Last updated September 9th, 2020
A baby gate is one of the primary essentials when baby-proofing your home. If you have curious crawlers or tenacious toddlers in your house, you’d want to keep them out of harm’s way. You can still allow them to explore their surroundings while limiting them only to safe spaces with baby gates.
What I totally love about modern baby gates like those by Regalo is that they come with an automatic close and hands-free function. It’s so difficult to be a modern parent since you have to do it all without the help of a traditional community. Extended family members are often miles away, and parents are left to care for their kids on their own.
Parents today often have to juggle work, self-care, and child care all at once. That is why it is important for us to baby proof our homes. At the same time, it is vital that our baby-proofing essentials are as convenient and easy-to-use as possible.
Here are our top picks for easy-to-use hands-free baby gates. These are top-rated by parents all over the world, and have each sold over a thousand online.
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Regalo Easy Step Collection
Regalo is a trusted brand that specializes in baby safety products bed rails, bath, and travel essentials. One of their most popular item is their easy step walk-through safety gate. The safety gate fits hallways of doorways between 29 to 34 inches and between 35 to 38.5 inches with its extension kit.
You have the option to either pressure mount or wall mount the unit. The option to pressure mount it ensures that you can easily remove or relocate the gate wherever you may need it -doorway, hallway, or stairway. It’s 30 inches tall so it can effectively contain babies between 6 to 24 months, or even more for smaller children.
If you would like to outfit your entire home, Regalo comes with a range of options for baby gates. It has a deluxe variant that has a stylish look with a wide span variant which expands up to 74 inches to accommodate wider openings such as walk-through areas and wider hallways.
It also has an extra tall variant that expands up to 54 inches high in case you have an extra tall baby or a skilled little climber; as well as an extra-wide variant that spans 130 inches for those wide-open areas that need some fencing.
What parents like about this baby gate is that it is priced very reasonably while being built very well. A lot of its reviews raved about how sturdy it is. A lot of parents approved of its durability, and some of them even recommend it for their kids of up to four years of age. It is truly a must-buy.
One thing that the manufacturer points out is that it will not fit spaces between 34 to 35 inches. The unit will only fit up to 34-inch spaces without the extender, and at least 35 inches with it. Additionally, some parents caution not to panic if you notice a space between the latch as this corrects itself after installation, provided that your doorway or hallway fits the specified measurement.
Summer Multi-Use Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate
The Summer Multi-Use Deco is an Amazon’s choice awardee for good reason. It is so versatile and practical due to its size and flexibility. It can cover gaps between 28.5 to 48 inches.
The wide room for adjustment allows it to fit almost any opening or pathway. It is also tall enough at 36 inches to accommodate kids up until the age of three. Its size allows you to use it for a long period of time, up until you can be confident enough that your kids are more aware of potential dangers in the home.
To add to its versatility, it comes in five classy colors to fit in with your home’s look: beige, bronze, grey, slate, and grey wash with white. These are all solid neutral tones that can blend in well with any design or color scheme at home.
The Summer walk-through gate is quite a splurge compared to Regalo, but parents who bought it say that it is still worth every extra dollar. Parents love it because of its extra wide and extra tall sizing. They are able to maximize it for a long time as kids graduate from rolling to crawling, and toddling to running.
On top of the obvious size advantage, parents also love how sturdy it is. The strong construction enables the gate to withstand some rough handling. This ensures the longevity of the fence to serve its purpose throughout every milestone of your child’s young life.
Richell Wood Freestanding Gate
Its freestanding construction and wide side panels are what Richell gate boasts most about. You don’t need handyman skills as there is absolutely no installation required. All you need is to adjust it to fit the opening that you want to enclose.
The gate can span anywhere between 39.8 to 71.3 inches, and is about 20 inches tall -which is perfect when your baby is just beginning to crawl around. The side panels can serve its purpose to keep the fence steady once your little one learns to cruise around too.
Although originally intended and marketed as a pet gate, many buyers of the Richell freestanding gate were actually parents of babies and toddlers. It is such a perfect gate for many parents because it is wide, sturdy, adjustable, and does not require any installation.
As a testament to its sturdiness, one parent noted that her very active 8-month-old baby was able to safely pull herself up on the gate. Despite this, the parent said that she feels confident that the gate will serve for a long time. It also comes in two available sizes. If you want something that your baby will not easily outgrow, I suggest getting the larger size.
On top of its sturdiness and quality, what many of the buyers were so pleased about was its appearance. It comes in two colors: Autumn Matte and Origami White. Both colors can easily complement any living space or bedroom.
One thing to remember though, is that the fence is only 20 inches. It is easy for a full-grown adult to step over which eliminates the need for gates that open and close.
Toddleroo Wide Easy Close Baby Gate
Todleroo’s easy close saves you the hassle of having to manually close the baby gate every time you pass through. If in case you need to pass to and fro several times, it has a “hold open” feature which easily complements its ability to swing in both directions -something that not all baby gates are capable of.
It is also easy to install and does not require you to damage your walls. Adjustable tension rods hold it in place, and you can tighten it to fit snugly so that your little one does not easily tip it over.
By itself, it can seal off openings of up to 38.5 inches wide. However, if you do have a wider doorway or pathway, Todleroo has available extensions. You can add up to three extensions that can widen the gate up until 62.25 inches.
A lot of the thousands of reviews that this gate got are all top ratings. Parents are simply in love with the straightforward and no-fuss function of Todleroo’s baby gate. It is simple to use, and effective at baby-proofing homes.
One stand-out feature of Todleroo baby gate is that it swings in both directions. It can be such a hassle for parents to have to pull a gate back to open instead of just pushing it forward to walk through. Although this gate is not completely hands-free, it makes up for it by taking care of that problem.
Some parents did have trouble trying to install them -especially if they tried doing it by themselves. The bright side to this is that it is built well and is so sturdy that one parent even shared that even her eight-year-old son can’t get through it. If you have bigger kids you’d like to restrict from a certain area, this brand would be a good go-to.
Toddleroo 3 in 1 Metal Superyard
If you just need to block off something large -like a fireplace -a simple baby gate might not cut it. That is when you need an entire fencing system. The best-selling one, and probably the most trusted one is Todleroo’s metal super yard.
Not only is it a fence system, but it can also double up as a play pen on its own. Now, you can contain your little adventurer in the middle of any room. You can confidently cook, clean, or drink your coffee in peace while keeping an eye on them.
Depending on your needs, you can choose between six or eight steel panels. Parents really trust this brand because it always delivers quality above all.
One happy mom said that it completely saved her sanity. Se creatively constructed an 8 by 10 play yard and paired it with some play mats for her kids so they can play safely while she gets work done.
The overall winner
All of the five brands tick the boxes for quality and function.
However, there is a good reason why the Regalo Easy Step is the best selling one among the bunch.
It’s practicality, simple and sleek design, coupled with its ease of use and installation make it a crowd favorite.