My daughter is at the “crawling everywhere” stage now (she’s ten months old). A baby gate is a must have for all parents with children this age. We got The First Years Everywhere Safety Gate as a gift from our birth registry at Babies R Us. We added it to our registry because we thought it looked like a good buy. Now that I’ve actually had a chance to use it, here is my froogalism.com review.
There are quite a few good things about it:
It Works – The First Years safety gate works and it works well. It feels sturdy to me and it hold its position between the door frame securely (it does this with with rubberized contact points that push into the door frame). I have no doubts whatsoever that it will do its job.
It is See Through – Yes, you can see through The First Years baby gate, as its panels are inserted with clear plastic. I actually love this feature a lot. Too many baby things have a “jail” look to them (cribs, most baby gates, playpens, etc.). I do not want Willow to feel that she is in prison – I want to see her.
Easy Removal – The First Years baby gate is inserted and removed from the door frame with a baby-proof handle at the top that lifts up after sliding a baby-proof switch. It is very easy to use.
Quality is Good – I consider the quality of this baby gate to be good. It feels sturdy and well-built. I have no apprehensions whatsoever of using it with Willow (I am always with her anyways, so I know she is safe). I would never leave her unattended anyways.
The only caveat about The First Years Safety Gate I have is this:
Very Difficult to Adjust – Adjusting the width on this product will leave you screaming with very sore fingers. There are two latches on its side that must be activated in order for you to adjust its width. They are a real pain to operate. Once the width is set, however, there are no problems (expect for very sore fingers).
“Dear Dorel Industries, you have a very good product that could easily become an excellent product if you only fixed those width adjustment latches. They actually hurt to adjust. Any of your employees with children should take this product home and try it out for themselves. I feel confident that they will offer you the same advice. Otherwise you product is very good.”
In summary, I feel that The First Years Everywhere Safety Gate deserves four out of five stars. Everything seems really good to me except for the width adjustment levers. Once adjusted, however, this product works like a charm. The price is also quite good relative to other similar products on the market.
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