When your little one starts exploring the world, a stairgate can be one of the most essential bits of baby kit you can purchase. From keeping the kitchen a play-free zone to making sure your staircase doesn’t become a playground slide, a stair gate will stop baby accessing all the places you want to keep them from and will keep them safely in your line of vision.
But with so many different types of staircases and doorways, there inevitably comes a wide choice of safety gates. That is why we have searched high and low to bring you the top 10 best baby gates to keep your worries firmly at bay.
Top 10 of Best Baby Gates In The UK 2021
There’s a wealth of safety gate products on the market so to make your life easier, we’ve put together some products to choose the best baby gates for you.
1. BabyDan Multidan Extending Metal Safety Gate
This wall-mounted safety gate is a great all-rounder. We love that it can fit a wide range of openings, from 62.5-106.8cm, making it ideal for both narrow and wide doorways or spaces.
Another huge plus for us is that you can open the gate easily with just one hand – perfect if your hands are full carrying your little one around. The safety gate opens both ways, and has a double lock mechanism, which is very easy to use, but perfect for keeping little hands guessing. Another bonus is that it’s very easy to install.
Once you have installed the wall fittings, you simply adjust the gate’s width using the screws to slide it into the frame. The BabyDan also has a child-proof, quick-release closure, making it easy for parents to adjust or remove the gate when needed. One final thumbs-up is the gate’s style. It has a simple and chic white metal finish, which should blend nicely with any home’s aesthetic.
2. BabyDan Guard Me Auto Retractable Safety Guard White
The BabyDan Guard Me is a retractable gate with a unique folding function, and the best retractable stair gate we tested. With the press of a button, the gate automatically retracts, folding up neatly to leave your path clear.
The gate can be left folded when not in use, which looks fairly inconspicuous – unlike door-style gates which can often block corridors if left open – and it has a straightforward opening mechanism (once you get used to the slide-and-push technique) that can easily be tackled by older siblings.
Made from white plastic, the gate looks stylish and can be wiped clean if your child covers it in sticky fingerprints. It’s also easy to vacuum around.
Lindam’s Sure Shut Axis stair gate comes with a four-point pressure-fit frame meaning that you don’t need to drill screws into your wall or staircase without sacrificing too much on its stability and reliability.
To open, you squeeze the button together with one hand and lift the handle up. This handle can then be pushed closed quickly.
It comes with a double lock, similar to that on the BabyDan, but instead of having an extendable frame like its rival, you need to buy the relevant extension pack, depending on the width of your doorframe or staircase. The basic Lindam Sure Shut Axis measures 76-82cm, but with different extension packs, this increases to 117cm.
6. Safety 1st Simply Close Pressure Fit Metal Gate
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