Safety gate reviews: FAQs

Child behind stair gate

Stair gates were voted the most useful baby product in our 2014 survey

Stair gates are a lifesaver for parents, even those without stairs - they can prove invaluable in making sure your toddler (or crawler) stays safe and out of harm's way.

Once you understand the type of stair gate you need, compare stair gate features and prices to ensure you buy the best for you, your baby and your home.

How soon will I need a stair gate?

You’ll need a stair gate from eight months but for safety’s sake, get one as soon as your child starts to show signs of toddling - they’ll soon be moving faster than you can.

How many gates will I need? 

With stairs you’ll need a pair of gates. The set at the top will stop them falling down the stairs and the set at the bottom will stop them climbing in the first place. But even in a bungalow, barriers can keep children out of areas where they might get hurt. Barriers can be used where you don’t have a door - for example, between a kitchen and the dining room.

I’ve heard you shouldn’t put a pressure fix stair gate at the top of the stairs, is this true?

Most manufacturers recommend that you use wall cups with pressure gates at the top of stairs.

How do I know if my safety gate is securely set up?

If you fit a gate at the top of stairs, make sure it opens towards you, not over the stair. If you lean on the gate as you open it, you may fall forwards.

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