How To Select the Right Baby Gate

Choose the Right Baby Gate in Three Easy Steps:

Finding the perfect baby safety gate can be a challenge, but by following these three steps, you’ll be able to make an informed decision:

Consider the location

If you need to secure the top of the stairs, it’s crucial to choose a gate that can be securely hardware mounted to the wall. Avoid using pressure mounted gates for this purpose. However, if you’re blocking off a room or preventing climbing up the stairs, both hardware mounted and pressure mounted gates can be suitable.

Measure the opening

To ensure a proper fit, measure the width and height of the area where the gate will be installed. Baby gates come in different sizes, so it’s important to find one that will securely fit your space. Some gates may require an extension kit for larger openings.

Account for special circumstances

If you have a banister, molding, hollow wall, or wrought iron railing, you may need a gate installation kit to create a suitable mounting surface. These kits also come in handy when you want to mount a baby gate without creating any holes in your banisters.

By considering these factors, you’ll be well-equipped to select the right baby gate for your specific needs. Remember to keep in mind the recommended age range for each gate, typically between 6 months and 3 years. As a general rule, if the top of the gate is at or below a child’s shoulder height, it’s time to stop using it.

Installing a Baby Gate in Unique Spaces

When it comes to mounting a baby gate in areas with hollow walls, wrought iron railings, banisters, or moldings/baseboards, an additional solution is required. Gate installation kits are specifically designed to create a stable surface for mounting gates. These kits are essential for installations that go beyond standard wood framed door openings.