Product Type: Lindam safety products
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Lindam Easy Fit Plus Safety Gate
Member Name: pinkprincess24
Lindam Easy Fit Plus Safety Gate
Date: 24/10/11, updated on 30/10/11 (29 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to fit, look nice, last forever
Disadvantages: Need to learn how to open/close
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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