What does childproofing consist of, and when should I do it?
It is never too late to start childproofing your home. We recommend that it should be done when your child is around 3-6 months of age, before he/she can crawl. Childproofing simply means ensuring that your child can’t access potential danger zones in your home and its never really too late to assess your home. Childproofing isn’t limited to buying products - it also means putting things out of reach, locking hazardous items such as chemicals and medicines, using safe, healthy practices, and supervising children. Don’t wait for your child to start opening cabinets or trying to climb the stairs before you childproof your home. Do it as soon as you can, and as thoroughly as possible to help prevent unintentional injuries.
How can we baby proof our kitchen without installing all of those cabinet & drawer latches?
Whenever possible, we recommend blocking off the kitchen with a baby safety gate, especially while you are cooking. Installing and consistently using a baby safety gate in the doorway or entryway of your kitchen would eliminate the need for cabinet & drawer latches (and refrigerator & oven latches). Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure proper installation and use of the gate, and discontinue use of the gate when the gate is at or below your child's shoulder level. However, in case you do not wish to use the gates, you could also use the Velcro or adhesive latches that need not be screwed inside the drawers. B-Safe offers a whole range of different types of locks, latches and gates that might suit your requirements.
Should we use something on the stairs to help keep our 3 year old from slipping?
Absolutely. Using a non-slip stairway runner can help your little one climb up and down the stairs without slipping. B-Safe has a good range of anti-slip stairway mats that are easy to install and can be home washed. Other option is to simply buy the B-Safe staircase treads – which can be easily installed at the edge of the stairway, and can be cut to fit the staircase. Please be sure to continue to supervise your little climber closely when she's climbing the stairs, even with a non-slip protection.
What’s the recommended maximum distance between banisters?
As a general rule, banisters that have vertical or horizontal openings wider than 4" can pose a safety risk for children. This includes banisters inside and outside of the house. Moreover, horizontal banisters are definitely more dangerous, as children try to climb up the horizontal rails. Banister guards - clear plastic shields, can be attached to banisters to close off the gaps and help prevent accidents from falls through the railings and from becoming stuck in the railings. Banister guards also help prevent children from climbing up balusters. The best Banister guard in the market is from Cardinal Gates. An alternative solution is to put plexiglass (acrylic sheet) or a mesh sheet on the inner side of the banister.
We have been looking for a safety gate we can use at the top of our stairs on our outside deck. We have been unsuccessful and were hoping you could give us a name of a gate that is safe to use on our deck?
There are several gates available for use in outdoor stairway locations, depending on the size that you need: For a stairway opening 27" to 42 1/2" (add extension to fit spaces up to 64") check out the Cardinal Gates Stairway Special. The Kidco Safeway Gate will fit spaces 24 3/4" to 43 1/2" and you can add extensions to fit spaces up to 66. Whichever gate you choose, ensure never to use pressure mounted gates on the top of the stairway. Pressure Mounted gates should only be used at the bottom of the stairway.