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Jess Miller is a loving mother that wants to help other parents by giving them helpful parenting tips and reviewing the best products for their children to save them time, money, and hassle.

Brent Marciante says

May 21, 2015 at 10:50 pm

Highly don’;t recommend the Regalo top of stairs gate. Had it for two weeks when daughter noticed and pointed out all metal gate had broken plastic hinge and door was hanging. Worst of all, all the company said was we will pass it on to our engineers. Worst experience ever with that gate and its companies customer service!

Jess Miller says

May 21, 2015 at 11:02 pm

Hi Brent,

Sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience with Regalo. If it broke within 2 weeks it still would have been covered by Regalo’;s 90 day warranty, did you lodge a warranty claim? I hope this experience does not stop you from using a baby gate as they are incredibly useful and effective when they work.

I personally use the North States baby gate, their higher end gates are great quality. I cannot comment on their customer service as nothing has gone wrong (touch wood it doesn’;t!) but it has survived my first child and it looks like it may even survive a second.

Keep being awesome!

Larry says

May 22, 2015 at 2:22 am

Looking for that baby gate alarm. Any one know where to get this??


Jess Miller says

May 22, 2015 at 3:56 am

Hi Larry,

Sounds like you have a jail break issue you need to fix! Currently there is only one alarmed baby gate available on the market, the GMI GuardMaster IV. A quick google search should bring it right up. I have never used or reviewed this product so unfortunately I will not be able to give you the heads up about any quirks that may be involved with this baby gate.

Keep being awesome!

Jane locke says

July 19, 2015 at 2:40 am

do you know of a full size meshed safety gate to keep the cats out of babies room? The only thing I can think of using is a light weight security door but in rental properties this is impossible without landlords permission! Thanks.

Jess Miller says

July 19, 2015 at 7:07 am

Hi Jane,

Cat’;s are notoriously difficult to keep out of rooms. The easily squeeze through baby gate gaps or can clear them in a single bound.

Have you tried an automatic cat spray? Unlike a screw in gate or door, you wont have to ask for your landlords permission. I used one to stop our cat from sleeping in the laundry hamper and it was surprisingly effective.

Keep being awesome!

Maliha says

July 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Is it possible to use the extension of another company gate onto a Bright Two safety gate? The extension of Bright Two gates aren’;t available where I live.

Jess Miller says

July 26, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Hi Maliha,

I could only speculate as to whether or not another brands extension pieces would fit a Bright Two safety gate. Based on my experience with different brands, the extension pieces are not interchangeable. Unfortunately you may have to buy a new baby gate if the one you currently have is not long enough to fence off the gap.

Keep being awesome!

Jennifer says

July 29, 2015 at 6:44 am

Good information. I am not a fan of the step over gates. I find that my baby can push them over without any difficulty. I will be sticking to baby gates with doors in the future.

Jess Miller says

July 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for weighing in. I completely agree with you and I hope all the other parents out there strongly consider not buying this type of baby gate. It may seem like a great deal but you are setting yourself up for disappointment. For another $10-20 you are able to buy a walk through gate that is much sturdier and will last much longer than the poorly made step over type.

Unfortunately I cannot warn everyone. Spread the word so that other parents don’t make the same mistake!

Keep being awesome!

Alice says

July 29, 2015 at 12:36 pm

With your write up I was able to find the ideal baby gate for me. I am very satisfied and could not have done it without your great information. I was wondering if you could recommend any baby gates that are suitable for sliding doors…; The patio kind. You’;re the best!

Jess Miller says

August 2, 2015 at 4:39 am

Hi Alice,

Thanks for the kind words and I hope you are happy with your baby gate purchase. I have not come across any baby gates that are suitable for patio doors. I am in the process of updating this guide and will keep an eye out. If I find one I will let you know!

Keep being awesome!

Nicole says

August 7, 2015 at 8:22 pm

I am looking for a tall baby gate to go in a bedroom doorway. Any recommendations? I prefer pressure mount.

Jess Miller says

August 8, 2015 at 7:03 am

Hi Nicole,

If you want a taller than normal baby gate then the Regalo easy step is a great option. At 41 inches high it can even keep some cats out (older fatter ones anyway). Just be sure to measure your door. While Regalo claims it fits doors from 29 and 34 inches wide, You will need the included wall cups for it to hold tight at 34 inches, otherwise your baby (or pet) will be able to knock it down. Like all Regalo products, it comes with a 90 day limited warranty. It is definitely one of the tallest baby gates out there.

Keep being awesome!

mom2b says

August 10, 2015 at 7:29 pm

You said in another reply above that you do not recommend Regalo but in this reply you do. Which one is it?

Jess Miller says

August 10, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Hi mom2b

Excellent question, If you give me a second, I will explain:

Since posting my original comment, it was brought to my attention that Regalo have updated their product. My Sister was using a pre-2013 model. I am currently in the process of updating this guide (should be finished early September) and with it you will see that my stance has changed somewhat on the Regalo range. Not the entire range mind you, but some of them. The extra tall included.


If you want the tallest baby gate you are pretty much forced to buy Regalo. Seriously, check out the other brands “;extra tall”; offerings:

–; Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate –; ONLY 36″; TALL–; KidCo Gateway Extra Tall and Wide Auto Close Pressure Mount Gate –; ONLY 36″; TALL–; Munchkin Easy-Close Extra Tall and Wide Metal Gate –; ONLY 36″; TALL

All other baby gates claim to be extra tall but come in at a level 36″; while the Regalo has them beat by an extra 5″;. While it may not seem like much it can be the difference between a child being able to scale it or a cat leaping over.

Thanks so much for your question and If I can help you in any other way please let me know!

Keep being awesome!

Andrea says

August 27, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Dreambaby has 39″; height gates

Jess Miller says

August 27, 2015 at 11:38 pm

Hi Andrea,

Thanks for the heads up, I will have a look at the Dreambaby extra tall baby gate when I update this guide. It’;s thanks to people like you that help me create my guides.

Keep being awesome!

Liz says

August 11personalized gifts for kids, 2015 at 3:06 am

Hi! Are there any screw-in extra tall gates that you can recommend for a wide opening (65 inches)? I’;m trying to keep kids in and cats out of a playroom. Thanks!

Jess Miller says

August 11, 2015 at 5:45 am

Hi Liz,

Unfortunately, the wider wider the baby gate the shorter the height. The tallest baby gate I have come across that would fit your wide doorway is 31 inches (Kidco custom fit) which is only 1 or 2 inches taller than a regular extra wider gate so you are better off just choosing a wide baby gate you like. This height will almost certainly keep your young kids in. Unfortunately, unless your cat doesn’;t like to jump or is a fatty catty, it is unlikely to keep a cat out.

To solve the cat problem, why not try this cat spray? It has an automated sensor that sprays the cat when it comes close so you can just set it up and wander off. I use it to keep my cat out of the washing hamper with great success (kitty sure loves that hamper). Maybe setting up two of these either side of your door, angled in would solve the problem? Just some food for thought.

Keep being awesome!

rakhesh says

August 12, 2015 at 2:34 pm

I am looking for a top of stair tall gate. I think Regalo Baby Easy Step Extra Tall Safety Gate 41”; would be suitable. but not sure this can be used as a top of stare gait. Could you confirm that it is safe to use and anything helps to make the gate more stable?

Jess Miller says

August 12, 2015 at 11:23 pm

Hi Rakesh,

Excellent question. The extra tall gate from Regalo can be both pressure mounted and hardware mounted. Included in the box are 4 wall cups that allow you to secure the baby gate to the wall. Of course this means that you will have to have a flat surface either side of the stair opening to screw into.

Just be mindful that the gate does have quite a narrow doorway (the bit you actually walk through). While this may not be a problem for most people, if you carry a washing basket or bags of groceries up your stairs then squeezing past can cause a little bit of trouble.

Keep being awesome!

Lise says

August 17, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Hi, after reading your reviews on gates I think I’;m looking for a custom gate to keep my daughter away from the tv/tv stand. Any suggestions?

Jess Miller says

August 18, 2015 at 1:05 am

Hi Lise,

Excellent question. Be sure to take into consideration just how high your TV actually hits. Most custom baby gates start around the 27 inch mark and are available in both hardware mounted or stand alone where the baby gate can support its own weight and stand upright without leaning against a wall.

Check just how high your TV cabinet is as there is a good chance that your baby gate will block off a portion of your TV screen (which will quickly get annoying when you want to see exactly what Rick and Amber are up to now). If your TV is lower than the average sized baby gate then you will want a stand alone so that you can remove it when you watch TV. This may get tiring but your baby will soon outgrow the need for the baby gate and you can get back to your usual TV watching schedule.

So if you can get away with a hardware mounted baby gate then I strongly recommend the North States Super Yard (30 inches high).

If you want a free standing gate that you can remove at will then the Richell Free Standing Pet Gate isn’;t a bad choice, it comes in smaller sizes too but just be sure to choose the HL version which sits at 27 inches. While it is designed for pets, it is also just high enough to keep babies out. Just be sure to avoid putting anything neat the gate that your baby can use to climb over.

There are also cheaper accordion style free standing baby gates which are good but I cannot seem to locate the brand that I used to use and I cannot comment on the others since I have not used them.

Keep being awesome.

Rakhesh says

August 17, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Thanks for your answer. but is Regalo Baby Easy Step Extra Tall Safety Gate 41” is pressure mounted not hardware. Is it safe? Could they push or slide it off or stable enough?

Jess Miller says

August 18, 2015 at 12:02 am

Hi Rakhesh,

While the Regalo Extra Tall IS pressure mounted, it comes with mounting cups that can be screwed into the wall. The gate is then “;locked in”; using these cups. Technically when mounted in the cups the gate becomes hardware mounted. If the cups are installed correctly and your walls are perfectly parallel then the baby gate seems to hold up to a good old fashioned baby temper tantrum. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully when installing.

Keep being awesome!

Khadeejah says

August 18, 2015 at 1:23 am


Found your guide very helpful, I am looking for something to go from my kitchen island to the wall as well as something to go from the other side of the island to a cabinet. I don’;t want to use hardware because it will ruin my cabinet. do you have any suggestions?

Jess Miller says

August 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm

Hi Khadeejah,

It all depends on whether your kitchen island to cabinets and kitchen island to wall are all perfectly flat, without any handles in the way. A pressure mounted gate will work if the distance is not too great but you will be unable to open any cabinets or drawers that the gate leans against. Unfortunately without seeing a picture I can only guess as to what would be the best baby gate for your situation.

Keep being awesome!

Renee says

August 23, 2015 at 3:42 pm

We are grandparents and we have our 1 year old over often. which gate do you recommend for the bottom of a stairway?

Jess Miller says

August 24, 2015 at 12:16 am

Hi Renee,

It would all depend on the bottom of your stairs. If the bottom step sticks way out you could always go with a Super Yard, this baby gate is not only a ply pen but can mount around unusually shaped stairs. So you are effectively fencing off not only the bottom of your stairs but some of the area around it.

If you can mount the baby gate between your wall and banister/baluster then most hardware mounted baby gates will do the job, you can use a y-spindle or banister mounting kit according to the shape of your stairs.

While many parents still use pressure mounted gates at the bottom of the stairs and hardware mounted at the top, I prefer to keep both hardware mounted. I have heard many stories of toddlers hanging off the baby gate at the bottom of the stairs when suddenly the gate would slip, sending the toddler to the ground with the baby gate on top of him. Even if this doesn’;t hurt him (on carpet you might be lucky, tiles not so much) it gives the baby free access to the stairs.

Keep being awesome!

Ian B says

August 31, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Hello, some great information here. I have a question about top of stairs gates. We have a door down to the basement but it doesn’;t stay firmly closed so we are going to get a gate. I can’;t seem to find anything about using a gate and having a door. The issue with the door can’;t be fixed easily I should add.I’;d love to hear you thoughts.



Jess Miller says

August 31, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Hi Ian,

That is a great question. Without seeing your problem specifically I can recommend a couple of solutions:

1. You remove the door completely and hardware mount a baby gate between the door frame.

2. You fix the basement door open so that it cannot be moved and install a baby gate.

3. Try installing a Bow Wow Barrier. It’;s a fabric gate for dogs that can be used on the front door. The door can be fully closed or partially opened without removing the gate. I would give the company a call to discuss it’;s suitability for what you want to use it for however.

If you can get away with either of the first two options then just remember: it’;s only temporary. Your little one will be past this stage before you know it. When that happens you can remove the baby gate and be on your merry way.

Keep being awesome!

Tracy says

September 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Hi , I have purchased 3 different baby gates for the top of my stairs and I am having no luck. My stairs are a closed wall on one side (fine, no problem) but the other side is a wall with a railing and unfortunately the hand rail goes up a little to high. While I can hard mount the gates to the wall (on both side, luckily), but which way should I have the gate swing open. I live in a cape style house so my top landing is very small. Should the gate swing open to the landing? Other wise my option is to have it open to the staircase, which would then have it hit the hand railing each time it swings open, essentially (in due time) destroying the railing. Any suggestions!!! Thanks!

Jess Miller says

September 4, 2015 at 11:42 pm

Hi Tracy,

Isn’;t it frustrating when your house just doesn’;t fit the norm. I like to avoid baby gates opening out over stairs. If your baby was to run past you it is a surefire recipe for a tumble. If you can get away with this even with your smaller landing then it will be much safer for you and your baby and won’;t ruin your lovely rail either.

I am having a little trouble picturing your staircase so correct me if this is wrong:

You have a wall on one side and the stairway rail on the other.

If this is the case, could you get away with a hardware mounted baby gate that can have y-spindles attached? It may offer you a tiny bit more room (which may make all the difference) So you would be mounting one side of the gate against the wall and pressing against the smaller vertical sections of your rail (known as balusters or stair sticks) on the other side. Of course using this method you would have to double check that your balusters can take a baby gate pressing against them as some older wooden balusters pop right out.

Keep being awesome!

Rebecca says

September 6, 2015 at 2:46 am

Hey there! I’;m wondering if you have any recommendations for a baby gate with a hold open feature. (Preferably pressure-mounted) We want to mount at top and bottom of stairs, but we don’;t want to strand our pooch all day when no one is home. I’;ve seen mixed reviews on dream baby and it’;s the only brand I’;ve come across with this feature so far.

Jess Miller says

September 7, 2015 at 5:02 am

Sure do Rebecca,

The North States Easy Open that I mentioned earlier in the guide actually has this feature (I love this gate). Straight from the instruction manual:

The hold-gate-open system can be used by adults only. Once the gate is held open, the automatic closing feature of the gate will not work anymore, so your child could move back and forth without restriction.

Definitely trumps the model by Dream Baby and is worth checking out.

Keep being awesome!

Rebecca says

September 7, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Thank you so much! Picking a couple up today!

Jess Miller says

September 7, 2015 at 10:24 pm

Awesome, I hope you are just as happy with the baby gate as I was. Please let me know your experience :)

Sammy says

September 8, 2015 at 1:12 am

I’;ve been using the Kidco G1100 pressure mounted gate and it’;s still in great shape.

I would’;t recommend it on the top of the stairs though.

Jess Miller says

September 8, 2015 at 3:22 am

Hi Sammy,

Excellent recommendation. My neighbor actually used this gate to stop her Yorkies from running through the house and out the front door when she came home from work. It seemed incredibly well made although I did notice that it was on the noisy side when closed (did you notice this?). Not something you would want to walk through in the middle of the night, it would definitely wake up everyone else in your house.

Keep being awesome!

Sammy says

September 10, 2015 at 1:10 am

Hi Jess,

I just tried opening and closing it 3 times to see if I hear that noise…;…;.I see what you mean but it really does it’;s job well, keeps my 2 kids out of the danger zone and I don’;t have to worry about the gate falling. It’;s made really strong.

The creaking wouldn’;t bother me also because of the fact that this gate is not next to the bedrooms so nobody would be waking up from it.

Jess Miller says

September 10, 2015 at 3:17 am

Thanks for getting back to me Sammy,

Thanks for clarifying, I just wanted to make sure that it wasn’;t just her baby gate that made this noise (some baby gates can be quite loud if they are not assembled correctly). It definitely is a well made baby gate and I completely agree with your analysis, if you are not installing it near where people sleep then it is a great baby gate for keeping kids out of the “;danger zone”; as you put it. Speaking of which…; I should watch Top Gun again.

Keep being awesome!

Margot says

September 8, 2015 at 11:57 am

Have you heard anything about Lascal KiddyGuard gates? They look great but are expensive and before spending that much money on FIVE gates I want to make sure I do my homework.

We’;re looking to install gates at the bottoms &; tops of stairs as well as the entrance into the kitchen. We have an almost three year old and a four month old. We’;re moving from an apartment to a house and we’;ve only needed one gate until now.

Munchkin’;s Loft is also very attractive but after reading reviews about the difficulty people had with its installation…; not sure.

Any thoughts are appreciated!

Jess Miller says

September 8, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Hi Margot,

It must be a big house if you need 5 gates. I don’;t mean to call you over protective but are you sure that you need this many? Here is a Great guide on when to give up the baby gate. Now I understand every parents situation is different and if you need that many baby gates then let’;s at least make sure you have the best.

I am actually in the middle of updating this guide (will likely be finished tomorrow or the next day) and actually cover the Lascal Kiddie Guard (it sorta sucked) and came across a similar and much better solution –; The Retract-A-Gate (which worked out to be cheaper for me with shipping from amazon rather than their own website). Made right here in the USA, it is definitely worth a look if you want a cheaper but better option to the Lascal Kiddie Guard.

The munchkin Loft is a VERY attractive baby gate and is one I used at home. I cannot comment on the installation difficulty as my husband took care of that and unlike me, he is very handy. Once up it definitely does look amazing and is very easy to use. My question is this: The lascal and munchkin are two VERY different baby gates (one mesh, the other metal). How did you come to pick out these two. If you chose the Munchkin because of the look (and who could blame you) the Summer Infant Decorative Wood and Metal is another great looking alternative, but it is pressure mounted (unlike the loft which is hardware mounted).

Another solid hardware mounted baby gate is the Cardinal Gates Auto-Lock (they also do a stairway “;special”; model that can mount at angles up to 30 degrees which may help make installation easier depending on your staircase). While these baby gates wont win any design awards (they are the plain white type you are familiar with) they are easy to install, use and are incredibly durable and if you are looking for a hardware mounted baby gate to fit a standard sized opening then this is my go to recommendation.

If you need any further clarification, or want to add some details so I may be able to further help you please reply to this comment and I will be happy to help :)

Keep being awesome!

Margot says

September 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Haha! I might be erring on the side of over cautious.

It’;s not an exceptionally large house. Here’;s where I’;m thinking of putting them: bottom of first floor stairs &; top of same set (second floor), bottom of second floor stairs &; top of same set (third floor/roof balcony), and one in the kitchen. To me five seems necessary. Thoughts? I”;ve got an almost three year old and a four month old, if that helps deem number of gates necessary.

Yes, Munchkin Loft and KiddyGuard are very different. Originally I liked the retractability and non-baby gate look of the KiddyGuard. It’;s discreet. I’;m not sure how safe it is or strong under the relentless curiosity and ever-growing strength of my toddler. The Munchkin Loft, on the other hand, matches the modern look of the house, plus it’;s a traditional ‘;gate’; gate.

Unfortunately I’;m a US expat (living in Japan), so I’;m pretty sure Retract-A-Gate is unavailable to me.

You use Munchkin’;s loft, right? Is it easy to pull the gate from the wall-mounted fittings, as shown in the demo video?

Thank you so much!

Jess Miller says

September 14, 2015 at 12:13 am

My Mistake, I read the original comment of almost three year old and four year old. Whoops, my apologies. A baby gate is definitely needed for the younger one. You older child is fast approaching the stage where they will be able to open (or climb) a lot of baby gates. So just be sure to teach your oldest why the baby gate is there and safe behavior when walking through (and to definitely not leave it open so your youngest can crawl on through.)

If the retract-a-gate appeals to you you should contact the manufacturer directly (they have great customer service and reply pretty quick) they may be able to sort out a special deal where they can ship them out to you, especially given that you want to purchase multiples. The one problem with this would be international delivery would be costly and if something goes wrong, the return shipping would be a nightmare.

My personal opinion would be to purchase something locally so that you can return it if you are not satisfied.

I just watched the video and I did not find it as simple to remove as the video makes it look. The video makes it look frictionless while I had to wiggle mine as I pulled it out (although this may have been a problem from how the gate was installed). While I could get it in and out, I ended up using the loft as a regular baby gate since you do have to find somewhere to store the darn thing when you remove it.

Here is something a lot of parents dont mention: Then there is remembering to put it back when you are done. I would wake up in the night having a mini-panic attack as to whether or not I had returned the gate to it’;s location. If you constantly panic that you didn’;t lock your front door or that you left the stove on then a removable baby gate may not be ideal for you.

Regarding getting the gate count down, are you able to use a extra large baby gate like the Northstates 3-in-1 play yard and fence off both the top of the first set of stairs and the bottom of the second set of stairs in one go? Just a thought as it may save you some money blocking off two areas with one gate.

Keep being awesome!

Kayla Robey says

September 10, 2015 at 5:32 am

Hi Jess,

I love your post! My own point of view, baby gates are life saver because we live in a 2 story house and you know what children are like with stairs. It’;s sturdy and no matter how much you slam it, it doesn’;t move. You will be glad to know that, Actually I also write about baby gates too on my blog.

Jess Miller says

September 10, 2015 at 6:34 am

Hi Kayla,

Baby gates sure are excellent at baby proofing aren’;t they? Rather than figure out how to baby proof a single object you simply block off access to the whole room or walkway. Spiffy stuff. I had a look at your blog, pretty cool. Keep up the good work!

Keep being awesome!

sue says

September 13, 2015 at 6:19 am

I am looking for a baby gate that will be good for the top of stairs, one side with flat wall and another side with wood post/banisters.

I prefer the gate is movable. In this case, when baby is not at upstairs or is sleeping, we are able to remove the gate.

Any recommendations would be highly appreciated.

Jess Miller says

September 13, 2015 at 11:29 pm

Hi Sue,

The Retract-a-gate mentioned in the Narrow Gates section above is also a great top of the stairs choice. Since it retracts, you will not have to move it when not in use. To mount it to the banister you can either use a piece of wood and some zip-ties or buy the banister adapter kit (which is just piece of wood and zip-ties but you pay $30 for the privilege). Go the DIY route and save some coin. It is a very good baby gate and I was impressed with the durability. It is a little on the pricey side but for the convenience of not having to lift out the gate each and every time (along with it being hardware mounted) it is definitely worth it if your budget will cover it. The 52″; is much cheaper than the 72″; but it depends on the distance between your banister and wall.

Keep being awesome!

Zack says

October 1, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Great tips! I am looking for a gate that will primarily be used to keep my 45 pound dog out of my 4 year old’;s play room. We are trying to find something that our son can actually operate. We looked at some of the hands-free options (Summer Infant for example), but found that the foot pedal required a bit more force than our son could provide. I have seen some reviews for the Retract-A-Gate which does not look like it requires a great deal of force to open or close. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

Kimberly says

October 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm

I cannot say “;thank you”; enough for all of this information!! We are getting ready to move into a new home with many things that are new to me with a toddler (stairs, sliding glass door, high deck, etc). I was really stressing about how to baby/toddler proof all of these situations but you answered it all!! THANK YOU!!!

Liz says

October 9, 2015 at 3:51 am

Hi, your reviews are great! I am looking for a gate that will keep my one year old twins contained, but that my four year old CAN open. I want him to be able to get to the bathroom quickly! Is there a gate that you think would be easiest for a preschooler (and grandparents) to operate?Thanks!

Heather says

October 13, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Is there a gate with a pet door that can be used at the top of stairs –; i.e not a tension gate?

Chloe says

October 17, 2015 at 6:58 am

Hi thereI need a gate to go across my daughters bedroom door (we are moving her from a cot to a bed. She can open the door by herself and with being able to get out of bed, I’;m certain she’;ll be attempting escapes frequently!)The problem is the part of the doorframe where the gate would go is very narrow and I’;m struggling to find a gate to fit it. Do u know of a gate with slim/narrow fittings or is there a gate which I could fit across the front of the frame rather than in between?Thanks!

lol says

October 18, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Unfortunately the only real solution to narrow doors is either making up a DIY option or choosing a retractable gate like the one mentioned earlier in the article (Click here to jump to that section. Fortunately, the retractable gates are very sturdy and incredibly difficult to climb.

Keep being awesome!

Kate says

November 10, 2015 at 1:36 am

Hi Jess,

This is wonderful info. Any suggestions on a top of stairs gate that takes into account molding/trim neat bottom of wall? Our gate was never properly installed with my first and was really more of a way to slow you down than an actual safety device. #2 is 10months and #3 will be here in April so I need to get something safe and secure up asap. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks! :-)

jessica says

November 15, 2015 at 3:59 am

I have a split staircase in the living room and I am having a difficult time choosing the right gate. I dont know whether I should place separate gates or one gate to cover both up and down the stairs. I wish I was able to upload a picture of the stairs as it seems using a gate will be difficult due to the bannister in the middle, the hand rail, and the bottom step going up sticking out further than the bannister. Please help!

Melissa says

November 15, 2015 at 4:28 am

Hi,I’;m looking for an extra wide gate for our outdoor courtyard which has stairs going down. Needs to be at least 67 in wide and would prefer extra tall. We initially used a wooden step over gate but we need something taller and sturdier now that we have an almost 2 year old.Thanks!

Jen Orvsoh says

November 19, 2015 at 6:44 am

I need a baby gate or know how to build one for a staircase that has no wall or beam on the one side to attach a normal gate to. The stairs are open the last 7 from the bottom and therefore a gate has nothing to attach to on its one side. Any suggestions?

Dorie says

November 30, 2015 at 11:13 pm

I have an old house and he bottom of he staircase is 24″; high. Is there a short pressure mounted gate you can recommend? We have the cheap wood one now and it doesn’;t quite work. We would also love to have one that opens!! We don’;t want to mount a gate since the wood is original. I can send you a picture of you need one. Thanks!!

Lori says

December 4, 2015 at 6:28 am

I need two extra wide gates, one opening is 144″; and the other is 119″;. What is the widest gate you’;ve come across besides regalo super wide 192″;, anything else out there that might work for us?

Jennifer says

December 7, 2015 at 8:08 pm

Hi. I am looking for a gate that will go at the bottom of the stairs where there is a wall on one side and a banister on the other. It looks like the Dreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate with y-spindle adapters may work. However, we do not want to permanently mount it. It will be at my in-law’;s home for when the grandkids visit and they do not want to have it installed all the time. Can these be pressure-mount installed? Thank you!

Lauren says

December 23, 2015 at 7:39 am

I’;m in a bit of a pickle. I have a toddler that has broken 2 wooden ajustavle gates and now a safety first plastic pressure gate. He wakes up in the middle of the night and wanders and has figured out if he pushes on the gate or kicks it it will fall down and he has tried to take off through my front door. No matter how many times I say no that’;s bad or tap his hands and say no he does it no matter what. In at my ends as to what to do. Please help me!!!


December 30, 2015 at 4:42 pm

I have a 2.5 lb yorkie that was able to slip right through the spindles where door attaches to tension gate. Any advice to block without hindering the slide latch of walk thru door

Caty says

January 5, 2016 at 10:43 pm

We need a gate at the top of a very steep basement stair case that also needs to be accessible for cats. My concern with the one listed above for cats is that it is not secure enough. Any other alternatives or suggestions?

Christy Vega says

January 10, 2016 at 9:46 pm

I am moving my daughter from her baby bedroom into a bedroom with double doors that opens inwards. I can lock one of the doors so only one swings open, but I am looking for a gate that I can operate with one or both doors closed. we like to close both doors when she takes a nap.



TrebleLily says

January 14, 2016 at 6:03 am

I am trying to find a gate that would work for both top of the stairs AND allow my cats access through. It seems the ones you have listed to allow pet passage are the pressure mount style that is not recommended for stairs. Any ideas?

Richard Rucker says

January 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm

The link for the pressure gate wall saver has changed to:;sr=8-1&;pi=SY200_QL40&;keywords=pressure gate wall saver&;dpPl=1&;dpID=21wp4T-K3NL&;ref=plSrch

Hope that helps.

Rachel says

January 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm

I’;m looking for a gate to go at the top of a flight of stairs that can be mounted on one side without drilling into the wooden banister, and is less than 30″; tall. It also needs to be available in Canada and under $100. Any ideas?

Stacie says

January 26, 2016 at 10:06 pm

Thanks for all your obvious hard work reviewing all these! So very helpful. What are your thoughts on a gate for the bottom of the stairs, where the pickets go all the way around the newel post? So we can’;t attach it to the newel post like usually you would.

Matt says

February 17, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Hi Jess,Thanks for this great guide.I am trying to find a top-of-stairs gate that has a pet door, but is not pressure mounted.The stairway is a pretty basic width.We can’;t seem to find anything that fits these requirements.Any suggestions??Thanks!

Alicia Martineau says

March 20, 2016 at 11:04 pm

Hello!I have a question do you know of any baby gates that have like codes to unlock them? Like that of a locker? Or even like a locking system. Not a locking system with a key though that is too much!Thank you :)

Kristen says

April 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm


Any suggestions for baby gates that would work with a tri-level staircase? to the right of the front door we have two small flights of stairs that stem up and down from our main living area (to the left is an open floor plan with kitchen, dinning area and tv room.


Barbara Belczak says

May 1, 2016 at 6:48 pm

I need a gate that would fit an opening about 24 inches wide. All I am finding is the standard 26 inches. Can you recommend a gate for me that I can put at the top of a 2 stair that leads to a landing that goes either outside or to my basement. Thank you.

Catherine says

May 20, 2016 at 3:40 am

Hi, we are currently renting and our landlord will not let us drill holes. Are there any baby gates we can put on the top of the stairs (wall to wall, not pillar style) without drilling any holes? I’;m assuming we would need a pressure mounted one but I’;m worried it is not secure enough if our baby leans on it.

Stephanie says

May 23, 2016 at 5:36 pm

Do you have any suggestions for a walk through pressure mounted gate for outside? The location doesn’;t allow for hardware mounting. Bricks on one side and siding on the other. Thanks!

Chelsea Geyer says

June 28, 2016 at 1:11 am

I am having a horrible time with gates and an extra smart and extra big girl for her age! My 2 1/2 year old is 39″; tall and has figured out how to open 3 different style gates now! I have not tried an extra tall one yet because they are so spendy and I fear she will be able to open that as well! Any suggestions for me? We only use a gate at the kitchen as the back entrance to the house has crazy stairs and goes out to the pool and high traffic area; and she’;s just too curious still to be in the kitchen! I’;m so frusterated!

Ryanne says

June 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm

Hi! Can you tell me which gate (for the top of the stairs) would be the most quiet when opening and closing? Our stairs are right beside the kids’; bedrooms. And it would need to be one that comes with an extension because our stairs are wide.Thanks!!

Kris says

July 5, 2016 at 12:21 am

Hi. Hoping I’;ll get an answer because this post (fantastic, btw) is over a year old. I am looking for a bottom of stairs tension mount gate. It would go between the newel post of our bannister and the wall. I’;d really hate to drill into my brand new newel post and also lose the option of removing the gate. I’;d love to order the North States Supergate Easy Close right now. THE ISSUE: this gate will rest on top of our first step, so a threshold bar would be somewhat hazardous and very annoying. I can’;t find a swing open tension mount gate without a threshold! Help!

Lea says

July 9, 2016 at 1:38 pm

I’;m having the hardest time finding a hardware mounted baby gate with a pet door. Do these exist?

Erin says

October 29, 2016 at 11:45 pm

Yes, this! Need a wall mounted one for the top of the stairs, but need a cat door in in since the litter box is downstairs. Been looking everywhere with no luck :(

Heather H says

July 19, 2016 at 1:31 am

What do you suggest for stairs with wrap-around spindles at the bottom? Wall doesn’;t start until about 4 steps up.

Hayley Metlege says

July 19, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Hi can you please advise the best baby gate for my situation.I have a circular staircase and it doesnt have any rails on one side until the 4th step. But does have a wall on the other side.I can send a pic if this helps describe the staircase any better.Your advice will be greatly appreciated. As im at al loss

Joce says

July 24, 2016 at 1:54 am

What an incredibly thorough research job and so clearly communicated! Amazing article.

I’;m rushing to pick a gate to go from wall to wall 14-15 feet (straight line fine, or ideally a flexible shape) to keep my small dog (he’;s like 17″; tall from head top to paw bottom when standing) in tiled kitchen only and off carpet. So I can apply to any job instead of just ones that allow my dog or are walking distance away. Without any worries of carpet potty, leash-tangling or cage. So this gate is a life-changing choice for me as a job-seeker!

So based on your article am thinking only one 14-15′; wide is North States Super Yard 3-in-1…;or Regalo 192″; Play Yard…;except do really wish they were taller than 30″;…;and really hope they have a gate to walk through. Or maybe Regalo Easy Step Extra Tall can be 14-15′; wide?

Will look at those 3 closer. Happy to hear any advice!

Sheenagh says

July 26, 2016 at 4:37 pm

Hi !I have two sets of cement stairs outside (leading to the basement) with a wrought iron fence/railing. Do you have any suggestions for a gate at the top of these stairs?Thanks!

Erin says

August 14, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Hi! Your article is amazing! However, I have a problem and I have been unable to find a solution. My parents have a mounted baby gate at the top of their stairs that swings open both over the stairs and over the landing. Their is only one place to mount it due to the banister on one side and wall on the other. The room then opens up to a large open floor plan. Is their a product to add to the gate to stop it from swinging over the stairs?

Kenny says

August 15, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Great, thorough article. Have you come across any shorter baby gates that still has a door? At the bottom of our stairs there is a large hand rail leaving just 24 inches of room. While we could do some of the large format options you describe in an L shape, it isn’;t ideal. Before we go that route, have you come across many “;extra short”; options?

Robin says

September 10, 2016 at 3:26 pm

I am having trouble finding an outdoor baby gate that will attach to stucco and a plastic? Separating wall any suggestions I live in an apartment upstairs but the entrance leading to our front door has a spacious Patio I would really like to find a secure gate please help

Wendy says

September 20, 2016 at 6:54 pm

HELP! I have a cabin in the mountains. I have stairs going up and down next to each other. The stairs going up has a big window against the wall and the stairs going down only have the banister. What would you recommend for such a situation? I have a young toddler with a disability.

Beverly White says

November 29, 2016 at 11:11 am

Do I need a baby gate at the top of stairs if there is a door at the top of the stairs?

Shelly says

December 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Hi! I already purchased a gate for the top and bottom of my stairs before I read your recommendations. I wish I would have seen this website before hand. Anyway…; Our gates have a metal bar that goes across the bottom that you have to step over or uncomfortably step on. Do you know of anything that is made to cover that so that it’;s easier to step on or not trip over?

Gaye W. says

January 7, 2017 at 7:13 pm

We are looking for a baby gate for the top of the stairs but with a pet door. We also want a gate without the bar along the floor so there’;s no tripping hazards and are not pressure gates. We have not been able to find such a gate. I thought I’;d see what you may be able to recommend.

At this point we are planning on putting in the gate we bought but it doesn’;t have a pet door. We’;re planning on raising the gate enough off the floor so that the cats can slide underneath it.

Recommendations? I have enjoyed reading your other recommendations and comments. Thank YOU for being AWESOME!

Sigrid Jensen says

January 30, 2017 at 9:47 pm

I’;m looking for a sturdy baby gate that is extra tall like the Dreambaby Chelsea Extra Tall–; but the door opening that I need to gate is 20″; wide (pretty narrow). Any ideas for a narrow, tall, and strudy gate for a climbing toddler.Thanks!

Rhona says

March 1, 2017 at 10:55 pm

My stairway at the top of the stairs opens Into a wide space With no way to mount inside a frame so I would need a front mounted baby gate if that makes sense. The 192″; one looked like it would mount from the front but it is so long. Any suggestions?

Alysia says

March 10, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Hi There,

Great article! I’;m looking for an extra wide (to 8ft) and extra tall (for super spider-man climber), with walk-through.

Do you have any recommendations?

Thank you in advance.Alysia

Shirley says

October 19, 2017 at 3:28 pm

I have a strange situation. The bottom of my staircase is a newel post and the other side is a glass picture window that nearly goes to the floor. NO WALL to mount the gate to. What do you recommend?

Karen C. says

May 18, 2018 at 11:30 am

I absolutely love the Summer Infant Deco Baby Gate! I bought it last month and it was very easy to put up. It definitely looks more expensive than it actually is. A friend of mine gave me a gate she wasn’;t using and my son figured out how to open it., so we decided to buy this one. So far he hasn’;t figured it out.

Jess Miller says

May 21, 2018 at 11:49 am

Thanks for your feedback, Karen! Happy to hear you chose the Summer Infant Deco Baby Gate. It does look very nice for a reasonable price.

Michelle Torres says

May 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Very informative article! I never knew there were so many different kinds of baby gates. I decided to go with the North States Supergate “Easy Close” Metal Gate because I really didn’;t want to have to put any holes in the walls. It has a great locking system and is easy enough to open with one hand.

Jess Miller says

May 22, 2018 at 10:53 am

Thanks, Michelle for your awesome feedback! I’;m happy you chose the North States Metal Gate. They do make a very nice baby gate.

Stacey says

May 23, 2018 at 12:28 pm

I have a very large staircase at the bottom and wasn’;t sure how to block it. I saw the Regalo 192-Inch play yard and decided to buy it. It fits perfectly and I can also make it into an eight-panel play yard. It connects easily and with this, I didn’;t have to mount anything to the wall.

Jess Miller says

May 24, 2018 at 10:13 am

Thanks, Stacey for your great feedback. I’;m glad you chose the Regalo Play yard. It’;s especially nice not to have to put any holes in the walls.

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