It’s no secret that many parents actually become parents long before their first child arrives. That is, they become parents to their fur baby. I’m sure you’ve seen the Facebook announcements? The dog with a sign around his neck, introducing the arrival of a new sibling within the next few months.
We get it, much like a baby, getting a pet is a big commitment. There are lots of similarities as well: they will both keep you up at night, they will take up plenty of your time and they like to get into things like cupboards and make a mess.
This begs the question: Can you use pet gates for babies?
It makes sense that if you already installed them for your pet, you want use a gate that also works for your baby as they grow.
The simple answer is yes, but let us explain.
Baby Gates and Pet Gates?
Essentially these gates have one goal in mind: to keep kids and your pets from entering an area. But naturally, there are other things that factor in when it comes to finding gates that work for both. While some safety gates are suitable for both pets and your kids, not all of them are, so it is important to do your research.
Here are some things to consider:
• Strength: some dogs are big. You need a gate that can support their weight, without giving into it. The gate also needs to be tall enough that they can’t easily get over or attempt to jump. You know your pet best, so you will understand what to factor in when it comes to choosing a gate for them.
• Climbing: kids like to climb. Gates with bars almost encourage this, as it gives toddlers something to hold onto to get them going. It also gives them something to hold onto and shake when they are angry. For pets, it gives them a place to try and get through and can cause issues when getting stuck.
• Mounted: pressure mounted gates won’t be able to withstand nearly as much as gates that are screwed into the wall.
• Opening: when you have a gate that swings open, an animal is much more likely to run into the sides trying to get through the gap and cause damage.
Now we know exactly what the risks are when choosing a pet gate as a baby gate, it’s time to take a look at the solution: retractable mesh gates.
Benefits of Mesh Baby & Pet Gates
I know, I know, the word mesh is a huge turnoff. After all, if we are talking strength for animals, surely mesh is the last material that will withstand them?
In fact, the Perma Retractable Gates are built to last. The mesh does not wear and tear easily and is designed to withstand both pets and children. It can be used indoors or outdoors depending on your needs, and will keep both your pets and children safe.
Here are just some of the benefits that come with retractable gates for babies and pets:
• The mesh is scratch resistant, which means your pet won’t be able to claw or damage the gate trying to get out.
• The gates completely retract, so when open, your pet (and toddler) will have no troubles running in and out, without bumping the gate.
• Each gate is wall mounted, adding an extra layer of security knowing your gate is as sturdy as possible.
• There are no bars for little fingers to grip onto and use to boost themselves up on the gate.
Many first-time parents with pets worry when it comes to bringing their new bundle home and how their pet is going to take to the latest addition. Once babies start moving, a whole new set of worries come into play. Therefore, it is vital to keep both your pet and child safe from harm.
There is no need to have separate baby gates for your pets and kids put up all over your house. The simple solution is to find a gate that works for both: something strong, tall, and durable enough to keep pets and babies from getting out.
Retractable baby gates make the perfect pet and baby gate, with all the features you need. As a parent you only need to put the baby/pet gates in once. If installed the right way, they will last you for years.