The First Years Simple & Secure Stair Gate
- Easy open and close without pinching
- Click sound reassures mom that the gate is locked
- Lock is easy for adults but difficult for children under 2 to open
- Hardware mounted to meet stairwell safety standards
- 6 Mos.-24 Mos.
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Top Customer Reviews
The ability to adjust top and bottom rails of the hinge side to different widths to accomodate molding or other uneven surfaces is a huge plus. I have thick molding and needed something with the freedom to adjust. This alone makes it a perfect fit for our 80 year old house and its stairway.
This gate comes with a template, nice touch, as long as you have even and level wall surfaces to deal with. I don't! But after putting it together once, and then taking it apart again to make the adjustments I felt it needed, I was able to install this gate in our difficult stairway. The instructions recommend installing into wood or studs, and due to the plaster used on my walls and inability to find a stud inline with the other side of the gate, I have actually installed it at a slight angle without compromising the safety of the gate.
Great quality product, several ways you can install to accomodate your needs. Instructions are complete and pictures detail very well. The gate can be opened with one hand, but utilizes a push-in-and-turn dial, similar to a child-safe medicine bottle.
NOTE: Most of the reviews that I have seen on this product are from people who are happy with this product right out of the box. This is a different perspective. I have been dealing with this company and this product for OVER A YEAR and I am truly disappointed.
Like all of you, my wife and I chose this product because we felt that it would securely keep our two wonderful sons away from our stairway. We were also interested in it because it was metal (dog proof!). For these reasons, we ended up purchasing THREE of these gates for our home.
Initially, I was disappointed a bit with the installation of the product. The screws that came with the hardware kit were too short for really secure installation, in my opinion. I ended up using some longer, stouter decking screws. Otherwise I really don't think the things would have stayed on the wall. After installation, however, the gates performed well for a time.
Less than a year after purchase, however, the knobs on two of the gates froze. This rendered them completely useless. We had to remove the gates from our stairway just so that we could go to bed at night and then, of course, our stairs were left accessible to our toddlers. I contacted The First Years, and they agreed to replace these two gates with two new gates of the same variety. The only hitch was that I had to send them my broken gates first - which left my stairs exposed for an even longer period (I have noticed at least one other reviewer mentioning this customer service issue).
I received the new gates without a problem.Read more ›
The instructions say you cannot install it onto metal railings, and the template wouldn't fit our metal railing anyway, so we went to BRU to return the gate. (Our gate needed to be installed between a wall and a metal railing at the top of stairs.) Then the rep at BRU said we could purchase the wood attachment kit for 19.99 to attach it to the metal. This looked like it would work fine.
My husband is a home depot man - he studied the kit and decided he could rig it himself for less. He purchased a strip of nicely finished strong oak, proably 2"wide by 3/4" thick and some lag bolts/nuts all for under $10 - all much stronger than those in the kit. He cut the wood length appropriately, pre-drilled the metal rail, and secured the wood to the metal with the appropriate length lag bolts and nuts. He then proceeded with the instructions to install the gate as usual, into the wood and the wall - the template then fit perfectly. Although the extra work added about an 45 mins to the project, the end result is wonderful.
The knob is not difficult at all, but does takes a few days to get used to. Believe me, you can be sure no baby genius can perform the push-turn-pull sequence required to open the lock which is what is important. We are now pros at opening the gate easily with one hand but she is still baffled.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This gate seems to be of sturdy construction and we chose it because it was mainly metal, but the lock mechanism is entirely of cheap plastic and after only a couple of weeks it... Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Sarah M Rondinelli
All the reviews say the same thing. They locking mechanism stops working. It can't be fixed or replaced. I've had two of them fail in less than one year. Don't buy the gate. Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by Mike Krug
My husband and I purchased two of these gates when our first son started crawling. They have worked very well for us (he's almost 2 now) until the other day when one of the locks... Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by mom in CO
The gate worked fairly well until it broke 18 months after use. The handle knob became stuck and you could no longer turn it to open the gate. Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Chris M.
bought this less than a year ago and lock broke just like all the rest, i'll have to open it up by drilling the rivets to see if I can fix it. Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by L. Ma
I have been using these gates for three years and LOVE them! Very sturdy and there is no way my 3 year old can open these. Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Julie M. Hurley
We have had this unit at the top of our stairs through 3 kids (5 + years) and it's been great. Buying another today to install at Grandma's house. Read morePublished on October 10, 2009 by richard meldrum
Very disappointing. We liked this gate as it served it's purpose of protecting our little ones fro the stairs while we were upstairs. Read morePublished on October 7, 2009 by Jennifer A. Hayes
We purchased 2 of these gates. Each failed after about 18 months of fairly frequent use. We had the same issue that other customers have documented where the knobs froze. Read morePublished on August 1, 2009 by S Tenent