Have you ever had the horrific experience of watching a child fall down a set of stairs? You are standing in the hallway when maybe your child runs ahead of you and makes a quick right, maybe too quick…and maybe with just socks on. Everything else after that happens in slow motion….the scream that never leaves your gaping mouth, the flash of navy blue and khaki…not being able to make out what the awful thud is…praying it’s not a head or a tooth….the bruises and the tears at the end and the Doctor reassuring you that it looks worse than it is because of their flexible bones and low body weight. Thankful for the words but realizing the image is forever burned in your brain. Baby gates are a necessity for me (and I learned that the hard way.) Mostly we use them to protect our kids from staircases but there are so many other ways they can come in handy, too. (Speaking of handy, have I ever mentioned I am the least handy human ever? The thought of installing a gate makes my head hurt…until I found this one: Safety 1st Auto Close Walk Thru Gate
But Psst: I have another “secret” use for my baby gate, it’s my “Home Alone” theory. I keep the baby gate closed at the top of our stairs leading to the bedrooms at night. Ever tried to open a baby gate in the dark? Sorry ’bout it bad guys, that gate just bought me an extra couple of minutes to be at the ready with my butter knife hidden under the bed for this exact reason. Hubby: “So what you are going to do, ask the bad guy to hold still while you saw his wrist back and forth with a dull kitchen utensil?”) Hey, whatever helps you sleep at night, right?
Well that’s #MIMSTAKE … what’s yours?
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Check out the video commercial I did for Safety 1st on their Auto Close Easy Install Gate, below. (The freeze face is priceless, right?)