Same problem stairs here, stairgate is on the third step. But it only took a day of me moving ds' legs down the step for him to understand how to get back down again, as long as he stays in a kneeling position, which mostly he does. If he stands he still hasn't a clue, and I have to rescue him!
He goes to the stairs less now I'm not running over every time he does!
we just put a gate on the next step up and didn't think about the first step. mind, as ds fell down most of the stairs aged 10 months, one step didn't seem like much risk. I suppose you could put a thick rug at the bottom in case. he'll bounce
We did use stairgates, but also taught our DDs to come down on their tummies, so that they couldn't topple forward iyswim! By ten months they were both able to climb up and down safely, but never unsupervised but it was good to have that peace of mind that they could do it, juts in case the stairgate was accidentally left open or something.
When my son was small I had a stairgate fixed across the bottom step of the stairs. It was made of wood, hinged to the post on one side with an opening latch on the other. But the magic thing was that when it opened it could be raised and folded back against the stair rails rather than opening outwards away from the stairs. That gate is long gone, but now I want another one, this time for my granddaughter. But I can't find one anywhere. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Have never had a stairgate at the bottom, it would open across kitchen doorway, and be on 3rd step. Boy LIKES sitting on the bottom step. Hes tumbed off once or twice, he bounced, its not much more than falling over from standing anyway, less if hes sat down and gone sideways. If your floor is hard put a rubber backed mat at foot of stairs to pad it slightly.