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Sarah - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 56 moms have responded )

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Hey September moms,

So does anyone else out there have a daring baby? My little boy, Ethan, was born on 9/18 & the little stinker is into everything! He's crawling, pulling up onto furniture, and now he's trying to climb. Tonight he was standing up against an overturned laundry basket (about 2 feet away from me). I turned my head away for 2 seconds & when I looked back he was ON TOP of the laundry basket! I didn't even know he could climb. I hurried to get him down, but before I could, he fell backwards off the basket and bonked his little head on the carpet. My heart stopped and I felt terrible! He cried, I cried. It was so sad. He was fine after a minute or so. But, oh my goodness...this is just the beginning isn't it? Is anyone else's babies doing things that are scaring you to death? lol

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Lyndsey - posted on 06/19/2010

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i have one of those! My daughter Kaelyn (9-10-09) is doing all of those things. she climbs up onto our bed and jumps around and pulls herself up to everything. the other night she was rough housing on the bed and i kept pulling her away from the window and after the 3rd time of doing it she went right back at it and wacked her head on the side of the sil. I FELT TERRIBLE. i couldnt keep her away from it. she got an instant bruise and i watched before my eyes a huge goose egg appear. She cried for a while and we iced it and what not. I stayed up all night worrying about her waking her to make sure she was okay. she was fine and the next day the goose egg was gone and there was a tiny little black and blue mark tha tlooks like someone drew on her with a marker, she acts like it never happened. we moved that room around so that the bed wasnt near the window and now she crawls over to it and pulls herself up to the window. she didn't learn apparently so we are working on "careful" and "NO" she does pretty good with NO but momma is the only one she listens to she doesnt take anyone else seriously when they say it. Needless to say i have never felt worse and everyone told me "kids fall" thats par for the course. but it was still heartbreaking but i stil want her to be a kid and to learn and discover.....

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Janelle - posted on 06/24/2010

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Yes!!! My baby boy Dalton (born 9/28/09) is quite the daredevil. He is walking by himself. To my surprise, I discovered that he is capable of crawling up onto the couch. I have caught him standing on one leg (what seemed to be on purpose), standing and walking on the bed, and all he wants to do in the tub is stand or try to crawl out. I have to watch him like a hawk! On one hand, it's exciting to see how much he is learning, but on the other it's scary to let go knowing they will get bumps and bruises along the way. AND, I might as well forget trying to get anything done while he's awake! I'm finding that we didn't baby proof as well as I thought, he seems to be able to find all the spots that I missed...so that remains a work in progress. Good Luck keeping up with your little guy and keep in mind that your not alone in your worries:)

Jennifer - posted on 06/21/2010

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my bonnie is the same i couldnt believe it she started climbing about 2 weeks ago she be 9 mths on the 25th shes a little monkey i have a big bean bag and it was inbetween the chair and the kitchen door i went to put my mug in the sink turnt round and sure enough there she was right on top of it i ran to get her luckily she didnt fall but oh my my heart skipped a beat she is now climbing on the dog all her toys and the big blocks at softplay she up like a shot im now a nervous wreck!!! lol my mum says shes just like i was when i was young xx

Sabrina - posted on 06/21/2010

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My son is like that too into everything, very daring , he doesn't wanna play with his toys he wants my laptop, camera, remote anything that hez not suppose to touch. Now he has started to climb too. He is learning to walk takes few steps on his own. I have to watch him every second . He climbs on the odimen then on to the couch ,
he is super fast crawls with the speed of the light ,climbs the stairs..... Man hes a handful makes me so tired by the end of the day ..

Kendra - posted on 06/20/2010

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Oh yes, it only gets worse from here... LOL! My 9 month old has fallen from the bed a few times in a quick split second so she is left on the floor now at all times. It happens.....

Tranda - posted on 06/19/2010

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Both of my boys are more active than my daughter. My baby tries to climb out of the playpen by crabbing the top and climbing the netting with his feet. He has gotten close a couple of times. His nose is always red from nose diving. My doctor said all boys seem to be more active and get more scars;-)

Thea - posted on 06/18/2010

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Oh yes does that sound familiar. For some reason Athena (9/15/09) doesnt have the common sense to be afraid of heights. Set her down and she is going to crawl to the edge. And continue on down. It seems like she just assumes no matter where I am Ill be able to catch her. So far shes remained unharmed but it is definately terrifying sometimes.

Millie - posted on 06/18/2010

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yes my daughter has been pulling herself up now for a while and is starting to hold onto the couch, toybox etc and move along it.
The other night I has my older sons lil kids chair backed up near out bookcase with her crawling around the room. It was lucky my husband was watching her as she proceeded to climb onto it.. stand up and get a book off the shelf. He reckons her balance was really good.. however I would have been really upset if she had of fallen.
We've had a few bumps and bruises to date now, after a good cuddle it seems all is fogotten.

I think we need our children (and babys) to climb. Within reason but still have the opportunity to explore their world and discover how their body works while in a safe enviroment.

I'm abit more relaxed now that I have my 2nd child and do alot more to now that I didn't with my son at this stage. Just support them as much as you can. There will be good times and there will be expeirences that end with tears... just be there to kiss the ouchys and cuddle and encourage. They will get the hang of it eventually.. and by the time you think you've got this parent role mastered they'll be asking for your car keys :)

All the best and remember that your a good mum. We are human and we do make mistakes.. and that is how we learn both parents.. and our children.

and keep letting kids climb trees

Cynthia - posted on 06/18/2010

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yeah, my lad liam is all trouble!! he's such a rough tumble little boy. he's tiny, which i think helps him find more trouble, he's able to get to places i can't reach...the punk! :)

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Brooklyn is such a daredevil too!! She tries to climb off my bed, over the arm of the couch, down stairs, etc. She climbs up the furniture and walks all along it and then tries to walk along the wall (not quite there yet) she likes to push herself into the fridge when I open it. If there's food anywhere in sight she will do whatever it takes to get to it!! :)

Kat - posted on 06/18/2010

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Do not worry all babies move at their own pace she is taking her time do not freak out because once she does it, it will be fast. Our little one just learned to stand this week and now has to do it all the time. Patients Mom she will do it.. sooner and sounds like she can not be bothered with crawling so she may just walk. :o)

Kat - posted on 06/18/2010

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Yes our little man is now always standing and being brave enough to try and walk to other toys, couches, tables, chairs or whatever seems within reasonable distance for him!! He has a very nice big red boo boo on top of his head thanks to a head whooping drop on the corner of our entertainment center. No more relaxation time for us unless we buckle him into a high chair which he is not a fan of either. :o) All worth it I'm tired but excited to see him take those first wobbly steps and venture. I am also now 6 weeks pregnant with our next child at 39 so I would love for him to be mobile by the time his brother or sister arrive.
Good luck.. antispectic cream, band aids and lot of kisses to come for our adventuring daredevils..

Kristin - posted on 06/18/2010

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Oh yes I know what ur going through! My baby girl was born Sept. 23rd! She is into everything! About 3 weeks ago she decided she wanted to walk and now she is standing by herself and trying to take steps without holding onto anything! I'm so not ready for my 8month old to be waling already! My son didn't walk till he was 13months! So this is a little scary.

Laura - posted on 06/17/2010

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My little girl has always been daring. She isn't as developed physically as your son but she LOVES to fall back and she LOVES to be thrown up and caught and there are plenty of times when she has tried to climb out of my lap onto the floor head first. She also loves to put her face under water. I figure we have a daring little girl on our hands. :)

Heather - posted on 06/17/2010

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ok, so far I have heard all the stories and am freaking out that my daughter Alex born 9-9-09 is not crwling yet. She will stand but only if I hold her hands. She is not pulling herself up yet. She will attempt to crawl but ends up pushing herself backwrd. I have to other kids and they were both crawling by now. not sure if this is a sign of anything?

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My Ethan was born 9/16 and is also into everything. He uses things to push and walk around and has even figured out how to turn them around to go the other direction. It seems like for the last month he has had a "perma bruise" on the right side of his forehead. Everyime it just about goes away he bonks and gets another one. He is way more daring than my daughter was at this age.

Brittany - posted on 06/16/2010

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My baby girl has no fear and she has biffed it a couple times she just keeps learning what she can and cant do its learning for me and her. i have covered the floor in pillows and she would still find the laminate hard floor lol!!

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My son is 9 months, and we knew he could only climb up two of the steps on our stair case, one night after coming home from a birthdahy party I let him out of his carrier and then I heard something fall from the top of the stairs (we have a total of 14 steps) I went looking for him and I found him at the top of the stairs throwing down the shoes that my mom keeps near the stairs. We put a gate up so he wouldnt climb up but he still gets on the first step and has fallen back many times (unfortunally under our floors its concrete) I hope you dont have any stairs at your house becuase he could be up those next

ALEA - posted on 06/16/2010

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Yes, yes, yes!!! Grant is crazy! I finally broke down & bought a large playpen called the Joovy Room 2 Play, b/c I can't keep up with him! I have to be fully present & follow him with my arms out otherwise he gets into EVERYTHING! He's bonked his head more times than I can count, but he's a tough cookie. At first it really concerned me, but then I realized that he always come out OK & is not the 1st boy to follow the addage "boy will be boys"!

Quyen - posted on 06/16/2010

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my daughter has been falling for a about 2 months now cus 2 months ago she learn she could stand up holding on to something she use to cry when she fell but now shes immune to it she'll fall and get back up to doing whatever she does now she just cries when she falls to get attention otherwise if my husband and I dont stare at her when she falls she doesnt cry and goes about her playtime.

Sophie - posted on 06/15/2010

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I'm so glad my son isn't the only one! He learnt to pull up to standing last week and now "climbs" up everything, but he hasn't learnt go get back down gracefully so is forever falling down. Just this morning he pulled himself up alongside my bed. The bed has a wooden rim and so when he let go he hit his forehead on the wooden rim then fell back and banged the back of his head on the floor, I felt awful! I'm trying to prepare myself for a lot more bangs and bruises to come, and we've installed stair gates too!

Jenn - posted on 06/15/2010

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My son was born on the 14th and he is getting into everything. He is pulling himself up in is crib and anything else he can. The morning I found him standing up in his crib, it scared me to death. He loves to stand and walk (with help of some kind). he does not craw yet but he pulls himself everywhere. I can not turn my head for 2 seconds for fear of what he is gong to get into.

Nakima - posted on 06/15/2010

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Oh my goodness, YES! Gregory was born 9-14 and he is all over the place. We took the couch cushions and formed them ino a wall around the perimeter of the living room and he just climbs right over them, no matter how tall the wall is. He is beginning to "cruise" and pulls up on everything - he even tries to pull up on our cat! So yes, this is the beginning!

Phelas - posted on 06/15/2010

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Sanaa was born on the 7 September.....She draws out drawer so that she could sleep inside and sometimes hides behind curtains....she has just started walking so she grabs on to anything and walks with it, she was walking out side of the walker the other day and pushing it like a trolley then it moved faster than expected and the fall was not pretty at all....but ask me what is she doing right now?????? Pushing the trolley with 9 wheels.....

Ave - posted on 06/15/2010

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yes. my son also pulls himself up onto everything and when his on a couch with me climbs over me up to my shoulder.
he has fallen to his head about 4times in 9months :'( it always happens unexpectedly and so fast you can't even start to react :(
we both cry but i always take him to my lap and give him milk so he calms down, buit yes i think it's just the beginning :(

Jessie - posted on 06/14/2010

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Our Jaiden is also fearless...and she does not care if it's mom's or dad's or the dog's....it's all hers. : ) She is the quickest little crawler I have ever seen and she pulls up to standing and "climbing" all day long...Just this week she decided she can walk by herself, so she let's go of things and trys to take steps...it doesn't work out so good for her. And her new trick is opening and closing all our cupboards and doors...numberous times she has gotten into our bedroom, behind the door, and closed it before I can get to her! LOL Try reasoning with a 9 month old to back away from the door so mommy can get in! She definitely keeps us busy, but baby gates help (the soft/mesh ones that she can't climb) and the pack n' play or the exersaucer are my saviors throughout the day if I need a time-out : ) Don't you just love this age? SOOOO FUN!

Sabrina - posted on 06/13/2010

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my daughter is terrible, she got a black eye just yesterday from standing up and falling over into the table leg :( i chase after her as much as possible but with a 20 month old as well its just not possible to be by her side every second. she'll learn ( i hope) to be more careful when she is walking more steadily

Carrie - posted on 06/13/2010

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My daughter was born 9/5. She is extremely daring. Just yesterday she pulled herself up on the coffee table, and decided she was too big to hold onto it any longer and fell backwards flat on her back. We have hard wood and she got a good bump on her head. She cried but she get's over things really fast and wants to get right back to playing thank goodness. It always gives me a heart attack. A couple weeks ago I was in the shower and she was playing on our bed, Daddy looked away for just a second and she army crawled right off the bed and got a pretty bad rug burn on her nose. I always feel so terrible if she gets any kinda bump or bruise, burn or scrape, but I am constantly reminding myself that it is normal, she is learning and there are going to be bumps, scrapes, bruises and burns along the way and it's ok. I sometimes feel like others will look at me like "well how did you let that happen?" and look down at me. And then I have to remind myself that it is just the beginning and the bumps and bruises are only gonna get bigger. She is getting more teeth so that means biting her lip too if she bumps it....oh boy it is JUST beginning.

Jerlisa - posted on 06/13/2010

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My son was born on the exact same date and he's a true daredevil. He likes to climb on top of things also. He's already walking.. at 8 months. A lot of people don't believe, so I have to put him down and let them see him walk for themselves.

Mylene - posted on 06/13/2010

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My little girl also is all over the place, but her thing is throwing herself off the sofa after a diaper change or after having nursed. She just swings her legs out or rolls herself off the sofa. It gives me chills to think of when she will be able to climb on the sofa.

Gemma - posted on 06/13/2010

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oh yes my little man is the same. He will be 9 months tomorrow and just climbs on and pulls himself up using anything he can get to. Be prepaired for alot of bumps and brusies! we try to laugh at Toby when he falls and then he only really cries if hes hurt himself not just if hes made himself jump.x

Holly - posted on 06/12/2010

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My daughter was born on the same day as your son, and yes-she is the exact! Clumsy, trying to stand with no help, crawling on anything, pulling at anything she's not supposed to, today she climbed into the dishwasher which was just too funny! Normally she won't try to climb on things so like your son this was a first for her! She has yet to hit herself anywhere from falling, bc normally I am close enough to catch her or "help" whatever it is she's climbing on fall with her so she doesn't get hurt. She will fall backward like she's doing the trust fall sometimes, but it never hurts her-she gets mad like nobody caught her but her cry never lasts. She's a goober! Anyway, yes she is VERY daring! Especially now that we have ear tubes! All they did was make her faster and louder! LOL They're so much fun!!!!!!

Amy - posted on 06/12/2010

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My son Jonathan was born on the same day and he does the same kinds of things. Sometimes I dont even know how he gets to some of the things I find him playing with or climbing on. About a month and a half ago he started pulling up on the couch and tables and then he started jumping off of them and I mean jumping. Mind you he didnt know how to really crawl he rolled. One day my fiance had put his change on the table and even made sure to put it in the middle of it. I went into the kitchen to get him a bottle before bed and when I came back he had picked up a dime and he was turning it over and over in his fingers just staring at it. I freaked he could have eaten it, choked. Then I staterd trying to figure out how he got a hold of something that waas that far out of his reach. That thought scared me more. But I guess its something I am going to have to live with. My brother did the same stuff to my mom. He climbed the doors and even the side of the church one day to get on the roof.

Tia - posted on 06/12/2010

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lmfao welcome to parenting a baby boy ;]
my son has been trying to climb on everything, the only success he had was the soda boxes lol everything else we have to grab him because it's the walker [inside and out] the car we got him, [again, inside and out], the dog lol when he's not running from the baby

Antwoinette - posted on 06/11/2010

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my son has already given himself a fat lip twice, he likes to walk around the coffee table and we have hard wood floors. i try to be alert and catch him but sometimes i just can't get to him in time. also, on our porch we have indoor/outdoor carpet, and he took a few steps without holding on to anything. he did this three times, but the third time he fell and got a little rugburn on his forehead. at first when he would fall i'd get really scared and freak out and cry. now i'm much more calm. i've also realized, the less of a big deal i make, the less he cries. sometimes they get scared by our reaction and it makes them panic.

Melissa - posted on 06/11/2010

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My little boy was born on the 24 and I watch and cringe everyday as he gets stronger and stronger. He has climed we just recenly moved and soon after the move he figured out how to climb onto our new fouton/couch, and all the boxes/plastic totes, and worst of all HIS WALKER. He was crawling around, I went around the corner and when I came back 10 seconds later he was up on top of the tray of his walker on his hands and knees with a big ol' smile on his face. I wanted to get a picture, but I was to scared that he was going to fall right of and on to his head : (. I think we're all in for it!

Janell - posted on 06/11/2010

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My darling daughter has been crawling, cruising, and standing for quite some time now. She can pull herself up and tries real dang hard to climb up the dresser. She has taught herself how to "fall" gracefully and typically lands on her butt. That learning process was quite scary... poor girl banged her head on more than one occasion. She has also learned to not fall off the bed. (Or at least most of the time...some times she has too much momentum and it happens by accident.) She is tiny... just barely 25 inches tall... and 15 pounds. (Born 9/24/09) But she is incredibly resilient and tries again if it doesn't work the first time. Kids these days seem to be much more active.

Brittany - posted on 06/11/2010

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My son Parker is 100% fearless. He knows no limits. He tries crawling off of the bed, and one night we caught him crawling OUT of his crib! It's scary, but it's been going on so long now that he doesn't even cry when he falls. He just gets back up and tries again and again!

Autumn - posted on 06/11/2010

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My daughter is the same way. Anything she can get her hands on she will pull herself up on. She even lets go and then falls. She can climb the whole way up the stairs to our second floor. If you put her in the play pen she throws a fit because she can't go anywhere. She has to be on the move constantly.

Brandy - posted on 06/10/2010

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oh gosh do I feel the pain. my little one is Emma she was born septemer4th we spent last Thursday in the er at our local children s hospital she pulled herself to standing and slipped on our floors and before i could get to her she fell back and knocked herself out for a good two minutes I hysterically called 911 and off to the hospital we went. she was fine just a good knot and bruise cant we just skip to being able to walk.

Vernet - posted on 06/10/2010

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OMG my daughter is the same way. When I put her on the bed she has no sense of the edge she thinks she can just crawl over to you without falling off. One time, we were in the living room she on the floor crawling and I was eating wit a tray table. When I got up to put my plate in the kitchen of course she decided to climb up the tray table and of course it started to fall. I could even do anything bc I had the plate and cup in my hand, luckily when it fell she ended up between the top and the legs. I felt so so so bad and so greatful it didnt hurt her. But yeah I it scared the mess out of me and I really dont leave her anywhere by herself, not even for a sec... she too fast!!!

Sarah - posted on 06/10/2010

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Isn't it amazing how resilient babies are?! Everytime my son falls or bumps his head, he whimpers or cries for a second and then goes back at it haha. I think it hurts us moms more than it does our babies!

Jen - posted on 06/10/2010

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My son fell of the bed about 2 feet or more high on the tile forehead first. It turned red and i cried while he cried. Then he started talking and laughing and crawling and standing up. I woke him all night to make sure he was ok, and then in the morning there was nothing to show he feel on his head. My son is a sleep crawler, sleep sitter, sleep eater.

Whitney - posted on 06/10/2010

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I have a boy born 9/24 and he is very daring as well. He is into everything! We couldn't baby proof fast enough. He is crawling everywhere and will pull up on anything he can find, including me. He is definitely a climber and tried to pull open his bottom drawer and get in it! I have hardwoods and Braden falls over all the time and cracks his little head. Most of the time, I have him on a quilt but he is moving everywhere so he won't stay on it. They really do test your limits!

Amy - posted on 06/10/2010

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when my son first started pulling up to stand he would slip and fall and cut his lip on the corner of the table. it was soo bad there was bloody everywhere poor baby. last week he fell face first on the tiles and bit his lip. it bled and went fat and purple!!
i also lost him a couple times in the house lol its such a horribble feeling when your darting around looking for the baby! we ended up getting a playpen for when i need to do stuff..not that he stays in there very long before he cries to get out.

Angie - posted on 06/09/2010

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Ugh yes!! I have a little dare devil as well... she's been falling left and right, she has little bruises on her legs, and she fell and bumped her head and got a little knot on her head :-( it was so sad and she was so scared... but there she was trying to climb some more. I just get so scared because our whole floor is tile and she keeps getting into everything!!!

Samantha - posted on 06/09/2010

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Yes! my son never climbed at this age but my girl does! she climbs up my body too. One min shes on the floor the next she is up almsot on my shoulders haha. kids are alot faster at doing things these days

Sarah - posted on 06/08/2010

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Thanks for all the stories moms! I swear my poor little guy is going to become one big bruise if he doesn't stop trying to be a stunt baby haha. My husband is going to build our son a playpen, because I just can't keep up with him. I'm sure he'll learn how to climb out though haha. ;)

Sarah - posted on 06/08/2010

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Yup Same with my little man always trying/doing climbing on things hes a little monster!:))

Heather - posted on 06/08/2010

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My boy's all over the place all the time. Scared me to hell and back one day! He was crawling around while I was checking my Facebook, and then I noticed it was a little too quiet. I looked around for him and couldn't find him. So I called his name and he made a sound to let me know where he was. It sounded distant and I almost thought maybe he was under something and I started to panic. Then I saw that the gate to the stairs was open. I ran all the way up to the top to see him sitting there with a big ole grin on his face like he was waiting for me to come up.

So he can open the gate (which now I put a bungee cord around) and climb an entire set of 16 steps all on his own without falling.

He stands up against stuff all the time too. He's fallen down a small number of times, and now he's already learned how to get back down. It's a learning process.

Betty - posted on 06/08/2010

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Yes, my daughter has absolutely no sense of danger. She doesn't crawl yet however she'll try all different ways where she want to be. I don't even know how she ninjas herself off the bed as I surround her with big pillows so she can't fall of but she still did couple of times. Lucky, our bed is only about 3 feet from the ground and we have carpet.. So now I literally take her everywhere with me. If I'm in the kitchen, I get her to sit just outside of the kitchen so I can keep an eye on her.



LoL, I even take her to sit outside the bathroom when I need to go so I can keep an eye on her. What does she do? She'll try to play the corners of the doors or wall and I keep saying "No" don't do that, you can hurt yourself. She just smiles at me and go right back to it.

If I move her further away, she'll ninja herself right back. And just the other day, "donk" she hits her head on the door and started whining. I felt so bad, I'll have to get a playpen too. She's not even crawling yet, imagine when she does.



I'm trying to teach her how to climb off things now and not bungee like she tries too. But literally she's my shadow at the moment.

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