Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Getting bigger and bigger

Yes, she is. Check this out. I'm so excited!

Baby gates

Doug and I bought a play yard when we installed our pellet stove so Keira wouldn't get burned. Since a few people have been asking about them, I thought I'd do a post about the one we have & love.

The one we love is North States SuperYard 3 in 1 Metal Gate. I can't even begin to say how much I love this thing. It works awesome. And it's not nearly as expensive as some of the comparable ones out there.

It's metal so we don't have to worry about the heat from the pellet stove causing any fires/burns/etc. It's super easy to open, even one-handed. Just push the button, lift up the gate a little and pull towards you. That's it.

If you open all the way, it will stay open. If you don't it will swing itself closed and latch on it's own. Which is fantastic. The only drawback that we have found is the actual width of the walk-through. It's 14". Doug & I aren't large people so it's not that big a deal (though Doug would have preferred it to be wider). Just an FYI, it is pretty much impossible to find that measurement before purchasing. We tried. And tried. And let me tell you, the only #'s I found were from a review of doorway gates that measured 17" & 19". Not much difference.

 I also love how easy it is to adjust the shape. There are tightening handles (?) on each joint (and it does show which direction to tighten & loosen right on it). You just loosen it up, move it to where you want it and tighten it back up. That's it. You'll notice I shaped ours so that even if she sticks her arms through the bars, she can't reach. During the holidays, I opened it up so that we could put our tree behind it as well. Click here to see.

I also like that you can undo the joints completely (and easily) if you want the gate in a different spot. I did it because Doug didn't like where the gate lined up in front of the entertainment center. he wanted it more in front of the stove instead. I undid a few of the joints and within 20 minutes it was all set.

I would also like to point out that it does have brackets to fasten to the wall. We didn't. I shook the bejeezus out of it and whether it's the fact that it just seems really stable/sturdy or the shape we have it in makes it that way, it wasn't going anywhere. And I do check it periodically, just to make sure.