My friend Molly (who is a fellow momma) and I were discussing how baby gates are annoying for SO many reasons. They are (and feel free to add to the list):
- clunky and inconvenient
- potential finger-pinchers
- damaging to walls/doorways/banisters
- in the way when they aren’t in use
- in the way when they ARE in use
- inconvenient to pass through
- don’t always accommodate any door size
- basically an eyesore in any décor
Unless you’re rich and have something like this.
But even with all these annoying traits, if you have small children, you just can’t get around the need for one (if not several) gates of some sort. We’ve put off getting gates as LONG. AS. HUMANLY. POSSIBLE. And we knew we would need to save our pennies, because safety is mucho-importanto to us. Especially when it comes to the top (and bottom?) of the stairs.
However even the most expensive high-tech gates still fall into almost every single ‘annoying category’ above. And with my girl Delly joining her sister in the ranks of very mobile, I’m getting my share of exercise even without my two mile run. The most common view of my babes is their saggy diapers backsides:
Back to my original story… Molly goes on to say that she heard somewhere that there’s some sort of ‘retractable gate’ invention. All I could think was: WHAT A GENIUS IDEA! But I didn’t allow myself to get too excited, because I knew if there was such a thing… everyone would have one. Right?
After doing a little Googling, I came to discover there IS such a thing. And everyone SHOULD have one.
Reading through their website, I realized it’s all the things I could want a gate to be! Annnnnd… it rolls up into a neat little (almost invisible) roll when not in use! All I could think was… ‘how does every mom NOT know about this? Why aren’t these in every home with children?’ Seriously.
I read on to find that the company is right here in Iowa! Which is a major bonus, since I love to buy local. After contacting them to introduce myself and tell them I’m from Iowa too(!!), they offered to send me one of their gates for free, to review! Holy-heck-YES. Needless to say, I was overjoyed!
This company has managed to come up with a design that corrects every single frustrating factor mentioned above. And… wait for it….
YOU ONLY NEED ONE GATE.
It’s true. The roll pops right off the wall and can be taken to another doorway and snapped on, lickity-split! You can buy as many ‘bracket adapters’ as you need!
When we head upstairs for baths in the evenings, we just grab the roll and head up with the girls, snap it on at the top of the stairs… and let the girls have the run of the second floor!
You can even do this:
My life just got about 10 million times easier.
Hello baby. Can’t get out of there and get into trouble anymore, huh?
I was given a Retract-A-Gate to try and review, but was not compensated or told what to say!