Our first solution was to drape blankets and pillows over the edge of the fireplace, but our baby soon learned to pull these down, not to mention the fact it was a total eye sore. We tried putting up baby gates and declaring the TV room “off limits,” but that lasted all of two days.
Since straight sided hearth edge padding was not an option for us, nor was sealing off the room, that left us with a few choices. Either we could have a custom Hearth Pad created which covers the entire hearth or we could install a Fireplace Gate, which surrounds the entire fireplace. There are some great companies that create custom fireplace pads, but they can be pricey. Also, we wanted to be able to use our fireplace without removing the mat each time.
We decided that a gate around the hearth was the best option for preventing injuries. We were able to easily install it in an afternoon and enjoy a fire that evening without any worry. Although hearth mats and edge guards are great solutions for many homes, we decided that for our needs placing a gate around the fireplace worked best.
What about you, does your home have any unique challenges you faced when babyproofing? Did you find a solution?