My 1 year old daredevil

Jeannette - posted on 08/10/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Ok my 1 year old is a daredevil she's not afraid of anything. Do they grow out of this stage or does it just get worse. I'm so worried that if i'm not in the room with her and she jumps off the couch that she will really hurt herself. she can climb we don't put her on the couch unless me or my husband is on the couch with her. So how can i get her to stop? Or do i just let her find out for herself?

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Melissa - posted on 08/13/2009

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hahhahaha........ once its started it doesnt stop! They only get braver and braver. They get hurt again and again and all you can say is be CAREFUL! Love on them when they get hurt and unless they are screaming or bleeding dont make a big deal about it! Just wait til they think they are super man. Cover all sharp corners with that foam stuff, replace any furniture that has glass, and put things out of arms reach! I was also the same way very nervous about the braveness but my daughter is now three and i just take it as it comes. You cant prevent all accidents so dont stress yourself about it.

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Elizabeth - posted on 08/15/2009

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My son is also a bit of a daredevil and has had a few falls. I worried too and called his pediatrician everytime but she basically said that their bodies are very resistant despite how small they are. That made my feel better and despite the falls he seems to just get back on the horse with a lot of ease. Of course I recommend you still watch her but its good for kids to learn what their limitations are. Once my son fell he would not do the same thing again he would try it differently. They are very bright! Good luck!

Tina - posted on 08/14/2009

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i have a 3 yr old she is a total dare devil. I hear they get worse the more they learn to do

Melissa - posted on 08/14/2009

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Yes sleeping is an issue in our home but we got it under control. We now have it so that if she doesnt fall asleep by 1 pm for nap time she doesnt get a nap. I know its not the ideal situation but we discussed it with our pediatrician and she said its fine. At night bedtime is at 8 pm and shes usually thankful for being able to count lambs. Also the biggest thing we learned NO TV! maybe one or two cartoons in the morning. And thats it. Bedtime is a breeze now!

Summer - posted on 08/13/2009

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I am so glad my 13 month old daughter hasn't figured out how to climb on the couch. I dove for her the other day when she tried to to a nose dive off of our bed. Does your girl refuse to sleep??

Melissa - posted on 08/13/2009

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this probably isn't what you want to hear, but it's something she's going to have to figure out for herself! my son was the same way...and still is with a lot of things! i think eventually they grow out of it, but it evolves too. once they realize they shouldn't do one thing, they move on to another! at 8 months, my son was building steps out of toys so he could climb up and get things that he couldn't reach. they're too young now to have too much fear of things, but it will kick in, i promise! my son just turned 2, and it's starting to click now. when you freefall at the edge of a bed, you can fall off and it hurts! he had 2 black eyes to drive that point home (not that i just let him fall...i just didn't have fast enough reflexes at that moment!)!

AMY - posted on 08/12/2009

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AS A DAYCARE PROVIDER, I FIND THAT THERE ARE VERY MANY DIFFERENT LITTLE PERSONALITIES RUNNING AROUND OUT THERE AND THEY ARE ALL FUN, JUST GO WITH THE FLOW, SHE SOUNDS LIKE SHE WILL BE QUITE THE CONFIDENT ONE. THE AGE IS TOTALLY EXPERIMENTAL AND GAINING INDEPENDENCE AS MUCH AS THEY CAN. KEEP YOUR PERIPHERAL VISION ON GUARD AND LET HER FIGURE IT OUT. THEY TEND TO SENSE FEAR ON THE BIG THINGS EVEN STEPS........

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I have the same situation with my 15 month old. He's been on the go since he was 11 months old and is afarid of nothing. As he's become more steady on his feet he's become even more daring. What we finally have done is restrict his access to rooms/parts of rooms if we can't be in the room with him (using gates or a playpen which I realize will only work until he is tall enough to pull himself over the edge). He screams and hollars but I know he is safe so I can tolerate the unhappiness. If we can't restrict his access (like at a friends house or a grandparents house) we don't leave him alone. It sucks for us 'cause we aren't getting much done while he is awake, but he's learning and finally understands he can't climb or stand on the coffee table and has stopped trying (it's taken 6 months with occasional reminders now). I also think they do learn when they have a scary experience. My little guy loves to go down the stairs by himself (he didn't what to hold our hand or anything else and struggled when you'd try to help him). Eventually, he fell down 2 steps and scared himself. He didn't even get a bruse but now he holds up his hand to us for help or crawls down feet first on his tummy.

Jana - posted on 08/10/2009

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My daughter is a daredevil as well. Like a lot of things, I following the "pick your battles" rule. I dont care if she climbs on the back of the couch (it's up against a wall) but I will not let her stand on the end tables. I'll let her climb up on the kitchen stools, but she is not allowed to stand on them, her butt needs to be on the stool. You will know what you are comfortable with and just let her know what she can and can not do (easier said then done I know) But I think my daughter has learned that when Mommy says "Absolutely NOT" I mean NO! Good luck with your little daredevil, your life will always be exciting I'm sure :)

Adrienne - posted on 08/10/2009

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My oldest is 2years old and has been a daredevil since he was 1. He hasn't really slow down yet. Which use to scare me was when he would bang his head really hard (which he should of cried) but walked away laughing instead. He still does it to this day he only cries when he gets hurt really bad. I just let my son find out for himself because I thought he would learn from it. Good Luck!

April - posted on 08/10/2009

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my son is the same way. a big dare devil ans it scares me too. He's just a little over 2 years old so I'm hoping so. He'll try to ride his bike from the coffee table over to the couch. or He'll try to jump from one object to another no matter how high it is and other things that are worst. All I do is just keeping telling him no and explain to him why she shouldnt do that, hoping he gets the points across. sometimes it works and sometimes it dont. he has hurt himself, but not bad, but enough that it scared him where he would stop for awhile and sometimes he just laughs and dont care. so im hoping he goes pass this stage too otherwise, im in trouble, LOL



sometimes my daughter who is almost 4 will try some dare devilish stuff, just because she see's her little brother doing it so she thinks she has too. But i get after her as well and she stops or sometimes he'll get on the couch and freak out where I have to help her down, LOL,. Usually shes the careful one and a neat clean girl so it surprises me when she does it. not only that, they both scar the hell out of me when they do things like that. Sometimes, I have to hide like they're bikes or whatever else they're using or playing with.



but good luck. I can't really help you out because my son is the same way and I'm trying to figure that out myself ..

Candice - posted on 08/10/2009

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i think it's personality. my daughter is so careful about EVERYTHING. she walked with help at 9 months but wouldn't walk alone until 13 or 14 months...cuz she had to plan each step. my friend's daughter ...same age...took forever to take her first steps, but then went nuts! two steps, on the floor, back up, just walked whether she fell or not! yours just may be a little daredevil all her life. who knows. whether you let her intentionally or not, she will find out for herself what happens when she falls. she may just not care lol

Stephanie - posted on 08/10/2009

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I'm sure you're doing a great job! Mom's always know best, and no one can be a better mom to your baby than you

Jeannette - posted on 08/10/2009

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Yea i'm always on pins and needles with her but my husband is the calm one. But it does get me out of washing windows. Thanks for your help

Stephanie - posted on 08/10/2009

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Well, I'm probably not much help at all, as my kids are pretty shy and whimpy. lol, BUT my girlfriend's daughter has ALWAYS been like that and she is three. When I first hung out with her I was on pins and needles, totally trying to catch her and stop her which only made it worse really. But I see now, from watching the two of them (mom and daughter) that the little girl can pretty much take care of herself. Sure, she gets hurt and cries when she falls on her face, and mom is there with comforting words and a short lesson of "See? do you understand what happened?" I think it shows a level of strength and self-confidence, which is good, but personally, I would probably try to curb dangerous stuff, like jumping off the table, or sliding down the slide on their feet, you know? I would probably be a wreck watching her all the time, but hey, it gets you out of washing windows right? lol

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