If you are a parent of an active baby, it can be very challenging for youto secure the safety of your baby. Falls are the leading cause of accidents among babies and toddlers at home.A baby gate helps you protect yourbaby with gate barriers designed to prevent your kids from accessing areas of a home where they might be unsafe, such as kitchens, bathroom and stairways. A baby gate can be made out of fabric, metal or wood. When you are looking for a baby gate, be sure to measure the area that you need it for.

oopsWhat Is A Baby Gate?

aby gates are made to be used for children that range in age from six months to age three. By the time they are three years old, most children can safely navigate steps (some are better than others, that’s why parental supervision is stilled advised) and some of them can even open and close their baby gates. Some of them even climb over them in an attempt to get in or out of an area. At this point, it might be best to remove the gate so that your child doesn’t get injured by it.

Baby gates, especially baby safety gates for stairs, provide a degree of protection against falls down stairways and entries into areas that are off limits. There are several kinds of baby gates available and can be used anywhere in the home, not just on the stairs. They are more permanent structures and will require tools for installation. Many of the gates will require you to use a drill, level and/or a screwdriver to ensure proper installation. Hardware mounted baby gates can be removed from a wall and the holes can be patched and painted over.

How To Choose A Baby Gate?

The first thing you must do before you buy a baby gate is you must know how the baby gate will be used. Access to bedrooms and bathrooms, for instance, can be limited by simply keeping doors closed. Garages and basement stairs are more dangerous. It is a good idea to install self-closing mechanisms on doors leading to these places.

Installation of baby gates is another big part in how you choose to buy a baby gate. Your home will have certain areas where the need for certain baby gates will be important.Stairs and kitchen entrances are typical spots for installing baby gates. While gates at the tops and bottoms of stairways are designed to reduce the risk of falls, kitchen gates are intended to protect young children from burns and collisions while parents are distracted by meal preparations.

Baby gates also work as pet gates. It will easily keep your dog from getting into off-limit rooms that you don’t want them in.

Additional Tips For Baby Stair Gates

  1. The baby safety gate should be taller than your baby’s height when standing upright.
  2. The spaces should not be big enough for your baby’s head to fit through.
  3. A strong opening and closing function that can’t easily be moved by babies.
  4. It is important for the gate to have vertical slates, not holes or mesh that can serve as toe-holds for climbing.
  5. The gate door should swing open away from the stairs.
  6. Removable gates should not be usedat the top of a stairway becauseyour baby may dislodge the gate.

What Are The Two Types Of Baby Gates?

The two main types of safety gates are pressure gates and hardware-mounted gates. These gates come in different shapes and sizes and there is no universal safety standard for their design. The potential for injury is greatest from falls down stairs, so any gate placed at the top of a staircase must be resistant to dislodgement and climbing.

  • Pressure gates are satisfactory in flat areas and between rooms, such as kitchens and living rooms, hallways or home offices.Pressure mounted gates are easy to install and move from one place to another, but may become a safety risk if placed at the top of the stairs.
  • Hardware mounted baby gates may be utilized in the areas that may be a safety issue. Oftentimes pressure mounted baby gates seem like the reasonable choice because it doesn’t have to be drilled into anything. However, pressure mounted gates can do more damage over time. Pressure mounted gates are great for all other rooms and areas, but to give you the maximum amount of protection, and peace of mind, a hardware mounted gate in every stairway is the best choice for you and your baby.

Retractable Baby Gate

The retractable baby gate is a new type of baby gate, although it is not as well-known as some of the others. The retractable baby gate which is also known as roller gate can be used anywhere at home. One of its best functions is its ability to be rolled up and stored away easily. It can remain out of place when it is not being used to keep your baby safe.
So when you go to buy a baby gate, know your options. This will help you select the perfect gate or gates for your home. You also have to make sure that there are no dangerous gaps or openings, narrower slat spacing, toe or finger holds, and top edge protrusions. An efficient safety gate must also withstand an impact with the gate not being dislodged or destroyed.


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