Retractable Baby Gates - They're Not What You Might Think
When most people think of a retractable baby gate they remember back to the old days and those scissors type of
gates that would always pinch your fingers or other areas and would cause an enormous amount of pain. You may in
fact remember those all too well! Today, these gates are nothing like that.
You'll find them built with unique mesh material that won't hurt your child, but remains sturdy and strong in
preventing them from getting out of any room in the house.
One of the best things about this style of safety gate is in how easy they are to handle. They work great when
mounted to the wall because they can be rolled up and hardly noticed that they are there. Then, when you need to
use it again you simply roll it back out and connect it together. In a snap you have a baby gate set up again.
Places in your home for use with this type of gate include doorways, hallways, and other wider areas that call
for a much larger gate. For example, if you have a much wider opening of say 5-6 feet, you might want to consider a
gate like this.
One place I wouldn't advise using them is at the top of any stairs you may have. A much more sturdy hardware
mounted gate makes a much safer choice.
Setting up a retractable gate is pretty straightforward. They come with all hardware and instructions and attach
to your wall with screws and brackets. Setup time is minimal and anyone can do it.
A tip to keep in mind when shopping for this style of gate is to be sure the mesh is not spaced out in a way
that would allow your child to use it to climb up it. Today's certified gates are all made to where this can't
happen, but some older styles may have too much room in between the mesh.
Some of the more popular models include the Dream Baby Retractable Security Gate and the Lascal Kiddy Guard
Retractable Baby Gate. Oh, if you still have one of those old accordion style gates sitting in your garage or
storage area...be sure and toss them out.