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The Toddleroo Supergate Classic by NorthStates is one of the easiest child security gates to install and use, making the child-proofing process a little bit easier.
Here’s how you can use a Toddleroo gate in 6 easy steps:
- Hold the gate against one wall in the desired space.
- Put the handle into the “unlock” position.
- Slide the gate out until the bumpers are touching both walls.
- Rotate the handle into the “lock” position.
- To release, press the handle down, pull out and rotate up.
- Add door sockets and a swinging hinge for added security.
The Toddleroo Supergate Classic is an excellent option for securing your home and making a safe space for your toddler to play. Read on for a more detailed explanation of each step, and you’ll have your space secured in no time!
1. Hold the Gate Against One Wall in the Desired Space
The Toddleroo Supergate Classic (link to Amazon) can fit spaces as small as 26″ (66 cm) and can extend up to 42″ (107 cm) wide. Before purchasing your gate, be sure to measure your space to ensure it is the correct fit.
These gates are appropriate for use in doorways and hallways. However, you shouldn’t use them at the top or bottom of a staircase because they are not 100% secure and could become dislodged if your toddler falls against it or pushes it with force.
If you need a gate for the entrance to your staircase, choose a fixed model or add some door sockets and a swinging hinge to this model.
After removing the hardware package from the gate, hold your gate in the desired space with the rubber bumpers against one wall. You will use tension to hold the gate in place, so keep the gate tight to one side.
2. Put the Handle Into the “Unlock” Position
To put the handle into the unlock position, pull the handle out so that it is not engaged in any of the slots and rotate it until it is in an upright, vertical position. If you think in terms of a clock, the handle should be pointing to the 12.
It’s important to ensure that the handle is on the opposite side from where the child will be. For example, if you are installing this gate at the entrance to your living room, the handle should be facing away from it.
This will prevent your child from being able to figure out how to unlock it on their own or playing with it and accidentally opening it.
3. Slide the Gate Out Until the Bumpers Are Touching Both Walls
Once unlocked, the gate will slide freely in and out. You will need to slide it out until it reaches the opposite wall. At this point, all four rubber bumpers should be touching the walls (two on each side). Slide the gate apart until it fits tightly between the two walls, without any gaps.
4. Rotate the Handle Into the “Lock” Position
The handle will need to be rotated into the locking position to secure the gate with pressure tension. To engage the lock, rotate the handle down until it reaches the slots.
There are three slots to choose from. Depending on how tight of a fit you need, you may want to engage your handle in the first, second or third slot. Remember, it is important that you have a tight fit so that your child cannot push the gate down – toddlers are surprisingly strong!
Engage the handle in the slot that fits best. You should hear a “click” when the handle is locked into place. At this point, your gate should be installed correctly and ready for use.
5. To Release, Press the Handle Down, Pull Out, and Rotate Up
Once you have installed your gate, it should work very well to keep the child out of certain areas. However, if you don’t know how to release it, it might also keep you out!
You must press the handle down to release the gate and pull it straight out of the slot. Once it is removed from the slot, rotate it back up into the 12:00 position, and the lock will disengage. This will allow you to slide the gate back and walk through or move the gate to another location.
6. Add Door Sockets and a Swinging Hinge for Added Security
If you are installing your gate at the top of the stairs or another more permanent location, installing the swinging hinge and door sockets can provide extra strength and safety.
To install the swing gate hinge hardware, follow these steps:
- Slide the lower gate hinge onto the gate and install it using the screws provided.
- Screw the casement hinges into the wall.
- Lift the gate and slip the lower gate hinge into the bottom casement hinge.
- Slide the upper gate hinge onto the gate and install it.
- Install two-door sockets to the opposite wall.
You can omit the swing hinge and install four-door sockets for areas like hallways and doorways if you wish. Remember that if you are installing the gate at the top of a staircase, you should always install both the swing hinge and the door sockets- and always make sure the gate swings toward the landing, not over the stairs.
For a more detailed description of the installation process of the Toddleroo Supergate Classic, check out this video by NorthStates on YouTube:
Babyproofing your home is no easy task, but you can rest easy knowing that the Toddleroo Supergate Classic is one of the easiest models to install and operate. If you follow the steps mentioned above, it should be installed in a short time.
Once installed, you can enjoy this new mobility phase without stress!
Teresa is a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas and the mother of two. Opinions and insights on childcare are based on professional knowledge, academic research, and personal experience.
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