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Best Baby Gates for Top of Stairs | Baby Gate for Stairs

Updated on October 23, 2014

Do you need to prevent your child from falling down from stairs?

To keep your child from falling from stairs, you need one of the best baby gates for top of stairs. Once your little one starts crawling, they're very mobile and try to get wherever they possibly can. If you live in a two-story house, or if there are any stairs in your house, protecting your child from falling from them is essential. Probably the best (and certainly the safest for the child) way is by installing baby gates at top of stairs. This way, even if your little one gets near the stairway, they still won't be able to get to the stairs and possibly fall down.

Please note that baby gates will work only for a certain amount of time - once your toddler learns how to open the gate (they need to be tall enough to do that and figure out how the opening mechanism works), the gates aren't safe anymore.

Features of baby gates for top of stairs

Every baby gate is designed in a way that adults can easily open and close the gate while preventing children from doing that. In most cases the way how you open the gate doesn't really matter, just make sure you can do it with one hand without any issues. This way, if you'll carry your child or a shopping bag, you'll still be able to open the gate. When you're looking for the best baby gates for stairs, you need a hardware-mounted gate, one that screws into banister or wall.

Pressure-mounted gates just don't work with banister and might be not safe enough for walls. Plus, a pressure-mounted gate would do a lot more damage to the banister after using it for some time. If you'll buy gates that open only in one direction, make sure they'll swing open toward the landing, not over the stairs, provided it's possible, One more thing, if you plan to often carry shopping bags and that sort of things, you might want to choose safety gate that opens as a whole, not a gate with a narrow door in the middle.

Cardinal Gates Stairway Special Gate

Cardinal Gates Stairway Special Gate
Cardinal Gates Stairway Special Gate

Cardinal Gates Stairway Special Gate is made of aluminum, which means it's pretty lightweight and rustproof. It expands from 27" to 42.5'' and is 29.5 inches tall. You can easily open it with one hand and it features an optional stop bracket that prevents opening the door over a stairway. The gate, unlike most others, can be installed at a slight angle without affecting its latch or effectiveness, which is huge in some situations. It's easy to install, very sturdy and does its jobs well.

Check out the video below to get to know how the latch works!

Evenflo Top of Stair Plus Gate

Evenflo Top of Stair Plus Gate
Evenflo Top of Stair Plus Gate

Evenflo Top of Stair Plus Gate is a hardware-mounted wooden gate. It expands from 30" to 48" wide and is 32'' tall. It features a removable swing control (it prevents door from swinging past a certain point), so you can easily make sure that the door swing open only towards the landing and not over the stairs. If you won't install the swing control, it can be opened in either direction. Customers find it very sturdy and safe.

Summer Infant Extra Tall Decorative Walk-Thru Gate

Summer Infant Extra Tall Decorative Walk-Thru Gate
Summer Infant Extra Tall Decorative Walk-Thru Gate

Summer Infant Extra Tall Decorative Walk-Thru Gate is pressure-mounted, but it also features all the hardware needed to hardware-mount it into the wall, which is essential for baby gates for stairs. It fits openings 28'' (71 cm) to 48'' (122 cm) wide and is 36'' (91 cm) high. The door swings closed and locks automatically. It's sturdy and looks pretty good. The most important disadvantage of this safety gate is that it doesn't open as a whole, but features door which aren't that wide. If you need a safety gate in a place where you often go through with some bags or suitcases, it's definitely better to choose Cardinal Gates Stairway Special Gate.

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