As soon as your baby becomes mobile you need to start thinking about baby-proofing your home. Whilst babies and toddlers should be encouraged to explore their surroundings they are also blissfully unaware of the potential hazards in each room of the house that could lead to injury. Your stairs are a key starting point when baby proofing and this means that stair gates are a must.
We would always recommend that when choosing a gate for the top of a flight of stairs that you opt for a wall mounted model (which attaches to the wall with screws). Wall mounted stair gates have a clear, open walkway without the bottom bar that features on pressure fit gates. This means that when you walk through the open gate there is no potential trip hazard. A wall mounted gate also offers greater strength and stability when compared to a pressure fit gate because it is tightly attached to the wall. However, they do require drilling.
When open a wall mounted stair gate does not have a step over bar, therefore removing any potential trip hazard.