September is Baby Safety month and something my family has always had since day one of having children in our home is baby gates. Serving several purposes whether it is to keep baby out of an unsafe area or like we currently use, keep toys in. With Tates speech therapy we actually keep all his toys behind a huge gated area and he has to communicate with us to get them which has been a great tool and use we never thought of until starting therapy.
With all the choices on the market for you should make sure and follow some simple guidelines when choosing a safe gate:
- Make sure the gate you choose has American Society for Testing and Materials/JPMA certification
- If the gate has vertical slats they should be less than 2 3/8 inches apart
- Make sure the gate you choose opens easily (think one handed multi tasking parent stuff for your own testing!)
- Measure and make sure the gate fits the area you want covered
Now that you have these safety features covered you can shop around for your own fun colorful stair gates or doorway gates that match your homes decor. There are some really attractive options on the market that can make safety for your family both functional and economical no matter what your budget is.