Crawling and climbing

Once your baby starts to crawl, it’s all over they say. Suddenly he’s much more mobile and no sooner can he crawl, he learns to pull himself up and stand. Well, Luka learnt that trick long ago, put the two together and he now has access to every imaginable thing in the living room below two and half feet.

Now is the time to start putting things away. Ornaments, coffee table books, electrical appliances, heavy items they can pull down onto themselves, pot plants they can be ‘picked to pieces’ and so on.

The other big hazard of course, is the stairs. Babies just love climbing stairs. In fact they take any opportunity they can to get off the boring old ground and witness the world from an adults point of view. It’s far more exciting up there!

So, before you know it, they’re climbing the stairs and you’re climbing the bleeding walls trying to keep an eye on them. “Where’s Luka” my wife asked the other day,”I thought you were keeping an eye on him?” Yes I am dear, he’s in the living room somewhere. “No he’s not”. Turns out he’d climbed almost to the top of the stairs!

Although, watching him climb, this isn’t as risky as it seems because his weight is usually forward and he seldom turns around, but the consequences if he tumbles down is severe. Luckily our steps aren’t steep, but there is the chance he’ll cling on to the banister struts and fall through. Babies are capable of getting themselves into the most unusual risks. Of course, when we caught up with him, he grinned as if he thought he was ever so clever!

He’s a confident young man and I don’t want to spoil that, and he loves exploring, so I just linger behind him and let him climb, he’s done it dozens of times and feels a great sense of achievement when he reaches the top. You can see that he appreciates the conquest – maybe he’ll take to mountaineering later. Never once has he slipped or tetered dangerously, but I’m always keeping an eye on him.

Now we’ve installed a gate to stop him climbing by himself, as we like to leave him free to crawl about the room and explore. We’ve also bought a bunch of ‘plug sealers’ to prevent him shoving something conducting into them. He’s intrigued now by things you can shove in and out – such as straws and tetrapaks. It’s all a big learning experience full of hazards I guess. I don’t want to cramp his style though!



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