MOMMY REVIEW: BRICA Push to Close Extending Metal Gate by Munchkin

Review/blog post completed by Brianne N., mother of two.

With the Munchkin Extender Extra Wide and Tall Gate, you can keep your little one safe from potential hazards around the house without sacrificing the beauty of your walls. With an additional 6″ of height, this versatile steel gate is taller and wider than standard-size gates. The extra-tall design makes this a great addition for households with larger pets. An innovative, tilting spring mechanism reduces the amount of pressure applied to the walls when the gate opens or closes. The gate also features an easy-to-use locking mechanism that provides safety for little ones and peace of mind for you. Expecting company? Quick-release fittings allow you to take the gate down and put it back up easily. The door can be set to open either one way only or both ways for extra versatility.Gate4

As the Mom of two young girls this chance to review a baby gate was perfect timing for us. My girls are 4 and 1 and always on the move. My youngest daughter just started walking and we were in need of a gate at the bottom of our basement stairs to keep her from climbing while the kids were playing. I was excited to install and review the new Brica Baby Gate for Mommy Connections Durham.

Gate6The Brica Baby Gate comes quite organized in its packaging with all the pieces required for its installation and an instruction booklet. On the instruction book it provides an online video you can view to assist in the installation. We took out all the pieces and laid them out and looked through the instruction manual. From there we completed the gate installation step by step. From start to finish this gate took us just under two hours to install. We love the one touch gate opening as it makes it so easy to open and close and provides the safety we needed for our little ones. The look of the gate is quite modern so it fits in with our home décor.

We liked that during the gate installation there were minimal tools needed, only a drill and a screwdriver, and it Gate3included a mini wrench and allen key to assist in installation. The gate itself is quite sturdy and the instructions provide options to install your gate safely with or without wall studs. We had an uneven wall mount where the gate was to hinge and the gate provides screw out ends to adjust for a perfect fit to your space, which was a great help for anyone with uneven walls. We also liked the swing or non swing feature where you can adjust a piece of the hardware included to allow your gate to swing both ways or just one. This is a great safety option, for example, if you do not want it to swing over stairs.

Gate1We were disappointed that the instruction manual contained no written instructions just pictures listed under each of its 14 steps. This was probably our biggest challenge with this gate. We viewed the video as well but found some parts of the video explained the installation in different steps then the instruction manual did. We decided to use the instruction manual and do our best to make sense of the picture guidelines. It would have been much quicker if written instructions were included because each step we had to talk and discuss what we were seeing in the visual instructions and ensure we were understanding it correctly before completing each step. Once we got going it was quite straightforward.

We recommend the Brica Baby Gate for anyone looking for a sturdy, safe and modern gate for use at the top or bottom of stairs or doorway in your home.

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This gate is available at Babies R Us for $59.99. It is exclusive to Babies R Us and just launched in late April.

About Heather Watson

I am a wife, a mother, a baker, an independent woman and quite the social butterfly. I've been in the Insurance Industry for 9 years and have worked as an independent claims adjuster for the past 3. Becoming a mother has been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined and I love it so much, I joined Mommy Connections as a Program Director so that I can join my two loves: taking care of my daughter and meeting new people.

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