Climbing....

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Climbing....

DS started climbing EVERYTHING. It's a real problem because he will climb things, then fall down and hurt himself. We have tried eliminating whatever we can but some things he climbs (e.g. fireplace ledge) are built-in and can't be removed or blocked off (too large). When I tell him no and remove him he just shrieks and goes back to it over and over again.

Is your baby climbing? What do you do to discourage it (if anything?).

I hope once the novelty wears off he will stop but am not so sure...

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DS tries to climb up onto stuff by using his toys to stand on, but so far it is more trying on his part than actual achieving. We haven't had to do much yet except move the coffee table in front of the bookcase in our family room. If anything, DS tends to crawl under stuff more and sometimes gets stuck and needs our help out. My favorite, though I realize not safe, is when he climbs under our kitchen table and somehow manages to get stuck while suspended across the bracing that runs between the table legs, yet once extracted he will go back again and again :rolleyes:

We got this gate for our fireplace. Ordered it on Amazon. It works really well and was easy to install.
New Auto Close Hearth Safety Gate / Play Area - KidCo Gates

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Claire tried to climb a chair at a friends that we had on its side blacking the stairs but other wise she doesn't climb much yet. She gets on her pony and push car herself so maybe that's enough for her right now? She does have this weird thing about trying to stand on her books or on pillows. She will pull them to the floor and the stand on them which usually ends with her tripping and falling.

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Evelyn tries to climb, but she hasn't been very successful at climbing anything too dangerous. We let her climb the stairs supervised. She tried to climb into the tub when I was getting her bath ready, but her little legs are too short to get her into too much trouble. But a few days ago, she climbed up onto the ottoman and then onto my lap while I was sitting in a chair in our TV room.

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"mlle_carrie" wrote:

Evelyn tries to climb, but she hasn't been very successful at climbing anything too dangerous. We let her climb the stairs supervised. She tried to climb into the tub when I was getting her bath ready, but her little legs are too short to get her into too much trouble. But a few days ago, she climbed up onto the ottoman and then onto my lap while I was sitting in a chair in our TV room.

That's how it started! DS never climbed anything and then suddenly he climbed one thing (fireplace ledge) and succeeded, and got a taste for it and now he is obsessed with it.

That fireplace gate looks great! I will have to check if it's available in Canada. We haven't used our fireplace (stove insert) at all yet this year for fear DS will burn himself.

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I don't know if this would be helpful, but in child care, it's often suggested to give children a safe way to do an activity. For example, if a child is climbing on the shelves in a classroom, they are looking for a way to practice that skill, so give them a safe, and acceptable way to climb (like on a staircase or climber that is made for that purpose). Let them know that it's not ok to climb here, but you can climb over here instead. However, we give Evelyn the opportunity to climb often (supervised, up the stairs) and she still insists on trying to climb on top of the little tykes picnic table that we have for her. :/