With mobility comes access to lots of new and enticing things—and many dangers as well. It’s important to baby proof your house before or right after your baby is born, because there’s no telling when he or she will learn how to get around.
There are many ways to make your home baby safe, but the easiest and most impactful is by using baby gates. According to
Consumer Reports, a sturdy gate, like the hardware-mounted safety gate from KidCo, is one of the safest on the market. KidCo was kind enough to provide us with in-depth information about their safety gates and the numerous ways their gates can be used.
KidCo set a new industry standard for safety with their steel made gates, which come in a variety of pressure mounted and secure mounted gates. Each gate has ease of functionality and safety standards that mean your little one is always safe and you’re not frustrated by the gate. Here are the 15 places KidCo baby gates can keep your child out of harm’s way.
15 Living Room
Your baby probably spends a lot of time in the living room. When you aren’t able to watch your child play, put up a
baby gate so they can’t get into the living room. Some pressure mounted gates can be frustrating to use and seem flimsy. The pressure gates from KidCo are easy due to the handle design which uses outward pressure to release the gate while increasing the stability of the gate. You can even buy an extra tall pressure gate with a magnetic lock function.
When you and your baby are in the living room, make sure to baby proof for these common causes of injuries.
- TVs. Flat screen TVs are lighter and thus easier to tip over. It’s best to mount your TV to the wall or secure it to the stand or entertainment center.
- Cords. Loose wires and cords can get tangled around your baby. Your child may also try chewing on them or pulling on them and the attached device or appliance. Keep cords wrapped up and out of sight and use outlet covers or caps.
- Tables. Babies often land on the sharp corners of coffee and end tables, so put corner covers on them.
- Bookcases. Not only can the case topple onto your child, but so can the heavy books. Secure bookcases to the wall to avoid this.
The kitchen is probably the riskiest room because it houses a number of dangerous items. It’s imperative that you block off this area, especially when your attention is on something else, such as cooking or working. By putting latches on the drawers and cabinets as well as placing covers on the stove knobs, your baby can’t turn on the burners or open drawers with sharp kitchen cutlery inside.
If you want your baby with you, strap him or her in a high chair or other baby seat. Another option is to use a playpen or the KidCo Custom Fit gate that turns into a freestanding play area.
A simple safety solution is to block off the hallway that leads to the rest of the rooms in the house, if you can. For spaces that are oddly shaped, KidCo has installation aids to help attach your gate to tricky areas. They even have gate extensions that allow you more freedom and length should you require it.
Stairs are a major source of accidents for babies learning to climb. It’s best to put gates both at the top and the bottom for maximum security. If you only have one gate, use it on the floor where your baby spend the majority of their time.
KidCo has baby gates that swing outward so there’s more security and less chance of your little one escaping down the stairs. These gate can also be mounted on an angle with the a simple stairway kit.
You can put a baby gate in front of the doorway with a wall mountable gate or use a pressure gate in the doorway of your baby’s room while your baby plays so he or she can see and hear you, but remain safe. Remember to close doors to unused bedrooms. To be on the safe side, dressers and other bedroom furniture should be secured to the walls to prevent falls.
Bathrooms hold a host of dangers, from medicine and household cleaners to water. Babies can even drown in a toilet bowl if they fall in head first. Always keep the door closed and the baby gate shut to the entry, particularly for bedrooms with attached bathrooms.
The bathroom is another place where you should use drawer and cabinet safety aids to stop your baby from getting into hair products or cleaning agents.
9 Home Office
Computers, desks, file cabinets, and other office furniture can fall on your baby if he or she uses them to pull up or climb on. Cords also present choking and shock hazards. Other small office objects such as paper clips pose choking risks if your baby eats them.
Staplers, letter openers, and other sharp objects are also dangerous. All these items should be stored in drawers with latches. While you work in the office, keep the door open and place a gate in the entry so your baby can still interact with you. When you’re done, close the door.
The world outside is very exciting to a baby. Keep doors shut and locked and put covers on the knobs if your baby can reach them. A baby gate will ensure your baby stays inside.
If you don’t have a window stop or window guard, a baby gate can do the trick. Use gate extensions to block off the area around the window.
Basements have double the dangers: stairs and harmful items. If you need to go to the basement with your baby, place him or her in a baby carrier. If you will be spending a large amount of time in your basement, you can create a portable play pen with the KidCo magnetic locking gate and extensions to transform it into a safe play area with some toys.
KidCo fireplace safety gates are custom fit to extend around the hearth so your baby can enjoy the warmth of the fire without getting burned, allowing you to relax and enjoy your fireplace too. These gates are made of iron and are sturdy enough to keep baby out, while remaining easy to use with their two way door and Hold Open Feature which allows traffic in and out easily, but shuts firmly with a magnet upon being closed.
A baby gate or play area is also perfect for using on the porch so you all can be outside together while keeping your baby protected, especially when you have to run after your other children or a pet! Another idea is to place our child in a safe place on the porch as well. KidCo has a selection of GoPods that enable your baby to play safely and securely in a portable exersaucer.
The garage is another hazardous place, with all the tools and paint being stored there. Babies and toddlers are known to climb into cars and lock themselves in. In this situation babies can suffer fatally from the heat or cold. Children can also get stuck under garage doors as well. The garage door is one the of the most important places to put a baby gate.
If you all want to play in the yard or you need to get some gardening done, place your baby in the KidCo play area to frolic safely in the grass and sunshine. This is especially helpful if you don’t have a fence around your yard. Another idea is to use the PeaPod for young babies so they’re safe from mosquitoes and sun.
The pool is one of the most common, preventable causes of fatal accidents for children. If you don’t have a gate around your in-ground or above-ground pool, then place a baby gate in front of the door leading outside or keep your baby in the play area.
Don’t cut corners when it comes to protecting your baby. With so many options from KidCo, there’s no reason not to have a baby gate and other safety features in all parts of your home. And it’s important to remember, once your child learns how to go over the gate, you can no longer depend upon it as a safety device for your child.