Once a toddler is up and about, a parent needs to be concerned about one thing that is safety. It is important to set up an effective baby gate plan, especially if you feel that the child has easy access to the staircases or a space where it is easy for the child to wander off.
Being an encouraging parent
Becoming a parent is one of the most life-changing experiences on Earth. Every moment is precious, and you wish to preserve every moment with the child. The most trying phase for the parent is when the child starts to walk; that is the toddler stage. It is wonderful, and you must help your child at every step and encourage
- A sense of independence
- A want to explore
- The levels of curiosity
- Exercise and mobility
- Overall development
Being a cautious parent
The toddler stage is when your “radar” needs to spring up. This is the stage when you starts baby proofing the house or familiar surroundings. This includes things like keeping glass or sharp objects out of reach, preventing access to electric points, doors and the stairs. Even though this stage is the most enjoyable, the child is usually up to some kind of mischief due to their innate curiosity.
Fencing the stairs
The fear of every parent, once the child is mobile, is that the child will try and make progress by advancing towards the stairs. A child is incapable of mastering the safety associated with stairs until they are around three years old. The best option would be to install a baby gate to maintain your peace of mind.
The baby gate
The baby gate is an ingenious device that prevents the child from tumbling down stairs, or entering areas where there is no fixed door. It is like an automatic guard that will ensure the child stays exactly where they are. It is easy to install, and should be of a height which the toddler cannot climb over. With a simple locking system for adults, it is complicated enough so that the child cannot unlock it.
Strategizing the locations
Setting up a baby gate is not a mammoth task, however, like most things in life, a bit of initial planning is required to get ahead with the task. The first task would be to identify the places where the baby gate needs to be set up.
If installing to prevent access to the stairs, you need to ensure that you get a set for the flight—installing them at the top and the bottom, unless you have a model you can transport to each level of your house.
Where to get them
Baby gates are easily available at
- Children’s supplies store
- An online portal where children’s accessories are sold
You can choose among various models for yourself when you visit a store, or virtually chose one online; you should be able to exchange it if you are not happy with the product. There are many options that you may choose from, depending on your need and comfort.
The look and material that you choose for your baby gate is also essential as part of the planning stage. Since it is more or less going to be a constant in your life for a while, it should suit your aesthetic needs as well. You can choose from wooden finishes, wired meshes or hard plastic.
The standard baby gate would be about 30” to about 40” in width. You can choose the way that the gate opens; it may be applying a certain amount of pressure in order to open or close it, or using a manual lock system to maneuver the gates. Baby gates usually swing out instead of opening in.
How to mount it
Ideally, when you install a baby gate, you will need a drill to make holes in the wood or wall to affix the screws. This method will ensure that the baby gate remains sturdy and lasts for a longer period of time. Test each gate by opening and closing it several times. To ensure the highest level of safety, push the gate with a moderately heavy object to test whether the gate snaps open on such pressure.
Be a safe parent.