by Robert Fox
When you become a parent, you quickly realize one of the most important and challenging aspects of parenting, is keeping your baby safe. The challenge grows along with your baby and by the time you have a busy toddler you are in need of a few baby proofing tools to help you out.
A baby gate is one of the greatest baby proofing inventions to keep your child safe and the Summer Infant Metal Expansion Gate is a highly reviewed gate that offers some amazing features.
Summer Infant is a company that was founded back in 1985 by a dad wanting to keep his daughter safe. The company started with a bouncy seat and now offers just about all the equipment you need for your little one.
You can rest assured of their quality because as they claim on their website, they "work closely with professionals including pediatricians, child development experts, and lactation consultants to ensure that they are safe and beneficial to the development of your child."
The Summer Infant Metal Expansion Gate needs to be hardware mounted on the wall. While this type of installation can be a little more time consuming than a pressure mounted system, it ensures the gate will not come down. The installation is still relatively simple, only requiring you to drill the mounts into the wall. The gate sets into the mounts and can easily be removed and replaced if you want to have your rooms open for awhile.
When installing the gate you can choose to put it right against your baseboard or above the baseboard. If you are putting the gate against the baseboard you will need to use a small shim or filler piece of wood where the top mount meets the wall. If you raise the gate above the baseboard you will need to step over the bottom of the gate each time you pass through. This will leave a gap under the bottom of the gate.
The Summer Infant Metal Expansion Gate is a great fit for the large openings in your home. The additional width on this gate allows you to use it an areas of your home that most baby gates will not fit. The stability of the hardware mounted installation will keep your child safe and your gate in place for the long haul.
While the gate features a one-handed opening, many reviewers online felt the door was tough to open and re-latch. It is a two step process, which some users struggled with. If you are interested in a pressure mounted gate with a easy open and auto close door, take a look at this review for another baby gate option.
Overall, the Summer Infant Metal Expansion Gate is a popular gate with a simple, but elegant, design that would be a great product for your baby proofing needs.
About Robert Fox
Rob Fox is a former hydro worker who used to teach self defence in Miami for 10 years. He's currently enjoying his retirement, playing cribbage and golf with his buddies, locksmithing and home security in his spare time. Rob is an avid reader, and has even written a few books on the subject of self defence.