This is in no way suitable for a child. The plastic joints seem stable at first, but as soon as any pressure is applied to them, they buckle. My child at less than 1 year was able to change the conformation of this barrier. As others have stated, it does not stay put. It doesn't have rubber feet or pegs for carpet so my child pushes straight to all the things I am trying to keep at bay. This causes the rug to pill up under the gate (I can't imagine putting this directly on my wood floors!). Scarier still, at 13mo's my child opened the gate. Not by using the childproof lever, which is just a matter of time, but by spreading the flimsy barrier enough to release the latch. If I wanted my child to be able to play in or out of this, there is no latch to keep the gate open. This makes it very dangerous for a toddler. If the company spent just a tiny bit more money to make secure metal joints and rubber feet, this would be a five star product and I would spend the money and get a second one.
Pros: Very attractive compared to other barriers Slightly taller than other barriers Could be made larger by buying a second unit (which I would do if it wasn't garbage)
Cons: Cheap plastic joints take nearly no pressure to fail Joints take a fair bit of time to unscrew and rescrew when changing the shape. (Done frequently for vacuuming) Vertical bars make it very easy for little arms to pass through. Doesn't keep toys in. Gate can be opened by spreading flimsy barrier apart No latch for keeping gate open Bars at the joints occasionally fall out when moving this barrier if you don't crank down the screws when moving it Noisy! It is great fun to shake, especially the gate, which makes a great racket
Conclusion: If you are trying to exclude a small area or keep a puppy or other small pet contained and you can anchor both ends to a wall, this may be an ok choice. I am truly baffled by all the 5 star reviews and disappointed in this product.
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