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Brand: Mothercare / Safety Type: Household Safety & Child Proofing

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      02.09.2010 12:32
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      Gives me a peace of mind 10 out of 10 for mothercare

      I had to buy the mothercare window catches for the bedrooms after my daughters showed great interest in the windows and trying to open them curious little girls. Our windows already had safe locks on them but they know they can push the button to open it up full DANGER DANGER. After some online research i found the mothercare window catches. For a pack of four mothercare window catches it cost £12.99 seems a lot for what they are but cant put a price of safety. They come with easy to follow instructions and fittings, my dad is a joiner and he fitted them for me but anyone could do it as it is only a few screws. The catches are metal and around found inches long when extended. Basically one part gets screwed onto the window frames and the other half gets screwed onto the bottom of the window it took only five minutes to fit each catch to the windows. When opening the window the hinge on the catch extends and the window only opens two - three inches making it impossible for any child to get out. When the window is closed the hinge shrinks back into the catch and is harley noticeable. They are strong, sturdy , safe and gives me a peace of mind. I am really please with the mothercare window catches as we have had a hot summer i was able to leave the windows open while the girls were upstairs playing it still allowed air into the room without any danger of them playing with the windows and falling out. I think i will keep them on until the dreaded teens stage is past :-) These are way better than the horrid plastic ones i have seen. I highly recommend the mothercare window catches.

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      13.08.2010 21:26
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      We moved to a downstairs flat just before my daughter turned two so all the windows were easy escape routes for a toddler who happened to be into (and out of) everything she could possibly get her hands on. Our bedroom and her bedroom were the most worrying as both beds gave easy access to the windows and it was just a case of standing on the wide windowsil and pushing the bottom of the window whilst lifting the handle. My daughter had watched both my husband and I intently whilst we did this and she demonstrated how she could do it too. The 2 year old who should have been in Mensa. It caused a trip to Mothercare to see if we could find something to remedy it whilst the Landlord tried to find the keys to lock the windows up. Once in Mothercare, we found them instantly and ended up paying £9.99 for a four pack of Window catches. I have looked on Mothercare recently and found that they now cost £12.99 a pack. They were easy to install on the window. It was simply a case of screwing one part of the mechanism to the actual frame of the window bit which opens and then screwing the other bit in the frame. The picture probably explains that a lot better than I just did! The two bits which screw into the window are joined together by a hinge with a moveable arm which only extends a certain amount so that you can still have the window open for air but not enough that a child could get out. These also stop the child from pushing the window open any further too. The catches are white in colour. Luckily our window frames were painted white so you couldn't even notice them but if you have windows the same colour a the one pictured you are going to notice them a bit but I don't think this is an issue as long as your child is safe. We left these on the window the whole time we lived in our flat and she never tried to open the windows again anyway but it wasn't worth taking the risk. They did leave a mark on the window frame when we removed them as they screw in. I am not sure what you do if you have those white plastic windows as these would not work on them due to the screwing in part so obviously don't buy these if you have those types of windows. These definately worked and were well worth the money we spent on them (plus as well as keeping our daughter safely in, they kept our cat safely in too!). Highly recommended.

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      03.08.2010 07:03
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      Effective way of making sure kids can't get out of or fall out of windows.

      When my kids were a little younger, alongside the usual safety devices such as cupboard door locks and socket covers (which I now know are incredibly dangerous, see http://www.fatallyflawed.org.uk/ for more info!) I bought some window catches from Mothercare, with a pack of 4 costing £12. I think there are cheaper, non leading brand versions around though which pretty much do the same job. Basically, the product is design to be screwed onto the inside and outside section of a window (see picture!) - this joins the two by a movable bar which allows the window to swing open enough for ventilation, but stops the window from becoming wide open so I child could climb out. I'm not sure if it was just me being dense, but I don't think these work on window frames which aren't wooden, luckily mine are and so we could screw the catches onto the windows easily, but there surely must be alternatives available if you're not able to drill and screw into your frames. I found that they were easy to fit (much easier than cupboard locks!) and looked decent enough whilst on. They do leave marks on your frames when you remove them, but for the safety aspect they are worth it and this isn't too important unless you're very bothered about your frames. Overall, these are very effective at making your windows safer, and stopping any accidents from children opening them too wide and trying to escape, or worse, falling out from height. Highly recommended.

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        21.07.2010 17:24
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        Highly recommended if fitted correctly

        My son is the ultimate explorer and this summer as the weather got warmer I decided it was important to discuss with my son the importance of not climbing near windows. He responded by discussing Humpy Dumpty and while I tried to explain to my son in terms a three year old would understand that All the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't put Humpty together again and All the kings horses and all the kings men would not be able to put him back together again. I was left however feeling anxious and decided it was time to invest in some window locks. I visited my local B& Q warehouse but they informed me that they no longer stock child safety equipment so next I decided to visit mother care. I did not want to buy a cheap item when it came to such important purchase but Mothercare is a name I trust. In store the Window locks were £5.99 for a pack which contains one window lock but were on a three for two offer so was able to get the three locks for £11.98. Sadly this offer has since finished. As with anything so important it is important to get these fitted correctly so I actually had a friend come and fit them as I wasn't confident that my DIY skills were competent enough.The packs do contain all you need to fit the window including screws for a wooden window frame however it does advise that if you have a different type of window you need to order the screws separately. It took my friends about less than fifteen minutes per window and using them is simple. I already have normal window locks and a latch on all my windows so opening them can be quite fiddly. The locks are now slightly different to the pictured The One's I have purchase are like a miniature window catch but only open to about two inches wide. It does have integrated holes with a push down catch to secure the position which also means that you can reduce the gap in the window. If a child were able to open the push down leaver there is a second security device which stops the window opening any with an additional two plastic prongs which stop the opening bar passing through the catch. These catches are white and so don't co- ordinate with my windows but I am more concerned about the safety issue than aesthetics'. These do feel relatively sturdy.These have been fitted in our upstairs windows for about a month and my son has not made attempts to get out the window but will now shout through my bedroom window when I am in the garden and it doesn't send me into a blind panic. I have also been able to keep my son's bedroom window open at night when it has been hot to prevent him getting to warm. I am more than happy with my purchase of these items and strongly recommend that anyone who has a young child gets some fitted as toddlers do not understand real dangers and consequences. You may be able to buy cheaper than Mothercare but I do suggest you don't buy a bargain brand as this may be false economy. While I do take security from these locks I do think it is important to still teach children the importance of safety as one day they will be in a house without window locks. Safety equipment is not designed to replace Parent supervision.

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          18.07.2010 00:59
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          Overall, a great safety item to buy

          When we had our first child and he started walking about and geting into everything in the house, we knew it was time to start improving the house so that it was child friendly and safe. From stair gates, to catches for cupboards etc..we bought them all. Then we saw these window catches from Mothercare and thought they were another simple, great idea to make your home safer. We managed to pick up a four pack for about £12. You don't really need to put in on windows that are high up that your child cannot reach. You just need to fit on any windows that little hands can open and trap their fingers in or even worse climb through. This product is essentially white catches that you can attach to the base of the window frame. These mothercare window catches are white and are easily fitted on to the frame which is very handy, and are even easier if you read the instuctions carefully. The thing I love about this product is that they are very simple to use and are such an original idea when it comes to kids. They not only stop your child from climbing out through the window in question, but also are locked in position to ventilate your house too which is fantastic. They are pretty sturdy as well and have not broken in the time we have them anyway. Basically if you have young childen then I would highly recommend this to anyone as it does give you the safety your require to make your evenings more relaxing.

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          11.04.2009 16:30
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          A really sturdy cheap and easy to fit product

          The mothercare window catches look great but need to be fitted where little hands can't reach!I have just been obtaining quotes for Home Insurance and when I entered my information I put down that I didn't have British Standard locks fitted to my windows and the quote was about £15 dearer than if I'd of had them fitted.Off on my quest to find a good value for money product but also of good quality materials.I already had the "window stay" lock type fitted but they had had the screw down bolt/retainers removed at some stage before we moved in(typical).I found the best buy at Wickes(yes,they have come up trumps again).They are Wickes own "Window Snaplocks"with a key and are white finish and a really sturdy fitting,they are on sale for £11.73 for a pack of four.When you open the lock with key the window opens and when you close,just as the name suggests they "Snaplock"-Brilliant.A totally fantastic product that makes you feel so much safer in your home and it only took me about an hour to fit to 11 windows(some of which were hardwood).Also worth a mention is when I got to the checkout I found Wickes now do a Loyalty card and duly accepted one with a free 500 points to open your account!

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            21.03.2008 10:51
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            Can be used for children too.

            I bougt something similar to this fom Mother care for all the windows in my flat. Not for children but for my cats as they are quite the little dare devils and like to try and strutt out on the window sils. My female cat ended up having to go to the vets as she fell out of the kitchen window and broke her tooth and got the broken part stuck in her lip. Not to mention how scared she was as she is not an outdoor cat. I thought someone was knocking at my front door I asked who was there to be greeted by a rather desperate Meiow. When I opened the door to let her in she shot straight up the stairs and hid under the table all puffed out an fluffy looking. Very good for cats and I am sure they will work for children too. I'm happy now as the kittens are now safe and sound.

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            Allows a window to be locked in an open position for ventilation, but prevents your child from opening it enough for climbing through.