We have never owned a baby gate. We just never felt like we needed one. We've never had a house with stairs and I was always able to distract a little one who got into a room where they shouldn't be....that is until now. We are now the proud owner of a baby gate and it is up! Mason just could not stay out of the laundry room and was starting the washing machine a few times a day.
For the most part it is working very very well. On a funny note, it has started making him mad when he can't follow someone past the gate! This morning Ryan went to our bathroom to brush his teeth, Mason followed him as far as the gate and then sat there and cried for 5 minutes because he was stuck!