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My mother in law purchased one of these Safety 1st Safety Barriers which are supposed to be an easy to move, travel type of baby gate. She purchased it for her house for when we visit her as she has easily accessible stairs and I was always worried about my daughter getting up them.
The Safety 1st Safety Barrier is a nice and neat little invention which folds down flat and fits into a little bag for storage or for travelling. As far as I know, this product only comes in blue with a mesh middle so you can see through it.
My mother in law decided to wait until we got to her house to fit this in place as she thought we knew best with these things so that was what we did.
The problem with this Safety Barrier is the installation of it. We had it on the bottom step which left a little gap at the bottom though not big enough for my daughter to get under. The barrier comes with 4 pressure wall stoppers like most stair gates do - 2 for the top and 2 for the bottom. The wall stoppers were the problem as as they just didn't seem to tighten no matter what we tried. We got it into place and we decided that we should test it first before leaving it unattended for our daughter to go near.
I am so glad we actually tested it first because of the problems with the stoppers. I got down to my daughter's level and pushed gently where she would be able to push which was sort of in the middle towards the bottom. As soon as I did this with minimal pressure, the bottom caved in and the barrier flipped foward on to me so 1) it didn't hold and couldn't withstand pressure and 2) if it had been my daughter who had been pushing it, it would have landed directly on her.
We had followed all the instructions properly and we have baby gates fitted all over our own house so we know how to fit them but this was just an absolute piece of rubbish. We simply took the gate down and put it back in the box, not at all willing to try and risk it. My mother-in-law returned it to where she had bought it and invested in a Lindam one instead which was just fine.
I do not recommend this product as I feel it is completely unreliable.
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!!!
This title may be misleading, but then it is just my opinion. The barrier I had was unsafe, maybe it was the way I fitted it, maybe it was just a one off but if you are not completely convinced with a 'safety item' don't trust it, get something else. This barrier was bought for me, it looks very neat, and packs away into a simple little bag so you can take it with you when travelling. It is very tricky to put together until you get the hang of it. It has four pressure fit wall stoppers, and four optional wall cups. This was the problem I had. The pressure fit wall stoppers didn't seem to work. I put the gate at the top of the stairs and tightened it as much as I could. Thinking the barrier was safe I decided I better try it, just to make sure. When I pushed against the top of the barrier it was fine, nice and tight fitting, couldn't possibly come loose. But then when I pushed against the bottom the barrier flew up. Had my son pushed against it the barrier would have come away at the bottom, but stayed in contact at the top, leaving ennough room for my son to get through and fall down the stairs. I followed the instructions exactly as they said. I had fitted it all correctly, I even had other people look at it. It was either a bad design or just a one off bad barrier in a batch. I took the barrier straight back to argos where my relative had got it from and got a full refund. No questions asked. This was just my experience with this gate, but all I really wanted to say is, make sure everything it safe. There's no point in paying money out for safety items if they are not up to the job.
Versatility for home or away. Can be easily moved around within the home, or taken away when travelling. Folds away for transport or storage.