Best Baby Gates of 2019

Best Baby Gates of 2019

May 31, 2019

Best Baby Gates of 2019

Best Baby Gates of 2019
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Babies quickly turn into turbo explorers who find the most dangerous places in the house. Here are the safety gates to protect them from themselves.Best Baby Gates of 2019

We have news for you: cuddly babies turn into turbo explorers who find their way to the most dangerous places in the house. This moth-to-light phenomenon will happen, and when it does you’ll be so happy you installed a baby gate.

Do You Need a Baby Gate?

Unless you live in a one-story home, and you’ve babyproofed the heck out of every room, you’ll probably need one. Usually at around seven months old, your little one will become mobile, whether through rapid-fire rolling or crawling like a champ, and then it’s time to childproof your abode. Tiny fingers love to tamper with cupboards, snatch ornaments off the Christmas tree and taste test the dog food. Not to mention stairs…

What Type of Baby Gate is Best?

There are two types of baby gates with different installations methods:

  • Hardware-mounted baby gates: Both sides of this type of gate need to be screwed into a door frame, walls or a banister. Although it’s kind of a bummer to put permanent holes into your home, hardware-mounted gates are the most secure. That makes them a must for the top of the stairs and other precarious spots.
  • Pressure-mounted baby gates: These gates are like tension rods, and they don’t require screwing in. If you have a gate with the correct measurements, it should stand up as long as each end is tightly pushed up against a wall or door frame. Pressure-mounted gates are easy to set-up (no tools necessary) and can be moved from place to place.

Once you’ve decided what type of baby gate installation you prefer, you can check out various styles of baby gates as well. The main options include:

  • Swing through, a gate door that swings open
  • Step over, a gate you have to climb over because it doesn’t have a door
  • Stair gates, those built specifically to be used on stairs

When shopping around look for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) certification on baby gates. This ensures the gate is at least 22 inches tall, and the spacing between the bottom of the gate and floor isn’t big enough for your child’s head or neck to get stuck.

Best Low-Cost Baby Gate

Why We Love it

If you need a gate you can easily move and use in multiple doorways, or take with you to visit family, this tension gate is your go-to. It expands to fit varying widths, and you can quickly set it in place.

Keep in Mind

If you don’t want to have to keep opening the gate up to get by and then setting it back up again, you’ll have to do some monkey-bar moves to step over it.

What Babylist Parents Say

“My child would never be able to open it because as an adult, it takes a bit of effort to open.” -Haimanti

A Baby Gate With Multiple Configurations

Why We Love It

This crazy-long and flexible baby gate has eight panels that together stretch 192 inches across. You can attach it to itself to create an octagon or rectangular-shaped play zone, bend it around off-limits places like the fireplace or use it as a room barrier in areas that have an open floor plan. This sturdy baby gate with a door can also be secured with wall mounts.

Keep in Mind

Because it’s a long baby gate, it’s too big for standard doorways.

Best Baby Gate for Stairways

Why We Love It

The hardware-mounted Kidco gate eliminates any treacherous tripping at the top of the stairs with a one-piece gate (no bottom bar to trip over) that swings in toward the upper level, making it one of the best baby gates for houses with stairs. Plus, if you need to remove the gate (if you’re moving furniture up and down the stairs) the Kidco has a quick-release design so you can take it off without having to unscrew everything. You can also use it in doorways and hallways.

Keep in Mind

Don’t forget to firmly close the gate behind you. It’s not a self closing baby gate like most others.

What Babylist Parents Say

“We use the Kidco gate for the top of our stairs. I wouldn’t change anything about it.” -Margot

Best Quick-Opening Baby Gate

Why We Love it

A great baby gate for doorways, this Munchkin gate is a breeze to open with one hand while holding your baby or a basket of laundry in the other. You can set what direction you want it to open (pulled in toward you or pushed out away from you). The bonus? It comes in six widths.

Keep in Mind

Since this is a pressure-mounted baby gate, you’ll have to watch out for the two-inch bar at the bottom (or you’ll go flying!). It also doesn’t have a self-closing mechanism.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I like that you can open this gate instead of stepping over it. My child shakes on it like crazy, and it’s holding up.” -Michelle

Most Versatile Baby Gate

Why We Love It

This baby gate comes with a lot of options: A set of extensions to make it extra wide, the ability to auto close or stay open in place when you want it (think: carrying in groceries) and two different settings for unlocking the gate. The simplest lets you pass if you grab the handle and pull up. To outwit older kids, there’s an additional step of needing to twist the lock first and then lifting up.

Keep in Mind

As with other pressure mounts, beware the bottom bar. Also, the gate swings both ways, which can be a good or a bad thing, depending on your preference.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Love it. It’s functional.” -Ginessa

Modern-Looking Baby Gate

Why We Love It

Baby gates are more about function and less about aesthetic appeal—until now. This sleek design is crafted from durable aluminum with a door that swings open in both directions. You can quickly adjust the gate’s size—from 26.5 to 40 inches wide—using the gate’s preset positions, no extensions required.

Keep in Mind

This baby gate is trickier to install. It requires two vertical wall mounts to be screwed in so the gate can slide into them from the top down. Avoid placing it where something hangs above the wall mounts (e.g. stair railing).

Best Baby Gate for Non-Standard Doorways

Why We Love It

Not all doorways are created equal—some require an extra-wide baby gate like this one. It expands to fit openings 29 to 50 inches wide with two extension kits: one kit adds 6 inches and the other adds 12 inches. With all-steel construction, this baby gate is strong and a walk-through door makes passing by a breeze. It’s also pressure mounted, so you can quickly remove it and use it in another doorway if you like.

Keep in Mind

Pressure-mounted gates can become dislodged with enough force, which is why they shouldn’t be used at the top of stairs. Install this with the included wall mounts and screws if you want it to be totally secure.

The Fancy Baby Gate

Why We Love It

With a bronze arch and detailed bars, this fancy baby gate almost looks like it’s a part of the decor. Would-be climbers are deterred by its extra height (it’s a tall baby gate at three feet high), and there’s less bending over for you. It also swings both ways and has an auto-close feature.

Keep in Mind

When the door closes automatically it can be loud enough to startle a sleeping baby, depending on how light a sleeper your child is and where the gate is positioned.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It is sturdy and works well. And it has a nice design.” -Victoria

The Nearly Invisible Baby Gate

Why We Love It

Let’s face it: baby gates can be an eyesore. But not this see-through one. Wall-mounted with screws, you’ll barely notice it’s there. It’s made from professional-grade acrylic and meets U.S. safety standards. The door swings both directions, but a one-way stop lets you determine if you’d rather it open in one direction only, which is especially handy when used at the top of stairs. It fits openings 29.2 to 39.4 inches wide and can even be installed at an angle (up to 180 degrees). A pressure-mounted option is available too.

Keep in Mind

Fingerprints and drool must be wiped down with microfiber cloth and mild soap. Never use paper towels, which scratch acrylic, or products with ammonia.

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