“ Brand: Mothercare / Safety Type: Household Safety & Child Proofing „
I feel I should review these to let others know our experience before deciding to spend money on them. I purchased the Mothercare corner cushions as our daughter recently got a baby walker and at some stage in the (now very near) future will be up and about all over the place. I wanted to make sure that the house was fully baby proof for when the time came so I tried to be fully prepared and bought a kit from Mothercare that had all sorts of home proof items included, one part of the kit being 4 of their corner cushions. The whole kit we purchased cost £8.99 in the sale, but on the Mothercare website today, the corner cushions can be purchased separately and cost £5.99 for a pack of 8.
The corner cushions are designed to slot neatly over the corner of cabinets, units, tables, anything basically with a corner that it can stick to. They provide a protective cover for sharp edges so that if small children catch it as they are darting around the house they will provide a safe shield and stop them from hurting themselves. This is what they're supposed to do anyway.
The corner cushions come looking slightly different to the picture - there are grooves in them around the edges and on part of the top and they are made of plastic that is not as clear as in the picture, it's more of a grainy clear plastic and not completely see through. They come with a double sided sheet of sticky backing that have to be cut down to size by the user and stuck underneath. The backing is peeled away and the corner is stuck down firmly onto the chosen piece of furniture and after holding it for a few seconds, it should be ready for use. This process turned out to be quite fiddly to do.
These are definitely the worst baby purchase I've made so far - and that is a bold statement to make considering of how many things that we've bought for use with my daughter! I can't actually find enough words to explain how terrible they are - we might as well have left the furniture the way it was with how little use they've been to us. The sticky backing firstly is horrendous, it's not at all sticky enough to hold the corner in place properly. We had the four from the kit dotted around the living room and one of them was supposed to be fixed onto a unit that is quite close to a door. My husband brushed past it one evening while going through the door and I have to say didn't touch it very much at all, only very lightly with his jacket, and the whole thing just flew off the unit and onto the floor! After it flew off on that occasion, it then kept falling off on a regular basis until we reached a point where we had no option but to remove them as there was little point of it being there and was causing more issues than solutions. It had been applied as per their instructions (which I might add are also as useful as a chocolate fireguard as they are written in tiny obscure writing that can hardly be seen!) so it wasn't a case of user error when applying them originally. Considering they are supposed to withstand the bumps and scrapes from a child, walkers and toys this is such a poor design. There is no way that these corners would stay on in place if my daughter's walker had trundled past it as this would have had much more contact. Children are not usually light in their movements - they are heavy handed most of the time and they should be designed to withstand bumps, however hard those bumps may be.
Even if the sticky backing was re-designed to hold it in place properly, I am also not convinced that the edging is suitable for a child to bump into. The edges have ridges around and these seem very rough in my view, they don't exactly feel much softer than the corners that they are there to protect if I'm honest which obviously defeats their purpose. I think if my daughter had bumped into one of these corner cushions it wouldn't exactly acted as a cushion and instead would have hurt her.
I cannot recommend these to anyone, I am yet to buy new ones but these are certainly going to be replaced by another brand as soon as possible. These are just not fit for purpose - I'd have been very disappointed if I'd have paid £5.99 for 8 of the things. At least I have the consolation that I've got other house proof items for my £8.99 that I hope we will get more use from. It's a shame as it's the first thing from Mothercare that I've felt very let down by. I would like to rate no stars at all, but I'll have to choose one just to be able to share this review with everyone!
Thanks for reading :o)
When my son started to become mobile, I knew it was time to child proof the house and make his living environment as safe as it could possibly be. One of the things I was most wary of (along with the stairs and electrical sockets) was the sharp edges on some of our lounge tables. This particularly concerned me when he was starting to pull himself up and take some steps as they are at his head height and the corners could lead to a nasty injury.
We purchased a mothercare home safety starter set for £12.99. This contained 20 pieces and included 4 corner cushions. Ours looked slightly different to the one pictured above - being a white plastic, more rounded with a grooved appearance and much more conspicuous on the furniture. This, I guess, works both ways - they make your furniture less attractive but equally it is easy to spot if one has fallen (or been pulled!) off.
The corner cushions have a self adhesive strip along the edge so you simply remove the backing, position onto the table corner and push and hold in place firmly for a few seconds. This gave quite a good hold. I was impressed with how easy these were to apply and how secure they felt. Over time, these have served their purpose well - protecting my son from several bumped head incidents. However, once my son got older, he became very interested in them and began picking at and pulling them. Sure enough, these became loosened over time and, once removed one or two times, began to lose their sticky and became ineffective. They didn't, however, cause any damage to my furniture like I had been worried they might. Maybe this is the trade off between causing damage and remaining in place under greater pressure.
Overall, these are good for protecting a young child from sharp corners on furniture but they do not stand up very well to the sort of wear and tear you would expect with a young child in the house. I would definitely recommend corner cushions for tables etc but I suspect there may be better ones available to try.
I bought these corner cushions when my daughter started walking. As all new walkers are, she was very wobbly and unstable on her feet. She had lots of falls and bumped bums but fortunately nothing serious. As she used cabinets and tables to lift herself up to stand I felt that we needed to buy some corner cushions to cover any pointed edges that she may be at risk of falling on.
I saw the mothercare corner cushions on one of my very frequent trips to
mothercare. On first impression I thought these looked great, they came in a packet of 8 and at around £5 for the packet I thought they were a bargain as well. They are a reasonable size, they are clear and rounded. They are rounded obviously to protect little heads in trips and falls and I think they are clear to give the illusion that they are not there (this didn't work)
When I got these home and took them out of the packet I realised that they were hard, not the rubbery material that they looked like in the packet. My thoughts were that they wouldn't make muck different if my daughter would fall on them as they looked as though they would still hurt, however due to the rounded edge, the injury wouldn't be as severe as hitting your head on a sharp corner.
I immediately fixed these to all the corners I could find in the house. I have to say, they did look very horrible, and made the furniture look horrible as well, but that was no concern as it's not like they would have been a permanent fixture and safety has to come first. They were easy to fix, there was a small removable tab under the corner that would allow it to stick to the furniture. Another problem is that they can only fix to square or rectangle furniture. Having a computer table that I can only describe as not being a square, rectangle or circle, this was a problem for us as these pointed edges were left uncovered.
Within a week of buying these they started to fall off, and once they had done this they would not go back on, you could rest it there but it wouldn't stick. I don't know why this happened, but I know a lot of people who have had the same problem with these corner cushions.
Another problem I found was that my daughter would be attracted to them, something new and different she just had to investigate. With the little strength she had, she was able to pull these off, which I thought was very dangerous, as she was playing in the areas with the sharp corners and now no protection on them.
I found these no use whatsoever, in my opinion they are more likely to course injury rather than prevent it. All they managed to do was draw my daughter to the area that I was trying to protect her from. I cannot recommend these; they are the worst safety equipment I have ever seen.
As my son's ability to move himself around increased so did my paranoia that he would hurt himself on all the 'dangerous' things in our home (you know the horrors I mean, things like floors and furniture!).
I promptly spent loads of money on a whole range of safety equipment one item being these corner cushions, I got mine from Amazon, they are the Clippasafe brand and cost £1.99 for a pack of 4. I suppose the good news about these cushions is that you don't waste a lot of money when you buy them, the bad news is that they are useless.
When we got them we stuck them on some of the more obvious and dangerous corners. There is a bit of double sided tape on the underside which you peel off and then stick the corner on where you want it. There is a thick and slightly softer raised edge around the corner to help lessen the damage if your child slips and hits themselves on the corner. This is all very well, except the first thing your child will do on spotting this new addition to your room (well, the first thing my one year old did anyway) is poke it a bit and then pull it off the corner. You stick it back on, they pull it off, this happens a few times then you think you'll leave it for now and put it back on later when they've forgotten about it and it won't be as interesting next time. Unfortunately no matter how many times I stuck it back on my son just took it off again, and there was one particularly hard and sharp corner in an akward place that I spent months trying to get the thing to stay on but to no effect. The tape used to stick them is not great, hence my son's ability to get them off straight away, but the silver lining is at least they haven't left marks on my furniture.
I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy these as they don't seem up to the job at all based on my experience and other reviews. There are much better corner cushions out there, we also bought a pack of Prince Lionheart corner cushions, these are thick, padded cushions and cost a lot more at £7 for 4, but are hugely more successful. They are nice for a bit of peace of mind but in all honesty you're not going to be able to cover up every hard edge in your house so my general feeling is its probably not really worth worrying about.
My son began crawling just before he was six months old and as a result my husband and I decided that we needed to safety proof various areas of our home! One of the areas that we were most concerned about was the corners of our fire surround as they were quite prominent and obviously low down and so there was a real danger that my son may have banged himself on there. Whilst you do your best to watch your child at all times of course accidents can still happen and so we took a trip to mothercare to see if there was anything there that could help us.
When we got to mothercare we headed over to the aisle where all the safety things were and spotted a pack of eight corner cushions. We decided they would do the trick and purchased them. I cannot remember how much they cost us at the time but they are currently selling at £5.99 for a pack of eight. They tell us that the product will help protect our child from injuries from table or shelf corners. Although it didn't mention a fire surround we felt that as ours was wooden, as a table would be, that we would be ok in using them.
When we got home we opened up the packaging and took out the corner cushions. Each corner cushion was made of a clear plastic which was tough to the touch but also a little bit rubbery too. They seemed solid enough and they looked like they would protect my son from the sharp corners of the fire surround. The corner cushions each had an adhesive strip on each side of the inside which was exposed when you removed the little paper backing. We did this and added them to the corners of our fire surround. I have to say that they didn't look very pleasant but we thought it was worth it to protect our son from the sharp corners.
After just a few days I was hoovering past the fire surround when one of the cushions just fell off. I tried to reapply it but it fell straight back off and so I put a new one on to the corner. In just a matter of days they had fallen off again and so I don't think the adhesive strip was strong enough to hold them to the fire surround. Thankfully the product fell off quite quickly and so it did not leave any of the adhesive on the fire surround which may have been tricky to remove. In the end my dad came round with some foam that he used around pipes and attached some of that to the corners-whilst that wasn't pretty either it did the job much better than the corner cushions we had purchased from mothercare. We only left the foam on until my son was around one and we never had any accidents thankfully.
I can't say that I would recommend this product as I feel that they are high priced if they do not stick on to and stay on the places that you need to cushion! I would certainly look into other alternatives if you can. I also feel that it is likely that once you add this product to a table or fire surround or such like you are actually drawing your child's attention to the new thing that is there and perhaps they would be more likely to head to that area and injure themselves.
Thank you for reading my review.
Once my little girl started walking, my mum became quite concerned about the safety issues and one of the main worries she had was that my daughter would walk into the corners on certain objects and hurt herself. In my mum's kitchen she has a large oblong dining table and the corners on there are quite prominent really so that was her main concern. I remember many years ago my brother fell and banged his mouth on the corner of the table and knocked one of his teeth back and had a very bad bust lip and we were worried that the same might happen to my daughter.
One afternoon in Mothercare, my mum was hunting for some cupboard locks when she came across the corner cushions and immediately decided she was going to pick up a packet and child proof the corners. There are eight corner cushions per packet and the cost of this is £5.99 which at the time didn't seem too bad.
We got them home and straight away my mum set to putting them on the corners of the table, and they have self adhesive pads on the back which makes it possible to stick them almost anywhere. We had one on each corner of the table and then we put them on the corner of the worktop also even though at the time that was out of reach of my daughter. I wouldn't say the cushions look particularly nice even though they are clear, if anything I think it makes it look pretty cheap and my mums table is anything but cheap!
Initially we thought the cushions were a great thing, we tried walking into them ourselves to see if it hurt, tried smacking our hand against them and yes it did minimise the pain somewhat. However, seeing something different on the table quite quickly grabbed my daughters attention and she of course had to investigate.....resulting in the cushion being quite easily removed from the corner! I hadn't even thought to try and see how easy they could be peeled off the table and was very shocked to see how simple it was for my one year old daughter to do!! I put the cushion back on the table but now that my daughter had the idea, there was no way they were going to stay on at all. I now wonder if actually putting the cushions on the table made my daughter more interested in heading for the corners!
My personal opinion of the corner cushions is that while it is a fantastic idea, they are actually rubbish! I now realise how unbelievably expensive they are and really don't do the job they are intended for as they come off so easily. You will find that they aren't suitable for many tables and if you have rounded edges on your table, while you probably don't need them some parents I know still wanted something like this, but they just won't go on.
I really can't recommend the corner cushions to anybody, I think they are a total waste of money and of course a much cheaper option is to just watch your child closer!
I can only give these corner cushions a poor one out of five stars which is sad as the idea is good!
Thank you for reading my review :)
My Mum is quite conscious of child safety and her house is full of lots of different gadgets that she has picked up to prevent any harm coming to her precious grandchildren when they come to visit.
My mum has a long rectangle coffee table which has sharp corners on it and on each of the corners she has a corner guard from Mother care (8 corners for £5.99).
These corner guards come with self adhesive pads and they are designed to be stuck down to anywhere that has a corner and could potentially cause injury to your little one (or even your pet!). I must say that the corner guards are not very aesthetically pleasing but they are very simple to fit to your table.
As with most things these corner guards seem to be grabbing the attention of my nieces & nephews when they visit at Mums house and it's only a matter of time before they manage to start peeling them off. This is then quite worrying as they are already over near the table pulling off the corners and as two of them are just 18 months it's not hard to picture one of them toppling over and then hurting themselves on the corner.
Without these corner guards my nieces & nephews may not be attracted to the table to try and remove them and I have noticed that with my niece in particularly these are her first port of call when she is put down on the floor.
I must say that these guards are not particularly effective, they are quite expensive for what they are (very small) and if you have an uneven table or a slightly rounded corner then these won't be able to fit on your table. The adhesive pads aren't particularly strong as my niece and nephew are 18 months and they have both managed to pull the corners off before now so then they become a potential choking hazard for little ones. Also, these guards have slightly damaged the finish on the edges of my mums coffee table which is another disappointment and overall I would rate this product just 1/5.
These guards are nothing special and while, in theory, they are a fantastic idea they just aren't very well made, or suitable for lots of different table types. They are overpriced and if an 18 month old can remove them a younger child probably could too!
I definitely would not recommend these as they are just going to be a waste of money as they will probably just attract your childs attention and lead to them potentially having an accident.
We bought a set of Mothercare Corner Cushions to go over the corners of a large coffee table. We also had a marble fire surround, which we felt was a possible problem area, even though it was of course low down. Although the set of 8 mini corner protectors seemed like a good idea at the time, they didn't work as well as we had hoped.
You get 8 corner cushion protectors for £5.99 which works out as around 75p each. Each corner protector can be stuck onto the corners of the piece of furniture you want to protect and they are marketed as something that will stay put and also help protect a child from knocks and bumps from sharp corners.
You get a semi frosted looking slightly rippled and textured looking corner protector. It has the Mothercare logo in the flat central bit of the protector and the outside edges have what I can only describe as a shell shaped look and texture to them.
This is not ideal at all, we did think that they might have been better with a smoother rounded surface rather than the effect they actually had. The protectors we had look nothing like the piccy displayed here, so these may be an older/ newer model perhaps. Either way we didn't think the over all design was all that great.
Once we had decided where we wanted to place the protectors we attached them with the self adhesive pads to the corners of the coffee table and also on the sharp corner edges of the fireplace surround.
They seemed to stick reasonably well to the table, but not as well to the marble surround. Even though they seemed to stick on the table they became an automatic magnet for our child to gravitate towards. Where as before the corners of the coffee table where of no attraction at all, once the corner protectors were put on they became something to play with.
We didn't want to remove them at first as we hoped that our child would become bored with them and get used to them being there. The trouble was our other child took to picking at them and fiddling with them and this in turn caused our younger child to try to copy the same thing.
Within a day the first protector was off and although we explained it was not good behaviour to remove the corner protectors, it was too late for that. We found they had become a source of entertainment and there was much fun to be had in removing them. Because of that we quickly decided that we had better remove the remaining few that we hadn't had to re stick and move the table out of the way instead.
To sum these up, I really feel that they are not really up to the job. As fan of many things Mothercare, I feel these do not live up to usual expectations. Its perhaps better to move a pointy cornered coffee table, as we did and then find some other way to cushion a fire surround, which we also did, with limited success.
The Mothercare Corner Cushions didn't really work well for us, I feel that if you do not have any older children around the home, they may not become a target to peel off as they did for us, so they may work better. However they are easy enough even for a toddler to remove if they really want to do so. I wouldn't buy these again as they didn't do what we wanted them to, so they only get a 1 star rating.
Ok, back to the childhood memories. I was a bit of a dancer as a child, when we first got our laminated flooring, I loved slipping on my most slippy socks and doing number 360 turns pretending that I was a ballet dancer, I enjoyed watching my layers of white dress spin around as I rocked out to Britney spears. I must have been 8 years old, and I was doing my usual routine. When I was spinning and running around the wooden coffee table. Then, out of nowhere, I slipped on my vest (which mum told me to put away) and I slid and whacked the corner of my eye against the wooden table. I wailed like nothing else! It wasn't actually my eyeball, it was the area just beside it. I was fine for that night, I made do with butterfly stitches. (Little white sticker things). However, my mum took me to Hospital the next day. It turned out to be infected or something. All I remember, is taking a medicine and having to dab this liquid on a cotton wool sponge and place it on my scab. I was made to do this until my scab fell off. I can't even remember what happened, I just tried to phone my mum there to ask what the situation was but the phones engaged and I need to upload this review. Either way, it was nasty.
That was my first thought was my fiancé surprised me with a glass coffee table (Don't know why be bloody bothered, he'll never use a coaster). I just looked at the horribly, sharp cornered edges and thought no way, not with the kids around. I could tell he was annoyed at the fact we had to adapt the whole house to suit the kids. However, he is the one not wanting to adopt. I told him that the table had to go. He told me no, because you could get comer guards. I assured him if he had a safe option for the table, it would be put in the house. But then, and only then it could be put in the house. With a smug face, knowing he's incapable at everything and anything, I thought that I was never have to see the disgusting table again. But, no. He had corner guards. Damn it!
The idea of corner cushions are great. If a corner has a padded guard around them, a child can save themselves from having a terrible accident. They came in a pack of 8 and were priced at £5.99. They are white and "shell-shaped" and stick with adhesive pads. In all honesty, they look terrible, they are big, bulky and really disgusting looking. I think from Mothercare you can also get clear-shaped corner guards which are like the photograph shown in the picture for this Dooyoo review. However, I still feel that those ones still have a corner, and although it is less sharp, it defeats the point of a corner guard. The Mothercare ones I bought are rounded and white, they have wiggly lines on them which I think are unnecessary.
How did they work for us?
Little Summer is still taking her first steps, one time she was trying to walk out of the kitchen into the living room, and tripped on her fleece that was lying on the ground. She had both hands on a bottle and head went flying towards the table. Lucky, she didn't fall close enough to whack her head off the corner, however, I always to this day imagine, what if she has fell a little closer? What if the corner cushion wasn't there? A few times my 3 year old niece has taken the corner guard off. We bought an extra strong, double sided sticky tape for it, and It's now working a treat! We are constantly putting them back on after taking them off. People have gave up with corner guards, however I believe that it is better they are there regardless of how many times they fall off because you can't put a price on safety!
My dad said that when I was little I fell into the corner of a table and blacked my eye big time, since then him and my mum have been mega paranoid about corners and since my sister started walking about they've tried all sorts of different things to help keep her safe.
These corner cushions came from Mothercare, I can't remember what they cost but I do know they were only cheap..... they came in a pack of 12 and I remember thinking after we'd used them for about a week that they was so cheap because they don't work very well! lol
The idea of them is that you fit them on the corner of your tables and other furniture that have sharp corners. They seem a brill idea because you don't have to screw them on or anything and they come with little sticky pads.
The first thing I sussed (cos I was the one who FITTED most of these the first time round!!!) was that they'll only fit furniture that has perfect square corners. Our coffee table at the time was straight but the wood was kind of layered so there was no way the Corner Cushions could get a good grip.... and that's MAD because the layers made the corners of that table dead sharp!
Every thing we put these cushions on made them seem useless. Even if the corner was straight enough the cushions would just fall off after a bit, we've got wooden flooring in the living room and just walking across it by the furniture would make the cushions pop off!
If you can get the cushions to stay on the corners of your furniture then they are a good thing. They are made of softish plastic, it's not actually SOFT but the cushions are definately softer on a kids head or eye than pointed wood! It takes the point of the corner away because the cushion is rounded and even though it's not going to stop your child hurting themselves completely it will get rid of the risk of them blinding themselves on madly sharp tables!
I don't know if to recommend them or not, they didn't work for us and my sister had to just learn not to smack her head on the table. If you've got the right shaped furniture though they might get a better grip so this is one of them products that will either work for you or it won't.
Worth a try though to stop the risk of accidents!!!
I brought these corner cushions just as my little one was starting to crawl and pull himself up on things. I had a glass table at the time and thought i would try them. unfortunately the edge of my table was rounded so the shape didn't match, also it was quite a thin table top and the thickness of the cushions meant it overhung by a lot. I tried anyway and stuck them on with the little sticky pads that came with them but unfortunately they wouldn't hold. I even tried cutting the sides so i could fold the side bits under and stick them underneath but that didn't work either.
In fact all that happened was they pinged off every now and then or with the slightest touch. Assuming it was my stupid table i tried them on a wooden chest of drawers but the same thing happened. Aside from drilling them on there was no way they would stay on very long! especially with little man inspecting these strange chewy objects.
As a safety product I was very disappointed with these
Home safety is absolutely essential when you have young children, especially when they start to toddle, you soon find yourself amazed at all the scrapes and tight spots they can find themselves in and that's why it's important to try and toddler proof your home as much as possible. One of the many ways in which you can try to achieve this is by applying cushion pads to the corners of your units and tables.
Mothercare corner cushions are soft plastic attachments designed to fit over the corners of tables, shelves etc creating a barrier between the hard edge and anything that comes into contact with it, they have a stick on pad on the underside which secures the cushion in place. Once clear the cushions now also come in white and will cost £1.99 for a pack of 4, their basic squared design has now been replaced by softer rounded edges but the aim is the same, to protect from any awful bumps and bangs.
When I was a child I was very accident prone and always falling over bumping my head so when I became a parent myself I wanted to protect my children as much as could from suffering the same as I did. The corner cushions seemed a great idea and while we only had one coffee table which would have been at head height at the time, we've since gone on to own extra furniture, I still didn't want to take any chances. Application of the pads wasn't too difficult simply having to remove the backing of the adhesive pad and aligning the cushion on the corners of the table and at first they seemed like they'd do a great job, it didn't take long though to realise that the adhesive wasn't strong enough to keep the cushions in place and they were easily pulled off leaving a stringy sticky mess behind, so not only did I not have safe corners on my table but I now had unsightly marks on it instead.
The concept of these cushions is great, in themselves they are soft enough to cushion the blow from a bump to the head and even though a bruise is still likely to be left you're unlikely to get any nasty cuts, of course this is presuming you can get the cushions to stay in place long enough to have any effect or real use. Over time I have tried the cushions on basic pine, veneered surfaces, melamine and even plastic and haven't had any success getting them to stick for a decent amount of time, a shame really because the idea of the product is great it just doesn't deliver, they also look pretty ugly too stuck on your furniture and while your childs safety should naturally come above how smart your furniture looks you can't help but notice that they stick out like a sore thumb.
I wouldn't recommend this product as it's stands simply because it doesn't do the job it's intended, if Mothercare and producers of similar corner cushions can improve the adhesive and effectiveness of the product then maybe I'll change my mind.
Bought some of these from Mothercare yesterday. Got them home, assembled them (which was surprisingly tricky), put them on the corners and let baby do her stuff. She pulled them straight off! Maybe due to the chrome surface (though the product says this should be ok) - but the glue was certainly not strong enough so she easily got the corner cushions off the corner and started chewing them instead (probably not healthy considering the glue). So they are going straight back today.
I used these when my second child was strong enough to get herself around in her baby walker.I thought they were a good idea and still do if they would stay where they were put. I'm not using them for my little boy as i know how often they fall of where they are supposed to stay. The only way to keep them there is to glue them in position and to ruin the furniture.When they are stuck down they're wonderfull,especially on kitchen benches and the corners of the coffee table. To sum up - a brill idea ,but not quite up to scratch.
Soft impact cushions to protect your child against bumps and bangs.