Almost every home with infants or young toddlers will have a pressure-mounted safety gate to wall off a kitchen, bathroom or other busy area of the house. Experts agree that safety gates are a child-proofing necessity, but they also say they're safest when used consistently by the adults in the home. Adults can open
However, the Hands-Free Gate is not the most versatile. It is available only in white metal, and there is only one extension available, limiting its span to a maximum of 43 inches. By contrast, the
According to both consumers and experts, the KidCo Gateway and Dreambaby Swing Closed systems are strong and reliable when properly installed. The Dreambaby gate swings closed automatically, which parents say is great in households with older children who may forget to close the gate. While all three of these gates have bidirectional doors, parents say that the Hands-Free Gate and the Gateway Gate have nice large openings, while the Swing Closed Gate is narrower.
Unlike the Hands Free Gate, the Gateway and Swing Closed gates have to be opened by hand, making The First Years Hands Free Gate a top choice for convenience and safety.