Product Type: Mothercare safety products
Newest Review: ... 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 d... more
Worst baby item I've ever purchased!
Mothercare Corner Cushions
Member Name: scooch12
Mothercare Corner Cushions
Disadvantages: Come off all the time, don't feel much softer than corners themselves, waste of time
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)
Summary: No words to describe how bad we've found them
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