BRICA Push To Close Extending Metal Safety Gate – Review

Munchkin BRICA Extending Metal Gate:
Available exclusively for Babies R Us for $59.99

When I heard I was going to be reviewing a safety gate that was safe to use at the top of stairs, I was very excited to possibly install it at either my parents or sisters home (both have staircases that aren’t blocked off, a constant issue when we visit).
Unfortunately the mounting pieces were too wide to fit into the doorway at my sisters place (without having to remove the existing door stops, in place from a previous door), and then have to repair/repaint the door jamb. If it were my own home, I definitely would have made the necessary alterations to the doorway, for it to work.
Evernote Camera Roll 20150724 233834 (1)The bannister posts at my parents home also had an issue accommodating the generously sized mounting pieces. I would have needed to make modifications to the bannister first, by drilling and securing additional pieces of lumber, to create a larger surface area suitable for mounting the pieces. Again, if it were my own home I probably would have made the necessary alterations, but as it was not my place, I decided against it.
I found that in both situations, it would be beneficial if the mounting pieces were a bit slimmer / more compact. Never the less, that meant that I could swap out the gate I currently had installed at my own home, to try out this new Munchkin BRICA Extending Metal Gate (and very glad that I did! Their loss = my gain).
The gates width adjustment pieces were very straightforward and easy to assemble. There aren’t a lot of finicky pieces to be screwed on, so it has a nice clean look without visible adjustment holes & hardware, when everything is in place.
pTRUCA1-20570611_alternate3_dtIt is very easy to open and close with one hand, which is super convenient when you have a little one on your hip. The gate can swing in both directions, or be locked to only open one way (especially important for top of stairs, and to not to open outwards into small hallways).
I love that it has built in tilting mechanisms, so there isn’t additional pressure on the walls. The last gate I had was much more difficult to open and close, and one of the mounts was starting to come loose from all the additional pressure that was applied (another reason this safety gate upgrade was so welcome).
I didn’t do the final mounting of the gate myself, but my husband said he found it took a bit more time to decipher the instructions (as diagrams only), rather than if they also included written directions.
FullSizeRenderThe quick release setting is a big bonus, as it makes it possible to easily remove the gate when you choose to. It feels very sturdy, and I would be very comfortable with this gate installed at the top of a stairway, but for now it keeps my crazy toddler out of my little kitchen while I’m cooking 😉

Munchkin BRICA Extending Metal Gate: The barricade for the baby brigade.

pTRUCA1-20570611_alternate2_dtThe Extending Metal safety gate by Munchkin has no unsightly adjustment holes along the bars, and is equipped with a unique tilting spring mechanism to reduce stress on walls every time it’s used. The spring mechanism allows the gate to tilt open or close, which minimizes pressure applied on walls. Handy quick-release settings allow for quick and easy removal when needed, too. Safe for use anywhere in the home (especially in the stairway), this hardware-mounted baby gate stands 29″ tall and fits openings 28″-40″ wide.

Munchkin Safety Warning

Use only with locking mechanism securely engaged.

Never use with a child able to climb over or dislodge gate or enclosure.

To prevent serious injury or death, securely install gate or enclosure and use according to manufacturer’s instructions.


I know that many parents have concerns about how to keep their little ones safe while they are playing outdoors, or simply just lying around looking adorable, in that glorious summer sunshine (Is it really here?? Am I just dreaming? Give me a little time, and like a true Canadian, I will soon start to complain about the heat).

Though we may be tempted to keep every last inch of their brand new skin fully covered and hidden away from the dangerous kiss of the suns powerful rays, it’s not always feasible. There may be times when there is no shade available, and you may need to use a sunscreen in small amounts as a last resort.

Luckily there are some excellent resources available to everyday parents, to help us out when we take on the daunting task – Finding a sunscreen that is actually safe to use on baby’s, children’s, teen’s, and let’s not forget our own (mother’s.. always going and taking care of everyone else first!) very precious skin.

And though there really is no fail safe answer, as everything has it’s pro’s and con’s, at least there are some great products available that don’t contain potentially harmful chemicals.

Here are a few of my favourite websites that you might like to check out, as they may help us make some more informed decisions (I’m not here to tell you how to live; I’m just a momma that likes sharing information, and believe that everyone should make their own decisions for themselves).

Environmental Working Group ( – Sun Safety, Practice Smart Sun. – Safer Sunscreen Cheat Sheet

Here is a link to one of my favourite online retailers,, where you can find some fantastic natural sunscreens, and one of their feature blogs on Sun Smarts. – Sunscreen

Have Sun Smarts: Protect Yourself & Your Littles, (a blog post for by Jennifer Hamilton)

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