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Climbing stairs

Be careful and attentive!

  • Always keep an eye on your child if you have stairs in the house, or keep the stairway gated, at least until you are sure he can go up and down safely by himself (usually around age 2 years).;
  • When the child is on the steps going up, stand directly behind him in case he loses his balance.;

GOING UP THE STAIRS ON ALL FOURS

Always watch your baby or toddler on stairs! In addition to slipping or falling, she may make a wrong move and hit her head on the step directly above.

Step by step: on their knees

Babies can climb the stairs by crawling on hands and knees. As they get older, they will learn to put their feet on the steps, instead. In the meantime, help guide your child if need be.

Step by step: on their feet

Once toddlers are better able to keep their balance, they are on their way to learning to walk up the stairs. See if your child would like to put her foot on the next step instead of her knee, and then the other, using her hands on the steps for support.

 

Be careful and attentive!

  • Once a child can go up the stairs, it is imperative to teach him how to come down.;
  • Don’t teach your child to go down the steps before he knows how to go up.;
  • When on the stairs, stay directly behind the child so you can catch him in case he loses his balance.;

CRAWLING DOWNSTAIRS BACKWARDS

  • Start the activity alternatively with the left or right leg so that your child has no trouble going down with either.
  • Make the exercise gradually more challenging by increasing the number of steps to go down.

Place a toy at the bottom of the stairs to entice the child to go down.

Be careful and attentive!

  • Don’t teach your child to walk up the stairs before he walks well without help.;
  • Do not engage in this activity before the child has mastered going up and down stairs on all fours.;
  • When the child is on the steps, stand directly behind him so that you can catch him if he loses his balance.;

CLIMBING STAIRS WITH BOTH HANDS ON THE BANISTER

Be careful and attentive!

  • Don’t teach your child to walk down the stairs before he knows how to walk up the stairs with both hands on the banister.;
  • To prevent falls, stand one step lower than the child and spot him. ;

WALKING DOWN THE STAIRS WITH BOTH HANDS ON THE BANISTER

Spot your child in this way to make sure she’s safe and help her if need be.

WALKING UP THE STAIRS HOLDING ONTO THE BANISTER WITH ONE HAND

Stay behind the child for safety and balance, as shown, as she goes up the stairs.

Be careful and attentive!

  • Don’t teach your child to walk down the stairs holding on with only one hand before she knows how to walk up the stairs that way.;
  • To prevent falls, stand one step below and spot.;

WALKING DOWN THE STAIRS HOLDING ONTO THE BANISTER WITH ONE HAND

Stay in front of your child, as shown, as she goes down the stairs. In this way, you’re there to hold her hand and keep her steady.

To encourage your toddler to use alternating feet, hold the lower leg and start the movement. You can also talk to the child and remind him to use the other foot.

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