The baby gates I've seen are so ugly. Are there any cute options?
There is a whole slew of baby gates that will keep baby safe without compromising your decor style. Custom designs can be made to look like your banisters so they blend right in. There are also retractable styles that roll up close to the wall when not in use. Or go for a bamboo, wood or metal (which can securely mount to the wall) gate. One to try: the Loft Gate from Munchkin
; it's made from dark wood and aluminum. Of course, looks aren't everything. To be safe, look for gates with double-lock systems (easy for you to open, but hard for your tot to) and extensions to fit the various openings in your home.