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If there is a young child in your house, you've probably already discovered the value of baby safety gates. These baby gates, which come in a variety of styles and materials, provide an important way to keep kids in – or out – of select areas, and are key to your strategy to childproof your surroundings. But like most child safety products, baby gates have to be used properly in order to be effective. Here are some steps to help you pick the best gate for you and your child's needs:
·Determine where you will locate the gate.
·Consider the key factors such as the size of your doorway, the age of your children and what type of molding you will be attaching the gate to, in order to select the most appropriate choice.
·Review the range of gates that are available. Stationary gates that bolt into the wall are safe choices for the top of stairways, while a retractable baby gate or swinging gate would be convenient for heavily-trafficked areas.
·Consider the fact that gates also come in different materials, including wood, plastic, metal and mesh, so you can decide what will fit best with your household style.
·Shop around. Compare gate features, dimensions and prices to come up with a few good options. Remember that oversized doorways may need extra wide gates, so be sure to have your facts when you look at different models.
·Make sure that whatever gate you select is safe. Assume your child will lean on the gate, so it is essential that it not move even under pressure.