Where should you install baby gates?
It’s ideal to install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, but the top is the most critical spot. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends choosing safety gates that must be screwed into the walls or handrails for the tops of stairs.
Despite their downsides, many parents swear by expandable baby gates. Just remember that you should only us expandable gates at the bottom of the stairs, never the top. This is because a child’s weight may cause the gate to slip and fall. It is a much higher fall from the top of the stairs than the bottom.
When should you put up baby gates?
Put the gates up by the time your child is 5 or 6 months old and before they are crawling and walking. Keep the gates up until you are convinced that your child can walk up and down the stairs safely, usually at around 3 years of age (after which time they will likely learn how to bypass the gate anyway).
Are baby gates safe?
“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.
Do you really need a baby gate for stairs?
There’s a simple answer here: Absolutely not! While a baby gate is ideal for the top of stairs to keep your little one safe, pressure-mounted gates aren’t the way to go. Because pressure-mounted gates are just that – pressure-mounted between two walls – they carry the risk of being pushed over or pulled down.
How do I protect my baby from stairs?
Protect Your Family from Stair Falls
- Teach your child to always use safety railings.
- Install handrails if they are not already present.
- Keep stairs free of toys and clutter.
- Carpet stairs.
- Make sure stairwells are well lit.
- Teach children that playing on the stairs is dangerous.
When should I take my baby gate off the bedroom?
But how do you know when it is safe to take down baby gates? A very vague rule of thumb is that kids up to the age of two years need extra protection. Another rule of thumb is that once the child’s chin is at the same level as the top of the gate the gate should be removed.