How to Baby-Proof a Stair Rail

Save

Baby-proofing is an important part of keeping a home safe for babies. This is particularly true in homes with more than one level. Babies are often fearless until their first big fall, which makes the stairs a particularly hazardous area. Depending on the layout of the stairs, the entire staircase may need to be baby-proofed, including the top and bottom of the stairs and the railing.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby gate
  • Railing net
  • Place a baby gate at the top and bottom of the stairs. Use gates that are installed by screwing or bolting them to the railings and wall. Pressure-mounted gates seem desirable because they do not damage the walls, but if a baby pushes hard enough against a pressure-mounted gate, the gate may release and the baby may fall down the stairs.

  • Measure the distance between the spindles of the railing. If they are spaced wider than the slats on a standard crib (about 2 3/8 inches), install a railing net. Railing nets cover the railing so babies can't fit their heads or bodies between the spindles.

  • Move objects away from the railing. Babies can quickly climb onto both decorative and day-to-day items and then topple over the railing. Keep portable items or items on wheels tucked away so the baby can't push them over to the railing and then climb on them.

Related Searches

References

  • "Mommy Can Do It: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Baby-Proofing"; Kelly A. Smith; September 2006
  • "Your Baby's First Year For Dummies"; James Gaylord et al.; June 2005
  • Photo Credit Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Baby-Proof a Spiral Staircase

    A spiral staircase can pose a safety hazard to young children, who can fall down the stairs while crawling or while trying...

  • Loft Banister Safety

    Banisters may be pleasing to the eye, but they can also be a major danger to babies, young children and pets. If...

  • Stairs & Handrail Safety

    Stair and handrail safety should be a high priority for homeowners and renters alike. Accidental deaths, including falls down stairs, rank within...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!