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This one has worked well for me but if you have a bulldozer in your house I am not sure how well it will work since it just uses plastic pads to push against the wall/counter top
We bought this one
It doesn't screw into the wall, but it's quite sturdy - far better than most of the other portable baby gates. Also, it has a gate, which is really nice.
I would invest in a dog gate. I have a very sturdy one that works wonderful. On Amazon: [link]
I keep my dog in my office with this gate in the doorway. I also leave the radio on so that outside noises aren't so distracting to him. It seems to be working very well. I was a work from home employee for 12 years and just started going to work. I have 3 dogs, 1 is 10 yrs, 1 is 6 and the baby is 3. The 3 year old is the one I put in the office. The other two have free range of the kitchen and dining area.
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Honestly I would just buy one of these put it down a couple steps and it should work just fine. It comes with wall cups that you mount to the wall so it won't slide so even if they push on it there will be no movement. The best part about this solution is that in like a year when they are old enough that you aren't worried about them you haven't done major modifications that need to be fixed.
We live in an old house and I doubt there's a single level/straight surface anywhere.
We got these gates, which can be screwed in or tension mounted, and have found we can adjust the tension individually on each of the 4 "legs" to accommodate for crookedness. The bottom of the gate doesn't need to rest right on the floor, which helps - ours hovers 1/4" to 1" or so above the floor, depending on which side you're looking at.
We have this for our stairs. We use the pressure mount but it can also be screwed into the wall. It has several tabs that you can add or remove to adjust the size to your needs. To open it, you need to slide a tab, lift up on the gate slightly and then pull it open. Neither of my kids had the coordination to do it until they were close to 3. Now that my kids have mastered this, we continue to use this to gate off our dogs from the upstairs.
While the gate worked perfectly to keep my younger one off the stairs until he was older, if I were in your shoes, I would just ask the older child to keep the door shut or keep her toys in an area where the baby can't reach (table or shelf). I feel like it would just cause more drama if the younger one could see the older one play, but wasn't allowed in the same area.
If your roommates are ok with it, look into a baby gate that can be bolted into the wall like this one: [link]
It's a little pricey, but the walk-thru kind mean that you won't have to jump the gate every time. Usually you can install them in such a way that they won't interfere with the door to the room
This is the one i have at the top of my stairs. It does have a bottom threshold, but its super close to the floor and its never caused any trips or anything. I honestly had to check my amazon purchases to see if it had a bottom threshold
See, we tried to do that before - with this gate. But it's really failing at this point.
We used this extra tall/extra wide baby gate when we used to confine our dog in the kitchen while we were at work. It fits up to 48", so it should fit across your 46" doorway.
The dog in question is 60lbs... he was never able to budge the gate or get over it. It does screw into the wall, though. I'm not sure any pressure gates will be sturdy enough to keep in a determined puppy, even one who's only 25lbs.
> baby gate for the door with mesh over the rails in case he tries to squeeze through
I agree. I bought a baby gate with a door. I had to put mesh at the bottom to keep the little explorer from going through. The door makes it easier for us hoomins to get through.
Will something like this work? You don't have to screw it into the wall (but you can screw the end caps in for more stability if you want) and it is easy to open. There are several different options like this, this isn't the one I own, this is just one I picked at random on Amazon after typing "baby gate with door."
Summer's infant makes a bunch of metal gates that are pretty nice looking for this.