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March 19th, 2010, 02:49 PM
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Hey ladies,
I really want to teach Andrew to climb up and down stairs now.. I'm tired of constantly worrying about him falling down stairs.... how do I do this??

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March 19th, 2010, 02:53 PM
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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.

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March 19th, 2010, 02:56 PM
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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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March 19th, 2010, 02:57 PM
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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.

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March 19th, 2010, 02:58 PM
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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!
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March 19th, 2010, 03:09 PM
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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!
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March 20th, 2010, 11:56 PM
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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!
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March 21st, 2010, 01:00 PM
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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.

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March 21st, 2010, 05:32 PM
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Both Kayla and miles worked out on there own how to go up and down stairs.

they find going up stairs easier than down stairs.

Sure Miles fell down a couple of times (we only have 2 steps in our house, from the living room to the kitchen, so it wasn't much of a fall, but it still shocked him iykwim).

AFter about a month of climbing up stairs confidently he figured out how to go downstairs. He kind of does it sideways. But he's superfast at it now.
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March 21st, 2010, 08:30 PM
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Sean goes all the way up by himself..but has trouble going down...I have to make sure I am right behind him..I definitely dont trust him to be on the stairs without me..he is too young..

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March 22nd, 2010, 06:32 AM
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I think your doing great teaching him. Conner will go up the stairs in a crawl position but he's too scared to go down. He'll just stand at the top like "ummmm, what now?!" LOL.
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