Friday, September 27, 2013

The BIG One with KidCo! {Review & Giveaway}


Its our The BIG One! First birthday event, and we're celebrating Open Hand's Sweetie Pie and Buddy Doo's first birthdays with Kidco!



Safety gates are one of those items you don't really think of until you actually need one.  Even then, you think its more of a luxury and something you can easily do without....I mean, if you're a stay-at-home-mom you're with your little one all the time anyway, right?  If your little one is in daycare, then they aren't even home unless they are with you too.  Especially when you have only one child; its easy to be deceived into thinking you can be everywhere your child is without problem......until you catch your little one climbing your stairs while you put on your shoes, see them dash across to the other side of the room before your bum hits the seat cushion, or find out they have an unquenchable curiosity for the kitchen that you can never seem to keep them out of.  Heck, sometimes it would just be nice to be able to be in the kitchen without your shadow tagging along at your heels.  Its okay though, dinner has been saved: say hello to Kidco's automatic close gateway G1100!
I'm going to be completely honest with you:  I know this is going to sound foolish, but like I've said before I really do not like buying things online or even in boxes.  I've found that everyone has different judgments when it comes to products and so its hard to truly gauge someone's review on a product online when you haven't even met them, don't know how they view quality, and don't understand their lifestyles and how they've used the product. Well, Buddy Doo is pretty rough on everything and coming from someone who is very skeptical when it comes to purchases anywhere, trust me when you say you will love this gate.  You will love Kidco. Did I say that you would love this gate already?! We have a couple of their products (like the bath tub organizer.  Its pretty much amazing, just saying.) and you really can't go wrong with them!

The Auto Close Gateway G1100 is the extra hand you've always needed.  Its the saving grace us renters have been searching for as it provides the same sturdy setup as the hardware mounted safety gates without any damage to the walls or doorways.  It installs quickly and easily (whether using extensions or not), and my favorite part: it has a two way door!  No more having to worry about moving baby or any other object that may have stumbled in the way of the door.  Its unique dual magnet design guarantees the gate locks every time, so no more worrying about closing it behind you OR locking it securely.  If you're bringing in groceries or simply would like to leave it open for in-and-out traffic, the hold open feature suspends the auto-close function and secures it in an open position.  To close it back, just simply push it!  Even if its with your foot while you're stumbling, yet determined to bring in every single grocery bag in just one trip. -wink-
Make sure you measure where you are placing the safety gate before purchasing! You may need to purchase one or two extensions as well to ensure it fits.  We had to use the two extra extensions so set-up took a little longer for us than it will for most.  It also took a lot longer because Buddy Doo is very hands-on as my very adorable little 'helper'; it should only take a couple to few minutes though without a 'helper'. Set up is as simple as sliding all the pieces together.  Really, that's it!  We didn't need any tools which is great because who can ever really remember where you left that screwdriver at anyways?  The hardest part for me was tightening the spindles from the gate to the wall.  My fingers are rather fragile because of all the gashes with my psoriasis, so it did take a little oomph! to get them tight enough for my peace of mind.

What I really like about the gate is how it is actually set up to account for mismatched measuring parts for the top of the gate and the bottom.  This allots for crown molding, staggered set-up between walls, etc, and is ideal for our lopsided house.  One of the most frustrating parts of our rental house is that whoever built it did NOT measure anything correctly, so its almost all off by and inch or three in absolutely any direction.  The same part that helps make this possible is also the same part that makes cleaning the floors around it difficult.  While I do frown on that, since its the only down side about the safety gate from set up to use I can certainly live with it.  I clean the gate regularly anyway since Buddy Doo seems to always have something on his fingers, so its not really that much more of an effort to hand clean the floors along the gate too.


Heavy duty steel construction
Non-toxic powder coat paint
Basic gate width: 29”-37” (includes two extensions)
Gate Height: 29.5”
Installed Height: 29.5″
Color: White
Optional Extensions: G4100 for openings up to 47.5″
Extension Placement Guide
Size of Opening Extensions Needed
31.5″ – 37″ Included with gate
37″ – 42.5″ 1-G4100
42.5″ – 47.5″ 2-G4100
- See more at: http://www.kidco.com/products-page/pressure-mount-gates/g1100/#sthash.76E7iFCJ.dpuf
Heavy duty steel construction
Non-toxic powder coat paint
Basic gate width: 29”-37” (includes two extensions)
Gate Height: 29.5”
Installed Height: 29.5″
Color: White
Optional Extensions: G4100 for openings up to 47.5″
Extension Placement Guide
Size of Opening Extensions Needed
31.5″ – 37″ Included with gate
37″ – 42.5″ 1-G4100
42.5″ – 47.5″ 2-G4100
- See more at: http://www.kidco.com/products-page/pressure-mount-gates/g1100/#sthash.76E7iFCJ.dpuf
As with any gate, picking the right one for your needs is very important.  We needed one primarily for our kitchen because Buddy Doo is too curious about the cleaning products and oven for his own good.  He's rough on things and likes to dance on things that are his height, so we needed something with a strong construction instead of thin plastic or wood and wouldn't budge (which is harder to find in a pressure mounted gate than you would think!).  Not only that, we needed something we wouldn't be afraid of him gnawing on since he is a teething toddler.  To make it even more difficult, we needed something to fit a 47.5" doorframe which seemed impossible before Kidco!  Thankfully, we found it all with our Auto Close Gateway G1100 and I couldn't be more impressed with how its held up.  Not only does it have a heavy duty steel construction, but the non-toxic powder coat paint is both safe for Buddy Doo and super easy to clean which is great since it is a kitchen gate after all.  It includes two extensions for a basic gate width of 29"-37", but there's also the option to purchase one or two additional extensions to extend the gate up to 47.5"!


I've already bought another Auto Close Gateway G1100!  We needed one for our front door hallway and after our experience with Kidco's safety gates compared to different brands, I wanted to save myself the headache, frustration, and undue stress and continue my safety gate loyalty with them! 


Oh, and the absolute #1 reason why you need an Automatic-Close Safety Gate? So you won't teach your little ones bad habits of climbing over things!  They look to you for guidance and to learn new things.  If they see you climbing over the gates that don't have a 'doorway' then they will learn to climb over the gates, out of the crib, etc! That sort of defeats the purpose of the safety gate in the first place, right?

Buy: You can purchase safety gates, bath safety products, natural feeding products, and MORE at Kidco's website here!

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WIN: One VERY lucky reader of Buddy Doo's is going to an automatic-close safety gate of their own!!! Enter in Giveaway Tools below.  Open to US citizens only, 18 years of age or older.  ALL entries will be verified, and you can't win unless you complete the entry so please don't waste your time or ours! GOOD LUCK :)





15 comments:

  1. Auto Close Gateway ® G1100 they all look wonderful too use

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  2. I visted Kidco and I would love to have the Safeway ® G2001.

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  3. I watched the video 'KidCo Auto Close Gateway Assembly and Installation'. I would love to have the extra tall and wide gate. The auto close feature is fantastic and would be great for when my little grandchildren are visiting. I also would like the gate to keep my dogs out of the kitchen.

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  4. Auto Close Gateway ® G1100, but they all look nice.

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  5. I really like the Auto Close Gateway ® G1100

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  6. The auto close video is really detailed and looks super easy to do.

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  7. I like the CUSTOM FIT AUTO CLOSE CONFIGUREGATE ® G3001!

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  8. I would like to try their PeaPod

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  9. their pea pod looks awesome! i think the hearth gate or the Angle Mount Wood Safeway ® G2300 would be best for us!

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  10. the go pod looks pretty convenient and awesome!

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  11. I would LOVE to try Extra Tall & Wide Auto Close Gateway ® G1200!! :)

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  12. I think the Auto Close Gateway ® G1100 would fit my needs best but I would love to try the Custom Fit Auto Close ConfigureGate ® G3001 too

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  13. I would like the Safeway ® G2000 since we need a gate at the top of the stairs.

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  14. I'd love the Auto Close Gateway ® G1101

    Angela Rhodes Ingles
    nofearpapertiger AT Gmail dot com

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