I purchased this exact same gate 8 years ago when our first child was born. It is installed at the top of our stairs and is still there today, working perfectly. When it came time to purchase a bottom of stair gate for our new toddler, I went back to this gate since I knew it was good. I purchased the gate and when it arrived I was a bit disappointed. The gate from 8 years ago is much more sturdy. The wood is thicker (considerably), and the plastic is heavier. The slats on the old gate are round where the slats on this gate are rectangular and very thin. When I press on them in the middle (like a toddler would), I hear creaking of the wood almost like it's going to crack. When installed, the thinner, lighter plastic parts don't make for the same solid latching like the previous version does. Overall, I decided to keep it since it is for a bottom of stair application, but if it were for the top of stairs, I would have returned it and looked elsewhere. All in all, I wish KidCo would have maintained the quality from the old gate. It seems they've cut corners to save money on materials and it lead to a much lower quality product.
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