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(NPR)   New study finds that baby gates can be dangerous. Senate Republicans to hold seemingly unending series of Baby Gate committees to investigate a possible cover-up   (npr.org ) divider line
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2014-05-05 08:21:22 AM  
I hear they're doing this for baby Ben Ghazi.
 
2014-05-05 08:50:12 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: I hear they're doing this for baby Ben Ghazi.


You beat me to it, and with a cleaner joke as well. *golf clap*
 
2014-05-05 08:55:49 AM  
Fantastic headline.

Bravo, Subby!  Bravo!
 
2014-05-05 09:04:14 AM  
Yay for uselessly out of context statistics!

2000 injuries a year is nothing compared to the number of injuries which would have been sustained without the gates.
 
2014-05-05 09:04:17 AM  
cps-static.rovicorp.com

Still considered harmless.
 
2014-05-05 09:07:09 AM  
Jesus, we needed someone to tell us this? It's like needing a study to show that throwing rocks at other kids can result in injury and/or broken windows. A baby gate doesn't mean that you don't have to keep an eye on the baby, it just buys you some time when they wander down the hall... And for the love of God, don't put the shiatty ones at the top of the stairs.

BTW Subby, great headline...
 
2014-05-05 09:13:39 AM  

Mikey1969: And for the love of God, don't put the shiatty ones at the top of the stairs.


That would probably eliminate 99% of the injuries.
 
2014-05-05 09:28:44 AM  

OregonVet: Mikey1969: And for the love of God, don't put the shiatty ones at the top of the stairs.

That would probably eliminate 99% of the injuries.


We use this puppy...

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Evenflo-Top-of-the-Stairs-Extra-Tall-Gate/ 13 264742

The hinges attach to the wall, as well as the two brackets on the other end. Need to get it out of the way? Slide it straight up and the hinges slide out of the brackets. We never got around to taking those off of the wall when my daughter got big enough to walk and old enough to know to watch out around the stairs, and now it works perfectly for the new puppy. It's a damn good gate, but it also isn't a $20 special.
 
2014-05-05 09:34:46 AM  
Not as dangerous as babby hurtling over a balcony or down a few flights of stairs.

/Swing gate at the top of the stairs for our two kids. They're six and seven now and we use it as a speed bump.
 
2014-05-05 09:37:31 AM  
And let's face it, no republican give a shiat about other people's babbies.
 
2014-05-05 09:46:33 AM  
We installed the baby gate early to keep the cats out of the upstairs. Turns out that the bars were far enough apart for the two skinny cats to squeeze through. So, we put hot water pipe insulation around the bars to narrow the gap. That kept the skinny cat out, but the bigger, beefier cat can now claw her way over the gate. She's been undeterred at any obstacles we've put in her way.

We've pretty much given up at this point.
 
2014-05-05 10:04:38 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: And let's face it, no republican give a shiat about other people's babbies.


Unless it's before they're born, of course.
 
2014-05-05 10:26:24 AM  
FTFA:The number injured on gates more than tripled over 20 years. These cases climbed from about 4 per 100,000 children in 1990 to almost 13 per 100,000 in 2010.

And... how many more gates were sold per 100,000 children in 2010 compared to 1990?

With research like that, it's no wonder that American journalists are so well respected these days.
 
2014-05-05 11:01:05 AM  
Those clowns in the Senate are at it again. What a bunch of clowns!
 
2014-05-05 11:19:47 AM  
Baby Gate-gate.
 
2014-05-05 11:50:29 AM  
I thought people used TV's to watch their kids
 
2014-05-05 12:04:17 PM  
The study kind of seems like the researched would study car accidents and conclude that seat belts injure people.
 
2014-05-05 12:35:30 PM  

monoski: I thought people used TV's to watch their kids


It's iPads now.
 
2014-05-05 12:45:54 PM  
Like all things baby-related, if you actually interact with your damned kids, this shiat doesn't happen. If you use baby equipment to pacify and immobilize your children so that you can avoid interacting with them because you've come to regret them as a life choice and have taken up day-drinking as the means to deal with the stress, of course accidents are going to happen.
 
2014-05-05 12:56:18 PM  
I demand 100% assured safety in every single thing I purchase or participate in.

Also, having tripped over a baby gate and down a flight of stairs, I have very mixed feelings about this topic.
 
2014-05-05 01:32:31 PM  

cgraves67: Like all things baby-related, if you actually interact with your damned kids, this shiat doesn't happen. If you use baby equipment to pacify and immobilize your children so that you can avoid interacting with them because you've come to regret them as a life choice and have taken up day-drinking as the means to deal with the stress, of course accidents are going to happen.


Unless you're helicoptering at all times, the parenting of a toddler is a series of "wow that was close" moments.

2 year olds do a lot of careless shiat very suddenly.
 
2014-05-05 01:39:15 PM  

TheManMythLegend: The study kind of seems like the researched would study car accidents and conclude that seat belts injure people.


Fences around swimming pools are linked to drownings.  People with asthma breathalyzers inhalers are 35 times more likely to die from asthma than people who do not purchase inhalers.  People who buy firearms for protection are 392.6 times more likely to be shot than people who do not own firearms.  People who drink water are 5,403,945.436 times more likely to die from cancer than people who never drink water.
 
2014-05-05 02:33:29 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: We installed the baby gate early to keep the cats out of the upstairs. Turns out that the bars were far enough apart for the two skinny cats to squeeze through. So, we put hot water pipe insulation around the bars to narrow the gap. That kept the skinny cat out, but the bigger, beefier cat can now claw her way over the gate. She's been undeterred at any obstacles we've put in her way.

We've pretty much given up at this point.


not sure what you have upstairs, but you may want to google "ways to keep the cat out of the crib"  and apply it to the floor past the gate or to the gate itself.  .  things like tape with sticky side up, empty water bottles, packing material...worth a shot

cgraves67: Like all things baby-related, if you actually interact with your damned kids, this shiat doesn't happen. If you use baby equipment to pacify and immobilize your children so that you can avoid interacting with them because you've come to regret them as a life choice and have taken up day-drinking as the means to deal with the stress, of course accidents are going to happen.


I think I have injured myself on our baby gates more than the baby.  I am always tripping over them, or catching a foot when trying to step over them....so yea, baby gates are dangerous (or maybe it is the day drinking I do)
 
2014-05-05 02:39:04 PM  
Ben Ga-Ga!
 
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2014-05-05 04:18:30 PM  
We had a really nice sturdy metal gate that had a foot pedal to release to make it easier to carry groceries into the kitchen.

It worked great for the first born but by the second it had started to show it's age and not working as well. One day the 3 year old was chasing the 7 year old and the older one swung the gate closed to trap him on the other side and it swung clean through and smacked the younger in the mouth chipping his tooth. A few years later he had to have the tooth pulled because it had started to die. He's now 6 and still is missing that tooth. It will be weird seeing him with a complete smile whenever he grows it back.
 
2014-05-06 08:56:58 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: HotIgneous Intruder: And let's face it, no republican give a shiat about other people's babbies.

Unless it's before they're born, of course.


Or if they were stillborn. Then there will need to be investigations to ascertain if the mother will be charged.

/wife still bitter about being force to wait many days for a D&C because the military doctors had a required waiting period after a miscarriage. Couldn't afford to go off post for it. Thank a republican. This was due to laws preventing federal funding for abortions. Its affect has wider implications.
 
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