Best indoor safety gates according to redditors

We found 298 Reddit comments discussing the best indoor safety gates. We ranked the 92 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Indoor Safety Gates:

u/Flitterbee · 56 pointsr/breakingmom

It's ok. You woke up because your instincts told you something was up. That's the good thing here. The other good thing is that now you know she can unlock that stupid door, and that she will go outside. Now you can install and turn on these door chimes. Both of my kids escaped the house and were brought back by neighbors before they should have reasonably been able to unlock the damn door, and now we have these on every door AND one on the bathroom door so kiddo isn't getting in there at night either.

Additionally, I use a door monkey to lock him in his room at night and I have a vertical bar baby gate on his doorway since I'm paranoid. Little shit isn't getting out anymore.

u/XyQFEcVRj1gk · 21 pointsr/lifehacks

Seconded. There are so many options out there for this that work better and are in the same basic price range. Here's one that's 192 inches and very configurable.

u/tibbles1 · 10 pointsr/daddit

We bought this:

I can't recommend it enough. We have a step like that too leading to our family room. It creates a natural support for the giant baby gate. We still had to anchor it into a stud for our little Bam Bam, but it keeps him contained to one room.

u/Cairnwyn · 9 pointsr/breakingmom

I highly recommend this gate:

My 3 year old can open it now. It is by far the easiest gate to open and close that I've found while still being super sturdy for the baby. Your older kids shouldn't have any issues opening and closing them.

u/doublejinxed · 9 pointsr/Parenting

We used this to make one room completely baby proof. It had a couch, a fenced off tv and toys. And I contained him in his “cage” anytime I needed to get something done. Or else nothing would get done... well worth the money! Plus he learned to play nicely independently:)

u/thirdjane · 7 pointsr/beyondthebump

My sister uses a play yard to fence off her living room. It can be connected to fully enclose an area, or spread out to block a wide doorway. If you straighten it out fully it loses a lot of the stability, but if you zig-zag it, it should be fairly secure.

This super long gate also has pretty good reviews.

u/Zykium · 7 pointsr/Parenting

Get a baby gate like this one.

u/captainslow39 · 6 pointsr/NewParents

How about getting something like this:

But only use 1 fixed panel and the door panel...

u/selfreference · 6 pointsr/Parenting

We have a gated living room area to prevent wandering and destruction outside of the designated zone. We attach the gate to our couches that are on either side of the living room so we all basically sit inside of it. It's not pretty, but we can go to the bathroom and cook dinner without much worry. These gates are modular so you can move them around as needed.

u/witch_life · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

They have those ones that click together to make a sort of custom shaped/sized playpen or gate. You could get three pieces so it goes along the side of the railing and into the door of that room.

I’ll try to get a pic of what I’m talking about cuz i no explain gud 😞

like this

or this

u/blueskies21 · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Some baby gates come with female parts that screw in to the walls. The gate then attaches to these parts.

This sort of setup is pretty sturdy.

edit: here is one example:

u/Ididntknowiwas · 5 pointsr/RandomActsOfPolish

What kind of gates do you have just the wood ones you have to climb over? I had one like this so nice, If you plan on keeping gates I would upgrade them!

u/hemipenis · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

Get the play yard version of that brand. I have 2 of them and love em!

Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Gate...

I've split mine up, had them both together, etc. Its so versatile, and j have the same baseboards too. 0 issues

u/jam2612 · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I have this Regalo gate wrapped around the front of my brick fireplace. Total length of 192 inches, but panels can be removed.

I'm sure there are cheaper options out there, though ...

u/Anon8223 · 5 pointsr/animalsdoingstuff

I have this gate and my dog who can almost open everything can’t open this. It’s not hard on my hands and is easy enough with one hand if you’re carrying stuff. Plus it looks nice.
Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate, Bronze (28.5 - 48 Inch)

u/septicidal · 5 pointsr/IFParents

Anchor all the things, even smaller, low dressers/bookcases. We used these straps on our TV (it's anchored to the TV stand instead of the wall, since that seemed sturdier to us) and a bunch of other things:
If you can't screw into studs, make sure you use appropriately rated wall anchors/toggle bolts.

I love the outlet cover plates that automatically spring closed if something is unplugged. We have the new tamper-proof outlets in our kitchen and basement but I put the cover plates everywhere else. Bonus, they look nice/aren't obvious babyproofing. Link:

I had a bunch of cabinets where regular safety latches wouldn't work, so I got these that attach with adhesive (which supposedly won't damage surfaces when removed):
These work around corners and in a lot of other situations others might not work well.

To allow our cats to get in/out of our basement while keeping the baby out, we have this thing called a Latch n Vent:

I always, always advocate using hardware-mounted gates instead of pressure mount. Patching a few screw holes in a couple years is way better than tripping over the bottom bar on a pressure mounted gate multiple times a day. We have two of these and I really like them - especially since they accommodate wider openings and give you a wider space to walk through, and are easy for an adult to open one-handed while holding a baby/toddler:

u/aliengerm1 · 4 pointsr/Parenting

We got a gate that allows angle mount. This one.

Up to 30degree angle.

u/StriderTB · 4 pointsr/dogs

Definitely do positive reinforcement classes. Our trainers used a time out technique for instances when a pup needed correction. Instead of using NO as a verbal cue to indicate something bad, since it's so over used, we were taught to use TOO BAD. Even now at 3, if I tell my dog TOO BAD, he knows he did something wrong. The technique we used was to mark the inappropriate behavior with the verbal cue, and then immediately put him in a quick 15-20 second time out.

We used an open topped playpen like this:

This was really useful whenever he would go over threshold, chew on something that was off limits, or dealing with his adolescent nipping phase.

The sooner you start, the more success you will have. Good luck!

u/TheLadyRory · 4 pointsr/beyondthebump

We use this Evenflow gate for the top of the stairs. It doesn’t have that strip at the bottom to step over that baby gates do. It was one of the only ones I found in my search for a top of the stairs gate.

u/beegma · 4 pointsr/Pomeranians

I bought this on Amazon for my mischievous rescue Pom and it has been great for keeping him out of areas I don't want him to go into. It's short enough that the cats can jump over and has a tiny door he can go through if I want him to come into the forbidden room. It also allows him to see me in the other room so he won't bark. You might also want to invest in a large crate for nighttime.

u/je_taime · 4 pointsr/dogs

But you can remove a pressure-mount one right away and also put it in the garage.

Something like this is harder to tip over if you put it up against the wall on each side of the doorway, but a dog can easily figure out how to move this out of position and squeeze past it into a room.

u/UnicornToots · 4 pointsr/beyondthebump

They sell adapters that might work for you. See this one.

Also, you can try to zip-tie a piece of wood to the inside of the bottom rail or under the bottom rail (at the level of the ground), then drill the baby gate into it (as if it were a wall).

u/norabw · 4 pointsr/Parenting

We used this to great effect:

It's essentially a piece of wood with zip ties around it and some extra support/adhesives. It's been up for several months now and still working well.

u/Rackemup · 4 pointsr/Parenting

We have a set of these:
metal super-gates of awesomeness

no horizontal footholds = no way to climb.
they're more expensive, but they're pretty good quality.

u/Hannavasrae · 4 pointsr/Septemberbumpers2017

Hmm, we also have a large dog (100lbs) who will be sleeping in the room with us. DD will be sleeping in a pack n play at first which is pretty large and sturdy and just a bit taller than the pup is so I haven't been too concerned, the pack n play will also be beside me which is on the other side of the room from where pup sleeps.

Could you use half of the play yard to just surround it on one side? (not sure if that makes sense) Or something like this?

Edit: Also no judgement for wanting your doggies in the room with you. Our dog gets really stressed out being separated from us, so its best for all of us for him to sleep in the room with us. The kitties on the other hand, they got kicked out of the bedroom when we found out I was pregnant so they could get used to it :) lol.

u/inthedollarbin · 4 pointsr/dogs

Strict landlord criteria! The shelters are full of adult little dogs though so you shouldn’t have a problem.

A yard isn’t really necessary. Plenty of people have dogs in apartments with no outdoor space at all. However, if you supervise you could probably try something cheap like a roll of plastic mesh and some posts from the garden section at the hardware store.

Or you could cordon off an area with a freestanding gate like this.

u/theregoesjulie · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

Ugh baby gates! We are on our third one after breaking the cheap wooden and plastic ones we bought. This one has held up well so far!

Outlet covers are useless if your child figures out that it is fun to pry them out and chew on them. What a great toy! Perfect for choking 🙄 So I second the tamper resistant outlets.

Finally, depending on your cabinet hardware, these are nice because they don't require tools.

u/Kryssa · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

You can mount the sides of this type of baby gate on either side of the window. Any teen/adult could climb over in case of a fire. If you really wanted to be safe, you could even unlatch the gate door to make your fire exit clear if it needed to be used.

u/raytheray · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

one like this can be mounted straight or at an angle in case the stud in the wall does not line up with the post. Never use a pressure gate for stairs, only hard mounted. We have one like at the top of our stairs and a pressure fit gate to block access to the bottom.

u/bns7 · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

You’ll want to install it through the lower panel, putting it through the bottom beam of the door will compromise it structurally.

If that won’t work for your pet, you might consider one of these options:

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I need this because I have to put my dog in the crate right now because he can climb over the gate I have...and when I put him in the crate he gets super scared and has separation anxiety and I'm afraid if I don't get a new gate soon he's going to hurt himself but I'm unemployed and can't really make it a priority over bills right now.

u/InannasPocket · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

We have a similar sort of house, and that was our plan ... but once ours became mobile she decided the playpen was obviously full of lava, so we had to revise.

We have gotten away with fairly minimal babyproofing so far, but some has been necessary because she is fast and it's just not realistic to keep our eyes glued to her 100% of the time.

We got these baby gates to block off the bottom of the stairs and the kitchen so she can roam in the main area. They work great with our wonky, oddly shaped doorframes because each "leg" can be adjusted separately.

We also did outlet covers and a latch on the space below the kitchen sink (we keep her out of the kitchen but cleaning products can be deadly so I didn't want to risk it in case she accidentally got in there).

Our biggest challenge is all the built in cabinets. Luckily most of them have doors that sort of stick shut and she hasn't figure out how to open yet (but my friend's toddler can, so it's only a matter of time). For the ones she can open, we've either moved anything dangerous inside of them or in one case just tied the double latches shut. I'm going to do whatever I can to avoid destroying all this lovely woodwork so I'm seeing a lot of "find new places to put things" in my future!

u/elleBshe · 3 pointsr/Parenting

>See I don’t feel like I can leave my daughter to play alone. Every time I do she ends up doing something destructive or something she shouldn’t. [...] So my entire day consists of me on the sofa playing with her or just making sure she doesn’t wreck the house.

Dude. You aren't a SAHD, you're a prisoner. I was a SAHM to three toddlers. You can't do that for 12-hours a day. Shit. You need to toddler proof the hell out of your house or make a small area you can gate off that you can leave her with toys and books for a bit at a time.

Look at the customer images on this Amazon product page for examples of what I mean.

Edited to add that this picture while not mine is exactly what I had.

It was right between the kitchen and living area it was awesome.

u/Kr_Treefrog2 · 3 pointsr/AnimalsBeingDerps

You could try a baby gate with a pet door. It helps keep kids contained while letting pets come and go as they please. I did end up using a zip tie around the pet door to keep it from opening too wide as toddlers try to follow the kitties through the little door.

u/bedlamunicorn · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

Could you use this one?. It is 76 inches. You could also use the Kallax if you wanted, a couple inches isn’t going to make a huge difference since it’s not like a baby is going to fit through a couple inch gap.

u/hyperventilate · 3 pointsr/Pets

Go get a baby gate with a proper gate on them. They're relatively inexpensive. I suggest getting the tall ones so the cats can't jump over it

Now, the cats can just walk through the bars, so to prevent that in my house I bought a sheet of fiberboard (it's in the same section as the peg board at hardware stores) and cut it to size, then I drilled some holes and zip tied it to the baby gate. In my case I turned it into a chalk board for my daughter, but it keeps my ferret & cat out of the hallway.

u/shinkouhyou · 3 pointsr/changemyview

>> but this requires confidence that you will never, ever leave the nursery door open; never, ever turn your back on the baby when your partner comes in the door to ask a question.

Just get a self-closing baby gate. The extra tall ones are nearly cat and dog-proof (I use a 42 inch gate to keep my cats from getting into my sewing workshop when I'm not home) and the door can still be closed with the gate in place for added security. A $40 gate can keep pets and babies separated until you're 100% sure that the pet is appropriately socialized.

Well-socialized pets generally aren't going to seek out a baby to attack (the idea of cats getting "jealous" and attacking a baby is pure myth). It's much easier for a cat to get into a crib than out of a crib, though, and a cat who finds itself trapped in an enclosed space with an unfamiliar animal is likely to panic. So it's a good idea to keep cat and baby separated until the baby is past the crib stage. Cats aren't as trainable as dogs, but they're really not that hard to train if you keep natural cat behavior in mind.

I'm sure there are rare cases of exceptionally violent animals who can't be kept in a house with children at all, but a responsible owner will explore behavioral therapy and other options before giving up the pet.

u/IamDoge1 · 3 pointsr/dogs

Ended up ordering this!

Regalo Easy Step Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate, Bonus Kit, Includes 6-Inch Extension Kit...

u/bblars · 3 pointsr/parentsofmultiples

We bought two of these to go across our fireplace and TV stand. They worked great.

u/derbybunny · 3 pointsr/Dogtraining

I have a 50lb <1y/o mutt, a rather pissy big old cat, and a tiny grumpy old man bunny. The dog chases both of them, but he chases everything (leaves, bugs, birds, anything that moves). Cat holds her own, so pup will chase her if she runs down the hall, but backs away as soon as she stops. And when he "gets" the bunny, he just stands over him. I'm still cautious (bunny basically lives under the bed & has escape routes) and I keep the dog separated from the rabbit when we're not home, but I've been happy to see that they get along well.

But I do want to caution you on what type of gates to get if you go this route for extra security: my mutt was like a rock climber, he scaled or pushed his way under the baby gate. We finally got rid of the old one & picked up one of the ones that's primarily vertical bars so he couldn't climb it. It's been amazing.

I hope they end up getting along beautifully, but if he's a chaser like mine, always keep escape routes/areas and separate areas of the house for them. If he ever seems like he's making an effort to actually get the cats & hurt them, seriously consider rehoming them. It sucks, but as said before, having a dog that's killed another pet is just awful.

u/signalsoldier77 · 3 pointsr/whatisthisthing

This is correct. I just installed the exact gate that uses this latch two days ago.

u/Coomassie_blue · 3 pointsr/Parenting

I used these:

They basically clamp around your round or square posts and provide a surface to screw in a hardware-mount gate (like this one: I found them to be extremely sturdy and relatively easy to install.

u/LewesThroop · 3 pointsr/parentsofmultiples

It looks similar to this one that we use. You can add extensions and make it up to 13 feet wide.

u/jobie285 · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

We have this in front of our bar and it can be moved about since it's free standing.

u/kobusingye · 3 pointsr/Parenting

Our 2 year old son sleeps on a mattress on the floor with a space heater in his room and I was also super worried about it (and truthfully still slightly am, but can't figure out any other solution), but so far it hasn't been a major issue. He has been on a floor mattress since he was ~6 months old, but only had the space heater in his room since we moved 6 months ago (so space heater situation started when he was around 19 months old). Obviously, your situation could be different, but I find that when he's in his room alone and not in his bed, he's more interested in playing with his toys/stuffed animals than he is with messing with the space heater. He does switch it on/ off and change the heating setting sometimes during the day so I always check it before saying goodnight, but once we say goodnight I have never seen him mess with it (we have a video monitor). We also specifically chose a space heater that doesn't get hot to the touch when on and automatically shuts off if it gets knocked over. When he was younger we had [this] ( gate up in his room to separate the kid-proof part from the non kid-proof part. We took it down before he was able to climb over it so can't say whether it will work for you, but we found it to be sturdy (it connects to the walls so wouldn't fall over) and generally kid-proof.

u/vanimbeauty · 3 pointsr/Parenting

Our banister sits at a weird angle too so we had to improvise something to get a gate up.

So we ordered a banister adjustment.

And then this gate.

My husband actually drilled the gate to the adjustment piece which we then zip tied.

Edit: we have have more wall so ours is drilled into wall. It may not work for you. But maybe you could find another gate that requires less wall drilling.

u/dnd1980 · 3 pointsr/RandomActsOfPolish

I have two of these but need a third. I have a different third one but it don't work for shit. So I currently have to constantly move one from living room to kitchen if I go into a different room. So I may end up mounting them, just not sure yet.

u/anatomizethat · 3 pointsr/triathlon

I did this all the time with my son post-partum. Cycling was my jam starting 4 weeks after delivery because I could get in a good workout while he chilled in his rocker or even did tummy time.

That said...word of advice: Once he starts moving, you'll realize your trainer is infinitely more dangerous, and your kid will be attracted to it. I used an exersaucer during my workouts once he started standing and moving around on furniture, but now he's running around so we just bought this baby gate for our home gym to separate him from us while we workout. That gate can also be used as a play yard! Your workout setting may change as he grows, but it's totally possible to keep it up!

u/BasicBrewing · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

What about one of the accordion style closet doors? Will take up much less space in your kitchen when you open it (or even enough to still open into the laundry room?)

There are also vinyl ones that fold up much tighter, but they usually look kinda cheap.

They do make taller baby gates that are about waist high (here for example), but still might not be tall enough for you.

u/IHeartDay9 · 3 pointsr/breakingmom

This is a thing.

u/PhoenixGate69 · 3 pointsr/CatAdvice

I hunted around for something similar for a long time and finally found this. It's listed as a baby gate but stands 41 inches tall. It's worked very well for me, neither of my cats (one seven pound, one thirteen pound cat) has attempted to jump over it yet. (I've had it since June)

u/Jen_Snow · 3 pointsr/Parenting

We have a Regalo Easy Step Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate. It's too high for the cats to jump and for the toddler to climb. The toddler can open it if it's unlocked but that's not an issue for us given where we use it.

Edit: This probably won't help you. I misunderstood your cat-restraining needs. We need to keep our cats out of where the gate goes. You want yours to be able to jump it.

u/randiesel · 3 pointsr/AskVet

Believe me, you're in for a bit of a challenge in the playing regard. It's pretty important to not let them play at all initially.

/u/AnalgesicSex explained it very well above, but basically they are taking the knee apart, grinding/cutting away in there, and trying to put it back together better than before. It's pretty fragile until the muscle grows back, so if you're not able to keep them calm, our vet(s) recommended crate rest only for a few weeks. In our case, we bought this (extra tall, he's a lab) baby gate and put it on the door to our office. I basically kept him in here with me every possible waking hour, and put him in the crate when I couldn't directly supervise. It wasn't much fun for him, but the dogs all got used to it very quickly.

Surprisingly enough, neither! We got a dog with a totally shaved leg (it looks hilarious) and some gruesome nasty crusty staples covering the raw incision. I was pretty surprised myself, but they said it was better to let it air out. They did provide us with a cone of shame (Elizabethan collar), but we didn't need it after the first day. We were also on an antibiotic for 10 days. As always, YMMV with that stuff, and I'm sure the vet will do whatever is best for your pup. Our main concern was to go above and beyond all the instructions to ensure the recovery went well.

u/mbake · 2 pointsr/aww
u/andeva · 2 pointsr/akita

These are the gates I use in my house, they work very well and are tall enough so the dog cannot jump over and the vertical bars do not allow climbing.

u/MrsDrennan · 2 pointsr/puppy101

This is something similar maybe searching these will help you find what you want.

u/TheCheshireCody · 2 pointsr/daddit

I wish I remembered the brand that we have. I think it might be a Regalo, because it looks a lot like this, but with a little cat door at the bottom.

The one piece of advice I would give is absolutely do no buy one like this. Those little holes will become footholds for a little one to climb over. Everyone I've known who has gotten something like that has had to replace it as soon as their child figured out how easy they are to climb. Stick with the vertical slats only - no horizontal bars except at the top and bottom.

u/cucumbers · 2 pointsr/Pets

Just did an Amazon search for "narrow baby gate", this came up: North States Supergate Expandable Swing Gate

Looks like there are lots of options if you are willing to screw into the doorframe.

Edit: this one also adjusts from 26":
North States Industries Supergate Classic Plastic Gate Mounts (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

u/Ilovetacosohsomuch · 2 pointsr/parentsofmultiples

Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts

This is the one I have 😁👌🏼
We have it drilled on either side of our living room and it stretches across nicely to keep the kids out of the kitchen. We bought two smaller Regalo brand gates for our doorways exiting the living room

u/akifyre24 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Replace it with a bar style. The ones that have holes end up being like a ladder.

[this is the play yard we use to block off our kitchen. the space is oddly shaped.](Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts

u/BurritoTime · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Fellow one-year-old-haver here who has just dealt with baby-gating an odd shaped stairway - adapting something off the shelf is my way to go wherever possible. I'd just go with a metal baby gate with extra panels:

Like this

There may be some rated for outdoor use, but I understand the normal ones last at least a year or two outside anyways.

u/SolidBones · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We have a couple of these screwed into the walls to block off a long area. It's got a door you can walk through

Blackout curtains and a noise machine, and I don't see any reason why this won't work. I recommend the dohm

u/rehpotsirhc123 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

This would be super child proof because it attaches to the walls, it's 16 feet total in 8 2-foot sections with a gate. You could get an additional 50% more space inside of it if the desk were in a corner.

u/spaketto · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

It sounds like you're probably looking for something like this:

I have this particular one but not attached to any walls. Unfortunately i think this is a version that would need to be attached with screws but there may be other versions that can pressure mount.

I used this one in an octagon shape. It's metal bars and each hinge locks into place. Kids can't open the gate. I used it when my kid was younger and will be using it again with second.

If you bought 2 sets you'd probably have enough or close to enough to get the size/shape you want.

u/numbers_game · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Not sure what your living space is like but we have this and created a penned off area
Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts

u/ScoochYourBooch · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Here is my setup. We have a very similar staircase:

We used these products:
Evenflo Top of The Stair Extra...

Safety Innovations No Hole...

ETA: we don’t have the handrail, but from your picture, it appears that you could fit this gate righttttt up against the handrail.

u/havalinaaa · 2 pointsr/daddit

Something like this is probably easiest though bulky

It doesn't show well in the pictures but each panel can angle out so you could attach it along the wall where it's high enough and then between the stairs and the door

u/CluckMcDuck · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

they make various types of mounting kits that might work...

u/Puffsdangerfield · 2 pointsr/breakingmom

This is the style we use. It's tension, but with having a walkthrough gate means you can tighten it to the point it will not budge. Our cats jump it and our dogs lean against it all day long. It doesn't move.

> living here is challenging enough as they are trying to control how I raise my kid or remind me how they never dealt with any of "these problems" with their kids.

Dude that sucks. Go check out justnomil. Might help you find some tactics in dealing with overbearing in laws who don't know their place.

u/Deuceman927 · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Get this...

You can mount 1 end to the wall on the right of the stairs, and 1 to the wall on the left of the stairs...

I have 3 of these things... You can take out panels and make it shorter... you'll basically have a little box at the foot of the stairs with a door.

u/JadedorTraded · 2 pointsr/Parenting

I highly recommend the Regalo Easy Step Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate. Toddler went be able to open it, and you don't have to climb over it.

u/p_kitty · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

We got two of these to create a baby pen for my son, with the expectation that we'd be adding two more kids to it. It's expensive, but it's awesome. Solid as a rock and because it's bars, rather than a grid pattern on the panels, he can't climb it.

There's nothing wrong with putting your babies in a confined space to keep them safe.

u/KT421 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

At the top of stairs, you will need a hardware mounted one for safety’s sake. The pressure mounted ones can pop out if rammed too hard, and then baby and gate tumble down the stairs.

Besides, the hardware mounted one we have has a much wider door than our pressure mounted one. Here’s the one I have:

It has a removable stop so it can swing either way but when you install the stop it only swings one way. It also doesn’t have a bar along the bottom to trip over like the pressure mounted one (same brand) does. As for how wide it is, the whole “gate” part swings, not a door within the gate. If you want pictures of what it looks like installed vs the pressure mounted one, let me know.

u/wishiwasbornadog · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

This one is great. It's very sturdy, and it's easily adjustable. It's 36" and has vertical bars so they can't climb. The bars are about 3" apart, so most dogs won't fit through.

u/thehumanhive · 2 pointsr/InteriorDesign

You can find baby gates that are long and bend at the joints. Perhaps one of these mounted to the walls next to the cabinets?
EDIT: Here is a cheaper/longer one.

u/Bo_Peep · 2 pointsr/Parenting

I bought this one and I love it:

It has pressure mounts on each side that are adjustable.

u/cupcake_3 · 2 pointsr/Parenting

I also would not gate the 3 step staircase in question. I think it's not a big risk and most likely a learning experience for the kid to crawl/climb on, but it could be a certain room beyond the picture that you are trying to keep the baby out of, totally understandable.

You might want to try the Regalo Extra Wide gate. It is listed as 30" height but it might work for you. If you want me to measure mine exactly, let me know.. Amazon link -

u/ernieball · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

You can see on this gate the little stopper at the bottom that would prevent baby from falling through if s/he were pushing and the locking mechanism failed. I think that's something you want to look for. This one does require that you drill directly into the banister, but you might be able to find an adapter rail - or you can always paint a 2x4 and zip tie the hell out of it to the existing rail and then drill into that.

u/WigglyBaby · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We have two of these and love them. I read a lot of the reviews before getting anything. This one is heavy (toddler can't push it), and has straight bars (rather than e.g. a criss-cross pattern) that toddlers can't climb up easily.

u/catsreaction · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Have you looked at playpens that can also be used as a gate, like this one They have removable panels so you can make it smaller, or but additional panels to make it bigger. And if the size isn't perfect you can angle the panels to make it fit.

u/toriaanne · 2 pointsr/BabyBumpsCanada

My bub is almost 8 months old, and I needed a place that would keep him out of... well, to be honest, everything. He sticks whatever he can in his mouth. Hell. He tries to stick the bars of this baby jail in his mouth.

I love the fact it is flexible and I can make it whatever shape I need it to be, and that it attaches to a wall when needs be for extra stability.

Now, for a newborn, we bought a more common playpen.

For our uses, the newborn sleeping space was useless. Our kid had issues sleeping... well... anywhere not on us. We ended up with him in a glider for our own sanity for sleeping. Three weeks of not being able to put him down were enough to make me cry Uncle. We ended up using it for cloth diapers as we made copious use of the changing table.

u/midwestlover610 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We had to buy this one for our doorway. It's a bit expensive but I love it. It kind of pops out a bit to fit smaller end doorways. Like this ... _/ I don't think a large rabbit could get through, but I guess it depends on how big bunny's actual body is.

u/xo_two · 2 pointsr/puppy101

A little pricier than other options, but I got this one for my GSD puppy and it has been awesome. It's technically for kids but it has worked well for her.

I like that the bars are metal and there are no horizontal bars across it so it keeps them from being able to climb. It is basically indestructible. You can buy additional panels that are super easy to attach. It also comes with a kit to anchor it to walls if you want to use it as a gate to block off rooms instead.

u/jinfiniti · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We have a slight width difference in the area where one of our gates is placed (bottom of the wall has thick trim.) We are using the Safety First gate, which lets you 'dial in' the top and bottom pressure gauges to fit your specific space.

Not gonna lie, it was a bit tricky to figure out the right tensioning for it when I was installing it. But it works quite well for us now.

u/APSkinny · 2 pointsr/CFB

Get a gate.

Like that. My kid is 3 now and we only use 2 smaller dog gates to keep him locked away from the stairs, but when he was 1, we used that gate to completely shut down the living room. it works.

u/Checkmate1234 · 2 pointsr/toddlers

Even an extra tall gate? We have this one from Amazon. It's delightful because it's a walk through door which you don't need to drill into the wall, but it's extra tall so my 2 year old can't climb over it!

u/Kristin2349 · 1 pointr/puppy101
u/thebookofcodess · 1 pointr/dogs

I got [this gate] ( and [this one] ( The first gate I got for the top of the stairs, but haven't used it there yet. Tightens pretty well, but still can be knocked over. The second one I can't tighten too much because if I do, I can't get the door open or shut. I like the sound of the gate you have!

u/lbw12345 · 1 pointr/reactivedogs

I agree, baby gates are likely your best tool so you can ensure the dog can't get to the son without your knowledge and supervision. They have ones with doors in them so you don't have to constantly climb over them.

This is the one I use

u/KestrelLowing · 1 pointr/dogs

I got this one and I like it a lot. It's wide enough for our hallway (48") and therefore doesn't interfere with any other doors. Plus having the 4 different adjustable contacts makes it easy to use with baseboard moldings.

And it's nice it doesn't look totally horrible. Also, the vertical bars make it more difficult for a dog to jump over as they can't get a running start, get a purchase on the gate with their back legs, and scramble over the top. Granted, my dog is only knee high, so for a larger dog, it might be easier for them to get over.

Note that the gate itself is a bit narrow, but I've not had issues with it. It's just a bit of a pain to get stuff besides humans through if you can't lift it over.

u/Zoobles88 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Oh shoot.

No biggie - I'm actually planning on getting the swing-y door kind. That way I don't have to step over it or take it down. Because I really am THAT lazy xD

u/akaDaKid · 1 pointr/DIY

Something like this might work: . I used a similar one for a large opening

u/pearlescence · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Baby prison. I got basically an indoor fence, set it up around get play rug. Best $90 spent. She practices pulling up and cruising on the bars, I get to do chores without worrying about her crawling around and putting things in her mouth.

This is the one I got:

Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts

u/KI2000 · 1 pointr/daddit

If you can afford it, I would suggest upgrading to the metal version:

The plastic version is a lot easier to climb (the diamond pattern provides horizontal toe holds) and the metal version comes with wall brackets.

u/walleyrund · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I wish I could help. Our top-of-the-stairs gate needs a bolt that goes all the way through the wall to be screwed in with a nut/washer on the other side. another gate is tearing out the door frame. The only one that really works is this free-standing one we have at the bottom of the stairs.

u/casserole · 1 pointr/Parenting

I have two of these. I know it isn't pressure mounted like you wanted, but it's a good inexpensive option. We have a VERY open floorplan, and we didn't want to break the bank. Some of the reviews will say they are rickety, and yes they kid can shake them because they aren't pressure mounted, but I've never felt like she could break them and hurt herself. We wanted pressure mounted too, but I'm just not sure you can do it that way with that wide of a space?

u/DigTheWig · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Is this for the bottom of the stairs? You can DIY one with pvc pipes and fabric that will fit between the railings, seen here. There are also a super wide play yard by Regalo that you can set up in whatever configuration you want, and screw each end into the wall.

u/dmscheidt · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

IF you look at the things frequently bought with this item, you'll see that one of them is this strap kit. That might not be suitable, but there are lots of others available, and you can make your own, using some lumber ot clamp to the existing banister. The one's I've used (at other people's houses) worked fine for kids, but woulnd't keep a large dog out, if that's your goal.

u/biggern · 1 pointr/AskParents

We have two of these Regalo 192-Inch Baby Gates that are really flexible so you could wrap them around the sides of your stairs

u/dandanmichaelis · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We actually bought this one to go around our brick fireplace. It’s adjustable and huge and works great to block space.

u/wh0andwhy · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

I use
Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Gate and Play Yard, 2-In-1

Regalo Home Accents Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate, Hardwood and Steel

Evenflo Position and Lock Tall Pressure Mount Wood Gate

It all depends on your dog. It may work, it may not, I can lay a small fence resting on the bottom steps of a stairwell and my dog won't come up

u/legalpretzel · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Most of the mountable walk-thru baby gates have extensions you can buy separately. If you can't find what you're looking for on google or amazon, go directly to the manufacturer's website, they often have add-ons. If you will need to use the doorway regularly, I highly recommended a walk-thru gate. If you want to block the entire doorway for a cat that can jump, you can use a tension mounted gate above the swinging gate.

Extra-wide baby gates

Example 1, Manufacturer website 2


Edit, how small is your cat that it will fit through the bars?

u/raachelq · 1 pointr/Rabbits

It’s a little gate for doors lol

Carlson Lil Tuffy Metal Expandable Gate

u/FractiousPhoebe · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I have this one with 8 panels
North States 3-in-1 Metal Superyard - 144 inches Long Play Yard: Create an extra-wide gate or a play yard. Hardware mount or freestanding. 6 panels, 10 sq. ft. enclosure (30" tall, Beige)

We had it over a foam mat. Now that we moved and LO is older, we have 3 panels with the gate mounted to seperate the living room from the rest of the house. Keeps toddler in and pets out.

u/Gluestick05 · 1 pointr/Parenting

Our kid isn't super determined to get over/around gates, but we just have one of these at my in-laws.

u/SoldierOnce · 1 pointr/DIY
u/saf621 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Depending on your layout of the apartment, you’ll want either baby gates or something like this or this. There are a ton of different types so finding out that works in your space might involve some searching. A pack n play is pretty small for playing. Once they start crawling they want to move around.

u/Frostfox · 1 pointr/daddit

This wouldn't work for you? Works great for me.

u/caldwean · 1 pointr/dogs

If your roommates are ok with it, look into a baby gate that can be bolted into the wall like this one:

It's a little pricey, but the walk-thru kind mean that you won't have to jump the gate every time. Usually you can install them in such a way that they won't interfere with the door to the room

u/tizzytaffy · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We have a wooden banister and used this, which is basically the same idea: Summer Infant Banister to Banister Universal Gate Mounting Kit

This also really helps stabilize the gate on the other side: Stabilized Baby Gate Wall Protector Work with Walk Through Child, Pet Dog Pressure Mounted Gates, Safety Wall Bumpers Wall Cups

We actually ended up not putting a gate at the top because we spend most of our time downstairs, but a good recommendation we heard was to put it 90 degrees to the top of the stairs, so if they do manage to open it or climb over, the spot on the other side of the gate is the floor, not a tumble down the stairs.

u/joyinthe42 · 1 pointr/dogs

Carlson Lil Tuffy Metal Expandable Gate

Is what we used when our shih tzu pup was little (9 weeks/4.5 lb to like 6 months/10lb) to keep him in the kitchen. He couldn't get through the bars or jump it. Till he got long and strong enough to jump it! We still have it, and I use it to keep him in the office with me when I work, but if he really wanted to escape it now he could.

Carlson Extra Tall Walk Through Pet Gate with Small Pet Door, Includes 4-Inch Extension Kit, 4 Pack Pressure Mount Kit and 4 Pack Wall Mount Kit, Platinum

Is what we use now to keep him in the kitchen during the day now. This is the first one we had ordered till we realized he could squeeze through the bars. Doh! Now that he's full grown he can't squeeze through, and it's tall enough he can't jump over it. Though his head can clear if he's doing a dedicated jump. I recommend wall mounting on the door frame.

u/Janus67 · 1 pointr/daddit

Is what we used for the top of the stairs and the opening to my office to keep the kiddo out. (we actually have a small landing/turn at the top of our stairs so for ease of getting upstairs we put the gate going from the post to the wall next to the landing instead of blocking off the top of the stairs, if that makes sense).

The latch has been perfectly fine for the last year, haven't had any issues with it. Just had to make sure that it is latched properly when closing it (a small jiggle or looking at the color indicator [red=unlocked, green=locked] on the side.

u/ignanima · 1 pointr/funny

Cumbor Auto Close Safety Baby Gate

I bought two gates already which was all I needed. I'm not a baby gate aficionado.

u/cawpin · 1 pointr/daddit
u/BeardedDouche · 1 pointr/daddit

Get that gate. It screws into the wall so you know it won't fall when the baby is going to town on it, and there isn't a bottom bar to trip on. I got 2 of them and have no complaints.

u/TechRoach5 · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

If you’re willing to consider another gate I love these Cardinal Gates Stairway Angle Baby Gate 27"-41.5", White

They attach higher to the wall to avoid stuff like that and they let you install at off angles, which can be handy. They are also rock solid.

u/cjskittles · 1 pointr/dogs

I found a tall gate that worked well for us:

Or if she is not a crawler, you can get one of the frame mounted ones and just mount it a little higher. That's what I've done for my current dog since he doesn't like crawling.

u/delightmoto · 1 pointr/breakingmom

Probably one like this:

You can install it on both sides of the wall in the middle of the top stair, high enough so it swings out above the top stair.

u/NothingISayIsReal · 1 pointr/Assistance

Carlson Lil Tuffy Metal Expandable Gate

My mom just had a stroke while we got a new puppy and we are at the hospital and school most of the day and we need to keep the dogs in a room because the floors are being redone and we don't have time to crate train. The door gives them separation anxiety but if they can see through, theyre much more calm.

u/newdogparents · 1 pointr/puppy101

Oh man, the playpen climbing, haha. Have you looked into the one Regalo makes for humans? It's a little pricey, but it bought us some more time since there are no horizontal bars.

u/Squirrels_Gone_Wild · 1 pointr/AskBattlestations

Good luck. She will still push the buttons, or pull the cords, or spill stuff on it. Only thing that worked for me was and sectioning off part of the room.

u/idlephase · 1 pointr/daddit

You have a few options to go with either the pressure or screwed-in gates. I'm not endorsing any of the following items, so you need to look to see what may work best for you. They are provided for reference.

u/Smarble53 · 1 pointr/daddit

We have one of these: but its just shy of 9 feet. Its not the most elegant, but it works and its not that pricey

u/Temmon · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I found some anti-tip TV tethers for sale online. We also replaced the open entertainment center with one with cabinets for all the peripherals. It doesn't vent great, but it's been a worthwhile trade. Would something like that work for you?

I'd also gotten one of these for another use, but it might be able to block things off. The problem, like I said, is that that was the first gate she was able to easily bypass, so if you need a long-term situation, that's not ideal but not terrible for a year or so.

u/Daleth2 · 1 pointr/Parenting

Get a baby gate for her door, or at the top of the stairs, whatever works best for your floor plan and where you want her to be. We have one of these in the door:

u/jriejroie · 1 pointr/Buyingforbaby

It is really good. I was originally skeptical when my husband ordered it because of the price. We first had this one for the kids' playroom which is also good. But the difference is really huge. With the former, you don't have to struggle to close the gate. You just slam it behind you and it is shut. You do not notice the inconvenience of having to open and close a gate whenever you go up and down. We justified the price because we were planning to have more kids. We got it when we had our first.

u/Nurum · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Honestly I would just buy one of these put it down a couple steps and it should work just fine. It comes with wall cups that you mount to the wall so it won't slide so even if they push on it there will be no movement. The best part about this solution is that in like a year when they are old enough that you aren't worried about them you haven't done major modifications that need to be fixed.

u/Somnambulates · 1 pointr/Parenting

I had gotten a gate that went to 10 feet I believe (we had a really wide area between the living and dining room) I’ll check and see if I can find it again. You can remove panels from it.

Yeah lol I’d rather not “wait and see”
“I’d rather ‘try and do’ but thanks”
People are ridiculous. I remember when I first got pregnant I was asking my friend who had already had two kids and was on her third (was pregnant around the same time as me no less) I asked how I could get Medicaid and she couldn’t tell me. I’m like why do people not want to tell you THESE Things but will tell you before or when asked but will have no problem giving you “advice” on things they really shouldn’t.

Going to go look now and calm down a bit.

Edit: found it!!

u/undertheliveoak · 1 pointr/samoyeds

The X-pen I got for fencing mine indoors turned out to be too lightweight for other than temporary holding pen for my puppy. I gated off two rooms closest to the back door. You can get gates that are adjustable to a fairly wide range of opening, and get additional panels for making dividers. I got [this one] ( and it's held up well. She hasn't been able to climb it because the slats are mostly vertical.

*adding-gating has definitely been helpful when I want her to have some freedom outside the crate but can't keep my eye trained on her every second. She'll pick up anything not nailed down in a split second. Right now everything in my house is up on something counter height and pushed to the back. Getting a Samoyed puppy is a great incentive to minimize clutter ; )

u/beggles16 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

we used this kit

with this gate

if there is a big difference between where the stud is, you could get a thicker piece of wood to attach to the connector kit and attach it to the back side of the bannister (facing the hallway) rather than the side (facing into the staircase, how it is shown in the picture). This would effectively extend the area you have to get a gate in and match it up to the studs on the wall easier.

u/hawtp0ckets · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I just bought this one from Amazon but I haven't used it yet. It has really good reviews so I'm hoping it'll be great!

u/smeggysmeg · 1 pointr/daddit

We used this gate around my desk area until our little guy was about 2. Now he just leaves it alone... mostly.

u/netsirk · 1 pointr/Mommit

I have an old house with baseboards and rails (and some door frames that aren't square), and we have actually been okay using those cheap $10 wooden gates with blocks of wood at the top. But if you don't mind spending a little extra, the gates with adjustable screw holders ( work well too. This munchkin gate actually doesn't even latch until you install it properly.

u/MakeItHomemade · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

We chose not to crate train. There were some times I regretted it for 20 minutes, but I knew I would face other issues with crate trianing so it was a wash... but for our pup overall it worked out. So far.



We went with this baby gate:


We used it to block off the kitchen at first, and at night we moved it to the bedroom and folded it down to fit only around his bed. It was a pain moving it every night.. but at some point we have to enforce a budget!


Then we stopped using it to block off the kitchen. Somewhere around 12 weeks.


About 13/14 weeks we opened up the baby gate around his bed, and now he has access to about a 1/5th of our bedroom.


We both work from home and were able to ALWAYS have eyes on him. So very few potty mistakes, and hes been good for the past month (except 2 accidents - 1 a random poop in the house when I proabbly brought him in to early from our morning potty break, and another "I'm so happy" small pee puddle. We haven't left him alone yet and will be working on that next.


Eventually, I will train him to be fine in a crate for traveling and his safety.


Lots of pros and cons to crate training or not.


Thunderstorm! Need to go positive reinforcement training! See ya!

u/tempqwr3rewrfwfs · 1 pointr/puppy101

> Your weekend ignore training regime, was that again in an x pen? Where you frequently went in/out of the room but not pen?

My puppy is a 16 week old Indian pariah mix that we've had since she was 12 weeks (though separated from her mother at <6 weeks, since that's the age the fosters found her at as a lost stray). The breed is known for its social playing, intelligence, but is also not big on cuddling.

I don't have an X-pen, but we do have a puppy gate: that has been a lifesaver.
Cords have been moved behind big furniture, like the couch, where she can't reach them.

My dog has a lot of food-toys and chews.

Food ball:


"Wood" stick we use to lure her away from tempting wooden furniture legs:

Solo-playing works best with toys that make a noise or move on their own (at least for my puppy). We've found a hard golf ball that noisily rolls across the floor (debatable whether this is a good idea; right now our puppy is too small to fit it fully in her mouth, let alone choke on it, but it's definitely hard enough that I worry she might break a tooth. But no signs of aggressive chewing yet), but she also likes other balls and stuffed toys (which she just takes in her mouth and shakes about wildly).

IMO, the food-dispensing toys are a must-have.

We also leave her dog bed and crate available in this space, and a blanket on the floor, that she likes to sit on while she chews.

Weekend training regime is the same as anything else. Dog in the living room, living room closed off with puppy gate so she can't follow us out, and is in a relatively puppy-proofed space, and toys and chews left strewn about.

She mostly sleeps through the day, now, knowing we won't engage with her playing. If she's being too noisy or needy, I'll leave her alone in the puppy-gated living room and work in another room.

I hope this helps!

u/sometimesiburnthings · 1 pointr/DIY

Amazon sells one baby gate at/over that length (listed at 192 inches). It may work for you, depending on how exuberant your dogs are. It's kinda pricey, but any semi-respectable gate system is going to be that way.
The only other thing I can think of is to buy a baluster/rail/spindle rig like what you would have on a set of steps. But that's going to be even more expensive and won't have an easy way to get through. And you would have to assemble it from scratch.

u/anon_e_mous9669 · 0 pointsr/Parenting

I mean, I had the same type of stairs in our first house with our first kid. We got a baby gate that had pressure fittings (basically screw threaded rubber pads) that you used to squish the baby gate between the wall and the railing. Ours worked pretty well. Ours was something like [this one] (, just make sure it is the right width. The screw out pads can only cover a certain distance, so measure where the railing is and get one that's close to that size.