DIY: How To Babyproof Stairs Like A Pro (Steps w/ Videos)

Do you have a baby or are you expecting one soon?

Does your home have stairs in it?

Are you concerned about making sure your stairs are safe for your little one to be around?

How important is it to babyproof stairs in your home anyway?

Statistically speaking, a baby is injured in a staircase related accident almost every six minutes. Many of these types of accidents could be easily avoided if the staircase was babyproofed in the first place.

In this article, we will show you everything you need to get started with babyproofing the stairs in your home. You’ll find a step-by-step guide for a few different methods as well as some product suggestions to help you figure out the right option for your situation.

Read through this information to get a better idea of how to keep your little one safe around the stairs at all times.

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"Easy Swing & Lock Gate" by North States: Ideal for standard or wider stairways, swings to self-lock. Hardware mount. Fits openings 28.68" to 47.85" wide (31" tall, Bronze)
Evenflo Easy Walk Thru Top Of Stairs Gate
Kidkusion Kid Safe Banister Guard
Roving Cove | Safe Rail – 10ft L x 3ft H – INDOOR Balcony and Stairway Safety Net – ALMOND color – Banister Stair Net – Child Safety; Pet Safety; Toy Safety; Stairs Protector
Munchkin Auto Close Pressure Mount Baby Gate for Stairs, Hallways and Doors, Metal, White, Model MK0006-022
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OUR FAVORITE PICK
"Easy Swing & Lock Gate" by North States: Ideal for standard or wider stairways, swings to self-lock. Hardware mount. Fits openings 28.68" to 47.85" wide (31" tall, Bronze)
1,588 Reviews
Evenflo Easy Walk Thru Top Of Stairs Gate
587 Reviews
Kidkusion Kid Safe Banister Guard
287 Reviews
Roving Cove | Safe Rail – 10ft L x 3ft H – INDOOR Balcony and Stairway Safety Net – ALMOND color – Banister Stair Net – Child Safety; Pet Safety; Toy Safety; Stairs Protector
282 Reviews
Munchkin Auto Close Pressure Mount Baby Gate for Stairs, Hallways and Doors, Metal, White, Model MK0006-022
225 Reviews

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Materials Needed

Baby gate of your choice with hardware included

'Easy Swing & Lock Gate' by North States: Ideal for standard or wider stairways, swings to self-lock. Hardware mount. Fits openings 28.68' to 47.85' wide (31' tall, Bronze)

Easy Swing & Lock Gate by North States: This gate swings closed by itself and auto-locks, so it’s a great option for keeping your child safe and allowing you to use the gate almost hands-free, too. This gate should be drilled into the wall and banister for safety purposes. Some customers dislike the gate because it has small springs that could potentially pop loose and become a choking hazard for little ones if the gate were to become damaged.

Evenflo Easy Walk Thru Top Of Stairs Gate

Evenflo Easy Walk Thru Top of Stairs Gate: This gate comes from a well-known brand name and is designed for use at the top of the stairs, which can be challenging to find in some situations. It features a swing stop to prevent the gate from swinging out and open over the staircase. However, the locking mechanism on the handle may be tough to operate and may take a long time to get broken in, which is a hassle for some customers.

Munchkin Auto Close Pressure Mount Baby Gate for Stairs, Hallways and Doors, Metal, White, Model MK0006-022

Munchkin Auto Close Pressure Mount Baby Gate for Stairs: This is a pressure-mounted baby gate, so it’s not ideal for every situation. However, it also comes with a hardware mounting option so you can upgrade it if you find that the pressure method isn’t working for your children. Some customers dislike how noisy this baby gate is when it’s being used.

If you will be drilling:

  • Power drill
  • Level

If you don’t want to drill into your banisters:

  • One 2x4
  • Paint or stain as desired
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    Heavy-duty zip ties

How To

  • 1
    If you don’t want to drill into the banister, you should begin with a heavy-duty gate, preferably made of wood. You will need one 2x4 and a pack of strong and sturdy zip ties.
  • 2
    Cut the 2x4 to the height of your banisters and stain or paint the wood as necessary to match your home’s décor. You should have two separate pieces of wood for either side of your staircase.
  • 3
    Use the zip ties to firmly secure the wood to the banister. Use as many as necessary, but remember to closely trim the long end of the zip tie when you’re finished so your children won’t potentially be injured by the sharp plastic.
  • You should use at least three zip ties per banister and post combination to get a secure fit.
  • 4
    Attach the metal brackets that came with your gate to the wooden posts you have just installed as you would normally. This will be the same method you’d use for attaching the brackets to the wall or banister, so follow the instructions that came with your baby gate for best results.
  • 5
    If you don’t mind drilling into the banister, simply follow the included instructions that come with your baby gate for mounting purposes. You will need to use a power drill to mount the bracket hardware and use a level to ensure that it lines up perfectly on both sides.
  • This method will require putting permanent holes in your wall and banister (or two banisters, depending on your staircase setup).
  • 6
    Finally, if you prefer to use a pressure-mounted baby gate, follow the directions that come with the gate for best results.
  • Remember that this type of gate usually works by first positioning it in the opening you’re looking to close off and then unscrewing the knobs on all four sides until the pressure keeps it firmly secured in place.
  • 7
    For any type of baby gate, you may want to use zip ties to help hold it in place even more securely as your baby gets older and stronger. Remember that toddlers are often able to push over baby gates that have not been mounted properly or that are not strong enough to hold up to older children.
  • This is also true of households with bigger dogs.

Conclusion

Now that you’ve found the right method for installing a baby gate, you should continue babyproofing your stairs. Here are some other important steps to take to ensure your stairs are childproofed and your baby is safe from accidents:

Remember that pressure-mounted gates are not usually ideal for stairways. However, if your stairs have a wall on both sides, this type of gate will work. If you have banisters, your baby will be able to push the gate over too easily and will be able to access the stairs.

Staircase gates should always open out and away from the stairs themselves. At the bottom of the stairs, they should open away from the first step, and at the top, they should open away from the staircase altogether. This will prevent your child from potentially falling forward when the gate is open and reaching the stairs.

Put up banister guards to protect your child as well as your banisters. These guards keep your little one from reaching through the banisters at the top or on the sides of your stairs. Check out these options:

Roving Cove | Safe Rail – 10ft L x 3ft H – INDOOR Balcony and Stairway Safety Net – ALMOND color – Banister Stair Net – Child Safety; Pet Safety; Toy Safety; Stairs Protector

Roving Cove Safe Rail: This product attaches using included cable ties and is made of sturdy mesh fabric. Many customers find that it does the job well but is not very aesthetically appealing.

Cardinal Gates Banister Shield: This product doesn’t detract from the beauty of your home but still prevents your children from being able to reach through your banisters. It is strong enough that kids and pets won’t be able to tear it, but it’s hard to keep clean.

Kidkusion Kid Safe Banister Guard

Kidkusion Kid Safe Banister Guard: This guard can be attached with the included straps and is available for up to 15 feet of protection in your home. However, the plastic material is known to tear easily, so it may not be ideal for homes with more active older kids or pets.

Keep all of this in mind to protect your kids on the stairs throughout their early years with no trouble!

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