Baby Safety Gate Review: Brica Gate By Munchkin

Baby gates. Finding the right one can be a tough thing to do with so many on the market. We have two little ones, plus my niece is also now crawling so finding a baby safety gate that works was very important. What to buy? What features are necessary? Where to start looking? We had a lot of questions, so I decided to start with a brand name I knew and trusted, Munchkin.

The gate I am reviewing today is the Brica Extending Metal Top of Stair Gate made by Munchkin (as seen in the photo). Below are the features of this gate:

* Push gate to close and lock
* Tilt mechanism reduces stress on wall
* Gate opens in either direction
* Quick release for easy removal
* Double locking handle is easy for an adult to use but difficult for a child

Set up:

This can be a tricky one as my husband is not a ‘handy-man.’ So I was pleasantly surprised when the gate took less than an hour to install. The directions were simple to follow (diagrams) and it helped in making the installation an easy task instead of a long afternoon of work! For some diagrams don’t work so well and written instructions are better, but I like diagrams and these ones worked for us.

Gate 1

Ease of Use:

There’s a few things that appealed to me right away when I used this gate. It swings out both ways which is a nice feature to have (I always like options). You can push the button while holding one child, possibly even two kids (yes sometimes we do hold both at the same time)! What’s even better is that I can easily open it, but my two and a half year old can’t. That’s a great safety feature in my books, add in the fact it locks at the bottom and top and that’s an added layer of safety that works for us.

Final Thoughts:

Lastly, the one thing I don’t like about safety gates is that some have a bar across the bottom. I always seem to trip on these bars at other people’s houses, call me clumsy but I don’t like that about safety gates. This gate does not have that bar which was a big plus for us (or just clumsy me)!

I really liked this gate for our family. Easy to install, use and very functional. There are a lot of gates on the market, but for us it worked based on the features that it provided. If you do want to check this one out you can find it at Babies R Us.

Happy Gate Hunting!

Gate 3

How safe do you feel your children are? Are you concerned about your child wandering away with a stranger? Are you looking to learn and educate your child about how to stay safe in the community? Then our FREE Kids Safety – Stranger Danger Event is for you!

Kids and parents are welcome to attend this FREE EVENT to learn practical tools to keep safe in their community! Kids will get a chance to meet a police officer and learn from them how to keep safe, in a fun and safe environment. Parents will learn practical tips to keep their children out of harms way, as well there will be a Q & A period to ask questions related to their own personal community concerns. Plus we’ll have a police cruiser for kids to explore (and take photos), we’ll have activities for young ones and light refreshments for everyone!

Here’s what you need to know:

What: Stranger Danger Safety Skills Evening with the City of Calgary Police
Who: Hosted by Bright Path Kids & Mommy Connections Calgary
When: Tuesday November 3rd, 2015
Where: Brite Studios (30 Springborough Blvd. SW) http://britestudios.ca
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Who can attend: This is for young kids, parents, grandparents, everyone is welcome

Schedule of Events:

6:00 – 6:30: Meet a police officer, explore a police cruise (photo opportunity)
6:30 – 7:00: Police discussion with kids about safety (activities & light refreshments)
7:00 – 7:30: Police discussion with adults about keeping kids safe (kids welcome to stay & learn)
7:30 – 8:00: Question and Answer Period

Don’t miss this chance to introduce your child to a police officer, learn personal safety tips and teach your kids what they need to know about how to feel and be safe!

To register for this FREE Event please click on the link and sign up (space is limited so make sure to sign up today):

Events For Your Little Ducklings: October Edition

Brought to you by Anna Miller from All My Kids In A Row (www.allmykidsinarow.com) – A Parenting Blog

Finding activities for your little ducklings can sometimes be a challenge; especially in the 0-3 range. You want to expose them to different experiences, but they don’t have the developmental capabilities to really “do” much. I like to think of what I do with my girls as exposure to different stimuli and they can make the decision to take part as much as they would like to and feel safe doing. Don’t forget to do things that YOU want to do, because you are growing the bonding between you and your children and building family memories, even if they don’t remember them! Here is a list of things that your 0-3 year old could be involved in around the Calgary area.

Colossal Playdate

The Calgary Public Library is putting on Colossal Playdates all throughout the month of October and November. It is an opportunity to just PLAY with your little duckling with age appropriate toys, activities and tons of other babies and toddlers of the same age. There are various dates, depending on the location of the library, and they start this first weekend of October!
Age: Up to 3 years old (with caregiver)
Date & Time: See Website (https://events.calgarypubliclibrary.com/?id=4699l1)
Cost: FREE

Stars and Strollers

This is an ongoing program at Cineplex theatres where they open up the theatre for moms and babies to catch a show in a completely baby-friendly environment. A perfect mom-date that I did ALL the time when I just had 1 infant. Most theatres have 2 movies each week. You just need to check their updated schedules on the following link.
Age: 0+
Date & Time: See Website (https://www.cineplex.com/Theatres/StarsAndStrollers) for specific locations and times.
Cost: $2 off general admission at each theatre for adult that brings 1 child under the age of 3. If you bring a toddler as well, they will be charged the 3-13 rate of $7-10 (depending on day and theatre).

Tiger Training & ILLUMINASIA
The Calgary Zoo constantly has events going on for kids and adults of all ages. The top two right now are Tiger Training and the incredible lantern and garden festival, ILLUMINASIA. ILLUMINASIA is a night time experience highlighting the cultures of China, Japan (Oct 1-11) & India (Oct 12-25), with traditional lanterns and featuring culturally specific animals and displaying traditional entertainment.
Age: 0+
Time: Tiger Training – Everyday at 11:30am in the Tiger Amphitheatre
ILLUMINASIA – Thursday-Saturday 7:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: Varies depending on whether you have an annual pass, coupons, and whether you buy a combo ticket for ZOOLIGHTS. See Website (http://www.illuminasiacalgaryzoo.com/event-information-details) for details on pricing.

Autumn Festival at The Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm
An unbelievably amazing activity for everyone in the family. I couldn’t even begin to explain all the different activities there are. There are corn mazes of all sizes, playgrounds galore, pig races, massive bouncing pillows that even the littlest of ducklings can enjoy, snacks, games, slides, tractor rides, animals, and a pumpkin patch of course! You could spend hours there and not get bored. Such a must for this time of year!
Age: ALL AGES
Date & Time: Hours until October 25th – Thursday 10:00am-5:00pm, Friday 10:00am-10:00pm, Saturdays/Sundays (and Thanksgiving Monday) 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: 284022 Township Rd 224, Rockyview, AB
Cost: 2 and under: Free. 3 and up range from 12.25-13.80 depending on the day (weekends are more). There are also a bunch of different rates for season’s passes, groups, daycares etc.
Link to Website: http://www.calgarycornmaze.com

Mommylicious: Trade Fair With Flare
The Carriage House Inn is hosting a Mommylicious Trade Fair highlighting a bunch of local businesses and independent retailers. There is a list of vendors that will be there on their website listed below. The best thing is that this FREE event has lots to do for kids! There will be a bouncy house, face painting, mini photo sessions, mascots, craft tables, kids fun zone, and door prizes.
Date & Time: October 18th 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: The Carriage House Inn 9030 Macleod Trail South
Cost: FREE!
Link to Website: http://www.mommylicious.ca/events/october-18-2015-calgary

Monster Mash-Up
The Telus Spark is hosting a Halloween event full of spooky science themed activities. Pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, creepy-crawly parasites to look at, live science demos and costume parade and dance party for the littlest monsters.
Age: ALL AGES
Date & Time: Saturday October 24 10:00am – 5:00pm & Sunday October 25 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: Included in Membership Fee OR Adults $19.95 Seniors $17.95 Youth (13-17) $15.95 Kids (3-12) $12.95 Under 3 FREE
Location: Telus Spark (Right beside the Zoo)
Link to Event: http://www.sparkscience.ca/events/special-events-2/monster-mash-up-2015/

Some of these are also great for older siblings, so you can easily make them into a whole family outing. There will also be lots of Halloween activities during the last week in October at all the various malls around the city; however, a lot of the events have not been released yet. Keep your eyes peeled when you are shopping for details about Mall Trick-or-Treating!

Let’s take advantage of the absolutely gorgeous weather we have been having and head outside to play; before the snow officially makes its arrival Have fun exploring the city with your little ducklings!

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