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    I feel for you. I know it is scary. We thankfully haven't had any issues.

    Is there no way at all to block any of it off and keep him downstairs? I finally found proper stair gates for spindle stairs and that helps to keep my little one off the stairs. I just haven't found anything that addresses this issue otherwise. The only thing I can think to tell you is maybe you can hire a contractor if it's your own house and build some sort of safety shield around the top of the stairs rails.
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    Thanks so much. (I can't validate my account for some reason, hence the new user name).

    I have to ask what safety gate you were able to get that worked with spindle stairs... although I didn't mention it we have the exact same problem and couldn't find anything that would work. A gate at the top of the stairs seemed like a really awful idea when he started climbing and putting all his weight on that, too, and at the bottom we have the spindle problem.

    As for the going-over-the-balcony issue, having a safety shield custom built is the only solution I've come up with in my own mind as well. Unfortunately, we just moved here and this is a rental home for at least 6 months until we find our own. We keep him downstairs as much as possible, but it's just really really dang hard to monitor him all the time like this. Plus there's activities like bathtime and sleeping that have to be done upstairs anyway. Regardless, I just know I'm not going to feel the least bit comfortable until somehow, someway, I know he won't be able to scale up that balcony wall if he gets to it. I hate to keep harping on it but it's just a nightmare because the first thing he does anytime he's upstairs is run to the wall and start climing it. Sometimes he heads upstairs just for that purpose it seems. I was sure there must have been a commercially available solution for this, cannot believe there isn't...

    Clearly I'm not about to leave him here with any baby sitters, or even relatives, because the CONSTANT attention this requires is too much to ask or trust anyone with who's not a parent, imo. I don't know what to do; I'm about to bo buy a tether to strap him to me in the house at all times, which won't be fun for anyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by myyams View Post
    I feel for you. I know it is scary. We thankfully haven't had any issues.

    Is there no way at all to block any of it off and keep him downstairs? I finally found proper stair gates for spindle stairs and that helps to keep my little one off the stairs. I just haven't found anything that addresses this issue otherwise. The only thing I can think to tell you is maybe you can hire a contractor if it's your own house and build some sort of safety shield around the top of the stairs rails.

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    These are the products I bought:

    Amazon.com: Y Spindle for Gate Installation (2 Pack) from KidCo: Baby
    Amazon.com: Kidco Pressure Mounted Gateway-White: Baby

    Extension to make the gate wider
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o05_s00_i00

    It is pressure mounted since this is a rental house. I have nothing upstairs because I don't allow my baby upstairs. The others are ok with the stairs.

    ETA, I really only needed ONE Y spindle because for my stairs the bottom of the gate was ok against the part of the spindle since it was a cubic form near the bottom before becoming round. I hope that makes sense.
    Last edited by myyams; 11-09-2012 at 10:31 AM.
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    I know it's so stressful. Hopefully he'll outgrow this and start listening. My 16 m daughter tries to climb the 'outside' of the staircase!!! The boys are always climbing up the stairs from the outside. That was the FIRST thing they did when we moved into this house. I never would have guessed that would have been an issue. I just keep redirecting her. She hardly does it now compared with the previous months. Maybe it's just a matter of time and patience for your son....I hope so anyway!!
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