Baby Gates – Buying Guide (Baby Gate Reviews)

Last updated on January 7th, 2017 at 03:39 am

The Baby Gate Reviews

Welcome to my site. I love writing guides. This site will be about baby gates in particular. Your welcome to browse around and check out other pages. This will guide you to what you are looking for. I’m here to help. 

The rundown on Baby gates

Summer Infant Multiuse Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate, Bronze

If your looking to head straight to some baby gate reviews. Click on one of these links below. I’ve listed the Top baby gates of 2017 below.

Top 10 Baby Gates of 2017

The Top 5 Cheap Baby Gates

The Best Baby Gates for Stairs 2017

The Best Baby Gate With Pet Door of 2017

The Best Travel and Portable Baby Gate of 2017

Best Freestanding Baby Gate of 2017 (No Wall Areas)

The Best Narrow Baby Gate of 2017

The Best Wide baby gate of 2017

The Best Outdoor Baby Gate of 2017

The Best Hands Free Baby Gate of 2017 (Foot Pedal Baby Gate)

The Best Tall Baby Gates of 2017

The Best Retractable Baby Gates of 2017

Once babies get mobile, they can make their way into all sorts of places as they build their motor skills. Once they get to the point of walking or even crawling, they may go places they shouldn’t and things can get dangerous. This is where baby gates or as some call (safety gates) come in, a physical barrier that keeps your child within a safe zone in your home and away from potentially harmful areas like staircases or away from big pets. Speaking of pets. These gates can be used to keep pets out of certain areas as well and there are even some gates that have mini doors built in to allow your smaller pets to roam.

There are two options: a hardware-mounted gate that you attach to surrounding walls or door frames with screws. Then there is a pressure-mounted gate that relies on pressure to stay in place.

Hardware-mounted models usually take a little longer to set up than pressure-mounted gates. They tend to cost a bit more as well, but like anything mounted with a strong frame with screws they’re a little sturdier than others. Pressure-mounted gates are great for doorways or areas where walls aren’t too far apart. I’ll cover more of this further down.

What features to look for when purchasing

You want a gate that easily Opens. Most hardware-mounted gates swing open, but some pressure-mounted gates don’t. You may think that stepping over the gate isn’t such a hassle, but some gates can get really high. Trust me wait until your hands are full or you’re in a hurry. Parents don’t need another obstacle to trip over.

Now you want to make sure the baby gate fits. Most gates will block an “average” doorway. If you have a larger area to protect, make sure you get a gate that stretches farther or has interlocking sections to encircle a bigger hazard. I cover the top rated baby gates for Narrow Spaces here and for wide spaces here. Be sure to check those out.

Finding the right baby gate for your home can be tedious and exhausting because there are so many factors to consider. Every home is different so I’m going to break it down for you. Below will direct you to what you are looking for. I’ll cover each type of space and what baby gate is recommended. The best pressure mounted baby gate and best hardware mounted.  I have done the research to make it simple.

Standard Spaces
Wide Spaces
Narrow Spaces

pressure mounted baby gate

There are Two types of gates: Pressure Mounted and Hardware Mounted

Lets first cover Pressure Mounted baby gates:

pressure mounted baby gate

pressure mounted baby gate

These gates are the most commonly used baby gates. They hold in place by pressure. Similar to your shower curtains. They are very easy to install and can be moved from one location to another. If your looking for the best pressure mounted baby gate you’ll have to keep reading below. 

⦁ They are easy to set up and take down. No screwing in walls and so.
⦁ Generally they are cheaper than hardware mounted baby gates
⦁ There are many different styles.

⦁ Not the best for stairs
⦁ Can slip and fall under a baby’s weight if not installed correctly.
⦁ Can’t take on a charging dog
⦁ Difficult to mount between walls that sit at angles
⦁ Can leave marks on your walls.

Hardware mounted baby gates

hardware mounted baby gates

hardware mounted baby gates

Hardware mounted baby gates screw directly into your wall, door frame or banister/balustrade.
Will it leave holes in your wall? Yes it will. However this is a small inconvenience compared to the many pros that this style of baby gate provides:

No matter how hulk strong your baby is. Even the most determined of toddlers or even hyper dogs will find it near impossible to knock down a hardware mounted baby gate.
These gates should be installed in dangerous areas where a baby gate falling would result in serious injury like around a fireplace.
Make sure to read first and understand how to install a hardware mounted baby gate. You can potentially damage your walls without the correct instruction.

⦁ Can support your toddler’s weight
⦁ Difficult to knock over by larger dogs
⦁ The only safe gate option for the top of your stairs
⦁ This can be mounted between angled walls
⦁ This can be mounted above your trim molding or baseboard

⦁ Cannot be taken down in a rush
⦁ A little more complicated to install than pressure mounted gates
⦁ Leaves ugly holes in walls and wood when removed (Wouldn’t recommend if renting)


As you can see. Baby Gate safety depends on solid build, reliable hardware, and the absence of anything hazard. Here are some more features to consider when looking for the right baby gate.

Heightpressure mounted baby gate

To really discourage an adventurous baby from climbing over a gate, the one you buy should be at least 3/4 of your babies height. A baby gate should be at least 22 inches high. If your baby is tall for his or her age, go with a Taller gate (Check out these). Some are as high as 39 inches and even taller with extensions, when a child is taller than 36 inches or heavier than 25 pounds (usually around 2 years of age), Taller Gates with extensions will need to be purchased. You may also need to look into stronger more sturdy gates. I recommend Hardware mounted gates in this instance. Cardinal Gates “Auto-Lock” Baby Gatebeing a good one.

Slat spacing

retractable baby gate reviews

Baby gate slats should be vertical bars less than 3 inches apart to prevent head entrapment. Still if you have a very adventurous baby. He or she may attempt to climb over the gate or go for a ride on the swing out door. This could lead to injury so make sure to do the required research to find the right gate you desire.

Latches and hardware

Many gates, have a dual-action latches, meaning that you have to push down on it to release it. This can be done with one hand.  A gate with a squeezing mechanism opens by compressing parts of the gate.

Dreambaby Chelsea Extra Tall Auto Close Security Gate in White

Another option is a pressure-release handle, which can be lifted with one hand to open the gate. Some models, like the Babies R Us Step N Release Walk Thru Gate have a foot pedal to release the latch. Hands free which is great. You can check out my full review of that gate here.

Regalo Easy Step Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate, White


Installation flexibility

Baby gate installation kits

Many gates can be mounted to odd areas, such as stair balusters, angled banisters, and drywall where there is no wood framing behind it. You might have to purchase an installation kit for these areas. Here are a few for example: Summer Infant Banister to Banister Universal Gate Mounting Kit, KidCO Stairway Gate installation kit , and Regalo Top Of Stairs Expandable Metal Gate With Mounting Kit.

Kidco Stairways gate kit allows you to clamp a gate onto newel posts without drilling. Some gates also adjust to fit irregularly shaped areas or very wide ones. You can slide some hardware-mounted gates out of their wall mountings, which works perfectly when you may have guests over and don’t want the gate in the way.

Sturdy construction

Look for baby gates with sturdy construction and a good finish. I have given a break down on this site of baby gates that meet these standards. Wooden surfaces should be smooth, splinter-free, rounded off instead of squared edges. Metal is usually more durable than wood. Some gates have a support bar that crosses the ground below the gate, which could cause stumbling when the gate is open. That safety gate in the picture to the left is one of my favorites. One of the best pressure mounted baby gates. You can check it out here.



 Important safety information

pressure baby gate

Don’t use older, “accordion” style gates that open to form large diamond-shaped gaps. A child can get his or her head stuck in these spaces, creating a potentially deadly situation. The earlier designs were recalled and then pulled off the market in the late 1980s, but they sometimes turn up in secondhand stores and garage sales. The more recent models have smaller gaps no more than 1 1/2 inches across. These meet the current safety standards.


What it will cost you

Prices for safety gates can vary depending on Design, quality, Brand and size. They usually start from about $40 and go up to several hundred dollars. Click on any of the links on this page. I sort everything out for you. Each link will take you to dedicated pages for different gate designs, brands and reviews. I’m here to make it easy for you.


Before we spend money on product we always want to get a breakdown on the best route to go doing so. Before spending your hard earned money you look for guides on the best budget friendly products. That was my frame of mind writing this. I want to guide people in the right direction, I’m here to help you find the most efficient baby gate for your toddler.

                      Types of Baby Gates (Top rated baby gates)

Baby gate reviews

The first thing you want to do before buying a gate is to measure the area you are going to be sectioning off. Take out your measuring tape and try to be as accurate as possible. You wouldn’t want to buy the wrong size and have to go through the hassle of returning it. We are trying to make this a simple and safe process for you and your baby.

The next thing you need to do is to measure your baby. Yes, measure your kid. Get down his or her height so you know how tall of a gate you will need to get. Trust me, there are gates built to secure the most adventurous (Indiana Jones) babies.


So this was just a little break down of what you need to know before you buy. Listed here are all the  Top rated gates. Click on any of the highlighted links or pictures to take you to the right area.

Top rated baby gates with Baby gate review:

Baby Gate with pet door (Click here or click the picture)

Baby gate with pet door

Baby Gate for Stairs

Baby gate for stairs

Travel Gates

Family travel vacation tourism

Free Standing Baby gates

Free standing no walls

Baby gate for Narrow spaces


Extra Large Baby gates

Regalo Super Wide Gate and Play Yard 3

Outdoor Baby Gates

Stairway Special Baby Gate for Outdoors

Hands Free baby gates

Foot pedal gate

Extra Tall Baby gates

Tall baby gate 2

Some of the best looking Baby Gates

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Retract-A-Gate safety gate 52 wide White colors

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