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The First Years Simple & Secure Stair Gate

3.0 out of 5 stars 181 customer reviews
About the Product
  • 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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Product Description

Product Description

Developed by childcare experts, this swinging stair gate by The First Years is secure and simple to use. The pinch-free push and turn lock is childproof yet easy to operate with just one hand, and the snap lock clicks closed to let you know it's secure. Featuring safety-spaced coated metal bars, it expands from 29-1/2" to 44" wide, swings open in either direction and adjusts up to 1" at the top and bottom for baseboard depths. Hardware mount for maximum security at stairways. Imported. 29-1/2H".

From the Manufacturer

The simple and secure stair gate is designed to swing open easily ¿ without pinching -- and close securely with a click sound to reassure it is locked. The push and turn lock is easy for an adult but too difficult for a child under two to open. Our Simple and Secure Stair Gate is hardware mounted to meet stairwell safety standards. Safety-spaced, coated metal bars create a sturdy barrier to protect little ones. Adjustment slots allow you to customize width (between 29 1/2 and 44 inches) to your individual needs. Great for hallways and doorways, too!

Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight10.6 pounds
Product Dimensions30 x 1.8 x 28.5 inches
Item model numberY3620
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #229,750 in Baby (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12.4 pounds
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By A Customer on August 27, 2003
We are the parents of twin eight month old boys. About a month ago they began crawling and pulling themselves up on the furniture. We have a steep staircase off our kitchen and I knew we would have to gate it off. I am not a very handy person and although I wanted a secure gate I did not want one that was difficult to install. I read all the gate reviews on Amazon and I was drawn to this one as it comes with templates for installing the hinges and latch. I am glad I ordered this gate as it lives up to its name--Simple and Secure. I had the gate installed perfectly in less than 30 minutes. It is very strong and blends well with our decor. We have a 42" stairwell and the gate fit without the need for any extensions or extra parts. Unlike some other reviewers, I did not find the closing "click" too loud or bothersome. In fact, it is reassuring to know that the gate is securly locked behind you. I would definitely recommend this product to any family having infants or toddlers.
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The width (29-44 approx), versatility in installation, and simplicity of this gate justify a 5 star rating from me.
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.
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This is the first online review that I have ever written. I write because I hope that someone out there will learn from my experience and save money that I have lost on this product.

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.
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This gate is a godsend. We just moved from a one-level home to a hi-ranch with our 1 year old daughter and our rickety wood trip-over-it tension gate. I read all the reviews on looking for a sturdy gate for the top of the stairs. I wasn't as concerned with ease of installation, as safety was my main concern. We have wrought iron railings all around the upper level and stairs, so we ran into problems finding a gate.
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.
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