I was wondering if anyone has found a swinging gate that is relatively easy for a 4 1/2 year old sibling to use, while effectively keeping a new crawler safe. I am beginning to investigate baby proofing options, and one of my biggest concerns is putting a gate at the top of the stairs that my 4 year old can't operate - possibly creating a hazard for her own safety. I am fearful that she will tumble down the stairs while trying to jump over a gate that is difficult to use. I am considering mounting a gate around the corner from the stairs that she can easily operate, since the pressure-mounted one I currently own is relatively difficult. Also, any suggestions for the bottom of the stairs? I also have a cat and don't want to make his life any more difficult than it already is <g> Please help. Any suggestions would be great!