Our First Step Towards a Baby Friendly Home
When it comes to babies, there can be quite a bit of “gear” involved. Admittedly, I can be quite a snob when it comes to the design and look of a lot of it. Quite frankly, so much of it is just hideous! Thankfully, I think a lot of companies are picking up on this and there’s starting to be a shift towards products that are both functional and well-designed.
The most recent addition to our home has been the Munchkin Luna Safety Gate. Talie obviously doesn’t require the house to be baby proofed yet, but everyone we’ve talked to said time sneaks up you and to start sooner rather than later because before we know it she’ll be roaming around the house getting into everything. We also have friends with mobile babies so, since we’re going to have to make our house baby-friendly eventually anyway, we wanted to start the process now so we can have them over comfortably and create a safe environment for the kiddos.
Our friends Matt and Meg’s cutie, Frankie, is 1 and is a girl on the go! She can get into things you’d never think she would have the ability to get into. I cannot wait to see Talie and her this time next year – they’re going to get into all kinds of trouble together! Putting a gate up lets us all to hang out in the family room – we can play with Talie on the floor or in her bouncer chair, Frankie can roam around freely, and we can keep Bailey on the other side. Bailey is great with the kids, but our house is small so it’s easier to have her on the other side of the gate so we don’t have to worry about her accidentally knocking Frankie over, stepping on Tal, or the space being too crowded. (The gate is also actually great for when people come over because Bailey gets really excited and likes to lick people to death so it’s an easy way to keep her separated without having to put her in another room if she gets too obnoxious.)
My favorite thing about the Luna gate is that it’s simple and sleek and looks great – the simplicity allows it to blend in with any style of decor. I also love that it has a motion-activated LED light near the floor. Talie currently sleeps in our room and we change her diaper in her room so the light is really nice to have for middle of the night diaper changes and bathroom trips (the doorway the gate is in is directly across from her room/in the middle of the hallway). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left the vacuum or Seth has left his work stuff in the hallway only for one of us to trip over it in the middle of the night. It’s also nice that the gate has a door so we don’t have to constantly put it up and take it down or worry about stepping over it. It came fully assembled and the turnkey mounts made it really easy to install. The box includes extensions so although we didn’t need them, we can fit the gate in a doorway up to 40 1/2 inches wide, which is nice for down the road if we ever end up moving.
For those of you with kids (or even just dogs!), I highly recommend investing in the Luna gate if you’re in the market. If interested, you can get it here. We love it and will be using it for years to come as we continue expanding our family. I’d also love to hear from you fellow parents any other tips you might have on maintaining a stylish home while keeping it baby friendly.
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