Best Wooden Baby Gates

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BABY GATE

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Let's talk about wooden baby gates. Babies are curious little beings, and their natural instinct is to explore their environment and try to see as many things as possible. Unfortunately, exploring their home isn’t always a safe practice, and if they’re not careful - which they rarely are - they can hurt themselves.

That’s where wooden baby gates come in. Not only are they easy on the eyes, but they allow parents to section off certain areas of their home that would be too risky for their young ones to explore.

However, there are a lot of baby gates on the market, so we’ve decided to review some of the best wooden baby gates to give you an idea of what to look for. Read on for more information.

You may also consider building a gate.

OUR TOP PICK

 

Toddleroo by North States 3 in 1 Stained Wood Superyard 151' Long Extra Wide Baby gate, Barrier or Play Yard, Hardware or Freestanding, 10 sq.ft. Enclosure, 6 Panels, 2-Panel Extension, 30' Tall

 

This extra-wide wooden baby gate from Toddleroo can section off any room or area of your house, preventing your little one from getting in. Plus, it is still an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home. 

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The free-standing Toddleroo enclosure can be set up in seconds, and the swinging walk-through door panel features a double-locking system that is child-proof, affording parents easy access while restricting access to babies. The bars are 2 ½” apart, so you won’t have to worry about your child slipping through them or getting stuck. 

The mounting hardware accommodates an extra-tall baseboard, can be infinitely extended using the extension panels to span wide areas, and can be mounted to angled walls. Unfortunately, the extension panels are sold separately. 

The panels on this gate are configurable and lock into place to fit any sort of play area. You can change the shape to fit the space, making this a very versatile baby gate. 

Pros 

  • Convenient setup 
  • Child-proof door 
  • Double-locking system 
  • Configurable panels 
  • Changeable shape 

Cons 

  • Extension panels sold separately 

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This is a very simple baby gate that is designed to fit at the top of any flight of stairs in your home to prevent your little one from going up or down them. 

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The four-point mounting hardware on this baby gate makes installation a breeze. Setup will only take you a few minutes, and the gate is secure enough to withstand even the most determined babies. 

The gate swings open in both directions, which makes it great for areas that experience a lot of traffic, like a hallway or flight of stairs. The swing stop is removable and prevents the gate from swinging over the stairs, as well. 

For parents, the one-hand release makes opening the gate extremely easy, while children will find the two-action unlock system too difficult to work with, preventing them from opening it. 

The great thing about this baby gate is that it is also suitable for pets. However, the wood is not the strongest and should not be put under strain. 

Pros 

  • Four-point mounting hardware 
  • Removable swing stop 
  • Swing-open system 
  • One-hand release 
  • Suitable for pets 

Cons 

  • Wood is somewhat fragile 

OUR TOP PICK

 

Summer Infant Deluxe Stairway Simple to Secure Wood Gate, 32” Tall Fits Openings up to 30” to 48” Wide Baby and Pet Gate for Hallways, Doorways and Stairways, Oak

 

As the name suggests, this deluxe baby gate from Summer Infant is easy to secure and even easier to set up, making it a great option for parents who want the most convenient experience possible. 

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This gate can accommodate most openings, such as hallways, stairways, and doorways. The gate itself is 32” tall and can fit openings between 30” to 48” wide, so it should fit in just about any opening in your home. 

To make installation even easier, Summer Infant included an installation kit with all the tools you need to set the gate up. You can use the unique Precision Fit Template to ensure that your installation is correct and easy, without the need for any measurements. 

Like the previous gate on this list, the Deluxe gate features a one-hand release that is easy for adults to use but impossible for babies to open. However, it may take parents a few tries to get it open. 

Pros 

  • Fits in most openings 
  • Simple installation process 
  • Tools included 
  • No measurements required 
  • One-hand release 

Cons 

  • Release may be rigid  

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Walk-Thru Top Of Stairs Baby Gate (Farmhouse Collection)

 

This is another simple yet highly stylish wooden baby gate that is specifically designed to fit at the top of a flight of stairs. However, it can be used in a number of other areas, as well. 

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This baby gate has a particularly wide width and is capable of fitting in openings between 30” to 40” wide. It is 32” inches tall, and it slides out easily to expand to accommodate different openings. 

The hardware mount is designed specifically to be placed at the top of a flight of stairs, preventing babies from going up or down and potentially injuring themselves. The installation process takes just a few minutes. 

The great thing about this baby gate is that there is no floor bar, which eliminates the risk of tripping. This is great for parents who don’t want to accidentally trip over the gate in the middle of the night. 

Pros 

  • Wide width 

  • Expands to accommodate various openings 

  • Hardware mount ideal for top of stairs 

  • One-hand latch opening 

  • No floor bar 

Cons 

  • May be challenging to open 

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Summer West End Safety Baby Gate, Honey Oak Stained Wood with Slate Metal Frame – 30” Tall, Fits Openings up to 36” to 60” Wide, Baby and Pet Gate for Wide Spaces and Open Floor Plans

 

Lastly, we have this sophisticated baby gate from Summer Infant. It boasts an array of features that are meant to keep your little one safe. 

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This is definitely the largest baby gate on this list, and it is capable of accommodating openings between 36” and 60” wide. The gate’s door is 27” wide, which is enough space to easily walk through. 

Installing the gate is a very easy process thanks to the included kit, as well as the no-drill doorway mount for doorways. You’re going to require some tools for mounting, though. The real kicker of this gate is its auto-close feature, which gently closes the door behind you and keeps the door open. 

Pros 

  • Can fit very wide openings 
  • Installation is easy 
  • Auto-close feature 
  • Secure metal frame 
  • 3 extension frames included 

Cons 

  • Expensive compared to similar products