Wow! Who knew that so many babes were half monkey like mine?!
This is me too. I find that the more he practices climbing something, the better he learns how to balance and climb w/out falling. The dining table is so high though, which is out of my current comfort zone.
We have the same here. We have this really wide staircase that normal baby gates wont even fit in. So we piled chairs up there. Well, she figured out how to climb the chairs. LOL. I mean, you just have to laugh, right? she'll also climb the outside stairs liek someone else mentioned. I have older daughters and sometimes I'll just have one of them follow her up and down the stairs, so at least she can climb but it feels safer. I dont know how many times this week i've sat on the middle step while she climbed up and I'd put her down. Up and down. Over and over. LOL
Yep. I took him off the dining table about 20 times yesterday.
Show them how to climb down (or make sure they already know how!) and make sure the table legs are sturdy. That's my best solution... my DS likes to walk along the top edge of the couch (right near the window) and it gives me panic attacks but in a whole year of doing that multiple times a day, he has only fallen once (and that was kind of my fault!) so he is way steadier than I give him credit for! He used to climb on his little table but after it nearly broke he has stopped because he gets that it's not stable. He still climbs on our dining table (which is pretty sturdy) every once in a while but for the most part he stays off of it... for a while I was just taking him off a million times a day... I found for him that taking him off without saying a word worked best -- I'd just pick him up & put him on the floor -- because otherwise he kind of liked the attention and us saying "Don't climb on the table" lol...
Ooohh...I'm gonna try this starting today and see if it helps. Thanks!
Thank you for the suggestion, but if I tried this, he'd pull the first chair down onto his head by the time I put the fourth chair on the table.
Our 16-month-old is also a crazed climber Spidertoddler. There is no way that repeating the "don't climb there" message is getting through to him. He has heard it probably 10x a day for months, from both parents. It's essentially our only rule, the only time he hears a firm "No!" and is removed from the situation. Otherwise we're redirecting hippies. But we might as well not have a "no death-defying feats in the house!" rule for all he pays attention to it.
I don't have any advice for you, OP, only commiseration! This one has really stumped us! We've adopted a policy of "this too shall pass", and we take him outside as much as possible. That's all we've got.
I think you are probably right.
I take him off the table and redirect him to the climber we have inside. I take him off the computer desk, and redirect him to the climber. I take him off the kitchen counter and redirect him to the climber. Yesterday, I found him on top of the fridge, and I realized this is a battle I am unlikely to win, but I took him down and redirected him to the climber and slide. He is my third child, and the only one redirection has not worked with.
At least I know who I can send up to clean out the gutters on the house in a few years.
Wow! He's a pro! The fridge? I don't even wanna ask how he did that, as I am afraid that my little guy will read my mind and try it himself. LOL
And I like your positive spin on it regarding the gutters...
Thanks for all the advice and commiseration, everyone!
I'm wondering if it is indeed just a stage, or it he's going to be a climber forever. Only time will tell I suppose.