how did you stop your babies from climbing the couches?

Mel - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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mine is really frustrating me today with this she has fallen twice off the couch and hurt herself, i have had to hit her which i HATE doing, i yell at her when she tries to climb it but she doesnt get it yet what did you do with yours? did you just keep pulling them down because as soon as i do she gets right back up.

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Lisa - posted on 05/26/2009

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I didn't stop them. Babies & toddlers are always going to be adventurous let them everything is new to them. If they fall and get hurt just be there to sooth their bumps and bruises they will learn. But if you stop them or get mad at them that will hurt their self confidence and you will regret it later cuz they will depend on you for every little thing and they will not be able to believe in themselves to do it alone. So my advice let them be kids. If you want put a few pillows down so when they fall it won't hurt so bad. My kids learned on hard wood floors so I had pillows everywhere.

Gillian - posted on 05/26/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

the mattress next to the couch sounds good! thanks a million! your right as she gets older she'll learn a bit better how to get herself down rather then fall down. we do try to be there but when im home by myself during the day i have got to do washing and thing








Just teach her how to climb down safely!!!!! When she climbs up teach her to go on her tummy and climb down backwards and just keep doing that till she has learnt it might only take her a few time but how else will she learn??

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Mel - posted on 05/26/2009

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ta, bri loves being picked up, upside down we pick her up by the ankles and she laughs so much. sori slow reply bri decided to throw up, the matress is soaked and a new sheet never works so she still has to sleep in it which sucks. anyways ill have a look

Kylie - posted on 05/26/2009

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I stopped going when my daughter was 20 months but from memory its about 15 bucks a lesson which is pretty pricey but even if you just do a term you learn all the exercises and things to do then you can do it at home and with your next bubba. an example is they taught me how to pick my little one up by the feet in a special way so you don't dislocate any joints ..i was freaked out at first but the little ones love it and it massages the inner ear which is supposed to be great for motor skills. http://www.gymbaroo.com.au/franchise.php... thats their site anyway..

Mel - posted on 05/26/2009

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my mum mentioned gym classes too a little while ago, she said to me i used to do it around that age, i said to her i thought brianna should be walking before that, but i have heard of that one you mentioned. brianna does love dancing though. she has a toy mobile phone and she really loves to dance to the music. is it expensive?

Kylie - posted on 05/26/2009

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Hey Mellisa have you heard of gymbaroo in Perth? They are fantastic, it's little classes that gets the kids moving and encourages climbing up and down on really cool equipment, they also teach balance and moving/dancing to the beat. It's lots of fun and a good social thing for us mums too. Brianna might like it and i think they do Saturday morning classes. also i think local rec centers do a gymba kids class but i don't know f their equipment is as good.

Amanda - posted on 05/26/2009

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I agree to teach her how to get down safely, my 10 1/2 month old has been able to get down off a couch safely since 8 months, (thanks to grandma). Teach them young that going off a couch has to be backwards on their tummy feet first, helps out tons when they learn to climb up things.

Mel - posted on 05/26/2009

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yeah your right. her child health nurse says because shes so tall shes probably scared being so far form the ground! but she will learn eventually she has only been climbing the couch for a week and a half so she will get more steady soon i think

Mel - posted on 05/26/2009

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the mattress next to the couch sounds good! thanks a million! your right as she gets older she'll learn a bit better how to get herself down rather then fall down. we do try to be there but when im home by myself during the day i have got to do washing and things!

Michelle - posted on 05/26/2009

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short answer...you can't! this is part of what they do and how they learn about stuff...i know how frustrating it can be, but a spare mattress right next to the couch is probably the same thing i would have said...you probably can't stop her from doing it so just make it as safe as you can for her....pulling her down is possibly making her think its all a bit of a game....just let her go for it and she will get tired of it one day.....then move onto other things...lol!

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My baby is 16 months and started climbing EVERYTHING at one year. She just loved the challenges. Everything from the couch, ladder on bunk bed, ladder to play gym outside, climbing up the slide the wrong way, the kitchen table, you name it. I tried spanking, constantly removing her, taking down all the ladders-nothing worked. I also just had to stay by her side and she quickly became good enough that I don't have to watch her anymore. I'm sure yours will develope her skills quickly since she enjoys it so much and she won't get hurt anymore.

Vanessa - posted on 05/26/2009

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sorry, can't really help too much with that.....i just let mine go and she learnt how to handle herself physically pretty quickly. i think Kylie's idea of the mattress up against the couch is a good idea in the meantime. all the best with that.

Kylie - posted on 05/26/2009

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It's probably easier to baby proof the room so she can have free range and you don't have to keep telling her no. Perhaps have her play in a different room if the couches are dangerously high or bring out her crib mattress or spare mattress and butt it up against the couch so its like a step down (thats what we used to do) If shes not learning after falling a few times you may just have to sit with her while she climbs and be there to catch her. She will get bored of the couch climb game eventually. What always worked with my little girl was redirecting her attention to something else if i really didn't want her doing something even if its like " wow look what mummy's got over here! a basket with clean odd socks! come have a look" :)

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