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Safety gate and barrier reviews

We test more than 35 baby gates and barriers, including models from Ikea, Dreambaby, Lindam and more.

Last updated: 1st October 2015

When your toddler starts exploring the home, it's time to batten down the hatches and make each room as child-safe as possible. There are some places, though, that should really be kept off-limits as much as possible – like the laundry, the bathroom and, of course, the stairs.

We test a variety of baby gates and barriers to see which are best for your home and safest for your curious toddler, focusing on safety features and potential hazards such as strength, durability, projections and climbing footholds. There's currently no Australian standard for safety gates, so we use an in-house method that draws upon clauses in other relevant Australian standards such as folding cots, as well as overseas standards.

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