Going Rogue: Pet Gates as Baby Gates

Going Rogue: Pet Gates as Baby Gates

Carrie McBride
Apr 23, 2010

Some parents may not be comfortable using an unsanctioned product for babyproofing, but we had a few compelling reasons to use pet gates in place of baby gates in our home. The first was the size of our kitchen doorway (an inch narrower than the narrowest baby gate we found). The second was we needed something low enough for an elderly cat to jump over. Finally, we were not looking forward to doing the equivalent of the Olympic high hurdles every time we wanted to enter or exit the kitchen.

The first gate we chose is meant to contain small dogs and be easier for pet owners to navigate. It has a height of 21" inches compared to 30"+ of most baby gates. Our son is now getting close to two years old and so far has not tried climbing this lower gate but for taller, older or more adventurous kids you may have to raise the gate a few inches off the ground or remove it sooner than we have. Our second gate was removed soon after this photo was taken to give our son more freedom and has a height of 18".

In case you're wondering how this worked out for us the answer is - great. We're not advocating everyone use these, but it was a great solution for us.

(Image: Carrie McBride)

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