Simply Nerdy Mom: Regalo - Extra-Wide Flexi Configurable Gate

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Regalo - Extra-Wide Flexi Configurable Gate

Like most households with a busy and curious toddler, our home is gate central. I mean, we have at least 5 of them in two rooms alone. It looks like a toddler prison in here. We've child proofed the house as best as we could, but the huge issue was our son destroying all of our dvd's and blu-rays. We have a lot. Close to 700 actually, and that's just what we have in original cases. We have another 1500 in large binders and ANOTHER 100 stashed upstairs in the bedroom. Truth be told, we plan to get some storage units with doors that we can lock, but financially, we can't afford that right now. Price wise, the size that we need would cost us $600 and that's just for ONE and it only holds roughly 600. That's the largest size with the cheapest price. We don't have that kind of money so we had to go the route of gating off the entire area where we keep the movies.

We originally had a 6 panel flexi gate like the one shown below in our living area entry (Not in the playpen style but stretched out across the doorway).

 But that didn't work as it couldn't be attached to the wall and my son Dane, (whom we've nicknamed "Houdaney" due to his escape artist abilities) was able to lift the entire thing and crawl out from under it.

The whole situation kind of reminds me of Tommy Pickles from Rugrats. I just picture him keeping a screwdriver in his diaper to use in his daring escape from the lovely gated play area I've taken the time to set up for him.

There might be a bit of a resemblance. 

 Since that wasn't working the way I needed it to, I had to look for a new gate. We needed something that could be attached to the wall PLUS extend to 76" and also had a door so we didn't have to keep climbing over top of it. You would think I was looking for a neon green unicorn that sang Sinatra!

I did find one that fit the ideal gate, but it cost $100 and I was not about to spend that much on a baby gate that we more than likely (hopefully) won't need much more than a few months. That's when I found the extra wide flexi gate from Regalo.

Excuse the horrendous carpet. Our vacuum and carpet scrubber both decided that I was asking too much of them and they promptly went on strike and decided to die in the same week. What can ya do? 

Walmart online had it for $55.76 and the reviews were all pretty good. Not much negative feedback. So I went ahead and purchased it and it arrived in three days. Seriously, Walmart is QUICK with shipments! 

We soon discovered some serious flaws in this gate. Nothing that I would label as risky really, just that in our household, with our kids, it would never work the way it was. 

First off, the way it attaches to the wall:

It's a sturdy attachment, don't get me wrong, but if you look close enough, you can see that it can be lifted as the rods are not firmly attached to the part that's screwed into the wall. I will state that it can't be lifted high enough for a 2 year old to crawl under so that's a plus, but it does pose other problems. 

This gate is made in such a way as to be able to add expansion pieces to it. It's also a flexi gate. As you can see in the picture below, it appears that the "knob" to bend the gate pieces looks to be set together pretty tight. 

The truth is, if the gate is lifted, that piece just picks right up and out meaning it can swing right open and you have yourself an escaped convict of the toddler kind. My child could manage an escape from Alcatraz. 

Honestly, the only solution to this was zip ties. 

Those suckers aren't going anywhere.

The next problem, was the gate door's locking mechanism. Our son is a smart little cookie (Houdaney remember?) and figured out how it opened. That was a job for electrical cord ties.

It's a lot harder to get open than it looks, trust me.

Overall, we came up with a workable solution, for now, but truthfully, if you don't want the hassle of playing MacGyver, I can't recommend this gate for children older than a year and a half. Beyond that age, they start to figure out ways to make you chase them all day long. 

1 comment:

  1. Hey Amanda! Our little fella was nick named Dennis who was a big Menace. We too picked up 2 gates from Mother Care. One was for my kitchen and the other for his nursery. Both were used to perfection till one day he realized he could jump over, that was when he was less than 2. Out came the Gates, end of Story! ;)