Baby Safety Gate Basics

If you didn’t add baby safety gates to your registry chances are by the time your baby can walk you will be shopping for them.  There are tons of options for baby safety gates on the market.  The truth is that it does not matter how much you spend or what kind you buy as long as they work.  Don’t be fooled by fancy jargon or claims to be the best on the market.  Essentially baby safety gates are divided into two categories.

Curious About Walk-Through Baby Safety Gates ?

Each year hundreds of parents are injured by stepping over child safety gates in the home.  Walk through gates are designed to solve that problem.  They usually have an opening mechanism that allows an adult to open them with one hand.  This comes in handy when you are escorting your sleeping baby to bed and is much safer for parents.  In addition to that, if you use babyproofing gates that force you to step over them you will be more tempted to take them down periodically.  As soon as you do…your toddler will be bouncing through doorway and privy to whatever dangers lurk there.

Walk through baby safety gates are perfectly amicable solutions to areas like the kitchen, bathroom or top of stairs.  When you go to purchase one make sure that the mechanism works easily for you.  It also may be a good idea to let your toddler try it just to see how well they can manipulate the opening.  Toddlers quickly learn how to open things and you don’t want to spend time installing something that your clever toddler will easily figure out.  Another thing you want to check is that the spring or closing feature allows it to close easily on its own after opening.  It should have a catch/lock feature that automatically forces it to close behind you.

The 5 Places in Your Home You Should Install a Child Safety Gate

Gates should be installed in any room that you feel is unfit for a toddler.  Here are the most common areas for safety gate installation:

* Stairs (top/bottom)
* Kitchen
* Bathroom
* Basement
* Pantry/Laundry Room

You can either purchase mounted baby safety gates or gates that are held in place by tension.  Of these gates you can choose one that is stabilized or walk through.  If you are looking for a tension mounted gate that requires no holes in the drywall, look for one made of a sturdy plastic, wood or metal that is lead free.  It should be able to fit snugly in place.  The easiest thing to do is measure your door opening and shop accordingly.  The color and style have little to do with the safety but can be a factor in inflating the price.  The same holds true for the installed gates.  Installed gates should be fitted to the inside of the door frame using the hardware provided with the gate.  These are permanent child safety gates and can usually be installed with little more than a drill.

For more on child safety gates check here at Consumer Reports.

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