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The 17 Best Baby Gates for Every Type of Home

by Bethany Braun-Silva


The 17 Best Baby Gates for Every Type of Home
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Babies begin crawling between 6- and 10-months-old, and once they do, it’s time to babyproof. After the excitement of this major milestone wears off, you’ll quickly realize that your house can be a dangerous place for your fast-moving tot. Adding cushions to sharp-cornered tables, plugging up electrical outlets and investing in a sturdy baby gate are essential parts of the babyproofing process. Baby gates are especially useful because they block off sections of your home, protecting your baby from accessing dangerous places. A baby gate can bring parents peace of mind, even in smaller homes or ones without stairs.

 

Do You Need a Baby Gate?

 

Yes! Whether you live in a small apartment or a three-story house, a baby gate keeps babies safe, period! The best way to determine whether or not you need a gate is to get down on all fours and crawl around. If you can easily get into a kitchen cabinet that’s housing cleaning products, touch an electrical outlet or open a back door, then chances are your baby can, too. Best to be safe and include a baby gate in your babyproofing plans. 

 

Types of Baby Gates

 

Pressure-mounted: These gates use pressure—think of a tension rod—to safely secure themselves to doorways and hallways. They are easy to install and remove, which is great for travelers or renters.

 

Hardware-mounted: These gates need to be screwed into the walls, so they’re much harder to remove. For this reason, they are the only acceptable gate for the top of the stairs. 

 

Freestanding: These gates create an enclosed pen for your baby or a makeshift wall to temporarily block off places. 

 

When shopping for a baby gate, make sure it meets the requirements laid out by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). The baby gate must be at least 22 inches tall, have vertical bars no more than 3 inches apart and contain a small space between the bottom of the gate and the floor so that your baby’s head doesn’t get stuck. There are so many baby gates out there that it can be hard to know where to start. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the 17 best baby gates to suit any home, below. Check them out!

 

Best Overall: Regalo Easy-Step Walk-Through Gate

Best Wooden: Storkcraft Easy Walk-Thru Wooden Safety Gate

Best Retractable: Dream Baby Retractable Gate

Best Freestanding: Toddleroo by North States Ultimate Playyard

Best for Doorways: Safety 1st Easy Install Auto-Close Walk-Thru Gate

Best for Stairs: Summer Infant Wood Banister and Stair Safety Gate

Best Convertible: Dreambaby Brooklyn Converta Play Pen Gate

Best with Door: Dreambaby Chelsea Swing Close Safety Gate

Best Tall: Summer Extra-Tall and Wide Safety Gate

Best Affordable: Regalo Tension Mount Expandable Baby Gate

Best Walk-Thru: Graco Safe N’ Secure Metal Safety Gate

Best Wide: Summer Infant Secure Space Extra-Wide Safety Gate

Best Pressure Mount: Toddleroo by North States Extra-Wide Wire Mesh Gate

Best Decorative: Summer Infant Rustic Home Safety Gate

Best Custom: Homesafe by Summer Infant Custom Fit Gate

Best with Auto-Close: Munchkin Auto Close Safety Gate

Best for Fireplace: Winado Baby 6 Panel Fireplace Safety Gate

 

 

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Best Overall

Regalo Easy-Step Walk-Through Gate

Price:$50.00

This pressure-mounted gate features an easy-to-walk-through door with a one-touch release safety lock. It's perfect for hallways and doorways and can be easily moved depending on where you need it most. Many customers report that it's "easy to use and sturdy."

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Best Wooden

Storkcraft Easy Walk-Thru Wooden Safety Gate

Price:$40.00See Reviews

This gate is made from baby-safe rubberwood and features a two-way swinging door. The wood easily blends with your home's aesthetic and comes in espresso, natural or white wood.

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Best Retractable

Dream Baby Retractable Gate

Price:$80.00

The retractable get provides a temporary boundary for your baby when you need it, and it will remain rolled up when you don't—perfect for when company is over or for high traffic areas of your home. "We needed a gate between our kitchen and living room. And a way to keep our baby safe, but hated the idea of tripping over a gate when it wasn't needed. This is perfect for that!” one shopper wrote.

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Best Freestanding

Toddleroo by North States Ultimate Playyard

Price:$90.00

This baby gate can be used on its own as a playpen or can be opened and used as a temporary gate. The door panel easily swings open, and each panel comes off to a customized fit. It also folds up for convenient storage when not in use and can be used indoors or outdoors.

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Best for Doorways

Safety 1st Easy Install Auto-Close Walk-Thru Gate

Price:$60.00

This gate has an automatic close and lock feature that keeps babies safe. It can fit any doorway between 29 and 38-inches and also has a convenient walk-thru gate. Reviewers love it for the versatile fit. "I got two of these for my 10-month old girl," writes one customer. "It was really easy to set them up, and they fit two different places well."

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Best for Stairs

Summer Infant Wood Banister and Stair Safety Gate

Price:$100.00See Reviews

For the top of the stairs, a hard-mounted baby gate is the only option. This one works with railings, banisters or a wall and features a slide-lock system. "This is a very nice baby gate that we used at the top of our stairs," writes a customer. "I love that we didn't have to drill into our banisters. Gate swings open both ways with no step over. It's nice and secure."

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Best Convertible

Dreambaby Brooklyn Converta Play Pen Gate

Price:$150.00

This versatile gate works as a playpen, long gate or fireplace covering. It folds up when not in use and features mesh panels that easily see your baby. It's great for awkward spaces and can be configured in many different ways.

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Best with Door

Dreambaby Chelsea Swing Close Safety Gate

Price:$75.00

This gate has two locks, one top, and one bottom, to ensure that your baby can't pass through. The door is also able to stay open when you need it to, and extensions can be added to accommodate larger spaces.

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Best Tall

Summer Infant Extra-Tall and Wide Safety Gate

Price:$80.00See Reviews

This tall gate ensures that your baby will not be able to climb or reach over it to a potential hazard. The gate measures over 3-feet tall, so it's suitable to use well into the toddler years.

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Best Affordable

Regalo Tension Mount Expandable Baby Gate

Price:$20.00

You may find yourself wanting to put a baby gate on every opening in your house. If so, the cost can add up. This tension-mounted baby gate is under $20 and can fit spaces up to 42-inches wide. Its simple design allows it to be installed and removed with ease.

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Best Walk-Thru

Graco Safe N' Secure Metal Safety Gate

Price:$70.00

A walk-through baby gate gives your family the added convenience of being able to walk from room to room without having to remove the baby gate each time. This gate features a two-way swinging door with a double-locking system that is easy to open and close with one hand.

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Best Wide

Summer Secure Space Extra-Wide Safety Gate

Price:$70.00

If you're worried about wide hallways or doorways, this gate will give you peace of mind. It can extend up to 52-inches wide and also includes an extension kit. "I love how easily this gate functions," writes a reviewer. "I really like how it is adjustable to fit wide openings and that it automatically closes behind you."

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Best Pressure Mount

Toddleroo by North States Extra-Wide Wire Mesh Gate

Price:$30.00

A pressure-mounted gate combines convenience and safety, and this gate by North States can instantly be installed in any space. Reviewers love how easy it is to "install and take down."

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Best Decorative

Summer Infant Rustic Home Safety Gate

Price:$100.00

A baby gate doesn't have to be an eyesore, and we love the rustic aesthetic of this gate that also features a sliding barn door that looks custom made. It can be pressure- or hardware-mounted and fits openings up to 42-inches wide.

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Best Custom

Homesafe by Summer Infant Custom Fit Gate

Price:$110.00See Reviews

Not all homes feature standard doorways and hallways, and this gate can accommodate any unconventional space with ease. "This is a great gate that you can use for those weird spots you need to baby proof in your house," writes one reviewer.

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Best with Auto-Close

Munchkin Auto Close Safety Gate

Price:$80.00

You will likely find your hands full more often than not, so a baby gate with auto-close is excellent when you don't have a free hand to shut it behind you. This gate will also stay open when you want it to and features a double-locking system.

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Best for Fireplace

Winado Baby 6 Panel Fireplace Safety Gate

Price:$120.00

This gate can bend to cover any fireplace and includes a 2-panel extension. It easily folds up when not in use and also works great to protect babies from Christmas trees—or the other way around.