Baby Gates And Safety Gates For Stairs

Protecting Your Children With Baby Gates

Are you expecting a newborn in the upcoming months and want to make sure your home is completely child safe? One thing that you will eventually have to think about is installing baby gates in your home to prevent access to certain areas like stairwells, utility rooms, or other areas where you don't want your child to have access to.

If you have a child that is learning to become more and more mobile, then the need to install safety gates if you haven not done so already is becoming more important because pretty soon your child will be up on his or her feet and moving around the house pretty freely. If you're baby hasn't arrived yet, then you've got plenty of time, but still want to prepare yourself for the upcoming months.

There are a number of options for the types of baby gates that you can have installed in your home. Gates can be made out of a number of materials including wood, plastic, and metal. All of these materials are acceptable for use in you home.

When researching the different types of baby gates that you could purchase for installation in your home, you will want to keep a number of things in mind. One thing you will want to think about is how the gates are mounted to the door jams.

Some gates are mounted simply by using a pressure system that essentially jams the gate in between the door. The idea is that the pressure is great enough to wedge the gate into the doorway so that it cannot be pushed over without using access force, far more force than a small child can apply.

Another option that you have for installing the gates is actually having them mounted to the door jams. When you go this route, your baby gates become more of a permanent fixture that is not removable. With these types of gates there is little or no chance for it to be pushed down, which will provide for a safer environment for your child.

Something else to keep in mind when shopping for baby gates is the width of the openings that you have to block. Most gates that you can purchase are expandable, so chances are if you have wider doors in your home, then you'll still be able to gate them off simply by extended the gates a little further than normal.

If you have any excessively large openings, then you may have to purchase gates that also have expansion panels available. You might also have to consider having custom gates built, which could be a little more costly, but can be done if need be.