Our new home has 3 sets of stairs. THREE! I always wanted a house of my own where you could go upstairs. The home I grew up in had 4 levels. A basement, a first floor, the second floor and then the attic–which was fully finished and the coolest bedroom in which I spent at least ten years occupying, all stacked on top of each other. The home we will be moving into is a little different, it is a multi-level. While it has a full staircase going upstairs, it has just four stairs going down to the family room and another nearly full staircase going down to the finished basement. This post isn’t about giving you a tour of all the levels of our new home–you can expect a video tour by the end of the week–but about the predicament we are finding ourselves in with all of these stairs and a 13+ month old who has very little experience with stairs coming from a single-level apartment. The few times Greta-girl has seen stairs, she bolts for them and has no problem shimmying herself up the staircase in less than a minute. But getting down–she has no clue. Of course, our natural thought is to get baby gates for her safety and our sanity.
While researching baby gates, I knew I wanted something that 1.) looked good 2.) functioned easily and 3.) was safe. The only one that I had trouble fitting into the magic trio was the first. We fell in love with a home that was begging for a facelift–a makeover. I couldn’t bring myself to slapping the cheap-o light wood and plastic standard baby gate all over my house, first thing.
Although, at just $10.99, it gets me questioning How long will it really have to be up?? Is Greta to an age where it will be a matter of a few months or weeks before she can trek the stairs? I have no clue. Chris and I discussed baby gates for a while last night. We definitely plan on having more children which means baby gates may need to be a permanent fixture in our home for quite some time. Should we invest in our favorite gate that checks off all three of the magic trio?
The Munchkin Numi is a beaut, isn’t she? At $129 she better be! We think we would need 3 gates: One for the top and bottom of the main staircase and one for the top of the 4 stairs leading to the family room (the staircase to the basement has a door, so we don’t worry about that one). That would add up to about $400 on baby gates!! Ouch. Is it worth it if it will be a permanent fixture in our home for years? Or is climbing stairs a learned art that we can easily teach??
The third option would be to DIY an aesthetically pleasing gate of our own, like this one found here
It would be cheaper than option 2, but that would mean getting a substitute (similar to option 1) in the meantime. Here’s where we would love for you to chime in. Parents seem to have an endless supply of advice to hand out and we promise we won’t stop it from coming in on this topic.
Would you go with cheap-o, not-so-functional (meaning you have to climb over it, instead of walking through it) gate number one.
The permanent gate that has everything we are looking for at a hefty price.
Or option three, make three of our own and get interim gates in the meantime.
(If there is a baby gate that you love, we’d love to hear about that, too!)
You can also “like” a video of Greta cruising around on Munchkin’s facebook page and help us WIN a baby gate. The trip over to their page won’t disappoint, the video is adorable. The video with the most “likes” wins.