Once babies and young children learn to crawl, they may try to climb things; they can go up and down stairs, which increases the risk of falling. Safety gates are one of the most effective and practical ways to protect babies and young children from certain dangers.
You need to think about baby proofing your home before your baby can crawl. (between 7 and 10 months) You'll need to buy a safety gate or two.
I recommend safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs, at the entrance to the kitchen or garden, or even a young child's bedroom. What will work best for you depends on the layout of your home, number of rooms, and the location of the stairs.
What to Look When Buying
Here are some things to consider before purchasing.
• You need to measure the width between walls and skirting boards and decide on the type you like.
• Consider how the gate will close, especially if you use it at the top of the stairs.
• Consider how you can move through the gate safely while holding your baby and closing the gate.
• Consider how long the gate will be in your home.
TYPES OF GATES
There are two types of safety gates: hardware-mounted and pressure-mounted.
Hardware-mounted gates are securely and permanently attached to your wall - a sturdy option for the top of the stairs.
Pressure-mounted gates are an easy option for use with your baby. If you don't like to drill holes, this is your choice.