Let’s face it, the second they are able to crawl nowhere is safe in your house. Their little hands get everywhere and then the fun begins!
So, with all the available options out there, which type of safety gate is best for you?
The most important thing to do is measure the gap you want to block off – that will affect what style is available to you. You may assume the standard baby gates you buy from a supermarket will fit fine, however, I learnt the hard way that this is NOT always the case. After moving house 3 times with kids I think I have now owned every type of baby gate there is!
Here are the different styles that are available:
These require no screwing into your walls and can be easily moved when the need arises. Cheap and effective.
These are stair gates that don’t have the static bar along the floor – which can be a major trip hazard if you are using them at the top of the stairs. If you are a little clumsy like me, you might want to look into these!
These are brilliant – this is what we have in our house now and I love the fact there is no tripping over them all the time. They fold away automatically so you open the fastening and let it do its thing – it just moves out of your way. It blends in and most people don’t even realise what they are. This type of gate is great if you don’t have a standard size door – panels can be added and removed to find the perfect fit.
These are great if you don’t want the room or stairs to feel closed off. Perfect to see through and know what your little one is up to. No bars means no emerging little arms or legs and a soft surface should they fall against it.
If you have spiral stairs you may have to get creative with your stair gates. I had a metal spiral staircase (or child killer as I called it) and had to put a playpen around the whole thing to keep my little girl safe from climbing or slipping.
These can be perfect to keep kids away from anything you might not want to them to get at. Perfect to zone out an open plan kitchen or just keep the kids out of your adult sanctuary!
This one is super adjustable and the sides can be adjusted bigger or smaller to bridge the gap.