As a mom I tend to fall on the paranoid side. My husband thinks I take everything just a little too far. But, as parents ensuring the safety of our kids is our job. I try to do everything that I can to make sure my kids and their friends are safe when they are at our house. Some of the smallest things I do that make a big impact are these:
- Cover electrical outlets.
- Chemicals are stored out of reached or in a locked cabinet.
- Furniture mounted to wall.
- Use of baby monitors.
- Toys with small pieces/ choking hazards are stored safely and only allowed out for appropriate age groups.
- Block the stairs.
Does your home have stairs? Stairs can be problem for so many reasons. From kids learning to climb and falling, from pets knocking toddlers down them. My in-laws even had bars that passed code but were too far apart. My toddlers could almost slip right through or get stuck between them. A baby gate is an obvious choice, but do they fit properly between the rails? Did they require permanent installation to be used properly? Or are they just not fun to look at?
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Check out The Stair Barrier. Janelle Fitzpatrick had the very same problem, and luckily for us, she came up with an excellent solution. The Stair Barrier is made from class 1 upholstery grade fabrics, internal plastic struts, heavy polypropylene webbing, and standard dual side release buckles. The buckles make it easy to put up and take down. Unlike most gates on the market it is designed for the bottom of the stairs, keeping your kids and pets from going up. It is available in two sizes, Regular (36″ inches to 42″ inches wide) and Wide (staircases measuring greater than 42″ inches, but no wider than 52″ inches between banisters). The whole thing can be easily rolled to the side when it is not in use.
Besides being super easy to use, it is not hard on the eyes either! Instead of a plastic, strictly utilitarian gate, this piece adds to the safety and the decor of your home. It is offered in a variety of fabrics and can even be customized! I wish I would have thought of this brilliant idea myself!
You can currently order the bannister version, and a Banister to Wall version is available for pre-order now. Find out more information here. Make sure to follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter as well so you can stay up to date with their amazing products.
How do you keep your kids safe?
Monday 9th of February 2015
This is really classy! Def much better than a wooden or plastic gate!
Saturday 7th of February 2015
that is the coolest "baby gate" I have ever seen!! definitely looking into this as I make my final decision on what to choose!
Friday 6th of February 2015
Very cool product- I feel paranoid sometimes too!
Friday 6th of February 2015
Okay this is the best idea ever! I wish I had one of these instead of the ugly plastic gate I had when my kids were small! I think the Stair Barrier would make a wonderful gift! Love it!
Thursday 5th of February 2015
What a great idea with the blocking of the stairs. I was still trying to figure out what I was going to do once the little one came to the world, just because as I grew up, I never considered living in a two story building, and now, I am so paranoid about the stairs here that knowing this tip is of such help. Thank you very much for the suggestion! Plus it looks great too! It would probably keep the cats upstairs as well.