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Product Review: Happy Hands

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 12-09-2012

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Little fingers find their ways into lots of things they shouldn’t, but one of the biggest dangers for me is getting them trapped in doors. Once your child becomes mobile they are away before you can blink, and if your little one is anything like mine, they are fascinated with doors. Doors open. Doors close. Doors are AMAZING if you are a small child. One way to help protect little fingers is to invest in some Happy Hands.

Happy Hands are an ingenious, and rather cute, invention which fastens to the top of the door. Once adjusted it prevents the door from closing on little fingers, resulting in happy hands!

As you can see the cute hand is fitted with a sticky pad to the top of the door. Once pivoted 90 degrees it prevent the door from shutting my wedging its own fingers in the way, and not your little ones.

We have this on Little Man’s bedroom door. He merrily runs in and out of there whenever we’re upstairs, and once we remove the sides from his cot bed and he’s free to roam, I expect it will be well used, so for us its important to have the Happy Hand there.

Happy Hands can be bought online at the Fingershield website.

Product Review: Lindam Safety

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 05-09-2012

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Keeping our children safe is the ultimate priority for any parent. When they reach the toddler years keeping them safe can prove a little tricky to say the least, especially when they start exploring the world around them. Our house is equipped with gates at the top and bottom of our stairs as well as one in the kitchen doorway to stop Little Man wandering in, but there are other hazards around the house and when we’re out in the car. Lindam sent us a selection of safety products to make our home and car that little bit safer to help celebrate the Lindam Safety Day on September 6th.

Firstly, and most importantly for me, was the Multi-Purpose Latch which I fitted to the cupboard in the kitchen where we keep our cleaning products. We are giving Little Man slightly more freedom as he gets older and the gate on the kitchen door isn’t permanently closed as it used to be. Plus he follows us in when we’re in their cooking or doing other jobs. He is drawn to this cupboard like all children seem to seek out the most dangerous places. This latch means that the door won’t open unless you undo it, and Little Man can’t do that. This is a brilliant product which has made my kitchen infinitely safer.

When we’re out in the car keeping the sun off Little Man is very important. I don’t want him overheating, especially when he’s asleep in his seat. Lindam sent us their new White Hot Safety Sunblock Shade to try. It fastens to the window with two suckers and then the blind itself rollers down. A simple release button retracts the blind when its not needed. What makes this blind special is the White Hot sensor on the base of the blind which turns white when the temperature in the car is too hot. My only fault with this blind is that it could do to be slightly wider, but that might just be because my back windows are fairly large.

The danger of plug sockets seems something that’s still up for debate. Due to the design of UK sockets it would take a very creative child to push something into all three pin holes at the same time sufficiently to electrocute themselves, but who wants to take that risk? I use Plug Socket Covers to prevent anything untoward being pushed in them – crayons, food, paper, etc – as well as ensuring there is absolutely no chance of my Little Man getting seriously hurt. These covers from Lindam are neat and easy to fit, but tricky to remove which is ideal when there are little fingers poking them all the time.

Finally I made use of the Door Stopper. Doors closing on little fingers isn’t fun, neither is a door swinging closed leaving your little one trapped in a room that perhaps they shouldn’t be in anyway! This stopper fits quickly and easily to any door. We currently have it on the kitchen door, but I can see it moving to the main bathroom door upstairs once Little Man is in his big boy bed and can wander around more freely. I’d rather not be woken at 2am by a toddler stuck in the bathroom!!

Lindam’s Safety Day in September 6th 2012. You can read Lindam’s advice for keeping your children safe here.