Is Junior beginning to crawl? Crawling is a big milestone in a parent’s life. Sure, it might not be your baby’s first step, but crawling acts as the bridge between complete dependence and the beginning stages of independence. Up until now, your child has been relying on you to get from A to B. When they start to crawl, they can start to move around by themselves. Time to look at child safety gates!
Babies often start to crawl from as early as six months, so it’s important to address their safety as soon as possible. This is a wonderful developmental stage, but it can be difficult for a parent to keep an eye on a toddler who seems to disappear within a few seconds! That’s where child safety gates come in:
What Are Child Safety Gates Used For?
Child safety gates are a way of baby-proofing your house. In other words, child safety gates help to keep your child more safe by blocking off certain areas.
According to the CDC Childhood Injury report, injuries due to falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injury. 2.8 million children visit the emergency department every year due to an injury caused by falling. Then you have to factor in the amount of children who fall and aren’t injured seriously enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. Taking this into account, it’s clear that young children are very prone to falling, and as vigilant parents it’s our responsibility to ensure that our toddler’s safety is paramount.
As much as we adore our children, there are going to be times when you take your eye off them. Everyday activities like preparing meals or going to the restroom can mean that your adventurous toddler decides to try crawling up the stairs or into a room with lots of porcelain ornaments.
Child safety gates give you the peace of mind you need to multitask; and we all know multi-tasking is one of the necessary skills of parenthood! So what type of child safety gates are there?
Hardware Versus Pressure Child Safety Gates
There are two main types of child safety gates: hardware-mounted and pressure-mounted. Hardware-mounted child safety gates are the type that you need to screw onto the wall, while pressure-mounted child safety gates operate in the same way as a toilet paper holder. Pressure-mounted gates are suitable for most areas, but hardware-mounted gates are essential for blocking off stairs.
These are the two main types, but you can pretty much get a child safety gate for any purpose. There are gates for small spaces, outdoor gates, gates that separate your toddler from your pet, gates that have a special flap so your pet can get through, outdoor gates, gates for large or awkward spaces, and even portable gates. Before deciding on one, you should figure out your specific needs and research accordingly.
Average Price of Child Safety Gates
The average price of child safety gates is somewhere between $60 and $120 for something strong, and of good quality. The price varies according to the size, type, and material. But it’s not something you want to skimp on.
When to Start Using a Child Safety Gate
You can use a child safety gate as soon as your baby starts to crawl.
When to Stop Using a Child Safety Gate
As a general rule of thumb, a child safety gate should never be less than three quarters the height of your toddler. When they are either 36 inches tall or 2 years old (whichever comes sooner) it’s time to dismantle the gate.