Important safety features to look for in a baby gate
The protection offered by a baby gate is determined by many different factors, some of which will vary from one home or child to another. These are the essential and variable safety qualities to consider as you shop for baby gates.
Mounting Types of Baby Gates
If you're using a baby gate to prevent your child from accessing a stairway or other potentially injurious spot, then a hardware mounted type is recommended. Unlike pressure mounted baby gates, hardware mounted ones are installed using metal screws. This makes them more resistant to toppling under pressure or weight.
Size and Space Considerations
Hallway and doorway widths vary. Babies and toddlers don't all grow at the same rate. For these reasons, it's important that you accurately measure the area you intend to block, and also that you choose a baby security gate that's tall or wide enough for the dimensions of your home and the size or strength of your child. Along with expandable models, we carry a wide variety of extra tall and extra wide gates.
For your own safety and convenience, you may want to install a hands free or walk through baby gate. Swinging baby gates allow you to easily pass through with your hands full of toys, baby wipes, and food containers, but still offer reliable help in keeping baby where he or she belongs.
Avoid Older Designs
You may remember the old accordion baby gate, or see one from time to time at a yard sale. Accordion-style gates are no longer made because of the likelihood of babies getting stuck or injured in their openings. You should also avoid any kind with widely spaced slats, or openings that might offer a ladder-like toe hold for precocious climbers.
Keep an Eye Out
Baby security gates are not a substitute for watchful parenting - though they sure do help.