Best Baby Gates for Top of Stairs

Parents want the safest environment possible to protect their babies, toddlers and even pets. After you’ve covered all the electrical plugs and installed the cabinet locks, it’s time to select a baby gate to meet the needs of your growing family. A gate secured at the top of your stairs will give you peace of mind that your child is protected from taking a dangerous tumble down the stairs. Don’t wait until there’s been an accident to install a baby gate. Use the following to help you select the best baby gate for your stairs.

Regalo, The Easy Step Walk Thru Baby Gate

Features: Pressure mounted baby gate constructed with a sturdy steel frame; fits most door frames with its’ 29 1/2 inch to 34 inch expansion; comes complete with extension kit of 6 inches-a total of 40 inches for larger doorways; the latch or safety lock is a lever style handle, which can be opened with one hand by an adult; stands 31 inches in height.

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Pros: Affordable, easy to install, 6 inch expansion kit is included, has a 90 day manufacturer’s warranty, meets safety standards and certifications of both Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

Cons: Color may not fit all home decor, may not be tall enough for some situations, gate swings one way, may not be suitable for larger breed dogs.

Summer, Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk Thru Baby Gate

Features: Extra tall baby gate standing 36 inches; Options to pressure or hardware mount; gate capacity can fit door opening of 28 to 48 inches using the two 4 1/2 inch and one 9 inch extensions, included.

Pros: The gate swings both ways to accommodate both side access; closes shut after it swings open; has one hand easy adult latch operation, stylish arch design and bronze color.

Cons: Recommended for safety protection for babies and children 6 months and up to 24 months, you may need to consider a different gate for older toddlers.

Munchkin, Easy-Close Metal Gate

Features: Double lock gate with optional 3rd lock at base for ultimate security; steel frame; closes easily; gate swings both directions; accommodates door frame openings of 29 1/2 to 35 inches and comes with one 2 3/4 inch extension; additional extension kits can add up to 54 inches in gate area; stands 29 1/2 inches.

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Pros: Extra security with 3rd lock at the base; Manufacturer furnishes a one year warranty.

Cons: Color, only comes with one extension; may not be tall enough for mid to large size pets, may need to be secured with screws rather than pressure when using expansions.

Regalo, Easy Step “Extra Tall” Walk Through Gate

Features:Similar to the standard height version; it’s a pressure mounted baby gate constructed with a sturdy steel frame; fits in most door frames with its’ 29 1/2 inch to 34 inch expansion; comes complete with an extension kit of 6 inches-a total of 40 inches for larger doorways; the latch or safety lock is a lever style handle which can be opened with one hand by an adult; stands extra tall at 41 inches.

Pros:Affordable, easy to install, 6 inch expansion kit is included, has a 90 day manufacturer’s warranty, meets safety standards and certifications of both Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). If used as a pet gate, this product can accommodate larger dogs.

Cons: Color, adjustments to original expansion may be needed when using the expansion kit.

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