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Retractable baby gates and baby safety

My 8 month old is becoming more mobile with each passing day and we are far overdue with baby proofing our home!

We have two spiral staircases and many people have recommended that we put baby gates on them.

Does anyone know where I can buy retractable baby gates? Do they have to attach directly to the wood of the staircase?

Any other suggestions for babyproofing the home would also be appreciated as he has already tried to eat our dishwasher tablets and play in the toilet.
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Re: Retractable baby gates and baby safety

I have the ones from Ikea, you "squeeze" them in between the walls/doorways

You can also get a extension

http://www.ikea.com/ch/de/catalog/products/70191949
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Re: Retractable baby gates and baby safety

You can also have a look here: http://www.babyhaus-shop.ch/Wohnen/S...ikel/index.htm
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I have the ones from Ikea, you "squeeze" them in between the walls/doorways

You can also get a extension

http://www.ikea.com/ch/de/catalog/products/70191949
I second these, we were given some and there are easy to install and our 4yo stuggles to open them (keeping his little brother where he should be. The other thing you can do is look at your door handles, ours are old ones with a screw underneath, by rotating them 180 degrees (so you have to lift them to open) a toddler can't open them by grabbing the handle and pulling down, it looks a bit funny but much more convient than gates.
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I second these, we were given some and there are easy to install and our 4yo stuggles to open them (keeping his little brother where he should be. The other thing you can do is look at your door handles, ours are old ones with a screw underneath, by rotating them 180 degrees (so you have to lift them to open) a toddler can't open them by grabbing the handle and pulling down, it looks a bit funny but much more convient than gates.
Excellent tip! Thanks.

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My 8 month old is becoming more mobile with each passing day and we are far overdue with baby proofing our home!

We have two spiral staircases and many people have recommended that we put baby gates on them.

Does anyone know where I can buy retractable baby gates? Do they have to attach directly to the wood of the staircase?

Any other suggestions for babyproofing the home would also be appreciated as he has already tried to eat our dishwasher tablets and play in the toilet.
We had retractable ones in the U.K. with a spiral stair case. We had to fix one part to the wall with screws and the other part to the staircase banister with bolts.

This was the model though the one in the picture has the extra fittings to fit to the banister.

Much better than the pressure ones but not so convenient to fit and quite expensive.
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Re: Retractable baby gates and baby safety

I tell parents to make their kitchen 'upside down' - all the breakables, poisons, cleaning chemicals, go 'up' - and the plasticware, pots and pans and anything else that is not so harmful, goes down...

That, and giving in each room of the house one low cupboard for bubs - you have better luck diverting him to 'his' zone than trying to say 'No' to this and that...

They seek out water, too, so make sure you give *very safe* opportunities to play with water...and then remove any other attractive options.

Closing the bathroom is probably necessary at this stage...some kids are 'born' climbers and some are not. Thankfully, my three were generally not, although I did have one scary incident with the 14 month old third child who almost climbed out of our window (5 metre drop) by pushing his way up onto the back of a kids sofa, and then hauling himself onto the window ledge...in the mid summer...windows open (I seriously didn't think he could climb on that sofa, and everything else was well away from the windows...

From then on, our windows were only ever put on the angled setting, and I'm still quite paranoid about anything being left open...
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Re: Retractable baby gates and baby safety

I've used Baby Dan products in the past.

Some ideas on home safety: http://www.babydan.com/?id=1036

I've kept my two safe in here: http://www.babydan.com/default.aspx?...ecordid1036=42

And have used this 3 piece gate at the bottom of our open stairs (only one wall, so pressure-fit gates don't work): http://www.babydan.com/default.aspx?...ecordid1073=85
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Re: Retractable baby gates and baby safety

Buy those gates quickly.... 2 one for the bottom and one for the top of the stairs.
..... and don't forget the safety plugs for the electrical sockets as well as the padding for sharp table corners and the safety device for drawers.

All of these can be purchased at Mothercare
Very well worth the investment.
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Buy those gates quickly.... 2 one for the bottom and one for the top of the stairs.
..... and don't forget the safety plugs for the electrical sockets as well as the padding for sharp table corners and the safety device for drawers.

All of these can be purchased at Mothercare
Very well worth the investment.
Or at Coop city. My son was never attracted to power sockets but my daughter (18 months) will stick anything she finds will fit in them
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Re: Retractable baby gates and baby safety

Thanks to you all for your helpful comments.

One of the staircases is being blocked by an unsightly giant bean-bag and the other by a pile of suitcases -- so we will be using some of the gate suggestions very soon.
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Old 15.07.2011, 09:17
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Buy those gates quickly.... 2 one for the bottom and one for the top of the stairs.
..... and don't forget the safety plugs for the electrical sockets as well as the padding for sharp table corners and the safety device for drawers.

All of these can be purchased at Mothercare
Very well worth the investment.
Wow. With all this safety, makes you wonder how humanity has survived to date...

Our now 3 yr old has been able to climb out of his cot and over stairgates afrom 20 mo. Fat lot of use they were. Better hope you don't have a climber.
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We had retractable ones in the U.K. with a spiral stair case. We had to fix one part to the wall with screws and the other part to the staircase banister with bolts.

This was the model though the one in the picture has the extra fittings to fit to the banister.

Much better than the pressure ones but not so convenient to fit and quite expensive.
Your nearest Bauhaus, Obi or Hornbach (or in France: Conforama) DIY megastore should have a selection of stairgates to choose from (pressure/drill, wood/metal, various types of locks etc).
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Re: Retractable baby gates and baby safety

Apparently dishwasher tablets and capsules are one of the most dangerous things in the home. They contain highly toxic chemicals which are poisonous if consumed and can blind if in contact with the eyes.
The liquid capsules need to be kept above a childs reach but below an adults eye level. They have been know to stick together then rupture when separated, and then squirt in the eye and blind.
The tablets look like sweets and children have been tempted to unwrap them and munch on them. Even in small amounts they can be very harmful.

I never appreciated just how dangerous they were until a friend of a friend's kiddy bit one...
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Re: Retractable baby gates and baby safety

We tied old towelling socks to our door handles (in a figure of eight between the handles on either side) to stop our kids from slamming the door shut. One of their friends lost the tip of a finger that way and it was an image that scared the life out of me.
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Re: Retractable baby gates and baby safety

LIke most overprotective first time parents I baby proofed our flat from top to bottom with our first kid. Fast forward 5 years to baby number 2 I did not install any baby gates etc. When he bacame curious about the stairs I taught him how to get up & down properly, after showing him how to crawl down backwards he did it every time until he was big enought to change to coming down on his bum. The only thing I was paranoid about with No2 was chemicals & windows on the upper floors.
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