Your baby is growing up fast and soon they’ll be running around the house. In order to ensure that they’ll be free to play and explore in a safe and secured area, it’s a good idea to use a baby gate. But what is the best baby gate out there? Well, whether you’re looking for a baby gate for your stairs or a divider for your living room, we have the top choices for the best baby gates.
There are several types of baby gates that differ by their placement and installation. Before you go out and purchase a baby gate, walk around your house and determine where you plan on letting your baby play, and what gate will fit that area. After you figure out what size baby gate to purchase, check out our reviewers top choices for a variety of baby gates.
Best Stair Baby Gate
Viewpoints score of 94/100 based on 10 reviews
When choosing a baby gate for either the top or bottom of a staircase, it’s best to go with a mounted baby gate. Because the baby gate is fastened by screws into the wall or railing, the gate is less likely to fall over if pushed or fallen on.
“We have a very long and steep staircase which has landed both my husband and I in the ER several times, so finding a secure and safe stair gate was very important to us… It’s sturdy – our toddler bangs and shakes it and it doesn’t budge.” –GMRsMom, Reviewer since 2008
Other features: hardware mounted, wooden, removable swing control, 32 inches tall, expands from 30 to 40 inches
Best Custom Fit Baby Gate
Viewpoints score of 90/100 based on 7 reviews
If you’re looking for a baby gate that fits large openings, the Summer Infant Sure and Secure Custom Fit Gate is perfect. It can be adjusted to fit openings from 70 inches to 144 inches (that’s 12 feet!), or used as a room divider.
“I am loving this gate! It easily fit my odd opening and could even extend further up to 10 feet if we needed it to.” –d0ubletr0uble, Reviewer since 2010
Other features: hardware mounted, middle walkthrough door, fabric panels, 30 inches tall
Best Pressure Mounted Baby Gate
Viewpoints score of 87/100 based on 7 reviews
If you’re looking for a baby gate that doesn’t need to be screwed into a wall, the Safety 1st Perfect Fit Gate is for you. With its auto-fit feature, installation is easy. Just remember that pressure mounted baby gates should not be used for staircases because they will not hold a falling baby.
“It’s easy to work and fits perfectly around my baseboards and low railing. These two items made it hard to find a safety gate that would work.” –Onniep13, Reviewer since 2010
Other features: pressure or hardware mounted, translucent no climb panels, 3 in 1 lock-release-adjust handle, 27 inches tall
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on The Goods and written by Viewpoints reviewer michelemk.