Stairs are recurring parts of my nightmares. I am terrified of my children falling down the stairs…especially the half of our flight of stairs that isn’t carpeted. But much to my dismay (and a racing heartbeat), stairs are an inevitable part of life and every child must learn how to walk up and down them.
We taught both boys to slide down the stairs on their tummies about the time that they could start walking. We’ve found this to be a pretty safe way of navigating down the stairs for the little ones. Likewise, going up the stairs..we just encouraged them to crawl.
At around age 2.5, Big Brother started attempting to walk down the stairs holding onto the railing. Little Brother, however, insists on doing it by himself now, at the age of 21 months. I carefully stand an arms length away and let him exert his independence while he’s under my watchful eye. It takes us about 4 times as long to get down the stairs this way, but at least he’s learning, right?
Notice he’s clutching his ribbon blanket…he will not take a nap without it!
I honestly don’t know how I’m going to make it through the next 5 years with these boys without having a heart attack. We’ve already had a bloody nose and a bloody lip this week with spills they’ve taken in the house!
How do you teach your child to go up and down the stairs (without having a heart attack)???