One of the necessary evils of having a crawling baby or a running toddler are baby gates. They are ugly, difficult to use and just a pain-in-the-you-know-what (censored for those toddler ears running around). Our house really only has one set of small stairs, but we do have two lively pugs running around that we need to keep contained from time to time, so the gates we purchased had to serve both baby-protection and pug-wrangling services. We also wanted something that we didn’t have take down and move every time we were done with them, but we didn’t want something that would get in the way when we were using it. A tall order, I know, but we did find something that suited our needs perfectly: the [amazonify]B00030IWJS::text::::Safety 1st Lift and Lock Security Gate[/amazonify]that we ordered from Amazon.
It may look a little strange and difficult to use at first, but once we got the hang of it, we fell in love. We had the option to use it either mounted to the wall, free-standing, or both. For us it worked best to attach it to the wall, that way we can quickly and easily swing it open or closed as needed. We don’t have to mess with removing it from the doorway, finding a place to store it in our tiny house, then trying to remember where we stored it when we want to use it again. Plus, the gate stays the same size even when it’s open, so we don’t have to resize it every time we use it. I’m definitely not patient enough to try and resize a gate every time I’m running out of the house (usually because I’m late!). As an added bonus, you can easily remove the gate from the hinges that hold it to the wall and use it anywhere around the house. It’s the best of both worlds!
The only draw back is that it’s a little difficult to use. At first. I did have trouble sizing it to fit just right, but once it’s sized, you don’t have to do it again (unless you move the gate to a new room). The handle on the top of the gate controls whether the gate is locked and secured shut or unlocked so it can swing open. I’ll admit that I was a little confused by this at first too, while Dad-oo seemed to work it with ease from the start. And trying to explain how to use it to relatives or friends is a nightmare.
But, over all this is a great product that I would recommend to anyone. We purchased two. They double as stair blockers for Eli and pug safety zones for when we need to keep them contained. We hardly ever remove them from the walls, and haven’t had a problem swinging them open and closed as needed. And at around $30 (price varies, even on Amazon.com) they won’t break the bank.