Do you really need a baby gate?
If you want to be sure your toddlers and crawling babies are safe, the answer to the question, Are baby gates essential, is a resounding “yes.” Even if you can be with them and watch them for every minute of their waking hours, it’s still an excellent idea.
At what age do you no longer need baby gates?
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.
Gates are particularly important if you have stairs in your house. In children under 2, falls from stairs are a leading cause of emergency department visits. It’s ideal to install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, but the top is the most critical spot.
Does a 3 year old need a stair gate?
EU guidelines say you should stop using stair gates when your child is 2 years old. They may be able to climb over or dislodge the gate at that age and injure themselves. Remove the gates sooner if your child is able to climb over them. When a child is old enough, show them how to slowly and safely clim b the stairs.
How do I stop my toddler from climbing over the gate?
Since baby gates aren’t necessarily able to contain your climber, the next best solution is to physically keep them out of rooms that have doors. Do this by keeping knob covers on every handle and remembering to close every door when you pass through.
Should baby gate swing in or out?
Safety Tip #1: Hardware-Mounted is Safest
A gate at the top of the stairs that isn’t hardware-mounted creates the risk of being pushed over by a child, causing an injury. When installing a gate at the top of the stairs, always make sure the gate swings toward the landing and not out over the stairs.
Can I put a baby gate at the top of the stairs?
Hardware-mounted gates are the only safe choice for stair locations. Most will swing open only one way, although you can decide which way you want a gate to swing. At the top of the stairs, a gate should swing away from the stairs (not over them) for maximum safety.
Is it safe to put a baby gate at the top of the stairs?
Never use pressure-mounted baby safety gates at the top of a staircase; use them at the bottom, if at all. Keep items that your toddler could use to climb over the gate away from the gate (chairs, step stools, stepladders, large toys).