May 26th, 2009

Evenflo Summit Pressure Mounted Gate

Our nearly one-year old daughter likes to play a game we call “Baby Jailbird”. She hoists herself up to the metal baby gate, grips the bars, and rattles them as hard as she can – while demanding to see her attorney. World’s smallest felon – so cute!

Fortunately the gate doesn’t budge. We have two of these pressure-mounted gates blocking off our living/dining room area, preventing baby F. (and anyone else in the house) from reaching the stairs. Opening the gate requires a triple act of coordination: pushing in two buttons with your fingers while simultaneously pulling back on the handle and swearing quietly under your breath so your 6-year old can’t hear you. Most of the time I can manage it; the kids, never. And isn’t that what you want from a safety gate?

Pros: Once properly installed, it is quite secure. Helpful green/red dot indicates when it is firmly latched (or not).

Cons: Tedious to install and sometimes hard to open, especially if you have snot on your hands.

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