It doesn’t matter how much you try to “baby-proof” your home, you must always know where the baby is located at all times. When your child scurries out of sight, there are many potential dangers that you simply cannot prepare for no matter how hard you try. This is why it is so important to invest in a good baby gate, as it can help you avoid any serious injury or even death to the child.
Once your infant reaches the age of six months, he or she will have the ability to move around more freely and their curiosity will only increase, furthering their penchant for mobility throughout the house. This also increases the chances of your child hurting him or herself through no fault of their own and finding the right baby gate all that more imperative. But you may not know which kind to buy and doing a little research before you commit to a purchase can make all the difference.
When choosing a gate, you have two options when it comes to installing it in place. The first and more common type available is a pressure-mounted gate which offers full portability to be placed in any room of the home. The second is a hardware-mounted option which is physically attached to the wall via screws for a more permanent placement in one specific area in the house. The one you select will reflect your particular needs but certain gates are ideal for specific situations. Should you wish to keep the child from falling down the stairs, a hardware-mounted option is best since it can’t be dislodged in the same manner a pressure-mounted gate might be with enough force applied to it.
You can only get the most benefit from using baby gates if you purchase a product that meets ATSM safety standards. Inspect the ATSM standards of your baby gate. That means taking particular notice of the size of the openings in the gate itself and the frame in comparison to the walls and the floor beneath. Even the best extra wide baby gates must meet certain requirements in order to be deemed safe enough for use with infants. If there is too much space under the gate, the child could attempt to crawl underneath and get stuck. The same goes for the spaces at either side.
So how much is too much space? ATSM standards mandate that all openings deeper than 2/3rds of an inch are not allowed to be made wider than 1 Â½ inches. This is a very important facet to keep in mind if when you are shopping around for a baby gate in your home. Although most baby gates are designed and manufactured to meet all ATSM standards, it is still your responsibility to check and make sure that the gate you are bringing into your house is completely safe and dependable enough to do the job it is meant to do.