There are several ways of child-proofing your home. One of them is baby gates.
Imagine a house gate miniaturized to somewhat like a play size for your little child. That is what baby gates more or less looks like. They help prevent your child from meeting that fall accident or other accidents. They help stop your child from going into places in your home where you don’t want him in. They also help keep your toddler out of those areas where he could just break those vases. They could also keep your child out of the way when you need to tidy up on a certain room in your home.
There are a lot of types of child safety gates that you could pick from. A Baby gate could fit on your stair tops and your doorway or could stand on its own.
The older child safety gates were accordion-styled. These were recalled since they could trap babied in their v-shaped openings in the body. They could also trip adults when being stepped over due to their protruding points on top of the gate. Some earlier types of gates for your baby also conveniently provided toe-holds for the child to climb over the gate, causing more fall accidents.
However, contemporary types of baby gates now come in wood, metal, plastic or cloth. They could swing to be opened or slide or roll out. They would have flat surfaces, not providing that toe-hold for the toddler and prevent accidents. And which baby gate to use in your house all depends on where you’re putting the baby gate, how your house was built and how it looks like inside.
The two basic types of baby gates are pressure-mounted baby gates and hardware-mounted baby gates.
The most common type of baby gate is pressure-mounted baby gates. They do not need mounting tools to install and are very mobile. They allow an adult to step over them when passing through but stop the toddlers from doing so. They would need to be mounted on solid wall surfaces. Hollow walls or uneven surfaces do not provide the amount of strength required for the baby gate to be installed. These baby gates apply pressure on where you will mount it so if against a hollow wall, the wall will get a dent and will eventually give way, destroying the wall and weakening it as well. Uneven surfaces would not allow enough pressure to build on the mounted area making the gate unstable.
Hardware-mounted baby gates are permanently screwed on the mounted area with the use of your mounting tools. Install these gates on solid walls as well to provide the support for the mounting of the gate. This would also make the gate table enough to secure your child. These are often times used for stairways. They should not have fixed horizontal bars that could make you trip on it when you pass through.
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