The baby gate is a joke

Michelle - posted on 01/29/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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So any adult that comes into our house has far more difficulty using the baby gates then our own kids do. My son will often open them for guests (or to say let his sisters or the dog in/ out). Anyone else have this problem?

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Sarah - posted on 01/30/2012

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The only problem we've had with ours' is, they both work by putting tension on the door frame.

Well my 18 month old, who almost comes up to my hip, (I'm 5'6") can pull them out if she gets mad enough.

Luckily it stops whatever tantrum she was throwing because she is sooo amazed &/or surprised that the "wall" fell on her. They aren't at all heavy so she has never gotten more than a small bruise from this.

Michelle - posted on 01/30/2012

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The label says child proof but in reality they are adult proof kids are way smarter now and can figure out anything my daughter who is 2 can open bottles, open gates lock and unlock doors. As for the gate it slows her down enough that she will stop and think about what she is doing before she ventures down the stairs. We are caring for my elderly parents who are both on medication and tend to forget to put them up and my son is on ADHD meds daily so my daughter sees many of our family taking pills. We taught her what they are and that they are not for her, when my son takes his pills my daughter will get a vitamin she knows that is the only bottle she is allowed to have anything out of at least for now this is working for us as she does not go after anyones meds.

Emma - posted on 01/30/2012

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My son laughs at anything that's "child safe" From socket protectors, gates, window guards, fridge locks, child proof lids and the list goes on. Non of these "child proof devices lasted longer than 24 hours" (at age 1 i might add)

I think i should get him a job teasing these "child proof things"

then maybe the designers might actually get them to be kid proof lol

Michelle - posted on 01/30/2012

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The gates do not slow down any of the kids unfortunately. They do learn quickly how to climb. Mine start out climbing over and before you know it they're operating the latches better then an adult. At least I know they're all smart.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/29/2012

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Do the gates at least slow them down? The kids I mean, I know it slows the adults down.



Fortunatly my little booger is still stopped by the gates, but I have a feeling that one of these days he's going to learn that he can hook his toes into the spaces and climb over them.

Amanda - posted on 01/29/2012

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All the time, my FIL was hopeless to the point that he didn't even bother trying he would just jump over it

Katherine - posted on 01/29/2012

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Yeah really. Should you be amazed? I am quite shocked actually. And stumped.

Michelle - posted on 01/29/2012

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Childproof bottles, yet another joke. When I was pregnant with my youngest, I walked in on my son who had opened my bottle of childproof prenatal vitamins and dumped them on the floor (fortunately he didn't eat any of them because of his sensory motor issues). He had to open 2 baby gates and a key locked door to get them. I never know whether to be amazed or concerned with his skill.

Katherine - posted on 01/29/2012

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I did. My daughters both figured them out. They also knew how to open child proof bottles which absolutely shocked me.

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