Now that your little one is mobile, keeping him or her in one spot is quite a challenge. After all, there is a whole new world to explore. Unfortunately, not all areas of the house are baby and toddler-proof. A safe and sturdy baby gate can help protect your child.
Baby gates come in a variety of shapes and sizes, can block stairways and doorways and may be pressure-mounted or hardware-mounted.
Best Overall: Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate
Not only does the Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate look nice in your home, but reviewers claim it's one of the sturdiest gates on the market. The gate has mounting options for both stairways and doors and is difficult for toddlers and dogs to climb or jump over. It features a one-handed walk-through and auto-close features, so you can come and go easily.
Best Value: Evenflo Expansion Walk Thru Room Divider Gate
If you're looking for a baby gate that won't break the bank, the Evenflo Expansion Walk Thru Room Divider Gate is your top choice. Reviewers love that it's lightweight yet durable and quick and easy to install. It works for both pets and small children, and because it extends to up to 60 inches, it covers extra wide spaces.
Best for Extra-wide Spaces: North States 72-inch Wide Deluxe Décor Baby Gate
No two homes — or doorways — are created equally, so if you have an extra-wide space that requires a baby gate, consider the North States 72-inch Wide Deluxe Décor Baby Gate. It covers up to 72 inches of spaces, and it's made from heavy-duty metal that can withstand even the wildest toddlers. Reviewers love that it works in nontraditional spaces, and it's got an attractive bronze finish that helps it blend in with the rest of your home decor.
Best Soft Gate: Evenflo Soft and Wide Gate
While many gates are made from hardwoods and metals, the Evenflo Soft and Wide Gate is made from cloth with pressure-mounted rubber bumpers. This means it won't damage your walls. More importantly, it's almost impossible for your baby or toddler to get hurt if he or she bumps into it. Reviewers love that it's sturdy despite its softness, and it can expand up to 60 inches.
Best for Quick Installation: LEMKA Walk Thru Baby Gate
Let's face it: Not everyone's an engineer, and if you buy the LEMKA Walk Thru Baby Gate, you don't have to be one to install it. Most reviewers report it took 15 minutes or less to set it up, and that it kept babies, toddlers, and dogs from going where they're not supposed to be. The gate is lightweight and has an auto-close feature.
Best Multipurpose Gate: Toddleroo by North States 3-in-1 Metal Superyard
The Toddleroo by North States 3-in-1 Metal Superyard isn't just a popular baby gate. It also serves as a portable playpen and safety barrier. Use it to keep your child — or pet — contained to one part of the room, or use it to block stairs, doorways, fireplaces, and other hazards. You can even purchase extra panels that are sold separately to make it bigger.
Best for Kids and Pets: Cumbor 37.8-inch Auto Close Safety Baby Gate
If you're a pet owner, you know baby gates aren't just for babies, and the Cumbor 37.8-inch Auto Close Safety Baby Gate proves it. Reviewers love that it's durable and long-lasting and appreciate its little pet door. It lets the cat get through and keeps the dog out, or lets a small dog or cat get through while keeping your child out.
Best Investment: Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard
For a baby gate that's versatile and that will last through your child's toddlerhood, consider the Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard. Use it as a gate, barrier, or play yard with up to 192 inches of space. It's easy to install, portable, and has a safety locking feature. Although expensive, most reviewers say it's worth the investment.
Best for Decorative Purposes: Summer Modern Home Decorative Walk Thru Baby Gate
Many baby gates aren't focused on attractiveness, but the Summer Modern Home Decorative Walk Thru Baby Gate changes that. Its bronze finish and arched opening look good with any home decor. Reviewers also like that it works in almost any doorway or stairway that's 42 inches or less, and it features a hold-open mechanism for when you need to leave it open for a while.
Best for Extra Security: Munchkin Easy Close XL Metal Baby Gate
Security is your top priority when it comes to your child, and the Munchkin Easy Close XL Metal Baby Gate can help you rest easy with its extra lock. Located at the base, it allows you to choose which way the gate swings open. Reviewer, also love that it's easy to install and that at 36 inches, it's taller than many baby gates on the market.