What To Consider When Choosing A Dog/Baby Gate

Jul 23, 2021

When choosing a dog/baby gate for your new family, there are so many things to consider!⁠

We made a few mistakes when we purchased our first gate, and now I have a great list of essentials for any safety gate that will be used around kids.⁠

  1.  It's important that you can open it one-handed! As parents, we are constantly juggling - you can't guarantee you'll have both hands free to open the gate, so a one-handed operation is a must.⁠
  2. Make sure it opens both ways. It makes your life so much easier if you don’t have to back up to let the gate swing open. ⁠We don’t recommend gates that can swing both ways for stairs use.
  3. I love it when the corners are rounded - it really makes a difference when you have a running toddler.⁠⁠
  4. Don't learn the hard way... make sure your gate doesn't have a bottom bar for you to trip on!⁠
  5. Many gates have an auto-lock feature which I love! The reassuring click makes it so you don't have to check if it's locked - so helpful!⁠⁠
  6. Don't get a gate with horizontal slats that can turn into a ladder for a child.

Some Things to Consider:

▪️Metal industrial gates are loud!

▪️With running toddlers, a gate that doesn’t stick out more than the mounting bracket is useful.⁠

▪️If you will be using one gate for children and dogs, choose a baby gate certified to ASTM F1004.

Find your gate by visiting the Dog Meets Baby Amazon Store.

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