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Lascal Kiddy Guard Retractable Safety Gate

Product Review: The Lascal Kiddy Guard Retractable Safety Gate

Summary: The Kiddy Guard Retractable Safety Gate from Lascal is an extremely innovative and space-saving child gate, but the complexity of operating the locking mechanism and the noise made as the gate retracts may be a deal-breaker for some consumers.

Baby or child-proofing the house is an exercise we all go through within the first few years of parenthood and we all must make decisions about what types of gates we will install at doorways and staircases.

There are numerous safety gates offered in the market, many of which are the traditional plastic or metal apparatus that attach to the wall directly through hardware installation or are pressure-mounted in the passageway. Gates with a swinging door are a nice option, but can sometimes cause a hindrance for the entire entry way. Wall-to-wall, pressure-mounted gates are extremely sturdy, but do not offer the accessibility of the swinging door option (need to step over it or take it down when an adult wants to get through).

The Kiddy Guard Retractable Safety Gate solves the problems of adult accessibility and storage – it’s very compact in the open position as it retracts into a roller, much like blinds on a window. This option is great if you’re looking to save space and utilize the doorway or staircase on a regular basis.

The two major concerns relate to operating this device:

1) The mechanism for unlocking the roller to open or close the gate is rather difficult to manipulate – it requires the user to shift a small widget toward you, then push down, then slide it back into the casing. Only when following the sequence exactly does the roller unlock and allow you to pull the gate fabric out of the roller.

2) When you want to open the gate and have it retract into the roller, the retracting procedure makes a very loud clicking sound. If you plan to install this on the same level as your bedrooms (as I do), then it will certainly cause a stir if you open the gate in the middle of the night.

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