Baby proofing can be a big task and often involves a fair amount of modification to your physical environment. Avoid having to drill holes into your staircase banister with this trick. Over at the parenting blog Parent Hacks, a helpful reader suggests this great way to avoid having to drill into your staircase banister in order to install a baby gate:
My husband and I have been wanting to install a baby gate at the bottom of our steps, but I didn't want to drill into our banister. There are banister kits available, but they seemed pretty pricey for what they were. We went to our home improvement store and had them cut a 2x2 to the height of our banister. I stained it to match and then we attached it to the banister using zip-ties. Now we are able to contain our little climber without having to damage our woodwork.
Our only addition to this great tip is to suggest you make sure you're getting heavy duty zip ties. Toddlers are surprisingly strong and a kid leaning back on gate like he's at a rodeo might exert enough force to damage smaller and weaker zip ties. If you have your own tricks for baby proofing without having to make permanent modifications to your home, sound off in the comments below! Photo by Just Taken Pics.