After 7.5 years (kind of a lie, we really put it up probably 6.5 years ago) we finally took down the baby gate.
I know it seems weird – do 7 year olds really need a baby gate? Well, our living room is upstairs, and the floors are wood. And at the bottom of the (hard, wooden) stairs is a ceramic tile floor.
And with the amount of running and wrestling and general tomfoolery that goes on upstairs, I just felt better having the gate there. But I’ve forbidden socks upstairs now, and the boys are a pretty cautious sort, so I feel okay about it.
Hopefully we won’t end up with any more fractured skulls.