When our youngest began to crawl and was putting everything in his mouth, our oldest was deeply interested in building with Legos. My husband and I put our heads together to come up with a way to keep the Legos out of the playroom, but still allow our 6-year-old easy access to his favorite toys.
Our solution was to buy a long baby gate, zip-tie it to a Little Tykes castle slide (with the ladder removed), and cover the gate with soft fabric. The fabric keeps all the little pieces from going through the holes in the gate.
Here are the materials I used for this project:
- Little Tykes Climb and Slide Castle (my mom bought this for us a few years ago)
- Summer Infant Secure Surround 6-Panel PlaySafe Playard (we bought an open box deal on Amazon and payed about ($50)
- 3 yards of Minky Blue fabric
- 1/2 yard of beige cotton fabric for the trim
- Zip ties
- Safety Pins
I sewed the 3 yards of fabric end to end and then added the trim to the top. Then my husband bolted one end of the gate to the wall and zip-tied the other end to the castle slide. I placed the fabric over the gate and used safety pins to secure it to the other side.
The baby isn’t able to get over the slide yet. By the time he can, he will be old enough to know not to put little toys in his mouth. He is 18 months now and very rarely puts toys in his mouth, but every now and then I catch him. It is nice to know he is safe!