Climbing toddler!

(15 Posts)
tiredteddy Tue 19-Aug-14 16:41:58

My dd is dc3. She is my first climber. If is so difficult. I cannot leave the from as I don't what she will do next. She climbs on all the dining room chairs and onto the table, up the back of the sofa, basically on anything all of the time. She falls over so many times a day. She just jumps of things too it's so dangerous. Has anyone had a child like this? How did you cope? My house has never been messier as I can't get anything done.

BocaDeTrucha Tue 19-Aug-14 20:36:49

No advice to give I'm afraid but interested to see who can give some as we're in the same boat with ds (11 months). He's not walking yet but an avid climber... Up the back of the sofa, up the stairs, up the backs of the sunloungers on holiday, into and out of his pram.... God knows what will happen when he starts to walk!!!

Siennasun Tue 19-Aug-14 21:19:16

That pretty much describes my DS. He started climbing around 11 months and had no fear. He was constantly climbing up and trying to jump off anything. Literally I couldn't turn my back on him for a minute. Even nursery found it challenging.
He'll be 2 in a couple of months and he's starting to grow out of it. He's learning how to jump now so wants to spend all his time bouncing on the bed, sofa, etc. Which is just as dangerous really grin
No advice really other than wait it out or distract her with Peppa Pig

Frusso Tue 19-Aug-14 21:22:41

Teaching them how to get down safely is a good plan.
Ds climbs down really slowly and daintily. Which is ironic after the speed he gets up at.

They do eventually grow out of it.

olivesnutsandcheese Tue 19-Aug-14 22:37:48

I have one of these (DS23mo)
I wish you luck and sympathy. I basically did/do all the necessary jobs during his nap.
I can second distracting with Peppa pig and also a lot of stairgates. Downstairs is effectively a giant play pen. grin

Nocturne123 Tue 19-Aug-14 22:43:30

I have a climber too . Dd is 15 moNths and she's desperate for climbing on everything . We got her a little tikes slide for inside and it at least gives her something relatively safe to climb on . She is surprisingly careful on it too .

I should probably discourage her climbing a bit more but sometimes I'm actually quite impressed and just watch her ( bad mother)

NewEraNewMindset Tue 19-Aug-14 22:50:15

I let some things go with mine and other downright dangerous stuff I get cross with him about so he understands what is acceptable and what isn't. I was a climber myself, well into my teens, so I know it's probably hardwired in him.

I don't mind him climbing on the back of the sofa and coffee table, dining table is a no, study desk and then onto windowsill a huge no, onto toilet seats has me shrieking too as then he has access to lotions and potions that are messy and potentially harmful.

You just have to keep one eye on them at all times and like everyone, I am hoping he will grow out of it.

SugarPlumpFairy3 Tue 19-Aug-14 22:55:56

I have 22mo twins who are climbers shock.

We spend at lot of time in the garden on the climbing frame. Our downstairs is totally locked down... Stair gates everywhere, downstairs toilet is locked from the outside, any toys that can be used as a 'leg up' get moved if I have to nip to the loo etc. I once came back to find them both standing on the windowsill hmm.

Same here, dd3 is the first real climber.

We got a climbing frame and repeat many times a day 'The table/bookcase/windowsill isn't a climbing frame. Your climbing frame is in the garden.'

Sympathise it is very tedious/worrying.

Bankholidaybaby Tue 19-Aug-14 23:25:31

I'm just joining the climbing child club - my 1 year old is fearless, flexible and determined - and I'm slowly working out how to make things safe when he is literally trying to climb the walls and everything within them.

MiaowTheCat Wed 20-Aug-14 11:03:13

I had one climber... and now I've got a second completely obsessive death-seeking missile climber.

Wine. Lots of it. The second they go to bed. And hair dye to cover up the grey hairs they've caused me.

tiredteddy Fri 22-Aug-14 09:49:34

Glad I am not alone then. I think my biggest problem is that my house is very small so I can't for example block off the tempting dining room chairs as we go through the dining room to the kitchen.confused But thanks to whoever suggest small bolts on the outside of a door that could work on the bathroom which is downstairs though the kitchen. That'll stop her climbing in the toilet and emptying the shelves again!

scarletforya Fri 22-Aug-14 10:05:07

Dd is a climber. She's two. We kept the chairs up on the tables for ages thinking she'd grow out of it, but no. She's fearless as well. From the time she could stand she'd appropriate anything at all to stand up on and get higher. She walks along the backs of couches and gets onto the windowsill. She builds stairs out of anything left in the garden. I can't leave anything she can use to build around or she puts one on top the other. We had three stair gates in the house but I recently had to remove the one to the tv room as she was building couch cushions etc up and was to get over it......

One of my worst fears is her opening a window and falling out. shock I have restrictors upstairs and keep her constantly supervised. It's draining.

scarletforya Fri 22-Aug-14 10:07:25

I'm also terrified she might get something to try climb the banister and fall over down into the hall....

ElephantsNeverForgive Fri 22-Aug-14 10:19:20

You learn the location of every playground, soft play, climable tree and walk on able wall in the district. You visit them at every possible opportunity. You learn to ignore the 'bad mother' looks as DD1 climbs to the top of the big kids climbing frame and you sit on the bench. Or when at older goes to the top of a very high tree beyond the point any of the boys will try.

She did eventually stop by the end of primary, now she scuba dives instead.

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