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Until they are a bit bigger I always have mine go down backwards on their knees. Kaidee knows this is the way to go down the stairs. We still have the gate up, but she will go down by herself. She has went up them forever now.
Definitely keep the gate for now, I didn't fully trust Ele (though she is a MEGA tripper, she's still not allowed to run on concrete/asphalt) until she was over 2yo. But yeah, teach him to crawl only, no walking, and to come down feet first. I'd teach him to crawl a few feet away from the top too, that way he doesn't stand up immediately and topple over backwards.
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thanks I do that.. I guess I'm just totally paranoid though.
he climbs up easy, has been doing it a long time. but down is another story, I kinda pull on his legs/pants with him backwards to show him how to come down, but all he wants to do it WALK with his feet down.
Ditto to the crawling backwards down the stairs. Mady has been able to go up the stairs for a while now but just got the hang of going down. She still won't go down unless I am coaxing her which is fine for now I would rather her not come down without me there for a bit longer!
lucy can slither down the stairs on her belly faster than i can walk down them. She uses one foot to slow herself down by lightly touching each step. The only snag is is she is waering a dress or skirt it end up around her neck
It took a fair while for the method to sink in - i would show her and then put her on the top step and move her body down the steps one at a time in theway i wanted. I did this every couple of days over a month or so. Suddenly one day she caught on and has not looked back. I still have gates on the stairs off the ground floor so she cant get up stairs without me knowing (as she pulls every door and drawer out and dumps conmtents all over the floor!
Mum to Jack (5), Harry (3) and Lucy (1).
jacob does the whole on belly feet first thing and I think he picked it up on his own. He loves going up the stairs and the freedom to go down them as well. I get nervous because he has gotten braver and tried to go down like we do but only a couple steps then turns onto belly feet first. we use the gate so he only gets to when I go up stairs for laundry or other reason!
Topher has been going up and down the stairs for a long time now, but I still worry. He crawls down on his knees. We taught him by putting him on his knees, grabbing his feet and pulling him down while saying "Weeee!" like it's a game. He caught on really fast.