Retractable Baby Gate - Pros And Cons
When we were searching for an easy to use safety gate for our child, one of types we looked at was the
retractable baby gate. Before we started out search we had the preconceived notion that this style of gate was no
longer in use anymore. Boy, were we wrong. The retractable baby gates are actually quite popular for many reasons.
That said, here's a look at some of the pros and cons to help you decide if it is the right choice for you.
Can Be Used Anywhere
One of the bigger advantages to this style of gate is that it can be used virtually anywhere in your home. You can
set it up in a doorway, hallway, stairway and other places. You're not limited to one specific area like you can be
with other pressure mounted baby gates.
May Be Used At Top Of Stairs
A gate like the Retract A Gate can be used at the top of your stairway to provide solid protection for your
baby or toddler. This model is a mesh style gate that has hardware supports to make it very strong and durable. In
fact, this gate is made to withstand up to 200 pounds of force, which is enormous. They also have an optional
banister adapter kit for mounting the gate around your banisters or spindles.
The biggest complaint many people have in regards to children's safety gates is that they get in the way when you
don't need them. You are constantly having to look at the gate or you're having to open it up when it's not in use,
etc. With a retractable baby gate you don't have this issue. It coils up and fits nicely against the wall. Most
people will not even notice you have a gate.
Can Fit Larger And Non-Standard Openings
A gate like the Retract-A-Gate is designed to fit openings up to 6 feet wide. Most standard gates will require you
to purchase optional extension kits to get the gate out that wide, and even then it can lose some of its support
strength. And because it is retractable, you can set it to fit all types of irregular openings without a
A big issue for some of gates that retract is one of safety. By that I mean getting fingers injured during
retraction. This is mainly an issue with some of the older models that were not built to today's specs.
In fairness, the Retract-A-Gate is designed to make it impossible for your child to get their fingers caught up
in the gate. But it is something to be aware of if you are thinking of purchasing a used retractable gate in a
garage sale or having one handed down to you. One other important point in regards to safety is that if your child
were to fall into this type of gate they would not be injured like they could if it were a steel gate.
Since a retractable gate features a mesh panel, it can often get dirty from a spill or perhaps from the family pet.
Cleaning some of these gates can be tricky. Generally speaking, soap and water may do the job, but serious stains
may not come out.
Finally, durability can sometimes be an issue with cheap retractable baby gates. They can use inferior quality of
material for the mesh panel or low cost plastic parts to connect the gate to the wall, etc. Be sure to look for a
gate that is built with high quality standards.
These are a few of the main pros and cons of a retractable baby gate. All told, they make for an excellent
option and today's styles are some of the best on the market. Be sure to browse through some of our reviews on the
site to find out more specifics on individual models.