From as early as seven or eight months old, children begin to explore. It is a good idea to invest in some safety gates, to keep them safe and secure around the home.
You should consider installing gates at both the top and bottom of your stairs. Even if you live in a flat or bungalow you may wish to put up a gate to stop your baby getting into the kitchen, or any other areas of the home that may not be safe for them. Safety gates are designed for children up to around 24 months.
Gates at the top of stairs should open towards you, not towards the flight of stairs, as you could fall forwards whilst opening the gate.
It's important to measure up before you buy, as you may need to purchase extensions if your stairway or door is wider than average.
It is recommended to measure your doorway from your skirting board, as this is the narrowest part of the doorway and will provide the most accurate measurement. Gates are available in wood or metal, to suit your home and décor.
There are two main types:
One of the advantages of these types of gate is that they do not leave any holes or marks in the wall, and can be moved easily around the house.
However, because the gate sits in a frame it can be a trip hazard, so pressure fit gates are not recommended for use at the top of stairs.