If you have a need for a safety gate like we do, and you don't want to do a lot of research (like we did), we recommend The Curve Safety Gate from Safety 1st. It addresses our concerns.
We have need for a gate that:
- We can open AND close with one hand. A few gates advertise that you can open them with one hand, but don't mention what it takes to close them again.
- Would not take much effort to ensure it was locked once we did close it.
- Would not have a bar (or anything) running across the bottom when it was in the open position.
- We don't want anyone tripping on the way up the stairs, but most importantly, we don't want anyone tripping on the way DOWN the stairs.
This was the ONLY gate we found that met all of our concerns. It is not the most expensive gate we found either, but it's definitely not the cheapest. It was around $60 at Babies R Us. Find a 15% off coupon (or better) for Babies 'R Us and then buy this item for $51. Take a look at some of the images of The Curve in action.
The packaging - what to look for when buying this.
Overlooking the gate from the top of the stairs.
What The Curve looks like when closed.
Here is the locking mechanism.
You just press toward the wall and down on the button and it will release the gate. One finger operation FTW (for the win)!!
When it opens, it completely disconnects from the locking mechanism.
No bars or anything running below the area where you would pass through the gate. This is necessary for us for safety because we don't want anyone tripping and falling down the stairs.
This is a view of the side that stays connected to the wall. It has a very attractive design as well.
That's the safest safety gate we've found that meets all of our needs. Do you have any recommendations for safety gates?