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Once your baby starts crawling, safety gates become a childproofing essential. The good news is, now parents have more gate choices than ever. There's a solution for just about every space. The challenge is, all these options make it much harder to choose.
But it doesn't have to be complicated. First, identify the areas in your home that need to be gated. Then, for each one, simply ask yourself these four questions:
Safety gates can be divided into three categories, based on size and functionality:
Rule of thumb: measure each space before you shop. To do it right the first time, watch our How to Measure video. Invest a few minutes upfront, and you save yourself a world of aggravation later.
Tip: Once you know the width of your space, find matching gates at a glance by viewing our Safety Gate Selection Chart. (The chart's second column lists each gate's width. Standard gates are listed first; wide and specialty gates follow.)
You have two gate installation choices:
Rule of thumb: Always use hardware gates at stair tops, to separate rooms on different levels, or if you require an extra secure gate. You can use pressure gates to barricade rooms on the same level.
Tip: To learn more about what installation involves, watch our step-by-step installation videos.
Appearance-wise, baby gates have come a long way. You'll find:
Tip: You'll be looking at your gates for some time (safety gates are intended for ages 6-24 months), so choose a style you can live with for a while.
When choosing between features, consider what kind of action your gate will see every day. For example,
Now you're ready to start browsing safety gates! Shop >
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