Practicing safe electronics

iSkin laptop keyboard protectorMy beloved new MacBook is now as much a part of my kitchen table as the napkin stand but, in such a high-traffic spot, my laptop is in constant danger of a small person dribbling a juice box over the keys. Instead of constantly playing defense, I now use protection with iSkin


Despite its brand name — second only to the iPad in its unfortunate mental imagery — iSkin makes a smart ProTouch Keyboard Protector that should make computer-loving moms jump for joy.

This thin silicone covering lays across a laptop’s keys, with raised key for easier typing and no slippage. It took me about a day to get used to the feeling of the silicone under my fingers, but now I don’t even notice it.

The iSkin protects the keyboard from drips, dust and dirt getting inside a computer, which is quite the lifesaver for us work-at-home moms, or those of us who allow the kids to bang on the keys from time to time. But this isn’t a watertight seal, so don’t expect that you can suddenly float in the pool and Twitter. –Christina

Find an entire range of iSkin products to protect computers and electronics at

Congratulations to lucky iSkin winners Pamela G and Peasmasher!


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.


  • Reply April 19, 2010

    Susan L

    Um, having just spent $300 for liquid damage to our Macbook due to a mid-air baby catch, we are SO getting one of these. Thanks!

  • Reply April 20, 2010


    My nearly 2 year old has spilled water from MY cup on my laptop twice in several months… a new keyboard later (yes, I got lucky) and I bought a key piece of mommy equipment – the adult sippy cup. Camelback has 1 liter bottles with sippy cup style tops that don’t leak. It’s already saved me a couple of times. In fact, this is my new baby shower gift and only wish that I had thought of this when we first had our little one. Oh, and cheaper than the iSkin thing too.

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