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Friday, February 4, 2011

No More Baby Gates

Right after Christmas we took the baby gates off the stairs. They were both broken, and even though the company agreed to send us replacement gates for free, we decided it was time to take them down permanently. Diego is almost three and manages the stairs very well. Honestly, I think Eddie might have left the gates up til he was 5 or so, but I talked him into taking them.down for good.

Diego loves the freedom and goes up and down the stairs many times during the day. He will even take his clothes up to the hamper in his room if he gets dressed downstairs. Score! Less trips up and down for me.

The first week the gates were down we put a tension gate at the top of the stairs at night to prevent accidental tumbles. But, quickly learned this was a terrible idea because one morning Diego pushed the gate out and fell down the stairs. Lesson learned. We both felt terrible, but he survived without any bumps or bruises just a little healthy fear of going down the stairs carefully.

He has wandered downstairs a time or two in the middle of the night but other than that we are all loving the now open staircase. Diego loves to play games on the stairs or take a ball to the top and watch it crash down. His favorite game is "pillow". He carries a pillow to the top of the stairs and rolls it down to one of us, and we toss it up to him. He thinks this is the funniest thing ever!
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Mike and Mindy Roth said...

Yay for having open stairs to burn off some of that little boys energy :)

Josh Barron said...

I am happy with the fact that the dependable baby gates for stairs appear very clean in matching the style of the house.