How do you baby proof the bottom of stairs?

Should you have a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs?

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.

How do I keep my baby off the stairs?

Install a safety gate at the door of your child’s room to prevent the baby from reaching the top of the stairs. Keep stairways clear of toys, shoes, loose carpeting, etc. Place a guard on banisters and railings if your child can fit through the rails.

When can a child walk down stairs?

By 2 years 7 months – 3 years, children can walk up and down stairs, one foot per step, while holding a rail. On average, by 3 years, children can walk up and down stairs, one foot per step, with no support.

What age can you stop using baby gates?

Gates that only press against walls, called pressure-mounted gates, are not secure enough to prevent falls. Install gates in homes with children between 6 months and 2 years of age. If possible, remove the gates when the child turns 2, or when the child has learned to open the gate or climb over it.

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