Originally Posted by bmhpke96
No gates here. We live in a tri-level house, 6 stairs to the upstairs and 6 stairs to the downstairs. All the stairs are carpeted. The main living area has hardwood floors, but the bottom floor has carpet.
All of my kids have been interested in climbing stairs and I just help them learn. The worst that would happen is they would fall down 6 stairs onto hardwood floors, and it happened once or twice to each of them.
If I had a house with 20+ stairs that were not carpeted I would think about having gates. Luckily, I don't.
Same here! Actually we do have a gate at the bottom of the stairs to the upper level, but it's a dog
gate, not a baby
We close it only at night so that the dogs will stay on the main level. There is no gate at the top, or blocking the other stairs to the basement.
My youngest is about to turn 1 and has been walking for a month and a half. That was about the same time that he noticed the stairs, so we showed him how to use them safely until he understood. I think a lot of it is the baby's personality, like others have said.
Like my other kids when they were little, he generally likes to stay on the same level of the house as me, so he doesn't try to go running up and down the stairs every time my back is turned. He has free range and I really don't watch him that closely if I'm honest. He knows how to use the stairs, so if he sometimes decides to follow one of the other kids up there, or comes down to find me in the basement when I'm doing laundry, that is fine.
I was going to say that I might feel differently if I had a very tall staircase, but then I remembered that we did in our old house and still didn't use a gate for my dd. I'm sure I'd have put off teaching them all to use the stairs properly at under a year of age if we had a gate, and I think it's an important skill to have early on.