You have a beautiful baby who’s just starting to get all curious and wide-eyed about her environment. She grabs at anything, chews on stuff when you’re not looking, and crawls to every nook and cranny of her room. You see this as a good sign that she’s becoming aware of things, but it could also open up to dangerous possibilities like falling down, having something come down hard on her head, or hitting something sharp.
So while you decide to give your baby the freedom to explore, you realize that it falls on you to keep her safe as best as possible.
You decide to build a baby gate. It’s perfect. It’s ideal. It’s what you and your baby need.
1. Consult your pediatrician about your plan to build a baby gate. She should be able to advise you on how to keep it child-friendly and child-safe. Ditto, the industry standards of building one.
2. Determine how tall and wide your baby gate will be based on your baby’s height. Using this as your basis, you can begin to scope out the area where you baby gate will be once your baby gate is finished done. Begin to take your measurements.
3. Decide on a design. Ideally, the spaces in between the slats of your baby gate should be no more than 2 inches for it to be child-safe. In the same manner, the safety gate should reach all the way to the ground to prevent your baby from crawling under. Remember, your baby is at a stage where he is less speculative and more explorative.
4. Go and purchase the materials you will need:
- Baby gate made of wood or recycled plastic
- Wooden board with the same thickness and height as that of the baby gate
- Screws, nuts and bolts, and wall anchors
- Cable ties made of plastic
- Wire cutter
- Tape measure
- Fine sandpaper
5. Using your measurements, begin to saw your boards into pieces. Use your fine sandpaper and rub in into the freshly-sawed wood to take off splints and wood strays. Mount two planks by laying these flat on either side of your wall or entryway and drill holes into each plank. Next, use a screwdriver and drive your screws in.
6. Then it’s on to your tracks. Take another couple of your wooden planks. Line each one to the plank by your entry way and screw each one making sure both planks are aligned when screwed together. Now you have two U-shaped planks on either side of your entryway.
7. Now take your baby gate and mount some more of the freshly-sawed plank on each side and on the bottom of your baby gate. Use your wires to secure the planks on your baby gate. Use as many wires as you like to secure both the planks and baby gate slats making sure that you tighten and trim them as you go.
8. Slide it into your wall mountings and you’re done.
Your baby gate should freely slide in and out of its wall mountings for you to know you did a great job. Regularly check your baby gate for strength and sturdiness. For even better results, work alongside your friendly neighborhood carpenter.