Lindam Flexi Gate

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In a nutshell

This lightweight, folding stair barrier is great for holidays, but in a more permanent setting you may want to look for something sturdier and that can open easily

  • Pros

    Lightweight, folds easily, easy to erect, no tools required, comes in a storage bag for travel

  • Cons

    Gate doesn't actually open – it's a barrier, dark grey colour stands out, not as sturdy as a regular safety gate

Our review

A portable and lightweight safety barrier, the Lindam Flexi Gate fits most openings and comes in its own carry bag, making it ideal for travel.

For over 20 years, Lindam, a family run business based in Yorkshire, has been making baby products. Nowadays, Lindam works with companies throughout the world. The Lindam range includes baby monitors, bouncers, that easy-to-recognise curved bottle, a cot, breast pump, food warmer, sterilizers and safety products and gates. Lindam has about 10 or so safety gates in the range, from metal to wooden, easy fit to extendable. I tried the Flexi Gate. This is a collapsible gate – it ‘twists and folds’ into it’s own carry bag. It’s lightweight metal frame, and can fit gaps 71cm to 92cm.

First of all Jack and I tried the Lindam Flexi Gate at the top of the stairs in our fairly standard family house, and it gave me a feeling of fear and Jack a feeling of freedom as he pressed his not insubstantial body against the fabric in the middle – eek! But in a doorway where no stairs are involved we were confident baby Jack was contained. It's also, ahem, stretching the truth to call it a ‘gate’ as it doesn't actually open when in place. To walk through you have to loosen the pressure pads and virtually remove the gate.

What we love

The Lindam Flexi Gate is lightweight and extremely portable, and is great value for money. It’s extremely easy to fit as it is pressure mounted. The gate collapses, twists and folds into a bag the size of a small tent. This mechanism is really neat.

It’s easily adjustable to a range of widths, which is yet another thing that makes it good for travel, as you don’t know the size of doorways where you’re going (unless you really are super organised!).

What to watch out for

This is not a gate, it's a barrier, so don't try and rush through in a hurry. It's not as robust as metal or wooden safety gates, and because it's pressure mounted it needs to be constantly checked to ensure it’s still secure.

Colour-wise it's not the best either as it's grey, which really does make it stand out and would not suit many homes.

Who is the Lindam Flexi Gate best for?

Mobile mums and dads who need a portable safety barrier for holidays.

MadeForMums verdict

The Lindam Flexi Gate is easy to fit and easy to pack away. It’s portable and a useful addition to your holiday equipment. However, it’s not necessarily what you'd want in place in a more permanent setting.