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3 Types of Baby Gates and How to Use Them

Babies love to explore their environments, and once they begin to scoot, crawl, and walk, there's no limit to where they'll go. Therefore, safety gates for babies are essential once they become mobile. Whether you're enjoying time with your baby in their playroom or have stairs in your home, you can find a baby gate to help. There are three main types of baby gates, and choosing the right one is important for safety. Check out the differences between each type and determine which one works for your home.


Hardware-Mounted Baby Gates

Hardware-mounted baby gates screw directly into your wall to stay securely in place. Because of this mounting and the fact that they're sturdily attached to the wall, these gates are the safest of the three main types. Use this type of gate where you need the most security, such as on a staircase. These are meant to serve as permanent fixtures until your child is old enough, so many have small doorways with childproof latches to make it easier for you to walk through.

To use this type of gate, measure where the screws need to go into the wall and make marks. Then, use a drill to make pilot holes over the marks and install anchors for added security. Use the screws and hardware included with the gate to secure the gate to the wall. Once you remove the gate, you can fill and repair the holes in the wall that the screws leave.


Pressure-Mounted Baby Gates

Pressure-mounted baby safety gates don't require drilling or screws, so they won't damage your walls or doorways. Instead, these models have rubbery pieces that press against the walls and hold the gate in place. Because these gates aren't as secure as hardware-mounted gates, they're not ideal for staircases. Instead, these work well to keep babies and toddlers out of certain areas of the house or in their bedrooms for playtime. They're also great for traveling because they're easy to set-up and remove.

To use a pressure-mounted baby gate, measure the doorway and adjust the gate to the proper size. Line up the rubber grips to your desired placement on the door frame. Secure the gate's latch to apply pressure to the grips so they're tight against the frame. If the gate gives, undo the latch and adjust the size a little larger to make the gate's fit tighter.


Freestanding Baby Gates

A freestanding baby gate doesn't secure to the wall or doorway in any way, meaning that a baby can push it around easily. It slows your baby down and serves as a deterrent to keep them out of kitchens, bathrooms and other rooms, but you shouldn't use it around stairs. To use a freestanding baby gate, simply unfold it and stand it up wherever you want it to go. Once you have the gate you need to keep your child safe, you can have fun stocking up on all the other essentials as well. From bedding for the crib to toys for playtime, you can choose durable, comfortable and fun items for your baby to enjoy.