Recently, we have had a licensing worker doing home visits so we can be an approved foster family. This has led to magnetic baby locks, locked up medication and safety plans posted in the house. It also has me thinking of other ways we can make our home safe for a new little one.
One thing I want to do is to be able to keep our dog, Ty, and the child, separated. That has led to me researching child and baby gates. Yes, I am totally one of those mom that researches things before purchasing (I can give you an earful about car safety standards in the US vs. Europe).
The thing about child and baby gates is that I need to be able to install it, and open/close it without throwing a fit and jumping over the top. I started by looking over this article that describes the different gates for different spaces. With our house set up, I think it would be best to have it in the hallway, that way the dog can still have access to his foot/water/window he likes. I also read over this article that describes the kinds of child and baby gates, and decided pressure mount would be the best for us.
I also worry about injuries from the gates. Pinched fingers, leaping over, etc. This video helped me see that my fears were not unfounded, and I am sure I will still turn to YouTube to watch easy install videos.
With HJ, I never had a gate. This was mostly due to the fact that he would prefer to climb and leap over things, and I knew he would view it as a toy. I am hoping that being able to keep Ty and a child separated, I will feel a little less anxious about not always being in plain sight.
What other safety must-haves do you think we will need?