We have two sets of stairs right beside each other, one goes up, one goes down.
The one that goes down doesn't ever get used, it leads to nothing but a closed door that separates our suite from the one downstairs. So far Catie hasn't shown much interest in these stairs but it requires watching when she goes near them, a fall down would be really bad.
Then there's the stairs that go up. Catie loves to go up yet can't manage down yet so they also require a lot of supervision. Normally it's no big deal to watch her but when I'm trying to prepare dinner it's a challenge, they're right by the kitchen. We don't really want to hang gates since we're renting, we're trying to help her learn so we don't need them.
The other day I just couldn't handle one more trip up the stairs though so I came up with this.
Both Brad and I think I'm a genious.
Obviously it's not fool proof and it still requires watching but it deters her from trying which is just what we need sometimes. For now it's the perfect solution.