Product Type: Safety 1st safety products
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Safety 1st Safety Barrier
Member Name: CheekyCharlie08
Safety 1st Safety Barrier
Advantages: A good idea; Suckers work quite well unless under toddler pressure
Disadvantages: Looks a bit cheap; The barrier can come down under the weight of a toddler... and they suss that out
My dad picked this up brand new from the car boot for £2.00 because my sister is getting obsessed with being in the kitchen, she's pretty free round the house but we was all starting to panic a bit about her wandering in on her own while there was pans on the stove. She's got a bit of a thing about grabbing you round the legs at the minute as well and we've had a few scares when she's done it while someone is carrying something hot. She's too old for my dad to be fitting stair gates across the kitchen door so when he saw this removeable barrier he thought it would be a good idea.
It IS a good idea but that's about it! It's proper awkward to fit across the kitchen door, it's made to fit into a little bag when you haven't got it up but it's a nightmare taking it apart and then putting it together again.
The barrier is made out of mesh and after about 3 days my sister sussed out that brute force would get her through the barrier. I watched her one day and she literally just shoved her weight onto the barrier and it popped off the door frame and ended up flat on the floor. We still use it because most of the time if she sees the barrier up she knows she's not to go into the kitchen but if she's got a proper strop on her she deffo can break through so we're always on the look out for that! You've got to remember it's not a proper safety gate so don't put tooooo much trust in it.... and deffo don't use it as a stair gate at the top of the stairs!!!
You stick it onto the doorframe with suckers and it will stretch a bit but I don't think you'd get it on them extra wide door frames that a lot of houses have. The suckers work good, but like I said they do pop off when you push the barrier hard enough. It's never fallen off on it's own though and I like that the barrier is just the right height because adults can just step over it (unless your very short!!!) but no way is a toddler climbing over it because of the smooth mesh and anyway it would collapse under the weight of a small child, you'd hear the chaos and stop them getting into the kitchen youself!
It looks ok, a bit cheap I think and if it hadn't been such a bargain I reckon my dad would have shopped around and got something nicer looking. It reminds me of the sort of thing you'd have in a childrens hospital, I don't know why but I think it's because it's dead FUNCTIONAL looking. It's a good job we can't be bothered putting the barrier together sometimes because who wants to look at a dull blue and white background like that??? That's the thing with it, it's a bit of an effort to keep taking it on and off.... my dad brought it with the idea of putting it up here and there as a quick stop for my sister when there was a big pan of something going. But the trouble is it's such a pain to put together that nobody can ever be bothered and would rather just sit in the kitchen while the cooking is going on.... problem solved then because my sister is ALLOWED in the kitchen while someone is in there!
For £2.00 it's been useful, I don't know how much it would be new but I probably actually wouldn't pay more than the car boot price!!!
Summary: A Good Idea But Don't Trust It Too Much!
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