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#1 of 27 Old 01-30-2010, 02:09 AM - Thread Starter
 
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When did your toddler learn to climb up the stairs, position him/herself at the top sitting upright, legs out, scoot a bit and slide down the slide all without help? You know, the basic kid "slide routine"?

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My DD learned it with much help/modeling around 16-18mos over this past summer. She only started to walk at 14 mos and shortly after that was climbing up over my head on the big kids playset. Nerve racking. But she did well and is very cautious without needing much encouragement.
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DS was sliding completely by himself at around 15 mons and even going up pretty tall slides. He may have been doing it earlier but I remember the day my DH brought our new car home he meet me and my friend at the park with the kids and DS was (for the first time) going up the stairs of a big slide and going down by himself as I stood beside the slide. That was early May of last year.

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My DD has always been a on the slow end of average in gross motor, so she was probably around 2 before she could do the slide completely independently.

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about 18ish months

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14 months. They might have done it sooner, but we bought an IKEA indoor slide for Christmas for them and that was their first introduction to slides. They LOVE it!

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DS just did this a couple weeks ago (so 16ish months) on the big slide at the park. It actually surprised me.. he kinda dove headfirst down the slide though..

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13 months? I don't really remember, he started walking at around 11 months.

now that I think about it i think he did it before he walked, he would crawl up the stairs and then slide, although more often feet first on his belly like we taught him to get off the bed, but totally independantly.
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14 months or so. My daughter adores slides! The other day she went down this huge enclosed tunnel slide that I was too scared to go down...

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10 mos.
Like a pp said - my son was climbing up the stairs of the slide before he could really walk. Never had a problem sitting & sliding...

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14 months. They might have done it sooner, but we bought an IKEA indoor slide for Christmas for them and that was their first introduction to slides. They LOVE it!
We were about the same, 14-15 months. It's a small indoor slide. We'll see how they do on the big outdoor slide this spring.

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Both Aiden and Lydia started around 13 months. We didn't go to parks a lot with Aiden. I couldn't drive and dh worked. We've got some nice parks where we are now and go to the parks a lot more.
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Um, 10 months. He was really ahead in gross motor skills though. I think dd was closer to 14 months.

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18 months
We don't take her to the playground very often and she did not have many opportunities to practice at a younger age.

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Before she was a year old. Now she thinks she needs to climb up the slides too.

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He learned a few weeks ago, so 13 months. He turns around and slides down feet first on his belly though, not sitting.
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around a year and a half--before that she would always turn around and go down on her tummy backwards

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Before she was a year old. Now she thinks she needs to climb up the slides too.
It's great gross motor practice.
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I think both boys were 14-18 months

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I started taking him to the park after he learned to walk, so around 13 months. We showed him how to go up the stairs and down the slide. He goes feet first on his belly. He loves the slide!

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Probably about 12-13 months. We've been going to the park since he started walking at 9 months and it took him a bit longer to do the slide solo.

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He was going down toddler slides head first at 10 mos. I tried to encourage feet first/sitting, but unless I was right there, he's throw himself down head first.

13 months for sliding his feet through to go sitting up, feet first.

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About 12 months. She turned 1 in July, and we spent a lot of our summer at the park. Our favourite park has a little kid slide that is only about 2 feet tall and has three steps to get up it, so she practiced on that and became adept pretty quick.

She walked at 10 months.

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DS perfected it around 14 months. I think the other parents at the park thought I was crazy, letting my 14 month old climb around by himself (with me spotting from below) on the "big kid" slides and stairs. He had incredible gross motor skills and always checked in with me before going down the slide (usually by shouting "I SLIDE! I SLIDE!" from the top).

That being said, when I got flack about it, I would reference recents reports that parents who go down the slide with their LO are much more likely to cause injuries like dislocations and breaks.
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By the time he was a year... he's a climber so as soon as he figured it out, he was joining in the fun on the slides. Now his thing is to try going down head first.

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I know that when he experienced his first slide after he started walking (I think it was at like 13 or 14 months), he could go down it with prompting. Without prompting he'd just walk up the stairs, down the stairs, up the stairs, down the stairs (he loves stairs ). He had the whole thing down pat by the end of that summer, so... 15 months?

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