There are many safety gates for children on the market but not all of them offer the features I was looking for, except one: the BabyDan Flexi Fit Safety Gate.
- Most importantly; you can completely remove it in seconds.
Once installed it has a small plastic catch that when pressed releases the whole gate so it can be removed in seconds. This is ideal when your child/children are asleep or if installing the gate in places where the gate isn't always needed (i.e grand parents houses). The only parts left are the four plastic brackets which don't take up any space at all.
- The fastenings are screwed into the walls.
This was important for me, when installing things in my house I like proper permenant fixings (that ensure better saftey). There are other products out there that work on resistance, so you have rubber parts that extending and create pressure to stick to walls - I fear these over time would be easy to pull off by well, children being children.
- Easy installation.
Can be screwed straight into wood or into walls using raw plugs. There are four brackets and it's about 25 mins work.
- It's a flexible-width gate so can be adjusted to fit different widths of doors, stairways, diagonal spaces, etc.
Even though my staircase in a standard size, I like the idea that if we moved house or wanted to fit it elsewhere we had the option and don't need to spend money on replacements.
- It's easy to open with one hand (you'll probably have a child in the other).
- There is no metal part at the bottom to trip over.
I ended up buying two (one for the top and one for the bottom) of the stairs. We didn't really need them until our child was crawling so as soon as that happened I installed them.
If you are in the market for one I'd highly recommend the BabyDan Flexi Fit Safety Gate from Amazon UK or if you are based in the US then you can purchase the BabyDan Flexi Fit Safety Gate from Amazon US.