After I had children, the first time I moved to a home with a 2nd story AND a basement I knew my work would be cut out for me if I did not find a solution to those enticing steps!
It’s almost as if kids are drawn like a magnet to stairs!
Of course, there is no way for a toddler to know the danger that lies thereon, so it will likely always be an attraction.
Thankfully, these are some of the best baby gates for stairs that have been invented to help parents like us solve this crazy dilemma!
So, whether you need to keep them from tumbling downward or climbing up, up, up...you have an array of choices to fit your needs.
Best Baby Gates for Top of Stairs
First, we will start with the top of the stairs.
This is definitely the most dangerous place in your home, so you will need a gate that has hardware that can be permanently installed into place.
It will not do to simply put a pressure-mount gate, as they are most likely to fail due to user error or a heavy shove.
For safety reasons, we only recommend gates that have good reviews and also “open wide” with no threshold trip bar at the bottom. These are gates that are designed specifically for use at the top of stairs.
When it comes to figuring out which gate is the “best” for the top of the stairway, you will find that there is no one right answer. This is because there are so many different styles of staircases.
But to keep things simple, I have narrowed it down to three kinds of baby gates that will take care of almost every “top of the stairs” scenario that you can imagine.
Only about 1% of staircases won’t be able to be secured with one of these types of gates.
Type #1: Flat Surfaces on Both Sides
Fairly straightforward, this kind of configuration is pretty much what you would find elsewhere in your home. But there are a few features that make a gate for the top of the stairs unique.
First, of course, they are mounted permanently, as mentioned before. Also, they are designed to open one way so that they don’t swing out over the stairs.
Finally, they can be installed at a bit of an angle, in case your two flat surfaces are not exactly across from one another.
And there are seven best baby gates for this scenario:
So Here’s Our List Of The 7 Best Baby Gates For Stairs In 2021
*For top of stairs in type #1 (flat surfaces on both sides)
Of the best baby gates for top of stairs that we found that the Cardinal Gates Stairway Special Gate was our favorite based on the fact that it fully swings open and can be installed at a 30-degree angle.
Why we chose this gate as the best one:
Based on the unique features of this gate and the fact that 88% of customers rated it 4 or 5 stars, we feel like this baby gate stands out from the crowd. It has consistently been a consumer favorite and performs very well overall.
This is a great gate that is designed especially for the top of the stairs and can be installed at up to a 30-degree angle! It is adjustable from 27-42.5” in width and stands 29.5” in height.
The bars are 2.5” apart and the optional “stop-bracket” prevents it from being opened over the stairwell, for even greater safety. Also, note that it does not automatically close.
I like that it is sturdy and well-made, as well as having a one-handed latching mechanism that most children can’t figure out. Plus, as we’ve discussed previously, this permanently-mounted baby gate does not have a “door” as other types do, instead, it works as a door. The whole width of it swings open, meaning that it doesn’t have a trip bar along the floor.Made from lightweight aluminum in a powder-coat finish in either black or white, it also accommodates extension pieces (pick from either 10.5 or 21.75 inches) so that you can custom-size it.
This gate is one of the pricier models on the market, so keep that in mind when making your decision, but is a great solution for difficult stairway mountings.
- Installation on 2 flat areas with up to a 30-degree angle
- Optional “stop” bracket to keep it from swinging open over stairs
- One-handed latching mechanism
- Adjustable width with optional extensions
- Does not have a threshold trip bar along floor
- Very easy to install (There is even a Youtube video with installation instructions)
- More expensive than the competition
- May make a loud or clunky noise when closing
- Some reports of tricky install or difficulty with latch system
The Bottom Line
If you can afford this model, I definitely would recommend it based on features and reviews by other consumers. I especially love that it doesn’t have a piece that runs along the floor like other types of gates do...so it isn’t a trip hazard! The sturdiness of this gate definitely makes it one of the best baby gates for the top of stairs!
Why we chose this gate as the best for budget:
Though not necessarily the cheapest gate, this choice gives a lot of bang for the buck. It is affordable without skimping on important features and is perfect when you need something that will do the job on a budget.
This sturdy, permanently-mounted gate is a great choice for the top of stairs. Designed to swing fully open from one hinged side, this gate does not have a trip bar along the floor and must be securely attached to your walls or doorway. Plus it only opens over the landing, not over the stairs, for added safety.
It is made of matte bronze-colored steel and can easily be opened with one hand. It is adjustable and can fit an opening between 28.68”- 48.85” wide and is 31” tall. With a bar spacing of 2 ⅞ inches, it is impossible for a baby to slip through.
One of the great features of this gate is that it self-locks when you swing it shut, and though it is easy for an adult to open, little ones will be baffled.
The biggest complaint with this gate is installation. It is tricky to get it exactly where you want it the first time even if you are reading the instructions.
Double-check for differences in placement between the upper and lower sections if you have baseboards. Don’t rely just on the included directions. Lay everything out and measure carefully. If you can get past the headache of a tricky install, it otherwise should do you fine.
- Affordable price
- Looks classy
- Sturdy solid steel construction
- Does not have a threshold bar along the floor
- Swings only away from the stairs
- Can be operated with one hand
- Installation can be tricky
- Locking mechanism not the most ideal due to design according to some reviewers
The Bottom Line
Despite some inconveniences noted, this gate is solidly in the running as one of the best gates for the top of stairs at this price point. It is not an expensive gate and is fairly simple, but is a great option when you just need something to do the job without getting fancy. Plan to spend some time installing it and have a helper on hand to make your job a little easier. After that, you will be good to go.
Specifically designed for the top of stairs, this heavy-duty steel gate can only be permanently mounted.
It swings open fully, with no trip bar running along the floor, plus has a directional stop to prevent it from swinging out over the stairs.
This gate has some great features, such as a one-handed open/close feature, the ability to be installed at an angle, and quick-release hardware so that you can easily remove it when it’s not needed. It is adjustable and can accommodate an opening 24.75" - 42.5" wide and is 30.5” high.
Some consumers have complained that the screws that come with the package are a pain in the neck...too soft with shallow grooves, causing them to strip the screws.
It’s easy enough to get a handful of replacement screws from the hardware store, so this doesn’t need to be a deterring factor if you otherwise love the gate.
- Directional stop to keep gate from
- swinging open over stairway
- Hinge side can be mounted on an angle
- Quick release for gate portion
- One-handed latch mechanism
- No trip bar along the floor
- Installation may not be simple
- Comes with poor quality screws that may need to be replaced
The Bottom Line
Definitely a “top” gate worth your consideration. With the ability to adjust from 24.75 inches to 43.5 inches, it covers the average span of most stairwells. I would not hesitate to purchase this unit, as it really gives you a lot without breaking the bank!
This metal gate stands out from the competition because it comes fully assembled and “ready to install.”
As you might have noticed, many baby gates work great once they are installed, but this process tends to be tricky with most gates on the market.
Safety 1st has seen this problem and filled an important need...making installation easy!
It is perfect for stairways because it is a permanent-mount gate. It can be adjusted to fit doorways that are 29-42 inches wide and it stands 30 inches high. It swings shut easily and does not have a “trip-bar” along the floor.
It has one-handed operation but requires two separate movements which makes it easy for adults but impossible for little children to open. It has the option of a one-directional stop so that you can have it open both ways or just one (important if installing on stairways).
- Comes fully assembled
- Can be easily installed in 15 minutes with just a screwdriver
- Has a one-directional stop, but otherwise can be opened in either direction
- One-handed operation
Fairly quiet to open and close
- Gate can be removed from wall brackets for easy storage between uses
- Can only be installed at a 90-degree angle to the wall
- May need drywall anchors or alternate screws during installation
- A few reports of becoming difficult to open over time
- More expensive than other similar gates
The Bottom Line
If installing a hardware-mounted baby gate sounds like a chore (and it often is!) then this is the gate for you! Because it comes completely assembled, with easy instructions for placement and installation, anyone can easily get it screwed into position in just a few minutes. This takes the guesswork out of the equation and makes baby-gating simple!
This is a very sturdy permanent-mount gate that is perfect for the top of stairs. I really love that it is extra tall and wide! It stands 36” tall and adjustable from 33”-56” wide.
It has a one-way directional opening for use on stairs (but can be set to open both directions if you have it installed in a regular doorway).
Because it attaches to the wall and swings all the way open, it doesn’t have that pesky threshold strip along the floor, making it much safer for stairways. The latch isn’t the best part of this gate unless carefully adjusted, according to the reviews, but it is not easy for a child to figure out.
The high-quality steel has a modern design that goes with any decor. It has a quick-release detachment feature when you want to remove it temporarily. Plus, it has a uniquely-structured integrated tilting hinge mechanism designed to place less stress on your walls.
Some consumers have reported that they suggest using better quality screws than what comes with the gate and it is recommended to install it into your studs, not just drywall, due to the weight of the gate.
- Extra tall and adjustable width for wider spaces
- No trip bar along floor
Quick-release feature for easy storage
- One or two-way directional opening
- Sturdy and strong
- Easy to install with included template (Installation video available on Amazon)
- Not the best latching system
- May need better screws for installation because it is a heavy gate
The Bottom Line
If you have a need for an extra-tall or extra-wide gate, this may be the answer for you! I like that you can remove it easily when not in use and that it has a directional stop so that it won’t swing out over the stairs. The latch design does leave something to be desired, but otherwise is a solid option.
This sturdy permanent-mount baby gate extends between 28.5"- 45" wide and is 29" tall.
It has an integrated tilting hinge spring mechanism designed to put less stress on your walls when opening and closing.
The latch mechanism is easy to use and only requires you to push it close to lock it. There is an optional stop-bracket for when you only want it to swing open in one direction.
Plus, the quick-release bracket allows you to easily remove the gate from the wall for storage when not needed.
This stylish, dark gray baby gate is sleek with no unsightly adjustment holes. Because this gate functions as a wide swing door, it doesn’t have a trip bar along the floor, making it ideal for use at the top of stairs.
- Quick-release from wall brackets for storage
- Optional stop bracket for one-way directional swing
- Tilting hinge spring for less stress on walls
- No trip bar along floor
- Easy push-to-close lock mechanism
- Included hardware may not be adequate, especially for drywall installation
- Difficult to install
The Bottom Line
Though there are some reports of difficulty with installation and the quality of the included hardware, most customers are pleased with this gate after it has been installed. It does look sharp and is fairly easy to use. This gate is definitely a solid option to consider if you are looking for something sturdy and stylish.
This is a permanently-mounted gate, with a removable swing stop (to keep the gate from swinging over the stairs).
It features a one-handed operation with an Easy-Glide handle that opens with two distinct movements, to keep your toddler from mastering the locking mechanism.
It also has a red/green locking indicator so that you can see at a glance that it is locked into position. Please note that it does not self-latch.
It can accommodate an opening from 29-42” wide and is 30” tall. Since it can be installed 3” above floor level, that gives you 33” of total height protection if installed this way. It installs with basic tools and has a nice neutral look that will blend in with most homes.
Installation may be tricky and some consumers have reported using upgraded hardware or some DIY modification for various reasons.
As this gate is a bit heavy, make sure to install it into a wooden stud, as the screws will likely rip out from drywall only.
- Red/Green locking indicator
- Swing stop
- One-handed operation
- Child-resistant lock
- No trip-bar along floor
- Installation may not be simple
- Plastic pieces may fail over long term use
The Bottom Line
Because this gate fully swings open, it does not have a “trip-hazard” floor bar. This feature, as well as the focus on a secure latch and the swing stop, assures that it is made with safety in mind. The major drawback is that it does not automatically latch closed, but must be purposefully shut. Though there are a few complaints about installation and long term durability, many customers have not had these issues. Overall, I think this gate is a solid option that may deserve your attention.
Type #2: Round posts or banisters on one side or both sides
So what is the difference between a banister and a baluster and a newel post?
These terms are often confusing because there is some overlap of usage, so here’s the scoop:
Banisters are the vertical posts on a stairway, but the word banister can also refer to the main handrail itself, or even the whole ensemble. The original word for the spindles that hold up a railing was balusters, so in this sense, a banister and a baluster are the same thing. A newel post is the larger “corner post” so to speak that provides more structural support at the top and the bottom of the handrail. For the purposes at hand, the point being made is that the surface that you are trying to attach to when dealing with banisters and newel posts is not flat, but round. That means that you will need to have additional attachments to both secure your gate and protect the surface of the posts.
Generally speaking, if you don’t have flat surface (or only one) at the top of your stairs, it is because you have a series of banisters and possibly a newel post, which is a thicker, heavier, and oftentimes round post at the top of the stairs to anchor the railing.
These posts bring a new dimension to installing a baby gate. Obviously, it is a little more tricky to attach hardware to something round than to something flat.
Thankfully, baby gate manufacturers are aware of this and provide a great solution.
There are 3 options available on the market for stairway banister adaption kits which can be used for any top of stairs gate:
If you have a newel post or banister (or any other round or square post) that you need to attach to, the KidCo Stairway Gate Installation Kit allows you to create a flat surface to hang your baby gate onto.
It basically consists of plastic hardwareclamp pieces that adapt around the post with screws and an included flat piece of wood to anchor your gate to.
- Adapts your gate to attach to either square or round posts.
- No drilling is necessary
- Only requires basic tools to install
- Can be used at top or bottom of stairs
- One kit will have to be purchased for each side that has banisters
- Can only be used on posts between 2 ½” - 3 ⅝” wide
- May not fit every size/shape of banister
This mounting kit comes with 6 brackets, 2 long flat strips of wood, and zip tie straps to hold it all into place.
It is perfect for adapting your posts into a surface suitable for installing virtually any permanent baby gate. Plus, it works for almost any size or shape of post.
- Accommodates most baby gates up to 37 inches tall
- Works on virtually any size or shape of post
- Screwing into posts is entirely optional, not needed
- Comes with enough parts to adapt two banisters
- Can be installed even if banisters are not parallel from each other
- Can be used at top or bottom of stairs
- May need to modify for use with certain post sizes or configurations
- May be tricky to install, depending on your stair posts
- May not be sturdy enough for round posts without using wood screws
- May not work for posts larger than 4” on each side
This stair post mounting kit comes with white plastic clamp brackets that can be used with square or round posts and a piece of flat wood for securing your gate to.
The kit only works for one post. If your post is round on both the top and the bottom, ask the company to send an extra adaption piece for free.
- No drilling/screwing into posts
- Solid and sturdy
- If your gate is round at both top and bottom, company will send you an extra round adaptor free of charge, if requested
- Can be used at top or bottom of stairs
- Only works on posts between 2 3/4" - 3 5/8" inches wide
- Installation may be a bit tricky
- Only comes with enough hardware to adapt one post
Type #3: Only one normal anchor point or none at all
Do you have a unique staircase configuration that nearly defies babyproofing?
Perhaps you have only one flat surface, but neither a wall nor a post on the other side.
Maybe your stairs have no actual anchor points on either side or have railings that are as dangerous as the open stairs are.
In this case, no normal run-of-the-mill baby gate is going to do the job.
There is ONLY one real choice for this scenario: North States 72" Wide Deluxe Décor Baby Gate.
Why do we not recommend Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate? We do not recommend this gate because the manufacturer specifically states in their manual that it is not safe to be used at the top of stairs.
Why do we recommend ONLY this gate?
Many extra-wide baby gates, though they appear to be safe for the top of stairs, specifically state in their instruction manuals that they are NOT to be used for that application. The North States 72” Wide Deluxe, however, is specifically designed to work properly at the top of stairs when you need more coverage and have a less-traditional configuration. For this reason, this is the gate that we recommend in these types of circumstances.
Here is a permanent-mount 30” tall gate with so many solution possibilities that it will likely “wow” you!
This gate is uniquely designed to handle larger openings, as well as angled walls. It comes with two side panels and a swing-open door that are 72” wide. What makes this gate extra-useful is the fact that it is very expandable if you buy the optional extensions, which are each 15” wide. It is designed to accommodate up to 6 of these extra panels, giving you additional footage that make this gate extend 162”! That’s over 13’ of coverage!
The important factor here is that it can be stretched out and permanently attached across a wide-open stairwell and railing scenario, as long as you can make it, eventually, from one wall to another wall...up to 162 inches apart. According to the manual, it is safe for use at the top of stairs, but must be installed with the walk-thru door NOT opening over the stairs. Plus, the included hardware must be mounted into a solid substance, so don’t screw it directly into drywall, as it may not hold. (Using wood trim at the anchor points would be ideal).
This gate has some great features beyond its length and versatility. The arched door is extra-wide and has one-handed operation. Plus, it can be opened fully to activate its “stay open” system or it will close automatically with just a gentle push.
It also can be unhooked from its wall mounts in a quick motion and stored flat. If you only need to push it out of the way temporarily, just unhook from one side and fold it up against the opposite wall.
- Has a “trip bar” due to type of door opening
- Not the widest gate available
The Bottom Line
This beautiful gate offers both security and style for when you need a configuration that is out of the ordinary. It has received an overwhelming amount of great reviews from customers. I definitely recommend this gate for a unique top of stairs application, as well as other areas that require extra length or where walls are at different angles. It may work just perfectly for your needs!
Best Baby Gates for Bottom of Stairs
With the bottom of your stairs you do not need to be nearly as picky as at the top, because you do not need to keep someone from a potentially nasty fall.
With that said, of course, any gate that works at the top of a stairway, such as the North States 72” Wide Deluxe Decor Gate mentioned above, can also be used at the bottom.
However, you don’t generally need a permanent mount at the bottom of the steps, so I am going to show you a couple of pressure-mounted options that are great, whether you have flat surfaces, round posts, or a combination of both.
All Pressure-Mounted Baby Gates have potential safety and usage issues that you need to be aware of to reduce risk of failure, accident, or damage:
- Gate could fall, or be pushed over, if not inspected and tightened regularly
- Pressure-Mounted should never be used at the top of stairs
- There is a metal bar along the floor that could be tripped over
- Pressure-mounts could damage wall/drywall if tightened and left in place too long
- Gate may be difficult to assemble/disassemble or move easily between locations, so should not be considered extremely portable
Type #1: Flat Surfaces on Both Sides
If you have two walls on either side of your stairway bottom, you will simply need a regular pressure-mount gate. These types of gates are super easy to install and can be removed quickly when not needed.
In fact, any of the gates that we have reviewed on the page The Best Pressure Mounted Baby Gates can be used for the bottom of stairs and will do the job nicely.
If you are concerned about damage to your walls, use molded rubber wall savers to protect the wall by cradling the “feet” of the gate that push outwards and keep them from digging into your drywall or marring your door jamb.
Why we chose this gate as our pick?
This pressure-mounted baby gate is perfect for the bottom of stairs. It has consistently high reviews and lots of happy customers. We like its unique features, versatility, and ease-of-use.
Fits: 28” – 31.5” (Expands to a maximum 38.5” wide with two extensions included).
Note: Additional extensions available (sold separately) that can expand your gate to 62.25
If you have two flat surfaces at the bottom of your staircase, this is a basic no-nonsense pressure-mount baby gate. It offers one-handed operation with a locking latch mechanism. Plus, it can be locked open at 90 degree,s if necessary.
The fact that it can open both directions might seem unnecessary when used in conjunction with a stairwell...and while that is mostly true, keep in mind that it means that you can also install the gate in such a way as to allow the door to open toward you to the right or turn it around and let it open toward you to the left.
Also great is that it comes with a couple of extension pieces that allow you to use it across an opening up to 62.25” inches. If you are looking to span a wider opening, then this is a great option.
Type #2: Round Posts on One Side or Both Sides
If you have banisters on one or both sides of the bottom of your stairway, you will need to purchase some special adaptors to secure your choice of pressure-mount gate to them.
There are 2 best products for this scenario:
This is the same gate described in the section above. You will just need to add special adaptors, such as the Baby Gate Guru Extra Long M10 (10mm) Stair Banister Adapter Y-Spindle Rods discussed below.
This gate is chock full of features that you want in a baby gate...it has a one-handed latching mechanism, it can swing both ways (see above to see how that is still a benefit if you are using it at the bottom of stairs), and it closes automatically.
You can choose whether to use it as a pressure-mount or a permanently mounted gate. If necessary, you can buy extensions that will allow it to fill a gap up to 111 inches.
The fact that it can open both directions might seem unnecessary when used in conjunction with a stairwell...and while that is mostly true, keep in mind that it means that you can also install the gate in such a way to allow the door to open toward you to the right or turn it around and let it open toward you to the left.
The most important feature of this gate, however, is that not only will it install on flat surfaces (one or both), but you can also buy special adapters designed to fit around your round balusters or newel posts at the bottom of the stairs.
When I say “around” I don’t mean completely around, but rather these interesting Y-shaped pieces are designed to grasp/push against a round surface for the purpose of pressure-mounting a gate.
Talk about handy! They are rubber-lined so that they don’t mar the wood on your post, and they work with a few different gates, but for sure with this one.
Please remember that these are not designed to be used at the top of a stairway...even if it seems tempting, as they are still part of a pressure-mounting system.
The adaptors come in packs of two, so if you have round posts on both sides, you will need to buy two sets
If you have newel posts that are round at the top, but square/flat on the bottom, you could buy one set and use them for just the top of the two newel posts, while letting the regular gate pressure-mounts do their job at the bottom of the posts.
As an alternative to these pressure-mount adapters, you can also simply use one of the previously mentioned banister mounting adaptor kits, though they are a bit more pricey:
Type #3: Only One Normal Anchor Point or None at All
If you don’t have any anchor points at the bottom of your stairway, but rather a large open space, you will need either a play yard or super wide gate that can extend outward and attach to various spots farther away.
This is an awesome 28-inch tall steel gate with lots of great features.
It is perfect for when you need to secure a wide area or have configuration issues at the bottom of a stairwell.
It mounts permanently, so as long as you can reach from one anchor point to another...up to 192” apart (16 feet!).
It has a walk-thru gate with one-handed operation with a safety locking feature. Plus, the panels are removable if you don’t need all of them, and the whole gate is foldable for storage.
One really cool thing about this gate is that it is very configurable. Each panel can be adjusted to fit almost any opening. This means it works great for wide spaces, angled openings, a hallway, a doorway, the bottom of stair, or as a barrier around a large, unsafe object or space.
It is easy to set up and doesn’t require any tools, but includes a 4-pack of wall mounts to attach it that way, if preferred. Besides being used a traditional baby gate, it can also attach to itself and be used as a stand-alone play yard.
It is not fancy by any means, but it is definitely functional and can turn an unsafe area into a protected one. One word of caution: It does state in the manual that it is not designed for use at the top of stairs.
- Covers a very wide area
- One-handed operation
- Has removable panels
- Foldable for storage
- Can also be used as a play yard
- Does not require any tools to set up
- Comes with 4 wall mounts to be used if desired
- A bit pricey
- Some reports of it sliding around some
- Must use even, not odd, amount of panels for installation
- Cannot be used at the top of stairs
Overall this gate has received raving reviews. It is versatile and supplies a solution to a very real problem in some homes. If you need this kind of coverage, this gate will give you the answer you’ve been seeking. It may not be perfect in every way, but then again, it just might.
This extra-wide baby gate can be a permanently-mounted barrier or used as a free-standing play yard (up to 10 square feet).
It has 10 configurable panels that lock into place and stands 30 inches high. (There are also smaller 6-panel and 8-panel options, if desired).
The swinging walk-thru door panel features a child-proof, double-locking system which can be operated with one hand by an adult. The powder-coat finished metal is sleek and stylish and works well with any home’s decor.
The mounting hardware easily accommodates extra-tall baseboards. Plus, this gate can be mounted to angled walls and can be infinitely extended with extension panels (which are sold separately) to span extra-wide areas.
- Infinitely expandable with extra, optional panels (sold separately)
- Double-locking mechanism on walk-thru door
- One-handed operation
- Accommodates extra-tall baseboards
- Can be removed from wall mounts for easy storage
- Walk-thru door is quite narrow (13 ¾”)
- Walk-thru door only opens in one direction
- Walk-thru door can be somewhat difficult to open
- Extra panels have male/female connectors that require panels to be installed in sets of two, which may make you need to add/remove sections that you don’t want.
We love that there are infinite options with this gate! It is affordable and versatile, which makes it a great solution for a home that needs unique configurations with its baby gates! So many consumers are satisfied with this gate that it is easy to give it our recommendation! We also love the price!
Perfect when you need an extra-long gate, but not necessarily the longest, this option will give you from 38-72” of gate to cover your wide opening and it stands 30 inches high.
It can be mounted straight-across or at various angles, making it great for stairways, odd-shaped openings, or being placed in unique configurations.
It has an easy, one-handed operation and a stay-open feature for the walk-thru door.
Made of metal and having a soft white finish, it looks stylish and will blend nicely with your home’s decor. Optional 15-inch extensions are also available for sale, if you need to cover even more space. You can add up to 6 of these to extend the gate up to 162 inches!
- Extra-long with additional extensions available for purchase
- Can be installed at an angle
- One-handed operation
- Walk-thru door with stay-open feature
- Can be removed from wall brackets for easy storage
- Some of the plastic parts may not hold up over time
- Bottom brackets too low and may have to be installed into your baseboards
This is a great option for when you need an extra-long, hardware-mounted gate. It isn’t the longest on the market, but has a great range, especially with the optional extensions. It has received great reviews from other consumers and comes highly-recommended if you are looking for these dimensions.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Do you need baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs?
Yes, stairs are one of the most dangerous places for young children, so we recommend not only gating the top of the stairs, but also the bottom. If there is no gate at the bottom of stairs, then some children may be able to climb up and could potentially tumble back down.
2. When should I start using them?
We recommend installing baby gates on stairs just before your child begins to get mobile. For most children, this is usually when they are about 5 months old. If your child is learning to scoot or crawl, then that is definitely your cue to make sure that baby gates are firmly in place.
3. What age should stair gates be removed?
That depends. Baby gates are usually very adequate to contain a child who is about 2.5 years old or less, but this can vary depending on their strength, height, and climbing ability. For this reason, if your child is tall and can bend over the gate, is capable of climbing over the gate, or can unlatch it themself, then it is time to simply remove it.
Some Do’s and Don'ts about baby gates for stairs
- Install baby gates at the top of stairs
- Install baby gates at the bottom of stairs
- Only use a permanently-mounted gate at the top of stairs
- Make sure gate hardware is firmly attached into wood trim or frame
- Choose a gate with no “trip-bar” for the top of stairs
- Install stair gates just before your child is learning how to crawl
- Only use gates that are designed as safety gates for children (not pets)
- Keep gates closed and latched
- Don’t use pressure-mounted gates at the top of stairs
- Don’t select a gate that automatically closes for the top of stairs
- Don’t install your baby gate too high (gap should be 3 inches or less from floor)
- Don’t install a gate that swings open over stairs
- Don’t climb over your baby gate
- Don’t leave baby unattended even with baby gates installed
Tips to install, use and care for your baby gate for stairs properly
Before attempting to install your baby gate for stairs, make sure that you have measured the opening and have all the pieces handy and laid out. Also, make sure that you have read any instructions that came with your gate and have the proper tools ready.
All top of stairs gates are permanently-mounted and will require that you install the brackets with screws. If your opening has a wooden door frame, you will likely need an electric screw gun to drill a pilot hole with a small drill bit before screwing the brackets into place. If there is only drywall to screw into, make sure to use drywall anchors to ensure that the screws hold properly.
Make sure that you measure properly and mark the wall before attempting to install the brackets. Most permanently-mounted gates are a bit tricky to install, so we suggest having a helper to hold everything in place as you measure, align, and screw everything into place. Sometimes a second set of hands just makes the whole process simpler!
If you are installing a gate at the bottom of your stairs, you have the option to use a pressure-mounted gate. These can be easy or difficult to install, depending on the type. Plan accordingly to have everything laid out and don’t hesitate to ask someone to help you to make it easier overall.
If you have balusters, newel posts, spindles, or other round or square posts at the top or bottom of your stairs, be prepared to install a mounting adaptor kit as discussed earlier on this page to give yourself a proper surface to install your gate onto.
Keep in mind that these types of mounting kits use up several inches of the opening, so install them before pulling the measurement of the opening and deciding what size of gate you will need. Most gates are adjustable somewhat, but best to know ahead of time what size you will need so that you don’t order a gate that won’t fit!
If the gates you use at the top and bottom of your stairs become dirty over time, simply use a washcloth to wipe it down with mild soap and water.
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So there you have it, a whole array of the best baby gates for stairs that provide baby-proofing solutions for your staircase ...up, down, and all-around!
I hope you feel a lot more confident now about what choices make the most sense and what will and what won’t work the best! Keep safe and…
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