When we purchased our home, it was pre-kids. We bought with the intention of building our family here. We are in Texas and the suburb that we live in has next to zero one story homes with adequate square footage. So a two story house is what we bought.
Fast forward two years, we found out that having an active baby and stairs didn’t really go together. We found a hokey work around with our first two kids and that lasted their first few years keeping the kids safe. We went through a gap of no babies in the house, so the hokey baby and stair solution came down.
Then we had our third child. Oh, how I love him – but this boy is ACTIVE. As soon as he learned to crawl, he found his way over to our stairs and we knew we needed a solution to prevent him from crawling up the stairs as well as falling down the stairs.
Protecting our baby from the stairs was just the start. The solution also had to work with our lifestyle. Carrying a newborn, we need to be able to easily get up and down the stairs with one hand free. Also the solution had to be able to be worked with our older two children who are 8 and 6.
Here is Our Baby Stair Solution:
In addition to making sure baby doesn’t crawl up the stairs, or fall down the stairs – our stair solution needed to be functional and removable. We have iron decorative railing and needed a solution that wouldn’t destroy it, and when the time comes – we can easily remove.
All this said, you can prep your house as much as possible – but one thing must happen. You MUST remember to CLOSE the gate. Babies and stairs are scary, and I admit – that our third baby fell down the stairs – it was all my fault. Thankfully he was okay. A few minutes of tears from him and hours of tears from me for my parenting mistake.
Just remember, your baby’s safety is essential with stairs!
What Did You Do To Protect Your Baby From the Stairs?