Baby Gates & Child Safety Gates
When your baby starts crawling or cruising, you have a tiny explorer on your hands! Always on the move and curious about how far they can go. Crawlers and walkers are unstoppable - until you place some quality baby gates around the house!
While it’s certainly important for your little one to explore, baby gates are critical for keeping them safe and away from stairs or any other harmful areas.
Choosing Your Baby Gate
We carry a wide array of safety gates, so you’ll be able to find the design that complements your home best, including decorative metal, bronze, steel and wood. You’ll also find various styles of baby gates to meet your needs. Choose from auto close, quick install, extra-wide extending and other types of gates. Be sure to consider our collection of vibe™ baby gates as well, which feature sleek, modern designs and both one-way opening for stairs and two-way opening for doorways.
Our gates are mounted in one of three ways:
- Hardware-mounted gates are usually installed by drilling into the surrounding walls
- Pressure-mounted gate require no drilling and rely on pressure to stay in place.
- Double duty gates can be mounted both ways. Many of our pressure-mounted gates include hardware for extra safety.
Before purchasing your baby gate, be sure to measure the size and width you'll need to cover your space. While most safety gates are designed to fit standard doorways, some fit wider spaces, and gate extensions are also available. For tips on how to babyproof your home, use our helpful babyproofing checklist to ensure you have all the bases covered for keeping your precious one safe.
Is your baby gate dangerous? Here's how to tell
You put up baby gates throughout the house to keep your newly mobile kiddo safe, but they could have the opposite effect. A study by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio discovered nearly 1, little ones wind up in the emergency room every year because of baby gate-related injuries. These kids sustain everything from sprains and strains to traumatic brain injuries because gates collapse or are left open.
But that doesn’t mean you should give up on gates. “Baby gates are essential safety devices for parents and caregivers, and they should continue to be used,” says Lara McKenzie, the study’s co-author and a researcher at the hospital’s Center for Injury Research and Policy. “It is important, however, to make sure you are using a gate that meets the current safety standards and is the right type of gate for where you are planning to use it.”
To help avoid common mistakes, childproofing experts reveal their top dos and don’ts for safe and secure baby-gate installation.
DO: Get the right gate for the job
The top of the stairs is the most common area for parents to put up a gate. But this is no place for a pressure-mounted gate, which a child could push out of the way. The bar at the bottom of these gates is also a tripping hazard for parents and can cause severe injuries, says Yehudah Franken, owner of Babyproofers Ltd. in Toronto. Instead, he recommends a hardware-mounted gate. Sure, it requires putting a few small holes in the wall and is more difficult to assemble, but it’s much safer for you and your kids.
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DO: Follow manufacturers’ instructions
Baby gates may look like a cinch to put together, but reading the manual is key. For example, parents might not know that retractable fabric gates have to be set back at least six inches from the top of the stairs so kids don’t push against them and slip underneath. Franken has been in the child-safety business for 23 years and has corrected all sorts of DIY mishaps. “I had one client put the parts on upside down and backward,” he says. Mistakes like that can render a gate useless.
DO: Frame it in
Manufacturers supply plastic plugs to screw the baby gate into the drywall, but experts agree they aren’t strong enough. Plugs are meant to withstand downward pressure—like a hanging picture—not the outward swing of a gate, so they could eventually pop out. The best option is to screw the gate into solid wood—no plugs needed. If a wall stud isn’t located where you want to place the gate, you’ll need to build a frame, mounting a piece of wood vertically on each side of the gate. Attach the frame to drywall using a toggle bolt (also called a butterfly anchor) or to a wooden stairwell post to ensure it’s secure. (Don’t worry about holes—they can easily be filled later.) You can also move the framing to a stud and opt for an angle-mount gate if the opposite stud or stairwell post isn’t directly across from it.
DO: Use spacers
“People are puzzled by baseboards,” says Franken. “I see people cut away baseboards, afraid to drill into them.” The trick is adding a spacer (a small block of wood) the same thickness as the baseboard between the drywall and the frame. That creates a strong, flat vertical surface to securely screw the gate into.
DO: Call a professional
Child-safety experts can install a gate just about anywhere, including on glass and steel railings. But they understand not everyone can fork over the cash to hire someone for the job. “Even if I don’t get your business, my advice is free,” says Franken, who encourages people to email him a picture of their setup so he can offer tips. “Your child’s safety is important to me.”
DON’T: Make your own
Pinterest is littered with aesthetically pleasing homemade gates, but they might not meet child-safety standards and likely don’t include automatic locks and a two-step opening. A proper baby gate fastener requires an adult to both push it with their thumb and lift to open it.
DON’T: Only put them at the top of the stairs
Babies and toddlers are naturally curious. When they have easy access to the bottom of a staircase, they’re likely going to try climbing it. After they get up a few steps, how will they get back down? Likely the hard way. “Putting a gate at the bottom of the stairs is for your child’s safety and your sanity,” comments Franken.
DON’T: Install your gate too high off the ground
Parents sometimes leave a large gap under baby gates to accommodate baseboards or the family cat. But this means kids can crawl underneath, too—or at least try. “I tell parents that the gate is for the baby; cats can jump. No gate will keep a cat out,” says Franken. Keep the space between the bottom of the gate and the floor to less than three inches to prevent injuries.
DON’T: Leave the gate up too long
“When they get to a certain age, kids can just climb over a gate, which can pose a whole other set of hazards,” observes Gil Redden, owner of Vancouver Baby Proofers. He recommends removing gates when children can get up and down the stairs safely. If gates are still required for a younger sibling, then teach the older child to open and close the gate themselves, or ask a parent to open and close it for them. Parents should also go through the gates properly, rather than stepping over. Ultimately, kids learn by example.
DON’T: Stack two baby gates on top of each other
If your child has figured out how to climb over a gate, you may be tempted to stack one on top of another to increase the overall height. But unless the gate was specifically made to be able to do this, and includes instructions for proper installing, its not safe, and can lead to serious injury—or worse.
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Once your baby starts rolling, scooting, or crawling, it's likely time to put up baby gates. This is an essential childproofing item for most parents of a mobile baby or active toddler. Unless you've been magically gifted with four extra arms, or eyeballs on the back of your head, you'll probably find that you need help keeping your little one away from dangers in your home.
If you have stairs, use baby gates to block them at both the bottom and the top, so your child can't attempt to climb up or down and fall. You can also use baby gates to restrict access to hazardous areas in your home like your kitchen. If you have pets, a baby gate comes in handy to keep your little one away from water and food bowls.
Even with baby gates in place, make sure to supervise your curious baby and toddler. Gates can fall, toddlers often attempt to climb them, and little ones can get their hands or feet stuck. Also, don't depend exclusively on baby gates to keep your child safe – use them as one part of your overall childproofing strategy.
Matters of the Heart
We know that as a parent you cannot help but worry about your child's safety at home. One of our top priorities is to make sure that you can worry just a little bit less, and instead focus on spending quality time with your little bundle of joy.
We test our products beyond the safety standards because we want to make our products as safe as they possibly can be. It matters greatly to us that you can make your home a safe place for your child to live and learn.
We are constantly inspired by children's natural curiosity and their desire to learn and discover new things. It is also how we innovate and develop new and better products for you and your child.
We take our responsibility as a manufacturer seriously. That is why all our products meet the latest and highest safety standards and are free of harmful substances and chemicals.
We are experts in making the world's best safety gates and child proofing for your home. So when you buy a product from BabyDan, you can feel absolutely confident that you will be equipped in the best possible way to create a safe and secure home for your child.
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At BabyDan, children’s safety is more than just preventing a few bumps and bruises. We believe that safety also means taking responsibility for the world in which our children will grow up.
That is why we are actively involved in protecting both our children and our planet by making products without harmful chemicals that cause damage to our beautiful planet.
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