I originally had the privilege of sharing this project on The Incomplete Guide To Living (drop in and say “hi” to Beth over there if you have a minute!). But in case you missed that one, I thought I’d share the details with you all here today.
Sometimes, as a mom, I feel like “baby” and “classy” can’t even be in the same sentence… Am I the only one? But, I am pleased to say, I find this to be one of those paradoxically beautiful things: a classy baby gate.
Since this is our first home with stairs and our older son was almost two when we moved in (and quite adept on the stairs by then), it wasn’t until about eight months ago when our second son began crawling that we had to worry about a baby gate. Unfortunately, due to the shape and location of our banister and post, we didn’t really have a place to secure a traditional baby gate. Fortunately, I have a handy husband.
And since our stairwell is the first thing you see when you walk in our home (you can tour the entryway here if you like), it was important to us that the gate not be an eyesore. So Mr. Pax and my father teamed up to make a two-paneled gate that would echo the original doors in our 1940 colonial.
Though a traditional gate (one that secures on either side and swings open) wouldn’t work, the small gap between the baluster and the next step offered another possibility: a panel that simply slid in its “track”…
It’s a perfect solution for us. We cut a notch to fit the molding.
And put felt strips (the kind you put on the bottom of furniture to protect the floors) along the side and bottom to minimize damage.
We can even slide the entire thing out and hide it in the closet if we want to.
No permanent damage done. Now, for the record, I’m sure this isn’t “approved” on the child safety list. And I definitely wouldn’t recommend having something like this at the top of the stairs where a child can push from behind. But don’t call CPS on us or anything; the gate has worked like a charm for us. You should carefully consider and test anything you might use in your home to protect your children. Ok, disclaimer complete.
Now onto one more picture that I think sums up why I love this: it was a creative solution that I think melds beautifully into the character of our home.
What do you think? Anyone else with an outside-the-box baby gate solution? Or how about you moms out there – when you have managed to combine baby and classy?
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