“ Brand: Boots / Type: Household Safety & Child Proofing „
We all remember catching out fingers or toes in doors as a kid and I swear I can still feel the pain. These door stoppers from Boots may not be the cheapest product around, you would think that a shops own brand would be a little cheaper but what price do you put on your child's safety? It is not just the pinched fingers that are an issue, it stops small children being trapped in a room should the door close behind them.
When my daughter started moving around I made sure one of the first things I did was go on a shopping trip to buy all the necessary safety equipment. There are a few doors that we keep closed, but our living room, bathroom, kitchen doors are normally keep pushed open. Now we have a moving child, I bought six of these door stoppers. They stretch round most standard doors, which all of ours are. If the door these are on should inadvertently be pushed shut, the plastic mould stops the door from slamming on little fingers. There will always be an inch gap or so between the door and the door frame. These are a godsend, as even me a 38 year old has slammed my fingers in door numerous times and can vouch for how much that hurts.
The packaging is simple, red and blue card with a plastic covering over the actual stopper. It is easy to get into; it isn't one of the plastic ones where you have to hack at it with scissors to get into it. They are made of firm foam so do not damage your doors if slammed. They only come in white, which luckily fits with all our doors, if your doors are bare wood it might look a little out of place. These should also be used at the top of the door, out of the reach of the ever inquisitive children. They don't work so well when they have been removed by the little fingers they are designed to protect.
When my daughter got to the crawling around stage, we know it was time to start baby proofing the house. While I didn't go mad, one thing that I did buy and would recommend was a door stopper. Lauren started crawling during the summer months and that particular year, it was quite warm which meant we had the patio doors open quite a lot. Unfortunately, in our house if you have these open along with any windows, the slightest bit of wind causes the internal doors to slam shut.
The door stoppers retail for around £4 for one, I purchased mine as part of one of Boots Mother & baby Events and they were on 3 for 2 (if you are signed up to Boots Parenting Club, you also 10 Advantage points per £1 spent too). The products its Boots own brand so not available elsewhere but you can buy online and instore.
The door stopper is white in colour and made from quite hard foam. To use, remove all packaging and slide onto the door. This needs to be placed quite high up to stop your little ones from playing with or removing. The door stoppers are easily removed should you wish to shut the door (we have a cat and when we go out, there are certain internal doors which I have to shut to ensure the cat doesn't enter rooms and set the house alarm off). Because the stopped are made from foam, they don't mark the doors or scratch any of the gloss off which is a bonus. Although the door stopper is not the most attractive one for sale, I find that because it is white it doesn't stand out too much against my white internal doors.
Overall, I would recommend these door stoppers, although Lauren is nearly 5, I still keep these on during the summer months and I hate to hear the doors slamming, and I am still worries she could have her little fingers somewhere she shouldn't if a door was to slam, so they have proved a good investment.
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I have a beautiful door stopper from John Lewis. Its a large glass ball with lots of little air bubbles inside, it looks lovely and really goes with the decor in my house. Its very heavy and works well as a door stopper but I can't actually use it as a door stopper anymore as my little boy likes to roll it and play with it like an actual ball so I've had to take it away from him as its sure to cause some damage soon. Instead, we've had to fit these ugly door stoppers from Boots but hey, they work so I guess that is the main point.
This door stopper is such a simple idea and design. What I like about it is that you can attach it to a door up quite high so its impossible for little kids to play with it and remove it from where you have put it. Basically, this door stopper is just a horse-shoe shaped thick piece of rubber/thick strong foam that you can wedge around the frame of your door to stop the door from slamming shut and trapping little fingers in it. I put mine about three quarters of the way up the door and so when its on you can't actually shut the door all the way but this is fine in our house as we tend to keep doors open anyway and have a flow through the house. The stopper wedges between the door and the frame so it will not close no matter how much force you give it.
I find these have been particularly useful in summer when we have the back door open and the wind from the garden will fling doors shut sometimes so its nice to know that the door cannot shut fast with these protectors on. I also have one of these on each of my children's doors too so they cannot shut themselves inside their rooms and then sit in front of the door so you cannot open it.
I th ink the only disadvantage with these is if you actually do want to shut a door, with them on you can't but the nice thing is that they are easily removable and and not fastened to the door in any way with glue or screws so you can take them off and they have done no damage to your door whatsoever.
Its a bit ugly having a big piece of rubber stuck to your door but the way I think about it is we will only use them for a few years when the kids are really young and then we can take them off and forget about them. Each door stopper costs £4 from Boots and are a safety feature I definitely recommend.
As soon as our twins started to crawl at around 10 months one their favourite games was to get behind our living room door and push it shut. As the door sits on carpet it doesn't swing freely so I usually had time to rescue them but I started worrying about their little fingers, not just that they would trap their own but that they would trap each others. I remembered my sister having some foam door stoppers when her children were little and so had a look the next time I was in Boots and found this door stopper.
This door stopper comes in very simple cardboard backed plastic packaging which you tear apart to get into it. I'm not keen on this type of packaging usually but this one wasn't too bad to get into.
The door stopper
It's made of a strong foam which is flexible enough to fit around your door but strong enough to stop the door from shutting. It is a decent depth and distance from the door to ensure that little fingers can't get caught in the door.
To use it you just push it over the door when it is open, it fits snuggly on our doors which are quite wide and I put it high up so it isn't in the way and my little people can't reach it to remove it. It works really well and although we don't have many baby safety products I wouldn't be without this one.
Price and Availability
As it's a Boots own product it is available from their stores and from www.Boots.com. It's priced at £4.09 which I feel is expensive for a piece of shaped foam but it does the job well which is the main thing. Boots often have baby events where you can buy 3 for 2 on a range of baby products which would bring the cost of this down.
Would I recommend?
Yes, I think these door stoppers are a great baby safety product and I will be looking to buy more for other doors in the house now that our little ones are moving round the house more.
As a child, on several occasions, I caught my fingers in doors and I even still bear the scar of one such accident on one of my little fingers. I can remember the day it happened as clear as anything and it's mainly for this reason that I use foam safety door stoppers around my home for when my nieces & nephews come to visit. My door stopper of choice has been the Boots ones and this is purely because I have been able to use a load of advantage card points I won to purchase these. At £4.09 each stopper they don't come cheap but then if it prevents a potentially nasty accident it's well worth the money to me.
Each door stopper is individually wrapped in a cardboard packet with a plastic section on the front. It's easy enough just to tear the door stopper away from the cardboard and pop it out of the plastic. The stopper is then fitted towards the top part of the door and the U style shape foam is designed to mould to the shape of your door and prevent it from closely completely tight. The foam fits very quickly and efficiently and does not actually prevent me from pressing my doors closed, it just means that they don't shut completely tight and the small space that is left means that a small toddler or child should not damage their fingers if they are around the edge of the door as they pulled it closed.
I do feel that these stoppers are good quality, mine has been in place for quite a few months now and I have had no problems with them becoming loose or damaged. We live in a very dusty new build at the moment and it's fair to say that most things have to be able to cope with a layer of dust and grime for this reason. This door stopper is easy to wipe clean if need be and very little maintenance is required to keep it looking good.
Overall I am very pleased with the quality of this product, after many months of use it shows no real signs of wear and tear and is not coming loose at all. It's very simple to use and works well at preventing little fingers becoming trapped in doors. I appreciate that £4.09 is a little expensive for what is essentially a piece of foam but I enjoy the peace of mind that it gives me just by being there and as I only have a few internal doors it's not really been an issue to be these, however, should you decide you want to use these and need a lot more than shop around as there are a few different versions of this product on the market at the moment.
I would firmly recommend these, mainly as a 'just in case' item but if you have little children toddling around the place you can never be too careful as it only takes a minute for an accident to happen.
When it comes to safety things for the house with a baby, my mum is super cautious!! At her house she hasn't got many interior doors so she decided she had to kit my house out with safety door stoppers! She came home from shopping one day and had found some Safety First Door Stoppers in a discount store for just a pound so of course she'd had to pick up a few packets!!
So, what is a door stopper? It is basically a chunky piece of shaped foam that fits on the side of your doors to stop them slamming shut. I would describe the shape as a sort of squashed U shape and is a bendy, almost rubber like foam that means you can bend it to fit on almost any type of door. My mum put them at the top of my interior doors so they were of course well out of reach of my daughter, which literally took seconds to put in place.
Once my little girl was at crawling stage, she did seem to have a tendency to push doors shut so I realised that once she was walking she would probably do the same or pull them shut (turns out I was right and she does like to pull them shut behind her - more than likely due to the fact that she thinks I won't know what she's up to!!!) In this sense I was glad that the stoppers were in place, as we all know how much it hurts when our fingers are trapped in a door!
Now that my little girl is well into the terrible two's, she has a real temper on her at times and slamming doors on me is a real speciality of hers so I am glad these are on because it has saved my poor fingers on several occasions. Also, we now have a kitten and when the temper kicks in and she goes to slam a door I am glad that there's no risk of her hurting the kitten either, even though most of the time Cleo is well out of there once the temper appears!!
Would I say that they have protected my daughters fingers? No, not particularly but that is only because we haven't had a situation in which there was a chance for her fingers to be trapped in the door, but I wouldn't like to have taken the risk in all honesty.
All in all I do think this is a great safety product to have and I would recommend it to all parents even though thankfully we haven't had much cause to have them.
Childrens fingers and nasty slamming doors have never mixed well. I always recall when my grandma caught her arm in the car door, which resulted in a trip to casualty. Since then I have been a bit over cautious about our childrens fingers becoming jammed in doors or cupboards. Its something I worry about happening to my own and other children visiting the home to play.
When we considered trying safety door stoppers. We initially bought some of the Safety 1st brand, but found we were 2 short, so topped up with some of the Boots brand door stoppers. We already knew that the idea of fitting the door stoppers had worked really, well so hoped the Boots ones would be just as good. Having looked for these here to review them they were not listed, but after a Dooyoo product suggestion they arrived on my request list today.
The Boots door stoppers may seem very simple and perhaps rather odd, yet they work really well if fitted correctly They do cost a little more than the Safety 1st ones we bought to buy, but as we only needed a couple we didn't feel too bad about having to pay £4 each for them. After all what price can you put on protecting little fingers and hands from slamming doors.
Our Boots door stoppers are odd little foamy shaped protectors, that look like a cross between the letters C & U. The idea of fitting these to your doors is that you can place them nice and high up on the top 1/3rd of the door you want to protect. They fit straight onto most interior doors within a matter of seconds. We have found they can fit most standard door widths. They are easy to fit and and they can act as a foamy safety door stopper that will stop doors from slamming tightly shut.
The Boots door stoppers are made of a firm but flexible white foam. They are rather chunky feeling, which we thought was good. They easily moulded around our doors once fitted. We placed them on the remaining internal doors that didn't have the Safety 1st stoppers fitted. We have also used them on the exterior kitchen door when thats been open sometimes. Although it was harder to fit due to it being a thicker external door and of course they were only fitted to that door when it was in use. This did stop the wind blowing the door hard shut.
We did find that these were very helpful with children around, especially during the toddling stage or when we had children come over to play. Times like that when there are groups of excited children around the home are when these Boots door stoppers are of great benefit. Its easy enough for one child to forget that another has followed them and try to close a door behind them. with these Boots foamy door stoppers fitted that cannot happen.
To sum these up, I have to say that whilst they cannot be relied on 100% of the time to stop accidents with closing doors happening, they do go a long way towards helping to prevent that type of thing happening.
We found these to be easy to fit, durable and when placed on the right part of the door at the right height, they worked really well. We found that although we paid a little extra for the Boots door stoppers they were no better than the Safety 1st ones which were considerably cheaper. Either work well so I would be happy to recommend them both with caution. Boots safety door stoppers get 4 stars.