I first seen these door stoppers at my sister's house, she had one on every door in the house. At first I thought that she was being a little overprotective. It wasn't until my daughter turned one and was starting to walk and become somewhat mischievous herself when I realised exactly why she used these on all of the doors in her house. Being a new mum, I was almost (what you could call blind) to all of those small dangers in the house. I had all of the obvious things covered, but I never thought I would need things like door stoppers, (but boy was I wrong!)
That first time a seen my daughter slam a door, we were in the car and on the way to toys R us within 5 minutes. The thought of her trapping her fingers (something that I hadn't really thought of before) scared me that much that I bought one of these for every door in our house. At £ 3.49 they weren't a bad price either.
Appearance wise they are just plain white, so they will go with any room, or colour door frame. They don't look like much, but it's what they do and what they prevent from happening that matters. Basically it is a white foam circle, with a little bit missing so that it can fit on the door. They are stretchy and the gap is rather small so they will fit on any average door without falling off or sliding down.
The idea is to slide the door stopper on to the top of the door, to prevent little ones from reaching it and pulling it off. When the door gets slammed then, it will bounce of the door frame and leave the door open a couple of cm so if there are any little fingers in the way, they won't get caught in the door.
Since we got these there have been many times where, if they had not been there, we could have had some accidents. We stopped using them when my daughter was 2 as by this age she had some concept of danger. I found these so useful and I would definitely recommend them and suggest that everybody with small babies/toddlers should use them.
==Safety First Door Slam Stop==
I first saw these little items in Lidl and wondered exactly what they were, but after a closer inspection of the packaging the item made so much sense and even at the time seemed like a good idea. Jack wasn't into slamming doors then but he did like to close them a lot and therefore I didn't mind paying out the special purchase price of a mere £1.
They are available from a few various places with the easiest being online or in Mothercare. There usual price is around the £1.50 pence region so I a little bit of money off. For this price you get one foam shaped door stop in a packet and it looks so simple that I am sure you would be able to fashion something similar yourself.
The product didn't really come with much in the way of instructions because it is really a simple item that doesn't need much explaining. The item is in the shape of a U and is made from a tough rubbery type of foam. This basically can fit around the side of most doors and is as simple as stretching the sides of the U shape and fitting it onto the edge. It fit my doors perfectly and I tend to keep it in the highest position possible so Jack couldn't reach it at all.
At first after purchasing it we didn't really need it that much and I thought it was another £1 wasted. I would put it on from time to time when he was in a strop just in case he decided he wanted to shut his bedroom door in a rage (yes we are only taking about a 3 year old - 3 going on 15!). However for the last few months it really has been a pound well spend.
Jack has taken to having quite major strops and this means storming off to his bedroom and slamming his bedroom door and then for good measure has occasional opened the door and re-slammed it! Just like a teenager. However with the Door Slam Stop, this doesn't happen but you just have to ake sure that you have put the thing on! Jack has his door totally closed at night so it means remembering every morning to prepare for the worst case scenario by attaching the Door Slam Stopper quickly and easily to the top of his door so that when he tried to slam the door the soft foam stops him in his tracks.
This has often gotten him rather worked up as he repeatedly tries to slam the door but can't and this adds to his frustration. However the door is protected and our neighbours are not disturbed! I think this was a good spend of £1 as it is an affordable item that we have indeed used for a good number of times. It certainly does what it claims to do but I am not sure how much Jack likes it!
Personally I feel it is worth of a 4 out of 5 star rating and a recommendation. Just a shame it won't calm the child down who is slamming doors in the first place!!!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
It doesn't matter how often you tell children to be careful when playing in the home. Sometimes accidents do happen, but very often you can do something to prevent them. Children do play around the home, moving from room to room, often swinging back or slamming doors, without a thought about their brother, sister or friend following along behind them.
Little fingers and slamming doors have never mixed well. Little fingers becoming jammed in doors and cupboards have always been something that you hear of from fellow parents and fear for your own children and thats why when we saw these odd shaped Safety 1st Slam Stoppers we had to check them out and see if they would be of use.
A friend of ours had these first and when we saw them we thought how easy they were to fit and use. They seemed so very simple, yet worked really well and so we decided to get some for ourselves. These little Safety 1st Slam Stoppers don't cost much to buy, less than £2 each, but can when fitted well, stop doors from closing hard and injuring a child or adult.
To describe the door stoppers you need to think about them being small foamy shaped items that resemble a cross between the letters C and U. The idea of the Safety 1st Slam Stopper is that you can fit these reasonably high up on the actual door itself within a matter of seconds. They fit most standard door widths and when slipped safely into place, they can act as a foamy door stopper that will stop doors slamming tightly shut.
Our Safety 1st Slam Stoppers all came in a plain yet clean looking white foam, they were chunky shaped and moulded well enough to allow us to fit them on our doors. We placed them on the internal doors, but have also used them on the kitchen door when thats been open. Although it was a wider door due to it being an outside door, the Safety 1st Slam Stopper still fitted over the door well enough to stop it slamming shut in the wind. We found this very helpful.
We found that with the door stoppers fitted, children do become curious as to why the doors will suddenly not close fully, but we found that this did pass eventually once the novelty of trying to shut the door passed. The fact that our child tried to close doors and was unable to dislodge the door stoppers on more than one door, made us feel we had made the right choice by fitting them.
We have found that during the toddling stage children often find opening and closing doors to be great fun and older children do tend to forget their younger sibling is running along behind them, when swiftly shutting a door behind them. However by fitting the door stoppers we managed to stop that happening and so we would recommend these as a handy and useful product to fit if you have smaller children in your home.
We didn't pay more than £2 per door stopper and these lasted us well. We did buy 2 of the Boots branded door stoppers as we had under estimated what we needed. These came up at double the price (ouch!) and were exactly the same type of thing, so I would say the Safety 1st ones at £2 or so offer best value for money.
You may only need/ want to fit these to the main doors in your home, so potentially you could cover all those doors for between £12 to £20. To rate these, I feel that they are a helpful product to have, that when fitted carefully may help to prevent accidents. With this in mind they get 4 stars, but as with any child safety item they should never be relied on 100%.
I have always been very conscious of child safety .It is essential as a parent you look round a room at look at the hazards for your child dependent upon the child and their motability. Some children are far more adventurous than others and it is often needed to second guess likely hazards before they occur.
My son has been the kind of child who was able to climb the stairs before he could walk and has a compulsion to touch everything he can actually reach so I do consider these to be important. One day when I was in the kitchen. I heard a scream and knew he has hurt himself so ran into the other room to discover he had trapped his finger on the hinge side of the door. I was filled with Panic as to how to remove him without harming him further but was lucky he only ended up with a red finger with a slight bruise. This did not deter him from playing with the door.
I decided to purchase some safety first slam stoppers these are large white hard foam that is flexible enough to stretch over the edge of the door but sturdy enough to stay in place.
The great thing about this product is that it can be attached in seconds. It can be attached to any height and I tended to put it up high so that it couldn't be tampered with. I do like the fact it is wide enough to fit over the PVC back door as well as internal doors. Another great benefit is that is can be fixed without any damage to the door and can be moved from door to another where ever needed. This makes them ideal for taking on holiday and for visiting relatives and friends who do not have their home set up for little ones.
Once my son grew to an age where he started climbing over his stair gate I found he was running into my room at night and slamming my bedroom door. I moved one to my bedroom door to prevent accidents when my sleepy little boy was running through his house but also to prevent waking the neighbours in the night.
I did find I needed a couple of these to keep my son's fingers in tact but they do tend to come in packs of two. This is one piece of equipment that I would definitely recommend. I do still use these occasionally particularly when other children are playing. My son does like doors shut and when and argument begin about the door I do inform everyone to keep the door open but these are an extra safeguard that toddler bickering doesn't result in a trip to A & E.
I found these in a pack of two for £1.44 with £2.50 postage and packaging on Amazon market place. It is easier if you can but a couple of packs simply save moving them around frequently but a small price to pay for your own child's safety as well as that for a visiting children.
My children have all developed a love of slamming doors from around the age of 18 months. Luckily, I discovered the Slam Stoppers.
The Safety 1st Slam Stoppers come in a pack of 2. The pack is primarily a piece of card, with a plastic container at the front which contains the stoppers. The back of the card has the usage instructions, which are basically - fit the stopper around the edge of the door you want to stop slamming.
The slam stoppers are made of white foam, which is approx 1 inch thick. It is in a letter "C" shape, but if it was a full circle, the diameter would be about 4 inches.
The foam is hard, but slightly flexible, meaning that it will fit over most standard size doors without a problem. We have a slam stopper on every single one of our internal downstairs doors. I simply couldn't live without them! We put them over the top of the door, meaning that there is no way the kids can get to them. When you try to close the door, the edge of the slam stoppers hits the door frame leaving a gap of a couple of cm. It is therefore impossible for children to slam or even close the door on their fingers. Without this invention, I think we would have had a few trips to the hospital by now!
The stoppers do start to crack eventually and I think over the last 3 years that we've been using this product, I've had to replace 2 of them - but they had taken a serious amount of abuse!
We even use a slam stopper on our piano lid, to make sure they don't bring it down on their fingers. It's a bit loose, but it does the job.
If you do want to close a door, they are removed in seconds and do no damage to your door or door frame.
These are a brilliant invention and any house with young children would find them a worthwhile purchase. I've never paid more than £1.50 for a pack of 2 and at that price they are a steal.
When I started childminding I saw these on the internet and though they were a great idea. I hadn't used them with my firstborn and as my daughter was still very tiny I thought they would work well for her as well as any other children I may look after.
The door stopper is a large piece of expanded foam. It is shaped like a sideways C and is very chunky. It is about and inch thick on either side and is lightweight.
The stopper gets placed on the top or the side of any door. It is best to place it out of the childrens reach as it will get pulled off!The stopper will prevent the door from fully closing, leaving a gap between the frame and the door itself.
To attach the stopper you pull it apart slightly and place it on the door, it is very easy and very effective. It can be moved from door to door depending on where you need it. It is extremely durable and the foam doesn't lose its tight grip no matter how many times you move it.
The door stopper has prevented many accidents in my house. With lots of children running around it is easy for doors to close and you can't always be sure that there are no fingers in the way. The children were very confused when I first put this on the top of the door, they couldn't understand why it was still slightly open!
I use one of the stoppers on my sons bedroom door at night. He sleeps with the top window open but if it is windy his door will slam shut and wake him up. I use the stopper so the door can't close fully.
The door stoppers start at £1.90 for one or you can buy a pack of 2 for £2.99. They really are worth every penny.
Anyone with young children will know that although things may appear safe within your home, looks can be deceptive and you need plug sockets, latches for cupboard doors, stair gates and numerous other things. It can be confusing remembering everything you need to get for your home and I have to admit with our first child we forgot about the doors and catching their little fingers in them as they slam shut. That was until he did it one day and screamed the house down. You see, young children will get into anything and it only takes one time to hurt them. So we found this product to add to our collection of safety items. The slam stopper is such a simple device and cost us about £2.99 for a 2 pack of these. We have used these on our subsequent children and are a handy addition for any parent.
The door slam stoppers are thick white foam that is a sort of U shape, so has plenty of cushioning. They are designed to fit over the top or round the edge of a door so that when you close the door it stops it shutting completely on your fingers. The great thing with these is that unlike some things you get like latches you screw on or stair gates they don't damage your doors as they are soft.
These things are a fantastic idea and it's amazing how simple they really are. You can fit them to almost any interior door in the house and they can be reused over an over again. We have owned ours now for nearly two years and they are very durable as they are still in great condition.
These really are a great little device and I would suggest anyone with young children or children on the way to invest in some as they are not that expensive.
We actually owned these Slam Stoppers before my 2 year old sister was born, where we used to live was high up on a hill and if the back door was open at the same time as ANY window in the house all the doors would slam so loud that we were always scared of getting our fingers trapped.... even though none of us were babies at the time!
This is a proper clever and basic idea but it works, there are a few little problems with it but the relief at not having to worry about crushed fingers is worth it.
The Slam Stopper is a horseshoe shaped piece of foam, not the sort of foam that feels light and squashy but more like the stuff you see round pipes when there is work being done to them. It says on the packaging that it's specially designed dense foam and I'd say that was about right because the foam is quite hard to the touch and it has to be to absorb the door banging.
To fit it you just slide the foam onto the edge of the door making sure you remember to put it out of the reach of any kids in the house, this is important because the foam grips the door itself and is not screwed in or anything so you need to make sure kids can't just pull the foam off and then slam the door on their fingers! On the packet it says to put it about half way up the door to get the best effect and I think that's about right and having ours just above the handle is perfect.
The main problem is that once you've got the Slam Stopper fitted on your door then the door will not close completely, that's a problem if you rely on your doors to keep a crawling baby or walking toddler in one place but as long as your child can't reach the door handle you can easy remove the foam and close the door yourself. You've just got to remember to put the foam back into place when you open the door again.
You don't need to buy loads of Slam Stoppers because you can take them on and off plenty of times and it doesn't affect how good they grip the door, we've got 3 and swap them round the doors that need to be protected and that's been fine for years now.
They get a bit discoloured after a bit and can't be put in the washing machine to clean them but that's a minor thing when it comes to keeping kids safe. The main thing is that the foam doesn't lose shape or start coming loose on the door and a pack of 2 will last you for ages as long as you don't mind it looking a bit grubby after a bit.
Recommended..... save your fingers!!!
What would usually appear as a very safe home soon becomes an absolute nightmare as parents have to tackle the issue of child proofing their rooms, plug sockets need to be covered, window locks applied, table corners protected.............what an average everyday adult might see as safe could prove dangerous for babies and toddlers. When I was a child I remember my brother accidentally slamming a door on my fingers, crushing my little signet ring and almost breaking my fingers, I was probably about 6 at the time and the memory sticks out in my head, not least now I have toddlers of my own. Slamming doors are not only very dangerous to small children, possibly breaking their little fingers but at the very least causing them pain and distress but the constant slamming noise when your child has developed a door obsession, like Christopher did when he was 2, is also very annoying. A way to avoid any injury for children and headaches for parents is to buy a slam stopper.
The Safety 1st Slam Stopper is a piece of thick white foam in a slightly squashed U shape, designed to fit over the top or round the edge of a door, it is flexible making it easy to fit to your door and is reusable, not permanent, meaning there's no damage to your door or door frames and can be used on any door in the house (preferably not the front door though as that should be closed) The Slam Stopper is a basic item but designed to simply stop the door being able to close completely, meaning fingers will not get trapped and there will be no way for the door to slam shut, it only takes a quick burst of wind to slam a door shut and you never know when a little set of fingers may be curled around the door frame, with the Slam Stopper applied there will always be a few inches between the door and it's frame, meaning those little fingers are safe.
The Slam Stopper is a brilliant idea, while not all kids will become obsessed with opening and closing doors like Christopher did there is always the risk that a gust of wind, or even a inattentive adult may close the door trapping the little ones fingers, the Slam Stopper means that there is never any risk of an injury to your child and also has saved me the stress of constant opening and closing of doors, even in his most evil of toddler tantrum modes a stroppy push on the door will not result in it slamming and causing headaches and annoyance for me, any visitors and neighbours, it also comes in handy in the same respect when you've got a sleeping baby and you don't want closing doors to wake them up. Being able to move it around to other doors means you can take it with you on holidays or days out to visit family and friends and it's so lightweight, being made of foam, that it won't weigh down your travel bag or take up much space.
The foam is really durable and has lasted really well, we've had our Slam Stoppers now for over 2 years and they're still in perfect condition, all bar one minor set of teeth marks where Elsa tried to chew on one. The only major downside of the Slam Stopper is that it does stop you closing the door completely, this is fine if you've got a tiny baby who cant move around too quickly, or a well behaved toddler who you trust not to wander the house, but if you've got the typical adventurous 2 year old you'll need to put up baby gates to stop them getting to areas you want them to stay away from, like the stairs or kitchen, yes you could remove the Stopper when you didn't want the child going to a certain room but once they can open doors they'll have access to those rooms and be at risk of trapping their fingers.
The Slam Stoppers are available in stores such as Toys R Us and most places that stock Safety 1st products, as well as online including Amazon.co.uk in the region of £3.49, they are also in the larger Safety 1st home safety kits which are £9.99 and contain drawer latches, toilet lock, glass door lock, water thermometer and more.
Overall they are a great safety device and I recommend them to everyone with young children.
Protects little fingers. Stop small fingers from being trapped by fitting a slam stopper to every door.