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When I had my first baby, I went through all the things I could possibly need: pacifiers, swaddle, crib, diapers, wipes, clothes, on and on and on. However, when prepping for newborns, a lot of times we focus on the first three months of items we’ll need and forget what we may need when they start crawling, stumbling around or hit the terrible twos. One of those items I really needed and realized fairly quickly after my daughter first began crawling and getting into E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G was a baby gate.
We found two baby gates and used them endlessly through our daughter’s infancy and our second baby, but even as they continue to get older, we still find a couple pretty creative uses for the baby gates around our house.
Below are some great alternative uses for baby gates when you’ve passed that stage, but for those of you attending a baby shower sometime soon or in the early stages of motherhood yourself, don’t forget to check out my $50 Gift Certificate giveaway at the very bottom.
3 Alternative Uses for Baby Gates
- Pet blockade. It seems like more and more families have or adopt pets, and especially when their kids get old enough to
askbeg for a pet. Sometimes, when we have company over, are cleaning or just want to keep the dog and cat out of the way but not secluded to a kennel, we put up our old baby gate. This gives them plenty of room to hang out in the area they’re stuck in without getting into whatever we’re trying to do.
- Storage decor. Yes, I said decor. If you have a home office, workshop or even as straight decor in a living room or kitchen, you can paint your baby gate, mount it to the wall and hang or store items on it. Some ideas for items (depending on how your baby gate is set up) is to utilize the holes of a baby gate by hanging items like plants, tools, sewing gadgets, craft items, paint brushes, scarves, etc. from it.
- Donate it. This one may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many people throw out their baby gate(s) because they’re not quite sure what to do with it. If you don’t use your baby gate anymore and have no desire to repurpose it, think of a friend who’s pregnant or just had a baby and reach out to see if they could use it. If all else fails, drop it off at a local thrift shop.
Now that you know what options are available for your baby gate years down the road after kids, we can focus on what’s most important: keeping your babies and toddlers safe! If you’re pregnant, just had a baby or have reached the point you’re beginning to realize you’re in dire need of a baby gate, check out diapers.com and take advantage of my giveaway below.
What shenanigans would your little ones get into if you didn’t put up a baby gate?
One of my babies got into and dumped out an unimaginable amount of food from our kitchen pantry while the other took the infamous tumble down the stairs.
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