Before having children many parents will begin babyproofing their homes. Thinking of all the hazards throughout your home can be mind boggling. Just take one project at a time and before you know it your entire home will be baby safe. To keep a child safely inside one area and away from harm, you need to understand the proper use of a baby safety gate.
There are two basic types of baby safety gates. The first is called pressure mounted. It simply means that this barrier is placed in a doorway or between two walls. It is then widened and locked securely into place on the door frame or walls. These guards usually have rubber sides so it will not mar or damage the wall or door frames. This kind is portable and can be moved without difficulty.
The pressure mounted piece is meant to be installed in a doorway or on the top or bottom of a flight of stairs. When installed at the top of the stairway your child will not accidentally fall down the stairs which could be very dangerous. When you install on the bottom of a stairway you prevent a child from climbing up and then falling down the stairway.
The second type of baby safety gate available to you is called hardware mounted. Like the pressure mounted unit the hardware mounted one goes into doorways or two walls. When you purchase this baby safety gate it will come with screws. There are hinges permanently adhered on this piece and you use the screws to affix it to the walls or doorway frames. Since this barrier is in one fixed spot it is not portable.
The one drawback about the hardware mounted unit is that you will have to make holes in the walls or door frames due to the screws. However if you ever need to move that particular object you can patch the holes and repaint those areas. Only you can decide if you want to make or patch holes. What you need is a dab wall compound which is a material made for filling small holes. It is a quick fix and takes only moments to do.
As you are looking at these baby safety gates for purchasing it is a good idea to test the strength of each one. As your child grows older they will attempt to climb over or under these barriers. That is the reason the baby safety gate you choose must be strong enough to hold the weight of a small child. As you are browsing check everything on the product. If you are the least bit in doubt of anything about it, then look at another brand.
Baby safety gates are also made from different materials. You have your choice of wood, different metals and strong plastic material. One option is to choose which kind matches your home. How the unit opens is of importance as well. Some types will slide open and others will swing open either to the right or left. Choose the one that is the most convenient for you to use.
You now have enough information to get you started in your search for the perfect baby safety gate. When you think about purchasing a baby safety gate please keep in mind a few things. It must be strong enough to withstand the weight of a toddler. Make sure you measure the opening where you will be installing the object. Test the product before buying it and if you are satisfied then make your purchase.