Top 5 Baby Gates To Protect Your Little One

Keep your toddler safe and sound

The arrival of a tiny new family member is always a joyous time, but it’s also a time of stress without compare. Keeping a small child safe during the early period of their life, when even the mundane can be dangerous, can be quite the challenge. But luckily there are plenty of things we can do to make out home better suited to your little arrival

One way to ensure that toddlers don’t injure themselves is to control which parts of the house they can access. The best way to achieve this is by using baby gates, which can be fitted at various places in just about every room. The most common – and most important – place that needs baby gates are stairs, because a toddler who only just started learning how to walk can injure themselves by tripping up or falling down a flight of stairs.

Baby gates can also be used to cordon off other sources of danger. If you want your baby to roam around the house with relative freedom, using baby gates in conjunction with similar small fences can keep them away from appliances, glass objects, sharp corners and furniture where you store items that might be hazardous.

If baby-proofing every room isn’t feasible, these gates are the perfect solution to limiting your little one’s movement. It’s important to ensure that outlets are covered, the edges of furniture have bumpers and that there are no loose cables around if we want to avoid any accidents, and setting that up in the entire house can be too much of a hassle. Just baby-proof a few rooms where they’re most likely to roam and play, and fence them off with baby gates.

When looking at which baby gates to buy, it’s important to know the material of the gate in order to gauge its strength. If your toddler can break it, it’s useless. Another important factor is what kind of latch it uses. Baby gates use locking systems that should be easy for an adult to use, but as secure as Fort Knox if you’re only just learning motor skills! Some latch designs simply fail and even a baby can open them up.

It’s important to check what manner of installation the gate relies on. If it works with pressure and friction, you won’t need to drill any holes or use tools to set it up, which is a major bonus. These gates can be removed without leaving a mark and adjust to fit your baby’s needs as they grow. It’s also key that a given baby gate includes all hardware, lest you run into additional costs – and an unplanned extra trip to the hardware store.

Most higher quality baby gates include an optional two-way stopper that is recommended for use when installing the gate at the end of a flight of stairs. Another feature that is thankfully common, and extremely useful, is auto-locking. Gates that have this automatically swing back closed by design and the latch catches back on its own, so you’ll never find yourself having accidentally left it open.

If you happen to be like a surprisingly large amount of people, maybe you’re not even looking at baby gates to secure a baby – but your pets! Many pet owners rely on baby gates to control the movements of indoor pets, and most of the gates we’ve reviewed below fulfill this additional purpose as well. If you’re looking for a pet gate, it’s worth checking these products out too!

We’ve collected five of the best baby gates you can buy today in this list to make your decision-making process a little easier!

Quick Look: Top 5 Baby Gates

RankNameFeaturesProsCons
1Regalo Easy Step Baby Gate• Expands up to 38.5 inches
• One handed latch
• Modular
• Auto close
• Possible wall damage
2Regalo 56-Inch Extra WideSpan Baby Gate• 3 expansion modules
• One handed latch
• Modular & Cross-Compatible
• Sturdy
• Expensive
3Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Baby Gate• Steel
• Spans up to 45-Inch gaps
• Stylish
• Modular
• Expensive
• Latch could be better
4Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate• Spans 192-Inch gaps
• Can be converted to playpen
• Size
• Versatility
• Limited case-use basis
• Expensive
5North States 47.85" Easy Swing & Lock Baby Gate• Designed for use with stairs
• Sliding expansion
• Sturdy
• One handed latch
• Limited installation possibilities
• Installation requires drilling

Regalo Easy Step 38.5-Inch Extra Wide Walk Thru Baby Gate

Regalo is a brand you will encounter often when looking at baby gates,= and their products have become staples of the market for good reason. With a wide range of options covering most needs, you’ll likely find one model or other that looks like it’s what you’re looking for – but they’re not all made equal.

The Easy Step 38.5-Inch baby gate is a modular, metal gate that can be fitted into openings of various sizes. It’s a popular choice, and we can see why – it’s quite feature-rich, high quality, and durable. Read on for our detailed thoughts.

Standout Feature

The modularity of the Regalo Easy Step is its obvious strength. The package includes an extension module that can be added to the main unit, which allows it to cover the maximum breadth of 38.5 inches. Using this extension, it can be fitted in gaps between 35 inches and the maximum width. However if you want to install the baby gate at a narrower location, you can remove the extension allowing it to cover a 29-Inch to 34-Inch gap.

Additional Features

The Regalo Easy Step can be installed easily with four pressure mounts. These mounts are fixed on screw threads which give the unit its adjustable width. These mounting points are sufficiently secure, but do not require any tools nor do you need to drill any holes to install it.

This feature also means that uninstalling and packing it up is equally hassle-free. If you’re going on a vacation or visiting relatives overnight who don’t have a babyproofed home, just take this baby gate with you and set it up just as easily. You need to pay attention however, since the pressure mounts can damage the walls.

While the latch is easy to use for an adult, you needn’t worry about the baby opening it. The secure latch can be operated with one hand, and the gate swings back shut automatically. If you experience a gap between the latch and the frame, you simply need to loosen the top mounting point which will essentially force the two components closer together – this is not a defect, but the gate is designed this way.

Pros

  • Modular
  • Easy to install
  • Sturdy

Drawbacks

  • Mounts can damage wall

Why It’s Our #1 Choice

The Regalo Easy Step combines just about everything we were looking for in a baby gate. The sturdy, modular design means it can fulfill its role in a wide range of locations, while the easy installation makes it a highly accessible and convenient model. It’s also affordable without being cheap and flimsy.

Summary

The modularity and strength already make the Regalo Easy Step a great choice, but the intuitive latch design and ease of installation really elevate it above the competition. Unless you need to install a baby gate specifically somewhere where this model doesn’t fit, we don’t see why you’d choose a different one.

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Regalo Easy Step 38.5-Inch Extra Wide Walk Thru Baby Gate, Includes 6-Inch Extension Kit, 4 Pack Pressure Mount Kit, 4 Pack Wall Cups and Mounting Kit
9,890 Reviews
Regalo Easy Step 38.5-Inch Extra Wide Walk Thru Baby Gate, Includes 6-Inch Extension Kit, 4 Pack Pressure Mount Kit, 4 Pack Wall Cups and Mounting Kit
  • EXTRA WIDE: Expands to fit openings between 29-34 and 35-38.5 inches wide. Stands 30 inches tall. Please be sure measure your opening prior to purchase to ensure proper fit.Also Note, this gate will...
  • EASY TO USE AND SET UP: Pressure mount design that is quick to set up. Please note, before installation there will be a gap between the gate latch and the frame which is NOT a defect and it is NOT...
  • ADJUSTABLE: Includes a 6-inch wide extension kit and 4 pressure mount spindle rods. Perfect for doorway, hallway and bottom of stair use. Gate can quickly be removed out of the opening for easy...
  • DURABLE AND CONVENIENT: The all steel design is durable and convenient with a walk-through door. Certified to both JPMA and ASTM standards.
  • SAFETY: Includes multiple safety-lock features, four wall cups for added security and mounting hardware. Perfect for children 6-24 months. Great for PETS TOO.

Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Baby Gate

Summer Infant’s Multi-Use Deco baby gate asks the question of why baby gates can’t be stylish and decorative, and answers with “sure they can”. Most baby gates are white with pretty sterile designs that don’t really fit into most interior decoration styles.

While safety is certainly the main concern when choosing which baby gate to purchase, in most cases the aesthetics don’t hinder the function of the gate. The gate itself is 36 inches tall and can be modified to reach varying widths.

Standout Feature

The stylish design of the Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco baby gate is definitely its strong suit. If you want to keep things elegant and visually appealing while simultaneously ensuring a safe environment for your baby or pet, this is the perfect choice. There’s no need to compromise your home’s looks in the name of safety.

Additional Features

Of course, looks aren’t everything. The Multi-Use Deco can be easily installed using four pressure mounts, which in unison with the modular extensions allow it to be fitted in any gap ranging from 28.5 inches to 45 inches. There are a total of 3 extension units, with two small and one medium-sized ones.

The door is auto-locking and swings back on its own effectively preventing accidents, and the latch is designed to be usable with just one hand. The latch is a bit of a weak point on this model since the design can jam, negating the whole one-hand feature.

Included in the package is an optional stopper that can prevent the gate from opening both ways, which it does by default. It’s recommended to use this stopper if you are installing the gate at a stairwell, in which case included hardware can be used for a more secure installation, however this involves drilling.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Modular
  • Easy to install

Drawbacks

  • Latch design could be better
  • You pay extra for the flashy design

Summary

The Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco baby gate is a great model that can keep your baby securely confined to safe spaces without being an eyesore, and the modularity and ease of installation are great bonuses. It couldn’t nab our #1 placement due to the problematic latch design, and the fact that it costs significantly more than most in spite of not having any special features beyond the design.

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Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate, Bronze (28.5 - 48 Inch)
6,906 Reviews
Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate, Bronze (28.5 - 48 Inch)
  • Pressure mounted installation for use between rooms with optional hardware mounts included for installation on stairways
  • 36" tall gate fits openings 28.5"-45" wide. Dual locking, auto-close walk through door
  • Removable door stopper for use at top of stairs, prevents gate from opening towards staircase
  • Hardware is included for extra secure mounting at top of stairs, or pressure mount for a secure installation that doesn't leave marks on walls
  • Note : Refer to the PDF attached below in Technical Specification for User Manual

Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate

Sometimes you need a baby gate to fulfill a role that the majority of products simply don’t cover. What if you need to install a baby gate in an impossibly wide room that simply isn’t covered by most models? That’s where Regalo’s super wide baby gate comes in, which blurs the line between baby gate and baby wall.

Standout Feature

The clear standout feature of the Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate is its impressive width. Coming with a veritable horde of removable hinged extension elements, this model can easy span some of the biggest rooms in your home if need be.

The adjustable elements can even the wrapped around in the circle and joined at the ends creating a playpen that’s enclosed without even being fixed to any wall. The versatility of the expansion modules mean that this baby gate can be installed in oddly shaped rooms, angled openings and more.

Additional Features

The entire structure is made of steel and is thus more than sufficiently sturdy, and comes with a set of four wall mounts. Due to the sheer size and weight of this massive baby fence, simple pressure mounts wouldn’t really cut it, necessitating fixed hardware mounts. You’ll need to drill a few holes to securely install this gargantuan baby gate.

The latch design leaves nothing to be desired, with a functional one-hand system and auto-closing. The latch can make or break a given baby gate design, and this one is well executed. You needn’t worry about your little one Houdini-ing themselves out of it.

Something this large and made of solid steel is bound to be somewhat ungainly, however the Regalo Super-Wide can be folded into a relatively flat storage mode, meaning it won’t take up too much space when not in use, or in case you’re traveling.

Pros

  • Massive
  • Multifunctional
  • One-handed latch

Drawbacks

  • Installation requires drilling
  • Expensive

Summary

The Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate solves a very specific problem. This means that if you have that particular problem, this is [b]the[/b] baby gate for you, but if you don’t, there’s no point to buy it. It excels in what it sets out to do, but that purpose just isn’t common enough to warrant giving it our #1 placement.

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Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts
4,633 Reviews
Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts
  • SUPERWIDE: Fits opens up to 192 inches wide and stands 28 inches tall
  • 2-IN-1: Can convert from a super wide gate to an 8-panel play yard. No tools require, quick and easy. Includes 4 pack of wall mounts
  • CONFIGURABLE: Each panel can be adjusted to fit almost any opening. Great for wide spaces, angled openings, hallway, doorway, bottom of stairs or barrier. Folds flat for storage
  • DURABLE AND CONVENIENT: The all steel design is durable and convenient with a walk-through door
  • SAFETY: designed with a walk-through door with safety locking feature. Wall mounted for added security and protection. Meets all current safety standards. For children up to 24 months and great for...

North States 47.85″ Easy Swing & Lock Baby Gate

The North States Easy Swing & Lock baby gate differs in its design from all of the other baby gates on this list, relying on a different principle to span gaps of varying widths. It’s also ideally suited for use at stairwells and is specifically geared for security and sturdiness.

Standout Feature

The North States 47.85″ Easy Swing & Lock Baby Gate is a perfect choice if you want to install a baby gate right at a staircase. The full steel construction has vertical bars spaced and sized to be unconducive to climbing yet still close enough to one another to prevent a toddler from fitting through.

Installation is also more involved than simple pressure mounts. It does require tools and the drilling of a few holes to make it truly sturdy and secure.

Additional Features

While the installation is necessary to make this baby gate truly safe at the top of a flight of stairs, it’s also a bit of a drawback since it lacks the convenience of pressure mounts. It can also be installed on solid materials like wood or metal, and isn’t suited to be mounted on sheetrock, plaster or some other wall types.

This baby gate can span gaps between 28.68 inches and 47.85 inches in width. While the other gates we’ve looked at use extension modules added to either side, then fine-tuned with pressure mounts using screws, the North States model consists of two panels right next to each other that slide apart in-line, allowing you to make it wider or narrower.

The latch used by the North States Easy Swing & Lock Baby Gate can be easily operated with one hand allowing easy passage, yet is secure enough not to be operated by a child. It also swings back automatically and self-locks, so you don’t need to worry about baby taking a tumble down the stairs because you’re forgetful.

Pros

  • Sturdy
  • Ideal for stairs

Drawbacks

  • Installation requires drilling
  • Can only be installed on certain materials

Summary

The North States 47.85″ Easy Swing & Lock Baby Gate is a great choice if you specifically want a solution for closing off a flight of stairs that also happen to be made of wood or metal. There is nothing functionally wrong with this model, but it requires a lot of the user without some of the features we love in other gates.

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North States 47.85' Easy Swing & Lock Baby Gate: Ideal for Standard or Wider stairways, Swings to self-Lock. Hardware Mount (mounts Included). Fits 28.68'-47.85' Wide (31' Tall, Bronze)
1,731 Reviews
North States 47.85" Easy Swing & Lock Baby Gate: Ideal for Standard or Wider stairways, Swings to self-Lock. Hardware Mount (mounts Included). Fits 28.68"-47.85" Wide (31" Tall, Bronze)
  • WORRY-FREE SAFETY: Keep your child safe and secure with the Easy-Swing & Lock Gate. With a safety gate that easily swings closed to self-lock, you never have to worry about forgetting. Safe for babies...
  • STRONG DURABLE CONSTRUCTION: The sturdy, kid-tough steel construction with vertical bars for a difficult-to-climb frame, paired with a decorative matte bronze finish incorporates style and function in...
  • SIMPLE TO USE: Create extra safety with a gate that swings open fully - no threshold bar to step over. Combined with an easy, one-hand operating latch, getting in and out is nearly effortless which is...
  • IDEAL FOR WIDER SPACES: Accommodating spaces measuring 28.68" - 47.85" wide (wider than similar gates!), this barrier is perfect for a variety of room openings, hallways and stairways. Comes with...
  • PLEASE NOTE: When installing this gate do not mount hardware into sheetrock or plaster. Hardware is included for use in solid materials only such as wood or metal.

Regalo 56-Inch Extra WideSpan Baby Gate

The Regalo 56-Inch Extra WideSpan is very similar to its smaller cousin, the Easy Step. It utilizes many of the same elements, but in a different configuration. In terms of features, you’re looking at basically the same loadout as the first Regalo model, just with more modules allowing you to fill different gaps.

Standout Feature

Just like the Easy Step, the Widespan excels in its modular design. Various configurations allow you to fit the baby gate into any gap spanning 29 inches to 56 inches in width. Three expansion modules come packed with this model, all three in different sizes.

Additionally, all Regalo baby gates in this product family are cross-compatible. This means that the modules from the WideSpan are compatible with the Easy Step, so if you plan to purchase multiple baby gates for gaps of varying sizes and end up buying Regalo gates for all of them, the components will work with each other.

Additional Features

The Regalo Widespan shares all of its other features with the Easy Step. The latch, the construction and the pressure mounts facilitating easy installation are all identical. Using the included wall cups can prevent any damage to the wall you intend to install the baby gate on.

The latch can be easily operated with one hand. The same gap can be observed here as on the other model, which will disappear once you’ve securely installed the baby gate. The door swings back shut automatically when you’re not holding it open, which is a key security feature.

Pros

  • Modularity provides versatility
  • Cross-compatible

Drawbacks

  • Expensive

Summary

The Regalo 56-Inch Extra WideSpan Baby Gate is a sturdy, well made and versatile model that works best when used alongside other Regalo models in homes that require multiple baby gates. That said, it doesn’t particularly stand out on its own, and is a bit overpriced in our opinion.

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Regalo 56-Inch Extra WideSpan Walk Through Baby Gate,  Includes 4-Inch, 8-Inch and 12-Inch Extension, 4 Pack of Pressure Mounts and 4 Pack of Wall Cups and Mounting Kit
2,906 Reviews
Regalo 56-Inch Extra WideSpan Walk Through Baby Gate, Includes 4-Inch, 8-Inch and 12-Inch Extension, 4 Pack of Pressure Mounts and 4 Pack of Wall Cups and Mounting Kit
  • EXTRA WIDE: Expands to fit openings between 29-56 inches wide. Stands 30 inches tall. NOTE: please be sure measure your opening prior to purchase to ensure proper fit.
  • EASY TO USE AND SET UP: Pressure mount design that is quick to set up. Please note, before installation there will be a gap between the gate latch and the frame which is NOT a defect and it is NOT...
  • ADJUSTABLE: Includes a 4, 8 AND 12-inch wide extension kit and 4 pressure mount spindle rods. Perfect for doorway, hallway and bottom of stair use. Gate can quickly be removed out of the opening for...
  • SAFETY CERTIFIED: Includes multiple safety-lock features, four wall cups for added security and mounting hardware. Perfect for children 6-24 months. Great for PETS TOO
  • DURABLE AND CONVENIENT: The all steel design is durable and convenient with a walk-through door. Certified to both JPMA and ASTM standards. Sturdy construction

Overall thoughts

When you’re looking at baby gates, security should always be your first concern, but the market is varied enough to have models that blend security with style. With so many different models geared towards covering gaps of all shapes and sizes, you’re guaranteed to find a great baby gate to fit any need you might have. Make sure to plan ahead, take measurements and be certain that the model you’re buying actually fits the gap you want to install it in.