Shop Smart! Before you shop for baby gates, print out the Baby Safety Gate Worksheet & Checklist

1. Consider Gate Location

Baby safety gates are effective barriers in many areas of the home and come in a variety of designs to meet different needs. Selecting the right gate for your space is key for both safety and livability – and it’s easy to do with a little planning!

Where is the gate going to be used? The location often dictates the type of gate you need. Most gates fall into one of two categories:

2. Measure Gate Opening

What is the size of the opening or area where you’ll be installing your gate? Baby safety gates are adjustable to fit a range of widths and can be lengthened further using extensions – some are even designed specifically for irregular shaped areas. Precise measurements are recommended before selecting and installing any baby safety gate.

3. Any Special Installation Needs?

Most baby safety gates include hardware to install the gate into a wooden stud, wooden doorway or other secure wooden base. In other situations, installation kits help create a proper mounting surface to securely install baby gates. Plus, installation kits can help prevent or minimize damage to walls and woodwork.

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  1. My sister in law just had bought a kiddo safety gate and her banister posts are small width metal posts. She also has a window in between where the other side would go. Its a small split level house so a gate is necessary. Do you have any ideas for her?

    1. Hello,
      Yes! The Metal Stairway Bannister Installation Kit by Cardinal Gates works on the thin metal posts, and both the Kidco Gateway and Cardinal Stairway Special can be installed on angles which should be able to work around the window. If they can’t come up with a solution, they can google professional babyproofers in their area for a more customized solution.
      See Metal Banister Installation Kit info & links to buy Cardinal Baby Gates on this post:

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