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It seems like with every stage there are positives and negatives. When Roy started to roll over we were so excited! And then quickly realized we couldn’t just leave him on the couch, bed or changing pad anymore!
When he started eating solid foods it was so fun! And then we discovered we had to have food ready for him to eat!
We were so excited for Roy to learn how to crawl! And when he finally did, right before we left for Disney, we were quickly figuring out what things we need to baby proof!
North States Baby Gate
He seemed completely unaware with the stairs for quite a while so we only added one baby gate. We have the Arched Auto-Close Gate with Easy-Step courtesy of our friends over at North States Baby Gate! We had set up going downstairs and left the opening going upstairs alone. One day I let Chloe (our dog) outside and came back into the main room only to find him climbing the stairs. YIKES!
He went from not touching the stairs to figuring out how to climb them in a matter of a few seconds! (Parents, learn from my mistake. Add the baby gates to all stairways BEFORE you need them!)
We quickly added our 2nd auto close baby gate to the stairs after that! Now we feel much better about letting Roy crawl around our main level again.
Rishi was the one who was put in charge of putting the gates up (we don’t do projects together for the sake of our marriage ha!). The first gate took a while for him to figure out how to install it. After he did one, the second one went up in no time! Easy peasy!
One of the nice things about North States baby gates is their gates can fit most stairways! Our stairways have large openings so we simply added an extender to our gate so it would fit the entire opening. The gates adjusts to fit 28.5″ – 38.25″ wide. They also have two extensions included and sell even more so you can get the right fit. If your stairway is smaller, then you can do without the extender and use just the gate!
There are tons of different options on their site! They will happily answer any question you might have when determining what’s right for you and your home!
I absolutely love our gate for so many reasons. It auto closes, swings both ways, stays open when needed, is hard to climb and has a lower threshold.
Swings Both Directions
The Arched Auto-Close Gate with Easy-Step is able to swing both directions but you can also lock it to limit how it opens. We don’t use this feature on our stairs going up but we love having this option for our stairs going down!
I never realized how often I’m switching which way I open the gate depending on if I’m carrying things or which direction I’m going. It’s such a nice feature!
Easy to Open
They’re super easy to open which is a bonus when carrying a child and having to open the gate with one hand. They’re so easy that our babysitters have been able to easily figure them out even when we’ve forgotten to show them how they work!
Stay Open Feature
Another great feature they have is a stay open feature. This allows the gate to be left open on its own. When Roy’s not around we can leave them open and not have to deal with opening and shutting them.
Early on I’d forget that I used the stay open feature after getting Roy up from a nap and all of sudden I’d see him crawling as fast as he can to the stairs. Thankfully he’s the loudest crawler ever (despite being in the 7th percentile for everything) so I could hear when he’s making a beeline for the stairs. In the beginning he would simply crawl over and close the door (what a good little helper!) but now he’s more interested in the challenge of the climb. 😉
It was a bit of an adjustment for us to remember to not lock Chloe upstairs or downstairs ha! She doesn’t bark so all of a sudden we’d see her peering over the gate. She’d be patiently waiting for someone to open it for her. 🙂
I absolutely love that these are auto close baby gates. This means that they close automatically which is perfect for when your hands are full (which is often when you’re a mom!).
The best part of our gates is that they’re not an eye-sore! We’re going to have these North States baby gates in our home for literally the next 2+ years now that baby #2 is on the way so I’m so thankful they blend in well with our home.
I hope this helps you when you’re on the search for baby gates for your home and some nice features to have!
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