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How to Be a Child Security Gate Pro - Part 1

Even though safety gates are essential, many of them can’t handle life’s chaos. No home is shaped like another, and depending on where you need to protect your child, it can be very difficult to find a dependable place to install a gate. The situation can be made worse by people who don’t know how to use gates properly in the first place.

At Navigate, we know all about child safety gates, including the rules of thumb that will ensure they actually protect your child. An improperly-used safety gate can be worse than no gate at all! In our last blog, we explored the importance of letting siblings participate in gate safety. Today, we have three more important tips.

Don’t worry about home decor

  • If you’re worrying about having an unsightly baby gate where company can see it, you aren’t alone. However, deciding not to install a baby gate in order to keep your home aesthetically pleasing really isn’t worth it. No matter how vigilant you promise to be, you cannot keep eyes on your child every second, and unfortunately, a few seconds is all it takes for a child to reach the stairs or get into the wrong drawer. There are thousands of stories about just that - parents who think they can keep tabs on their children and end up learning how impossible it is the hard way.

Don’t assume your child is safe because there’s a gate

  • Once you get your child into what you believe to be a safe place, assume that you can leave him or her unsupervised. While safety gates offer a lot of protection, they aren’t invincible, and you need to keep an eye on your child. Keep an eye on the gate as well. We mentioned this in a previous blog, but it bears repeating: double-checking the gate to ensure that it hasn’t come loose or been adjusted is very important.

Understand how the gate works

  • Gates are kind of like car seats: they all perform the most basic function, but they’re operated differently. They’re also absolutely essential, and can be very dangerous if installed incorrectly. Any gate, including the Navigate, comes with instructions. Make sure you take the time to sit down and read through any and all instructions. As a result, you’ll be able to install the gate correctly and keep your child safe.

At Navigate, we have worked hard to create a child security gate that can handle all sorts of environments without losing its dependability. It can be installed in all different types of locations and against unique wall surfaces, which makes it an incredible option for any family. Not only is it dynamic, it is light and easy to carry. That means it will be your child’s best friend whether you’re on vacation or having a normal day at home. We know you already have to tote plenty of stuff around when you have a child, and we designed the Navigate to not add a lot to your load. Shop our world-class child security gates today!