Baby Gates?!?

OK mamas! I need your input. We don’t have stairs in our lives. Neither grandparent has stairs and we didn’t have stairs…until now. So I need your help on which one to get. What are your opinions?

I think this one is pretty basic, but I like it is a step open. Do kids figure that out though?

 This one?

 Or this one because it goes to be retractable so it’s minimally invasive.


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  • never knew there was such a thing as a step open style! looks like a winner!


    January 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm
  • i have had both types, and they both work great. it actually depends on where you want to put them, meaning do you want to drill into walls to secure the retractable gate, or just pressure mount the metal ones. my 2 kids have not figured out how to open either of them, but the retractable one they might figure out how to crawl under it if not secured tightly. actually, my husband took a while to figure out how to open both 😉

    January 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm
  • actually, where i live now, i use the pressure mounted ones since i do not want to drill. if you want my 2 dreambaby retractable gates, i will sell them to you at half retail price!

    January 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm
  • So many pretty options!! I think it depends on the style you like the best 🙂 I recently made a wood baby gate for our foster kittens and loved the rustic effect. With kids, though, it might be better to sand the wood smooth and finish it with a non-VOC finish…and it would bemore work than those options 🙂 I blogged about it here:

    January 18, 2013 at 11:59 pm
  • personally, i skip it. teach them to avoid the stairs. kids are smarter than we think. divert them away from it when they are younger and try not to draw attention to it. best of luck in choosing one! ;o)

    January 23, 2013 at 3:10 am

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