to one of those irritating quirks of Argos stock-taking policy, we ended up with this 'Safety-gate Plus' version, which in my opinion isn't nearly as good as the basic, 'original and best' one. The reason for this has to do with the child-proof handle that you use to open and close this model of the Lindam stair gate. It's difficult to describe but basically has got a very weird catch: there are two buttons that stick out from the top of the handle, front and back. To operate the handle, you need to depress both of these at once - which allows the latch part to lift away from the main part of the handle. This is quite difficult to do in practice, and I find it almost impossible, even once you've worked out the overall knack of operating the mechanism, to accomplish one-handed.
Even closing the stair gate is a pain in the neck. The old model, you can simply slam shut and it locks automatically. With this one, you have to line up a little narrow groove that's set into the handle of the swinging door part EXACTLY with the 'head' slot that fits into this groove, which is attached to the fixed part of the stair gate. The part of the latch that goes up and down past the two buttons to allow the gate to open / close also moves the grooved part, which is on a sort of extending lever, in and out. Once slot in the fixed post of the stair-gate, and the groove part from the door are EXACTLY lined up - bearing in mind this mechanism is only about 5mm wide while the door part of the stair-gate will swing open a couple of feet either way - you have to bring down the up-and-down 'latch' part of the stair-gate handle, which moves the slot part of the locking mechanism and the groove together. Once the latch part of the handle moves far enough down the locking mechanism to get past the two buttons that you have to depress to open it (remember those?), everything clicks into place and that fixes the stair-gate shut.
Unfortunately, things don't get easier with practice: it is almost as much of a faff to open and close this stair gate in practise as it is to describe the process in print. It's such a (minor, if tiresome) hassle to use that the temptation is to leave the up-and-down 'latch' part in the part-raised position - so that the bolt and catch part keep the safety-gate shut, but the mechanism isn't totally locked (since the latch isn't down past the two buttons in the handle). This upstanding latch-handle works like a magnet for engagine the attention of every child in the area: the baby invariably homes in on it when we leave the safety-gate like this and though he hasn't quite worked out to get through as yet, it's only a matter of time.
Well, it's maybe not quite as bad as I've described as I'm exaggerating for the purposes of this review, but I'd still liken the hassle of using this stair gate, if you have to open and shut it properly every time you go through, to maybe having to undo and redo a bolt-type latch on a freely-swinging door every time, as that would be about a similar level of inconvenience.
If this gate wasn't sited at the kitchen, from which we generally exclude the baby only while we're cooking meals because of the hot pots and pans etc., the inconvenience would have outweighed the usefulness of it, and I'd have sold it on Ebay long before now and bought another of the automatic-closing ones.