14/03/2010 06:44 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

5 High Safety Child Gates

OK, I'll warn you now: This is not going to be an exciting round up. It falls into the category of 'essential safety purchases', which means they're rarely attractive but they do the job.

That's not to say you have to plump for an eyesore in order to secure the safety of your mobile toddler. This IKEA Patrull Fast child gate (£32.99) on the right is a good example of a traditional style that will hopefully blend in somewhat with the rest of your decor.

Doesn't quite go with your decorating scheme? Here are four alternatives.