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When did you REMOVE your top-of-stairs baby-gate?

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morningpaper Fri 20-May-05 15:52:10

DD is 2.5 and although she can't get downstairs by herself she doesn't try either. I wonder whether I should remove the babygate - it would make the hall less cluttered!

When did other people do this?

Louise1980 Fri 20-May-05 15:52:55

I did it when I moved house in december. My boys were 4 and 2.5.

Louise1980 Fri 20-May-05 15:53:36

Saying that I still panic a bit through the night as ds1 is a wanderer and ds2 comes downstairs to watch telly!

TrophyWife Fri 20-May-05 15:54:20

my ds is also 2.5 but we have left the gate upat the top, as hes up early and likes to play in his room, so by closing the gate we know hes safe and can go back to sleep. or at least try...

Flum Fri 20-May-05 15:54:20

my dd can get down stairs on her own and is 15 months. is that early then? mp?

we don't have a stairgate as was thinking of getting one and then she learnt stairs. crawls down backwards.

mrsflowerpot Fri 20-May-05 15:54:29

when I caught ds trying to climb over it and very nearly succeeding we decided that it needed to come down. He wasn't even 2 I don't think.

morningpaper Fri 20-May-05 15:55:00

I do have a secret worry that she might climb out of bed and fall down the stairs in her sleep.

She's never even tried it when she's AWAKE of course...

Flum Fri 20-May-05 15:55:06

you're scaring me now, I'm gonna get one. she is always really careful though.

morningpaper Fri 20-May-05 15:55:45

My daughter is about 3 inches high but also has an aversion to anything which might look like exercise.

Evesmama Fri 20-May-05 15:56:25

dd can do the stairs herself its just as safety thing incase they trip or something!

TrophyWife Fri 20-May-05 15:56:36

i would leave it there at least untill shes old enough to tell you what hurts when she falls down them. not trying to scare you, honest

tarantula Fri 20-May-05 15:58:25

I think it depends on the stairs too and where they are in the house. We have 2up2down with really steep stairs that are between our room and dd's so will be leaving ours up for quite a long time jsut to be on the safe side. Ive nearly fallen down the stairs myself a few times when getting up in the night to see to dd.

hoxtonchick Fri 20-May-05 16:12:11

we have never had stair gates & live in a 3 storey house. ds learnt to go up & down stairs very early, maybe even before he walked. he's 3 and a bit now & totally safe.

janeybops Fri 20-May-05 16:13:54

ds is 18 months and it has just fallen off the wall due to him swinging on it. So don't intend to replace!

However, he is able to get himself down the stairs safely on his own, and has done for at least a couple of months!

nutcracker Fri 20-May-05 16:36:01

Last week, ds is 2.4 and could open it so it was really pointless having it there.

Guess what Ds then did 5 minutes after we'd taken it down ?????.................


Yep you've guesses it, he fell down the stairs.

SoftFroggie Fri 20-May-05 16:38:48

when it fell off the wall.

trix Fri 20-May-05 16:42:02

DS is 18mo and can get up and down stairs OK but Ive still got mine up to stop him wondering off and getting into too much mischief elsewhere.

WideWebWitch Fri 20-May-05 16:45:06

We've never had one, laziness more than anything. Dd is 18mos and can do stairs up reliably but has only just learnt going down and I wouldn't let her do it without being behind her to catch her if she falls. So I reckon give it six months and she'll be able to be left to it.

mrspink27 Fri 20-May-05 17:06:44

never had one! glad not the only ones! dd1 is 2.11 and dd2 is 9m

smellymelly Fri 20-May-05 17:29:43

Still there coz I keep having kids!!!

Ds is 5.5, dd is 2.5 and she cannot open it yet, although I'm worried she may throw herself over it when she has a tantrum!

It is one that has no trip you up bar at the bottom though, so I just forget about it.

Only just took the one off the kitchen door recently, and I'm regretting that.

polly2 Fri 20-May-05 17:41:11

i am in the process of getting rid of it. have a tiny hallway, and yes, no banisters, but my 2.5 yr old is fab at stairs. i leave it open and let her know it's open...in the hope that i will one day not have do a hudini act just to pop to the loo.

polly2 Fri 20-May-05 17:42:38

gosh is that the time, must wake mine up, lazy little blob, has been asleep since 3. should i be waking her up, any answers?

assumedname Fri 20-May-05 17:45:56

Never bothered having one.

polly2 Fri 20-May-05 17:47:17

have got them all over the place for a 2.5 yr old. am i mad?

assumedname Fri 20-May-05 18:22:04

I think it depends on your child/ren. I just shut the door of the room onto the hall and they didn't bother trying to get up the stairs.

One thing I did have was a stair gate for dd's bedroom. Found that really useful. I used the bedroom as a safe environment for dd to play with her toys when I was upstairs doing housework, on the phone etc.

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