I ordered this gate for my 8 month old son, who is wanting free-reign of the house now. I needed something for the bottom of the stairs and this worked out GREAT!
When I first received this gate, I was concerned that it would be difficult to install. It came with paper instructions & an installation DVD, which never worked on my DVD player. But you can go to the company's website and watch the install video there. From that I realized how easy it would be to install.
I installed the gate at the bottom of the stairs...(it's NOT recommended for the top of the stairs.) The install was simple enough. I just made sure everything was level, placed the little cups on the wall, which adds extra stability. The cups come with adhesive tape, which is nice and strong or if you prefer you can use the included screws, but it's not required. I then tightened the 4 posts and it was done!
I especially like that it closes automatically. I have a 7 year old daughter that is constantly up and down the stairs and she is often forgetful. With the automatic closing gate I can rest assured the gate will always be closed. The gate works perfectly.
It's easy to open for adults and my 7 year old (who had a little trouble at 1st)...but it's def. secure for little ones, who don't possess the strength or dexterity yet to operate the gate.
One of my biggest considerations for this gate was the way it did open...many pressure-mounted gates open with a lever type action, that relies solely on strength. You life the handle up wards and then to close you have to push down...I have heard about people pinching their fingers in these types of gates. Knowing I had my 7 year old that needed to be able to operate, I felt that those types were too dangerous...
This gate has a little button you pull back on, which pulls the lock out of the top of the gate, then you lift the door up wards, releasing the lock from the bottom of the gate and swing it whichever way you need...then in gently closes behind you. I felt this gate was not only highly rated, but was the safest gate, not just for my baby, but for my family who have to operate the gate.
Overall, I highly recommend this gate...I have done alot of research into different companies of baby gates and Dream Baby seems to be one of the best, if not the best company of Baby Gates...I am very impressed.