When it comes to your little one’s security, there is nothing you’re not going to do to make sure they’re well looked after. If you have stairs in your home a baby gate will be an important product to help keep your space secure. Even without stairs, baby gates can be a useful item to help keep your child in a safe and secure location.
But if you’re going to buy a baby gate for the first time, it can really be overwhelming for you. So we’ve got this list to help you pick which baby gates you should purchase.
Dreambaby Auto Close Gate
The Dreambaby Chelsea is a secure stairway baby gate. This provides an EZY Check Indicator, which will display a red light automatically if the gate is not properly closed. The baby gate also provides a double locking feature that locks the top and bottom of the gate to protect your child. It also has a Stay-Open feature to keep the gate open while cleaning or using two rooms for quick passing through. Using a one-hand latch button to slide open the gate door, it is easy to open.
Cardinal Gates SS-30 Stairway Special
Cardinal Gates Stairway Special is the all-metal construction including the lock, making it a very sturdy gate, one I could even sit on without having it stretch (like the plastic gates). The latch mechanism is easy to use for an adult, but difficult to a child, and midstride can be easily opened at the doors. It can also be mounted at an odd angle (as opposed to most of its rivals, who only mount perpendicular to a wall), making it a more flexible option. Also among the easiest gates to build is the Stairway Special, which requires only four screws and takes less than 20 minutes to complete. Finally, it has a swing barrier, so that it can be prohibited to swing over a set of stairs.
Regalo Easy Step Walk Thru Gate
Pressure-mounted gates are good because they do not need tools or holes in the wall. The gate of the Regalo Easy Step Walk Thru sits in minutes so that you can keep your baby in a second.
Users love the extra wide expansion range (it stretches between 29 and 39 inches wide to stairways and openings and is 30 inches tall) and its ease of installation. This gate can be used in doorways, halls or at the bottom of the stairs with a6-inch wide extension kit included, and it’s easy to move around. Also the additional safety lock feature is good for added safety.
For the stairs, pressure-mounted gates are not recommended but this would work great in between rooms to keep the baby in or out of.
Summer Infant Multi Use Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate
This gate has something we’re going crazy about: it’s going to close behind you automatically. When you have your baby on your hip and your hands full of laundry, the gate will work its magic to lock shut, so when you walk through, you don’t have to look back.
Evenflo Expansion Baby Gate
The baby gate at Evenflo is built for babies aged 6 to 12 months. It includes a gate door swinging in both directions for fast walking through. The baby gate is made of a latch which opens with one hand and secures the gate closed. It can be expanded to a wide range to match almost anywhere in your home. This baby gate is not recommended upstairs for use.
North States Easy Swing & Lock Gate
We like North State Easy Swing & Lock Gate, too. It is less costly, but it does have a plastic latch, so the strength of the all-metal locking system is lacking. It can not be positioned at an angle either, so it will only operate in doorways or other places where it can be placed perpendicular to the wall. But it’s a breeze to install, easier to open and shut quietly than some, and far better than comparably priced alternatives, including press-fit gates.
It might seem precious for such a simple gate, but parents rave it’s worth every penny. There’s no chance your baby will bust through. And, we believe the best thing about it is that you can take it easily with you anywhere. Next time you visit, feel free to baby-proof Grandma’s house in a second!
Kidco Safeway Top of Stair Baby Safety Gate
This helps avoid any accidental steps on the top of the stairs which could be particularly dangerous. It is also suitable for use in entrance halls and doors.
Parents really enjoyed this gate’s quick-release design, that allowed them to remove the gate to move things like furniture through, without disassembling the entire unit completely. Several reviewers noted that the included mounting screws lacked consistency so you might want to consider buying your own for added peace of mind.
Retract-A-Gate by Smart Retract
We like the Retract-A-Gate by Smart Retract for a tight space without room for a swinging gate, or if you simply prefer a discreet look. It’s a piece of mesh fabric that spools across a gap, and on the other side hooks. We looked at three retractable gates, and their simpler handle made the Retract-A-Gate stand out. It was also the simplest to attach in the closed position and during testing, the sheet was never bunched up. The downsides are that it has a boring multistep lock and it’s costly too.
Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate
The Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate Summer Infant Multi-Use may be pretty to look at, but it’s not without its protection merits as well. This gate uses a pressure-mounted device, so it’s best to block off spaces, but optional hardware mounts are available for purchase that could make it useful at the top of the stairs, too. The gate is 36 inches tall, and suits openings from 28 to 48 inches. The gate uses a walk-through door with dual locking, auto-close, making it easy to close behind.
This also comes in an off-white color choice if bronze doesn’t work inside your decor scheme. Reviewers say the installation is sturdy and simple based on product review website which proceed the data based on lot of customer reviews and sentiments. Basically everything you’d want in something that protects your kids.
(source: babyknowhow.com, bestproducts.com, verywellfamily.com, thewirecutter.com, and safety.com)