There are many areas of the home which can pose a potential safety risk to both young children and babies. These can include; kitchens, bathrooms, stairways, fire hearths, to name just a few. 

To keep children safe in the home, installing Baby Stair Gates and Child Stair Gates throughout the home is advised.  It is important that any access to open stairways and rooms in the home that could be hazardous to young children if left alone, are restricted by installing Child Stair Gates. Fitting Safety Stair Gates in doorways and stairwells is one of the best ways to child proof the home.  As infants have an innate curiosity and tend to feel the need to explore their surroundings, stair gates for babies enable you to restrict them to areas considered safe in the home. Installing child safety gates is one of the best and first steps to childproofing the home and the ultimate solution in preventing any potential accidents from occurring throughout the house.  

WHICH IS THE BEST STAIR GATE FOR MY STAIRS? 

It is recommended to install a Screw Fit Gate at the top of stairs and a Pressure fit stair gates at the bottom of the stairs one your baby is showing signs of crawling and toddling.  Pressure fit stair gates are designed within a U frame, posing a potential trip hazard.  Screw fitted safety stair gates have no trip bar and they are screw fitted securely into place, ultimately safer and more secure for the top of the stairs. 

WHERE SHOULD I INSTALL A SAFETY GATE? 

Bathrooms and kitchens are also potential dangerous areas in the home less suitable to infants unless supervised by an adult and installing safety stair gates to prevent infants from entering these rooms provides further peace of mind as you go about your day.  Stair gates for babies are the ultimate in baby safety equipment creating room divides which enable your child to play freely, safely and independantly.  Many parents choose to install wall mounted stair gates in hallways, doorways and stairwells throughout the home before their child shows any signs of crawling, in preparation for the day they suddenly, unexpectedly find their feet.  

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO REMOVE SAFETY GATES? 

Most parents make their own judgement based on their own individual child, each child develops differently and some show independence long before others.  Generally a safety stair gate will remain in place until the age of two, when a child is able to climb independantly and safely up and down the stairs with ease.  Retractable stair gates are an ideal solution for creating ‘non-permanent’ room divides, a sliding stair gate that can be opened with ease and retracted back into the bracket when no longer required is a great deterant for inquisitive infants.   

Another important indication on when is the right time to remove stair gates is determined by a child’s abilities. By the age of two some children might climb or even attempt moving the baby stair gates which can be dangerous. It is important to gauge the level of risk based on the child’s level of independence and development. 

Most child safety experts like Charles E Schaefer, the author of ‘Ages and Stages’ and other safety gates manufacturers suggest removing baby stair gates when the infant reaches two years old. 

I NEED ADVICE ON CHOOSING THE BEST STAIR GATE? 

If you are not confident in choosing the best stair gate for your home, contact child safety experts ‘Safetots’ who are more than happy to take your measurements and recommend the best child stair gate for your home.  Safetots have a wide range of angled stair gates, wood stair gates, small stair gates, retractable stair gates and stairgates for narrow spaces and wide spaces. 

For more information on choosing the best baby stair gate, please feel free to Contact Us today.  Home to the best child safety equipment for homes and nurseries.