We initially brought this as a block to the kitchen door so that I could keep the door open but still see what was going on, while at the same time stopping the kids from wandering in whilst I was dealing with hot pots and pans. After a few days we realised that it would also make a great barrier for the living room, to stop the dog entering there in the night. We only had an arch way into the room and no door so the travel Barrier was ideal to pop up at night and then take down in the morning. The barrier itself is made from a netting material with tent like material around the edges. Through this material the rods are inserted and form a solid square barrier. On the ends of the rods, in each corner, are winding knobs that you can wind round to tighten or loosen the barrier against the walls. It is really simple to put this up and tighten and I was never concerned that the children could push it through if they leant on it. We took this on holiday as well, as you get a travel bag to slot it all in to and it packs down quite small. Again the price for this was around the £25 mark but it was so useful and we used it for years, even after the children didn't need it anymore (for the dog) so it was well worth the money.
We bought this gate to use at our back door. We wanted to be able to leave the door open without having to worry about our daughter running out into the garden. Well it was a wonderful buy. It folds easily and sets up easily. The gate arrives with a small bag to store it in but the bag also makes it exelent for travel. We quickly started to use it at different areas when we wished to block a room off for our daughter. Also when we would visit friends who didn't have children we could bring it and make sure that she would not hurt herself. This is not a gate I would reccommend as a permanent solution but it is great for those temporary situations. At the moment I use it to put over my bedroom door as my daughter has taken to invite her friends who are over to play into the en suite where they can reach the sink to play with the water. So when she has company I stick the gate up and no trouble at all. Not a essential but it sure makes life easier ;o)
We have had fixed baby gates in the house since our daughter started to move about. We also brought one of the Safety First portable barriers. This is a mesh and plastic gate, which rolls down, and fits into a bag. When collapsed it about the size of a large rolled umbrella. It's adjustable to fit openings sized between 70 and 96.5cm, which covers all the doorways in our house. It's quick and easy to install, using a pressure system. It's been a really useful piece of equipment which has been used both home and away. At home it's handy to shut off places temporarily. For example our kitchen hasn't got a door, just an arch. If I'm opening the oven a lot, and don't want my daughter coming in, the barrier can be unrolled and fitted very quickly. A fixed gate would be a nuisance on this opening, and unnecessary for most of the time, but the temporary one is great. I have also used it when we had a new carpet laid, to keep her away from the fitters and their sharp tools. We have taken it out a lot. It's great for when you are visiting people who do not have young children. Our daughter had a real fascination with stairs, long before she could climb up and down safely. We could put it at the bottom of the stairs when we arrived at someone's house, and know that she was safe all the time we were there. Although we didn't, you could take the barrier on holiday with you. It rolls down small enough to put in a large suitcase. The only disadvantage to this barrier is that it very much a temporary one. If you need a safety gate which will be up all the time, this is not the right one to buy. It doesn't open in anyway. To go through it you would either have to climb over the barrier, or unscrew it all the time. There are lots of gates on the market which are better suited for continual use. However for temporary use or traveling, this is an excellent safety barrier.