A - posted on 11/20/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )
Okay so my son is 18 months old. We have stairs going down to the basement. I have a baby gate up at both ends- going up and coming down. He's my only child so I keep a pretty good eye on him, but sometimes (like if I run upstairs for 1 minute to grab the laundry basket) I'll come back and he's dangling over the gate climbing over it.
He has no problem climbing up the stairs. He has the ability go safely climb down the stairs but cannot walk down them and sometimes he tries to step off instead of turning around and climbing down.
I just don't know if its time to take the gates down or not. While I don't want him falling down climbing the gate, its a much shorter fall then if he were to fall down the entire flight of stairs. Maybe I should work with him and put a hand rail up and stop helping him walk down the stairs so he learns thats how he needs to get down them everytime? I would feel better if the stairs were carpeted or less steep, but they are wood and steep making the fall that much harder should it happen.
What do you guys think?