Things I Love Thursday: Summer Infant Baby Gate
Disclosure: Summer Infant provided me with a a baby gate to review. All the opinions in this post are mine. As mentioned below, I am the one that contacted them!
I love my house and most of the set-up. However, I bought it before I ever dreamed there would be children in my life. At that time, it was just a dream that I would ever be married. Now we have two kids and to say that we have a few challenges would be an understatement. One of those challenges is the expanse between my kitchen and living room.
It is 84 inches wide. Have you ever had to look for a larger than normal baby gate? They hardly exist. At least one that is flexible in it’s width. And I can tell you on one hand the number I have ever seen in all of my research. And I have done some research.
I looked when Isaac was a baby over a year ago. Nothing. So we just let it go. I let him come in the kitchen, explore my cupboards and was extra careful when he got near the stove. But it still made me super nervous.
Then there is Tessa. Dear sweet Tessa. That girl is a gymnast in the making. She is able to do things that I don’t think 7 month old children should be capable of. And the doctor warned us at her 6 month appointment that she was likely going to be a kid that gets into EVERYTHING.
So I have been sitting around wondering what it was going to be like to have a toddler hanging from my knees and a baby underfoot as I cooked. Then I saw it. On a Babies R Us shelf. The answer. The ONE I had been looking for all this time! The Summer Infant Sure & Secure Custom Fit Gate. And to find out it was a Summer Infant product sent me over the moon!
Why? Because you will recall that the video monitor we have is also a Summer Infant product that I love so well. So, like any savvy blogger would do, I contacted them again to see if they would be interested in having me do a baby gate review! I was so excited when they said, of course!
I installed the gate with BOTH kids awake and NO HUSBAND around. That is how easy it was. It is mounted into the wall but it was fairly easy to do. Well, I did have a few trying moments but that had more to do with my abilities to use the drill and less with the gate.
It turned out that I only needed to use 2 of the three panels that were given. It will stretch that wide! It is amazing! It will extend up to 144 inches! It has leg stands as well so it really is stable. I love, love, love the gate. That is one of the reasons this gate works so well in this area. We can still come and go as we please. Yet, I can keep little feet and hands safe when I need to.
I also want to mention that it is extremely durable and flexible. The hinges are made such that it will bend in different directions for different formations. You can even put two of these gates together to make a play pen area or to gate in a corner of the room. I am thinking this is going to be a HUGE help with an almost walking toddler come time to put up a Christmas tree. The other benefit to the flexible hinges is that when my son hangs from it kicks it lunges at it pulls on it shakes it, it doesn’t come unhinged from the wall. That is a huge plus!
The only thing that I think could be improved on this gate is the door latching technique and system. It isn’t hard but you have to be rather precise with it and sometimes I am in a bit of a hurry. Considering all of the other features and perks that it brings me, I can definitely overlook that small annoyance.
I am so, so glad to have time in the kitchen and to know my little ones are safe from harms way. Well, that is if I could keep Tessa from eating Isaac’s plastic dinosaurs. *sigh*
You know what I really love about Summer Infant? They want one of you to be able to enjoy the Sure & Secure Custom Fit Gate! Sweet! Here is how you can enter to win:
THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED! THE WINNER IS. . .
I do not have any other Summer products in my home. I don’t think. So this would be my first. We are moving next month and the house we are moving to has a wide opening in the foyer/kitchen. This is where i would use this to keep my two munchkins at bay. I have a DD who is 3 and a DS who is 6 weeks. This will be great when he starts moving around.
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This giveaway ends Monday, July 19th at midnight (EST).
This post is linked at Things I Love Thursday at Diaper Diaries.