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One thing I didn't really think too hard about when I was pregnant was babyproofing the house. It wasn't until my son could pull himself over that all these dangers seemed to sprout up from everywhere that I couldn't control! Realising that it was just a matter of time before he would be into everything I swiftly went out and bought all the babyproofing goods I had researched and these were one of those that turned out to be worth their weight in gold.
I'm not sure if its babies in general or just my son, but the plug sockets seem to hold such magic for him and since being mobile he has forever been attempting to get as close to them as possible.
Of course the dangers posed by plug sockets and things jammed into them sends shivers down every parents spine and prevention is the best way so these are invaluable.
There isn't much to say about the design, they're white and plastic and plug straight in, but they can be parent proof too, my husband is tired from me asking him to remove one whenever I need to hoover but I'd rather that than the alternative. I purchased these from mother are in a set for £12 with a host of other babyproofing goods and I would whole heartedly recommend them.
We have these plug socket covers in our house and I think they are essential if you have young children.
Plug sockets are well known for being a cause of danger for children. If they put their fingers in or something like a pencil they could harm themselves very seriously. Of course we like to think we will not let an accident happen but it is not always possible to keep an eye on our children at all times.
Socket covers can help prevent any accidents from happening.
These are just plastic covers that you slot into the plug and they fit tight up to the plastic plug which makes it very, very difficult for any little fingers to take them out. I find it hard to get a grip on them and pull them out so I know there is no way that my grandchildren could manage to get them out.
My grandchildren are interested in the plugs, they like to turn the switches on and off but when these are on I don't have to worry. I make sure that the plug guards are in at all times and do not ever leave them out.
They are white so they don't attract attention to them and they are very simple and cheap yet very, very important to have if you have small children.
Having a child means safety around the home is very important as we have had some accidents in the past and I am always conscious of ensuring she is ok at home in the future. Mothercare is a brilliant local shop for me to pick up childcare products and so years ago when my daughter was at the crawling stage, we picked up some of these socket covers and they have been brilliant ever since!
The socket covers are made of simple white plastic, and with slots which fit into a UK three pin sockets. This is to protect little ones from sticking their curious fingers in the sockets and getting into mischief! As the socket covers are white they blend in effectively and although they look a bit garish they do not stand out to make the decor of a room look hideous.
The sockets covers are really light and whilst they looked a bit flimsy, they are actually really durable as we have had them over 2 years now and they have lasted and only one has actually snapped when I accidentally stood on it in a pair of heels...oops!
They fit in a socket with ease, but do require some good grip at clawing them out which is a bit of a pain if I have a set of acrylic nails on. I guess this is a good thing as it means that as yet my child is not capable to take them out herself which is an excellent prevention method - the purpose I bought it, but when I am in a hurry to remove the socket cover it does annoy me a wee bit!
A pack of 12 socket covers only costs £6.99 which for us is a reasonable price to pay for peace of mind. They are a good buy and are really easy to plug in yourself around the home so no major DIY is needed. Overall they are good value, and have served us well so I would definitely recommend them!
***Why are they?***
As names gives it away, this product is used for childproofing the house by covering electricity sockets and giving parents peace of mind and stopping little devils sticking various items into the electricity sockets. They are made of white strong and durable plastic with raised ridges. The ridges are then used for removing the socket cover from the socket by slotting the back end of another socket cover into it and pulling it out.
***Why I bought?***
Well of course, to childproof my house. When my daughter was nearly 7 months old, she started crawling and exploring and so it was necessary to make a trip to Mothercare to get some socket covers. We have brought 2 packs; each pack contains 12 socket covers. Each pack of 12 sells at the moment for £6.99 however, when I brought it they were on sale, I believe we have paid around £4 for each which is excellent value for money in my opinion.
***Using the product***
Is very very easy to use. Just slot into the electricity socket and job done. Removing of the product is easy too, as mentioned above, you will need the spare socket cover and use raised ridges to remove the socket cover from electricity socket. If you attempt to remove the socket just by using the nails, this can be bit too tricky though. The sockets are quite hard to remove (not impossible) when using nails, it take a lot of effort , and they are impossible to remove with false nails lol. This gives me more reassurance that my daughter has no way of removing it due to its difficulty when using nails.
This is an excellent product; I haven't found any problems or issues with it. It is doing what it's meant to by keeping my house safe and it's a must have for any household with small kids.
Socket covers are also available on line and Boots and price will depend on where you buy it from.
5/5 dooyoo stars from me
I bought two packs of these socket covers from Mothercare recently because when my two year old Niece was over a few weeks ago I caught her messing about with one of the empty plug sockets in the hallway!!! What the attraction is with kids and sockets I'll never know but I decided I'd rather be safe than sorry so bought a pack for myself and one for my sister.
There are a few different versions of sockets covers available but I wanted them straight away and Mothercare has a store where I live so I popped in there and got some. They cost £6.99 for a pack for a pack of 12 which I think is very good value. They're nothing special to look at just hexagonal shaped plain white plastic with an M on them. They have 3 pins on them just like a plug would and fit all 13 amp sockets and are 2cm high and 3cm in width.
All you have to do is simply plug them in into any empty sockets and then your child cannot stick their fingers or any other objects into them and electrocute themselves. I found getting them off a little hard sometimes though because I have false nails it was hard to get a decent grip on them to pull them off! They do have to semi circle cut outs on either side to grip but with my nails it was hard to do this. Mind you I suppose that's good because little ones wouldn't be able to pull them off very easily.
As with most things I did a fair amount of research when I started baby-proofing our house. As always I decided to err on the side of caution so I picked up a set of these Mothercare socket covers for £3.99 for a pack of 12, to cover up all the unused sockets in our house, and I soon found there were more than I'd realised before.
The socket covers are hexagonal chunks of white plastic with 3 pins on the end, so they will fit into standard UK sockets including extension lead sockets. The sockets do not stand out particularly to me, but they do to little ones because, well, doesn't everything?! I have caught my 13 month old trying desperately to remove the covers with her mischievous little fingers, and I can confidently report that she has not been able to, so they do their job well. Due to this interest in the socket covers I do wipe them clean now and again, with a dry cloth or a wet wipe if they are sticky, and then I leave them to dry before putting them back in. There are enough socket covers in the pack that you can replace dirty ones without worrying about leaving the sockets uncovered.
The socket covers are hardy enough, as I have had to remove them a few times and they are still the right shapes. The covers are easy enough to put in the slot and to remove, though they can sometimes feel a bit jammed in there, which is good in a way because it really does mean that prying little fingers won't be able to get them out. However having been on my knees trying to pry out sticky socket covers so many times I am going to rate these 4 stars instead of 5, as I have heard of similar sockets that are much easier for adults to remove, so I suspect the design with these Mothercare ones is not quite up to scratch. These do work well, but they may not be the best ones out there, so they may not be the best ones out there, so my advice is shop around if you're able to.
Baby proofing the house is an essential thing to do once they start to crawl and walk about and the natural inquisitiveness of a baby could also put them at risk. You get 12 socket covers in a pack and they cost £6.99 so they are nice and affordable. They are white in colour so they match the colour of our plug sockets.
They are a nice simple design, they fit easily into the plug socket without the need for any tools, they fit nice and flush to the socket however for adults they are easy enough to remove however for little hands they provide total protection as they do not have the strength to pull them out, well certainly my daughter does not. They are made from durable plastic and have enough strength to them to feel robust and secure.
On the back they have three raised bits of plastic to give you something to grip onto to lift them away. When they are not in use it is best to completely remove them from the area around the socket, my other half has the habit of leaving them next to the plug socket, while this means that he will not forget to replace it when he removes the plug a couple have gone missing which means that my daughter has probably picked them up and moved them.
These do provide peace of mind that the plug socket is safe and will not get damaged with little ones shoving things into the sockets and potentially resulting in some expensive repairs.
I bought a large quantity of these over a year ago to prevent fingers getting into plug sockets. The problem is, i struggle with them myself, and even I cant get them out. I don't have nails so have to get sharp objects like a screwdriver, a knife or anything like that behind them to carefully lift them out of the mains socket.
They are made from a very thick plastic and there is no compromise where robustness or rigidity is concerned. They do not wiggle about once in the socket and they are quite smooth so toddlers wont be cutting themselves or injuring themselves on them either.
These are relatively strong and can withstand knocks or dings with the hoover from time to time. i have yet to break one. Even the prongs at the end that fit into the sockets are quite sturdy and hard to snap. They slide right to the back of the sockets providing a good, and safe security over the top of the socket holes.
These come with little bumps and gaps on them, and i guess you can use tools or special removal items for these but i didn't bother because whilst they are hard for me to get off, i don't see the point in spending extra money. i can't see any other purpose for these holes but they don't reveal any of the socket holes so theres no way children can get into them. Very sturdy, very safe and well thought out.
These are somewhat scratch resistant and it's hard to get the paint to wear off. I often find that light surface marks appear when they are scraped but can only be seen in the sunlight. Like i said when you smack them with the corner of a hoover they don't shatter to pieces or get dents in them. Watching kids try and pick them off and fail is quite a big relief and also frustrating... for them.
They are painted white and do not come in any other colour so you get what you're given. Most plugs are white but i have seen some special design ones which these will not look good on. You should also watch out if you have rounded edge sockets at the top and sides as these might not fit well.
Overall though these are excellent little things, cheap enough to buy and frustrating for children and myself to get off. That can be a good thing though, parents, you just need something sharp to leaver them out.
As I mentioned in my previous review, we purchased a home safety starter set from Mothercare for £12.99 when my son first became mobile. Within this set there were 6 plastic socket covers, as pictured above. These can be placed into any three pin electrical socket that is exposed and could be attractive to inquisitive babies who just love to stick there fingers in things!
The socket covers themselves are really very basic - but functional, serving their purpose completely. They are made of a very lightweight plastic so feel like they are not very robust, but in my experience, they haven't bent or snapped. They slot very easily into the socket, although I do have difficulty removing them - having to get my nails behind them to get a good grip. Whilst this is a minor annoyance to me, it is also reassuring that my son will not, even when he is more capable of understanding and his strength and co-ordination improves, be able to remove them. They sit very flushly in the sockets and, as we tend to use these in sockets that we don't really use (the others are beyind his reach or have plugs in) they stay in place most of the time. Being white. the colour of the sockets, they are not obvious or an eye sore either.
We needed more than the 6 provided in the pack (as I would suspect most households would) and purchased a packet of 12 for £6.99. I have read reviews that say we do not need socket covers to make the home safe and they could actually be more dangerous, but I personally like the reassurance that, even if my son can't get his fingers in there, his toys won't go in there either. Overall, if you are looking to buy socket covers, I would recommend these ones to you.
Once your little baby starts to become mobile thats really where the fun starts and the house becomes an amazing playground of adventure that they love exploring. The trouble for us is that there's lots of things around the house that need modifying if I want to let my little boy loose. Its quite a funny situation for me because although my little girl was curious she never really touched ornaments we had on display or never played in the fireplace etc so I never had to move stuff or make it safe but my little boy is completely different.
My little boy on the other hand is the most curious, determined little boy ever. If there is dog food or cat food in the kitchen he will eat it, he likes to climb up the stairs (we have now put the stair gate back on) he loves the fire poker and the television and all its buttons are the greatest things ever. One thing he also liked to play around were our power sockets. As we live in a new build house we have lots of sockets all around the house so I bought some socket covers from Mothercare.
These socket covers come in a pack of 12 which was plenty for us and cost just £6.99 which I though was quite a good price. They were very easy to fit, you didn't need any tools or anything like that, they just slot into the socket and then they are in there. The socket covers are just white plastic so they fit in with any decor as the sockets are generally white too. The sockets have a small M on them to indicate that they are from Mothercare. They also have three little plastic bits on them which are quite useful when you need to pull the socket cover out and use the plug however we generally have things plugged in and then the spare cover covered so never really need to take these socket covers out.
These have worked well and stopped my little boy from poking around at the sockets however after reading a few articles on socket covers on the internet I'm now a bit confused about whether we actually need them or not. They are always one of the things that people and companies mention that you need to protect when your kids start crawling but are they actually necessary?
Its interesting, I have now been reading up on this on the website Netmums and this is one quote I could find from the website, "The common British power socket has been safe since it was introduced in 1947, it has automatic internal shutters which prevent children poking things into the live contacts (those are the two holes at the bottom of the socket). It is highly tested and regulated by law, but there are no standards or regulation for socket covers. Why would you want to replace the safety features which make the British socket the safest in the world, with a piece of flimsy plastic which is subject to no controls?"
So, I'm split now and it would be interesting to see what others think!
Is my daughter hallucinating? Can she see sweets in the electrical sockets in our house and must get them out by any means? No amount of saying 'no, dangerous' or baby signing works. So we have had to buy socket covers. My daughters safety is obviously my priority but I did wonder whether I was wasting money if she could get the covers off herself and also having the annoyance of having to remove a cover every time I wanted to plug an item in especially the iron that comes out most days.
Mothercares own brand of socket covers comes in packs of 12 for £5.99 and due to the amount of low level sockets in my house I have had to buy 3 packets, although not used all the 3rd bag. The packaging is a space age bag that looks like it should have an astronauts dinner in it. Silver backed with a clear front stating they are easy to use and prevents children from placing sharp objects into plug sockets. On the back it also lists the benefits as preventing children from plugging in appliances by mistake and carries a warning that the product is not a substitute for adult supervision.
Once the top of the bag is cut open you can reseal the packet if you have some left over and store the packet.
You get an small and very simple leaflet inside. The instructions are actually just 5 diagrams showing you how to use. The socket covers are white plastic with 3 prongs that you fit in the socket like a normal plug. Thus giving the socket an almost flush surface. You then take the cover out of the socket when required by either your nails (my favourite way as I have just the right length) or by interlocking another socket cover to the front by the flush front of the cover that has 3 raised bumps of plastic that lock into 3 small holes on the other cover, twist and pull out. Sounds trickier that it actually is.
These have certainly done the trick my daughter has now lost interest in electrical sockets! It also has not turned out to be such a pain taking them out when I want to plug something in. Just remember to keep a spare one handy in each room to remove any cover you need taking out.
As for the quality and price I haven't seen any significantly cheaper around considering how many you get and I always find Mothercare to be one of best so I wouldn't actually trust a very cheap brand. All in all very pleased and would be happy to recommend to anyone
As with all child safety products they are aimed at at starting from a certain age of your child. So child gates and socket covers are products which come in when your child is first moving from the linear and starting to explore the world on his or her own steam.
So when your little bit of joy starts hitting 6-9 months they start moving around, they also are capable of moving around in their cot. So with that freedom comes a huge desire to interact with everything they encounter. some are nice and safe and others are very dangerous. In the dangerous section are unprotected three pin power sockers and little fingers find those little rectangular holes irresistable.
Mothercare Socket covers are a very simple product, they insert into the existing power point and as they are flush onto the power circuit can't be pulled out by willing little fingers. These socket covers are covers which also have three little nodules which I assume is to help the adults pull the socket out of the power output.
They are very cheap at about £3 for 15 socket covers, there is a debate about whether socket covers are a true safety device but in my opinion they stop children inserting their fingers into a live power circuit. This fact far outweighs any worries about the covers actually damaging the sockets in the future and in my opinion children have a short attention span which if they can't get anything out of the thing they are touching then they simply move on and try something else.
The final though is that the covers are so bland in terms of design, colour that they largely succeed in the fact that children want bright, noisy things to play with and if the object isn't exciting then they either touch very briefly or simple ignore. If they do touch then there is nothing exciting and they move on quickly.
As my daughter began to explore her surroundings I became very aware of all the non child friendly places in my home. As there is a socket right by her bed I was worried she would get the idea of sticking her fingers into the sockets or sticking something else into them so I searched online for socket protectors and found these from Mothercare. There are a wide range of these type of devices out there but as I trust the Mothercare brand I was happy to go with their product.
They are a really simple idea and are literally just covers for the sockets. They came in a pack of two for just 1.99. They are placed into the sockets and it would be extremely hard if not impossible for any toddler to get these off. Which is why they were perfect for my explorer. They are white in colour so you really dont notice them against white sockets.
To be honest I only had them plugged in for about a month because my daughter became more attracted to the sockets when they were being hid from her! Also I think this is just another gimmick for new parents to purchase. I have never heard of a child actually getting electrocuted by shoving their fingers in a socket or if this is even possible. It would worry me if my daughter slept with a fork in her bed every night but I can't see her being able to stick her teddy bear in those tiny holes.
I wouldn't recommend these really because they are going to waste your money.W There really is no need to go to such lengths around the home. I do believe in locking little fingers out of cupboards and from accessing the stairs but I for one am not going to smoother my daughter in cotton wool trying to cover every sharp corner and little opening in sight!
I have bought many packs of these socket covers from Mothercare and think that they do the job they are supposed to do.
I have two children and these have come in very handy indeed. My eldest son is 5 years old now and therefore does not need them at all. My youngest however, who is 2 years old, is an absolute nightmare with the plug sockets. If I am hoovering for example, he will pull the plug out and play with the switch. He is fascinated with them.
He is also fascinated with the socket covers and spends a lot of time trying the get them out. This is why I am completely confident and satisfied with the safety of this product. If he has not managed to pull them out then they are obviously worth buying. My only problem is, I struggle to get them out too!
I also have to buy a lot of these as I am always misplacing them. I take them out to do the hoovering or the ironing and can never find them again. Infact I am sure one day I will find a little stash of them that my son has hidden away but in the mean time I am paying a fortune for them.
I like that these socket covers are very discreet too. They are white plastic covers so match with most peoples plug sockets.
You can buy these for £5.99 for a pack of 12.
I would definately recommend these. They might be a pain to get out but then that does stop your children from sizzling themselves!
My most recenet reviews have tended to be about baby / toddler items and that is because I currently have my one year old nephew staying with me for 4 nights!
He is currently at that exploring stage, where he doesn't just look, but has to touch / eat / put in his mouth everything that he comes into contact with and his new favourite thing seems to be flicking the switches on the sockets.
Now, because this is a dangerous thing to do and is incredibly close to the actual socket holes, I decided to purchase some of these from Mothercare, there is a pack of two priced at £1.99 or a pack of 4 at £2.99, so I bought the pack of 4.
They are a very simply design, just plain white plastic and all you have to do is to slot them into and empty / unused sockets. This then covers the socket to form a flattish surface with no dange of children / toddlers sticking their fingers in.
They are very easy to put in and just slot in like any electrical item would, they do have a tight, snug fit and I have seen my newphew trying to pull them out, however he can't seem to fit his hand properly around it or to get enough grip to pull them out!
Adults, on the other hand, can remove them quickly and easily, though I must admit I did struggle the first couple of times, but that is mainly due to having gel nails and them just sliding about everywhere!!
The main problem I find with these is that once you take them out and put them down somewher you can never find them again, I have already lost two and only purchased them two days ago!!
I would definitley reccomend these as they are a cheap way of making sure that your little one is safe!
These simple, white covers will prevent toddlers from putting fingers, toys, etc into power sockets. Easy for adults to apply, hard for toddlers to remove.