Good Questions: Help! Play Area Gate Needed

Good Questions: Help! Play Area Gate Needed

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Janel Laban
Feb 18, 2009

Rebecca writes: Help! Play area gate needed! We have devoted a large amount of space in our roomy living room to a play area for our nearly eight-month-old son Franklin. We have the wonderfully colorful Skip Hop blue/gold play mat, a couple of Fatboy chairs, and other baby-friendly furniture and accessories (most purchased used on Craigslist)....

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Now that our little one is starting crawl, we'd like to add a play gate/play pen around the mat so he can't make his way to other parts of the room and the house. It seems the only option at the major retailers for a freestanding gate (i.e. not for a stairway or doorway) is the Superyard XT, which looks a bit like a prison.

The Playzone, which is not terribly attractive either, but at least offers some kid-friendly features like a swinging door opening and some built-in toys and lights, doesn't seem to be for sale anywhere other than Amazon. Add the shipping fees, and it's pricey!

Has anyone found any other options? We want something functional that Frank will also like. Please help, we are days away from buying the XT even though it's hideous.

Can anyone make any suggestions for Rebecca? Let her know in the comments...

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