As a new parent you can’t help but share every single developmental stage your baby reaches, regardless of how big or small. I have been there and whether it is a first laugh, fart or wobbly steps it can feel like a tiny miracle. I am not saying that disappears the second time around but things are a little different, you are more aware of what is on the horizon, well that is how I felt when it came to my youngest son starting to crawl.
I obviously enjoyed watching my son crawl for the first time but I would have been equally happy if we could have delayed it a week or two. The problem with a crawling baby is they get everywhere. One minute they are sat down devouring a banana, the next they are hanging out of the washing machine. Having learnt the hard way the first time around I was determined not to be outwitted by a baby again. Oh no, it was time for operation baby lock down.
There are a couple of ways to keep your baby safe when they are starting to crawl/ toddle but apparently using a straight jacket is an unacceptable method of parenting in the 21st century. So that leaves one logical solution, safety gates!
We now have three Lindam Safety Gates in our house and I can honestly say I feel safer. I can now sit and watch TV in peace knowing that the kids can no longer get to me… I wish. No despite being tempted to buy 10 Lindam Safety Gates to create a fenced off play area we settled for shutting off access to both the top and bottom of the stairs.
Our 13 month old son is an opportunist, it takes him only a few back turned seconds for him to start his daredevil ascent of the stairs, before installing the safety gates it was impossible to get anything done. Now we feel liberated and reassured that our son can enjoy his freedom without us having to worry about the dangers of the house.
We have three different models of the Lindam Safety Gate, two easy fit models and a wall fixed extending metal gate. The easy fit models are easy to install and perfect for a standard size door frame. My favourite of the two easy fit models is the ‘Lindam Easy Fit Plus Deluxe Safety Gate’ it took 5 minutes to install and the opening leaver makes it really simple and quick to get in and out the room within seconds. This is an important feature when you have a speedy baby crawling after you!
A safety gate designed for families with children and dogs, the extra tall Lindam Easy Fit Plus Deluxe safety gate keeps little ones in and four legged ones out! The extra height ensures that your pet stays where they should, whether its to keep your little one and pet separate or simply just to keep your pet from getting where they shouldn’t. This pressure fit safety gate fits openings of 75cm to 82cm. For wider openings, it can be extended to up to 110cm with the use of separate extensions.
Upstairs we have no door frame near the entrance of the stairs and our hallway is quite wide, the only model that would work for us was the Lindam Wall Fix Extending Metal Safety Gate.
Installing the Wall Fix Extending Safety Gate can be a bit daunting at first, I only had to look at the instructions to break out into a cold sweat. Unfortunately installing it did require me to get my drill out but thanks to the printed template that comes with the gate, measuring out the required holes was quick and easy. In fact once I got to grips with the installation diagram I found the erection easy [stop it!] and the gate to be extremely robust, which is a must when protecting your kids from the top of the stairs.
Not all openings and doorways are straight, or consistent in size, with staircases being the main culprits. The Lindam Extending Metal Wall Fix Stair Gate is both versatile and stylish and is perfect for awkward sizes. It flexibly extends to fit narrow openings of 63.5cm, to wider openings of 102cm without the need for separate extensions.
You can’t put a price on safety but Lindam have and at £19.99 the Wall Fix Extending Metal Safety Gate offers incredible value for money, it really has made our lives easier. Finally we can pee with the door shut knowing the kamikaze kid is safe!