Sometimes a baby fence is more appropriate than a mere baby gate. You can use a baby fence to make a play pen that keeps your baby in just one area of your home, rather than let them run amok all through the house.
And it’s far more convenient than having to fidget to unlock baby gates every time you go from one room to the next. With a baby fence you can safely keep your baby or toddler away from stairs, away from fire places, and away from any kitchen chemicals or bathroom medicine. And moreover, it helps keep their toys all in one place and can save you some considerable tidying up time.
The good news is that there are some great baby fences out on the market today. But the problem with that is that there are way too many to choose from. However we are at hand to help you decide which one to buy. We’ve had a good look at what’s out there at the moment and we’ve handpicked our Top 5 to show you.
Our reviews on these baby fences are coming up very shortly, and we’ve also got a really handy buying guide for you after that, which walks you through everything you might want to think about before you buy. Then we’ve got yet another handy section for you, and this is where we will be answering some of your most frequently asked questions.
You can choose whether to use it as a fence with a gate or as a play yard, which is all thanks to its hinged posts. Or you can change it from one to another as you see fit. As a play yard it can provide up to 19 square feet of play area for your child to enjoy.
If you’d prefer to use it as a fence, whether it’s to keep the baby out of a particular room or to keep the baby away from the fireplace, the concertina of 6 wide panels opens to a full 192 inches long. (It’s hard to picture what 192 inches look like, but there’s a handy photo on the amazon page that can help you to picture it – it’s really long.)
In terms of its height, that comes to 26 inches, which is rather tall against babies and toddlers, but not so high that you can’t step over it if you ever need to get in there in a hurry.
It’s real stand out feature is that it comes with a 4 pack of wall mounts so you can attach the walls directly to your home’s walls or doors. This is a great feature if you plan to have the fence in for a number of years, say if you decide to have a large or medium size family or if you’re caring for several kids, especially if they’re all of similar age.
But you don’t have to set it up indoors – it works just great outdoors too.
It’s made with plastic, so a little bump won’t hurt the baby as much as it would with a metal baby fence, so that’s a big plus in our book.
It has a nice, understated look that would look great in most households, and with none of those garish unmatched colors you often find in other kid’s playpens.
It meets all the current safety standards, and there’s a walk through door with a double lock lever handle that only older kids and adults can work.
Plastic not metal
Includes wall mounts
Easy to install
Easy to store away
This isn’t quite as popular as some of the other baby fences we’re showing you, but we’re scratching our heads as to why, we put it down to a lack of marketing
This baby fence has a lot in common with the other Regalo one we’ve just shown you, which in our minds is almost as good.
It comes as a concertina of 8 panels, and when fully opened reaches 192 inches. Easily big enough to protect the baby from your fireplace. If you don’t need all 8 panels, don’t worry, they’re removable and you can just use what you need. And when the kids go to stay with Grandma, the fence is easily folded up to store away.
You can choose whether to use it as a fence with a gate or as a play yard, thanks to its reconfigurable panels. Or you can swap or change it from one to another as you see fit. As a play yard it can provide up to 19 square feet of play area for your child to enjoy.
Again, like the plastic one we’ve already shown you, this one also comes with wall mounts, so fixing and securing it to a wall or door frame is no problem at all.
Similarly, in terms of its height, it reaches up to 28 inches, a smidgen taller than the plastic version, which is rather tall against babies and toddlers, but not so high that you can’t step over it if you ever need to get in there in a hurry.
It has a nice white color which goes well with any kind of indoor decor. And is an all steel design, so you know it’s going to be durable and really last.
Amazon sometimes has good deals on this baby fence, you should check out the Amazon page. There’s also a handy video on the Amazon page which shows you how to install the fence. Super easy.
A huge best seller
Very long at max capacity
Catch a deal through Amazon
Made up of several small panels
If your child bumps their head on this fence it will hurt more than with a plastic fence
Here’s another great baby fence from yet another great brand.
This fence arrives as a 6 panel piece, and you can choose to use it as either a portable play yard, or as a room divider or barrier. This is thanks to the customizable pivots on each panel that can be reconfigured as you please since the panels can lock into place to fit any play area, or out of bounds area.
And can be moved around on any surface and not scratch any tiles or wooden floors.
Plus there’s brackets to attach and mount it to any walls or door frames, for extra security and peace of mind.
As a free standing play yard, it will give your baby up to 10 square feet of playing space and you’d be surprised how many toys you can fit in there. And as a room divider or barrier it measures 12 whole feet.
And if that’s not quite big enough for your needs, you can opt to buy the fence with a 2 panel extension which increases the fence length by a considerable 48 inches.
There’s just one door panel with a child proof double locking safety lock, and you’ll be pleased to hear it can be opened one handed, which is great when you’ve got your arms full of toys, diapers, or the baby’s car seat.
It’s safe and secure for babies and toddlers from 6 months of age up to 2 full years.
Includes wall brackets
Won’t scratch the floor
Use as playpen or barrier
Additional panels available
Can be opened one handed
If your child bumps their head on this fence it will hurt more than with a plastic fence
This divider gate is pretty much like a baby fence, since it’s considerably larger than a traditional baby gate, but is much easier on the eye, thanks to it’s wooden tessellated diamond look which looks great in any home or household. It’s perfect for openings that are too big for a standard door.
It’s a means of dividing up rooms so you can keep the baby away from the kitchen or away from the fireplace. Or for keeping pets away from the baby.
It’s an expandable fence that can be set according to the size of your opening anywhere between 24 inches up to a whopping 60 inches. And it’s also very tall, with a height of 32 inches – there’s no way your toddler could get over it.
The safety latch is positioned on the top of the fence, and can swing open in either direction, so it’s very easy to come in and out of either section of the room. And better yet, the latch can be opened with just one hand, which is perfect if you’re carrying the baby in the other arm.
The telescoping safety rail prevents your fingers from pinching during use – a safety feature for Mom as well as Baby.
It comes with four point hardware mounting included in the price, making installation a breeze and takes just a few minutes.
It’s very easy on the wallet too, coming in at under $40.
There’s a lot to love about this baby fence – and it’s not just the super affordable price.
First off you can choose whether to set it up indoors or outdoors. Because there are non-scratch floor pads for any delicate indoor floor surfaces and stakes to hold the fence in place in your backyard garden. You could even buy one for indoors and one for outdoors!
We also love how you can open the safety gate part of the fence with just one hand – it’s so handy when you’re holding the baby in one arm, or if you’re carrying something. And better yet there’s a door opening on every panel, so you don’t have to worry about having to walk all the way around to quickly get inside.
If you buy the baby fence as a play space only, you get 6 large panels, which can provide a play area of 18.5 square feet, or if you prefer you can buy it with an extra 2 panels, for an even larger play space.
It’s very quick and easy to put together, and can be installed without the need for any tools.
And it’s portable too – super easy to fold up, put in the trunk, and take to Grandma’s house.
It’s suitable for a range of ages, from as young as 6 months old, all the way up to two full years.
It’s also available in 3 different color schemes, a pretty cream, a more serviceable grey, or a colored version that kids love.
It’s a best seller in nursery furniture, and it all comes from a top brand who’ve been in the industry for over 100 years.
Indoors or outdoors
One hand opening
Once the child has learned how to open the doors, it won’t be any good
OK, here goes everything you might want to think about to help you decide which is the right baby fence for you and the children you look after.
Placement – Indoors / Outdoors
The first thing you should think about is where you want your baby fence. Then get a tape measure, and ascertain how long a fence you need. Then come back to this article to see if we’ve got one in our Top 5 picks that suits your needs.
It’s worth noting at this point that some baby fences are meant for use indoors, while others are meant for use outdoors, and others can be used for both. The baby fences in our Top 5 picks are all suited for use indoors but some of them can also be used outdoors too, specifically our Number 1 Pick, the plastic Regalo 192 inch fence, and our Number 5 Pick, the Evenflo Versatile Play Space.
If you’re interested in a baby fence for use indoors that can be mounted to a wall, then several of our Top 5 picks can do that for you. Namely our Number 1 and Number 2 picks, the two Regalo fences, and our Number 3 pick, the Toddleroo 3 in 1 Metal Superyard.
If you’re more interested in one for use outdoors, then any free standing baby fence would work quite well, but for additional security, we would recommend going for one that comes with stakes to fix it into the ground, like our Number 5 pick, the Evenflo Versatile Play Space.
One Hand Opening
One-hand opening is hands down one of the most coveted and highly appreciated out of all the features on a baby fence. It is just soo convenient. Sometimes babies and toddlers would rather be held or carried and aren’t always going to walk into their play area of their own accord, so it’s nice to pick up the baby, open the baby fence with your free hand, and carefully place them down inside before you carry on with your chores.
Appearance is not a major issue in our book, but your baby fence is something you’re going to see every single day, so you don’t want to get one that you don’t really like the look of. Something in keeping with your home decor would be really nice.
Or alternatively you might like the idea of a bright and colorful that your little toddler is attracted to and excited about playing in.
A good baby fence can cost anywhere between $50 to $200. This range in cost comes down to a number of factors, such as brand name and materials etc. Our Top 5 picks show baby fences at various levels of this price range, but they’re all good value for money.
As a general rule plastic baby fences tend to be more affordable than the metal variety.
If there’s ever a time when it’s worth looking at customer reviews before making a purchase it’s when your baby’s safety is concerned. We strongly recommend that you have a good look at any customer reviews you find online before parting with your hard earned cash.
In fact the feedback from customers on baby fences played a large part in helping us come up with our Top 5 picks. And when looking at customer reviews we also recommend that you look on sites like Amazon, because on manufacturer’s websites, you often find that the results are skewed because the manufacturer will only show positive reviews on their site and no critical reviews. But you tend to get a lot more honest reviews on sites like Amazon.
We’re not saying that you need to read every review you can, sometimes just checking out the average customer rating is reassuring enough.