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This will sound strange , but, can anyone please advise on an EASY to open stair gate?

(17 Posts)
anniebear71 Mon 15-Jun-15 10:30:10

thought this may be the best place to ask.
I have a puppy that isn't allowed on the stairs,mouth have a 13 year old DD with special needs, she needs to be able to open it?!
Thank you x

JillBYeats Mon 15-Jun-15 10:32:26

I have a Mamas and Papas "Natural Wood Extending Gate" (that's all the identifying info on it I'm afraid), we put it up for youngest DC 7 years ago and have never bothered to remove it. You just lift it up one handed - really easy. It is screwed into the bannister posts though.

CMOTDibbler Mon 15-Jun-15 10:33:53

We use a baby gate to keep the dogs out of the kitchen, but I only have use of one hand so to carry anything into the kitchen I need to be able to open it with my elbow. The easy solution was to never fully put the handle down - this way the catches don't engage and you just pull the handle up. V easy to use. You can put some duct tape on the top of the gate so it doesn't get latched as it can't go down far enough

Ours is a Lindam btw

Theas18 Mon 15-Jun-15 10:36:13

Surely a 13yrvols would just climb over ?

anniebear71 Mon 15-Jun-15 10:46:47

If you read my post theas18, it says she has special needs, a disability whatever you want to call it. She would hurt herself if she attempted to climb it.

I just want a stair gate that people have found a bit too easy to open, so my DD can open it and close it


anniebear71 Mon 15-Jun-15 10:47:41

Mouth meant I have !!

anniebear71 Mon 15-Jun-15 10:49:12

Thanks cmot, good idea,

Thank you jillb

Theas18 Mon 15-Jun-15 12:04:20

Sorry you didn't say she had a motor disability.

Theas18 Mon 15-Jun-15 12:06:41

Trouble with playing about with the mechanism is you may have a dog who can open it. Old fashioned ones that just lift up like a cot side than open may work but I'm not sure they reven made.

Frusso Mon 15-Jun-15 12:11:52

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

anniebear71 Mon 15-Jun-15 13:22:20

It's ok, I just said she has special needs so I need a gate she can open easily. Wouldn't want of us special needs or not to have to climb over a gate each time we go up the stairs, I usually have my hands full.

It's more whilst she's a puppy as it's got good for her to be up and down stairs, she wouldn't be able to reach yet.
Will look at a lindham, thanks everyone

KatyN Mon 15-Jun-15 14:43:03

We havethe babydan one that concertinas. The opening just needs thumb strength (you pull a button back and press it down). It doesn't have a bar across the bottom to step over. Depends on your daighter's abilities.

HoneyDragon Mon 15-Jun-15 14:46:03

You can get ones you can operate with your foot? Would that be easier for your dd?

anniebear71 Mon 15-Jun-15 19:09:40


anniebear71 Mon 15-Jun-15 19:11:14

When I went to a friends a while ago she haD one that you had to stop and think what to do, as it was the opposite of what you would expect., totally threw my daughter! I don't want one like that

Latium123 Mon 15-Jun-15 19:59:29

I second the baby dan one.

anniebear71 Mon 15-Jun-15 21:32:54


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