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Baby Proofing with Stairway Gates

As your little one starts crawling and exploring their surroundings, baby proofing your home becomes an essential task for all parents. One of the most important areas to baby proof is your staircase. The thought of your baby tumbling down the stairs is a nightmare that no parent wants to face. Fortunately, there are several types of gates available on the market that can help you to secure your staircase and keep your little one safe.


The first thing to consider when baby proofing your stairs is the type of gate that will work best for your specific situation. The two most common types of gates are hardware-mounted and pressure or tension-mounted gates.

We ALWAYS recommend hardware-mounted gates for stairways. They are attached to the wall with screws or banisters with mounts, making them the most secure type of gate available. This type of gate is the best option for the top and bottom of stairs since they provide a more stable and secure barrier, making it difficult for your little one to dislodge or climb over them.

On the other hand, pressure or tension-mounted gates rely on pressure to keep them in place. While these gates can be easier to install, they are generally not as secure as hardware-mounted gates. Furthermore, these gates can be easily dislodged by a curious toddler, making them less effective for the stairs. Additionally they have a stationary bar that runs across the bottom of the opening, which creates the tension that holds the gate up, but also creates a tripping hazard to people moving through the gate opening – which can be devastating around stairs. These gates are much better suited for use in doorways or hallways.

When it comes to choosing the right baby gate for your stairs, it is always better to err on the side of caution and go for a hardware-mounted gate. These gates are typically a bit more expensive and require a little more effort to install, but they provide a much higher level of safety and security than pressure or tension-mounted gates.


When it comes to hardware-mounted gates, there are two main types: retractable gates and swing gates.

Retractable gates are a great option for parents who want to keep their stairs safe, but don't want to sacrifice the look and feel of their home. These gates are made of mesh or fabric and can be easily retracted when not in use, giving your stairs a clean and unobstructed look. Retractable gates are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of spaces, such as doorways and hallways, making them a great investment for any parent. They are also ideal for larger openings and can be used at the top or bottom of stairs.

Swing gates, on the other hand, are a more traditional option that swings open and closed like a door. These gates are typically made of metal and are secured to the wall with screws. They are a great option for parents who want a gate that is sturdy and can withstand the wear and tear of everyday use.

Regardless of the type of gate you choose, it is important to remember that no gate can replace adult supervision. Always make sure to keep an eye on your little one when they are near the stairs and never leave them unattended. With the right gate and a little bit of planning, you can help to keep your little one safe and secure as they explore their world.


Once you have decided on the type of gate that will work best for your situation, the next step is to properly install it. It is important to read the manufacturer's instructions carefully and ensure that the gate is installed securely. If you are not comfortable installing the gate yourself, it is always best to seek the assistance of a professional. We know a good one 😉

When installing a hardware-mounted gate, it is important to make sure that the gate is level and that there are no gaps or spaces that your little one could squeeze through. If installing a swing gate, make sure that the gate swings away from the stairs, not towards them. This will prevent your little one from accidentally pushing the gate open and tumbling down the stairs.

In conclusion, baby proofing your stairs is an important task that requires careful consideration and planning. Choosing the right type of gate, properly installing it, and following safety guidelines are essential steps to ensure your child's safety. When it comes to selecting a gate for your stairs, hardware-mounted gates, whether they are retractable or swing gates, provide the most secure option for parents. With the right gate and proper supervision, you can create a safe and secure environment for your little one to explore and grow in.

Play It Safe Baby Proofing is happy to assist you in this task. We are gate installation experts and always make sure the gates are installed in the safest and most attractive way possible.


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