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02/06/2014 at 09:00
Jacob, bless his cotton socks, has learnt to climb out of the cot, little ninja. So we need to take the bars off to keep him safe. We're also moving him upstairs to a big boy room so that Attila (bump name, not my final name for anyone who is wondering why on earth I'd saddle a child with such a name) can have his nursery. Rightly or wrongly we've decided to move him up into a big boy bed in the new room rather than take the bars off the cot in the nursery and then move him in a few weeks, there's going to be lots of change and I'm hoping it'll be easier to do bed+new exciting room as one move, rather than faff around with the bars on the cot and trying to get him to settle that way, then changing things up again within a few weeks. (Originally we were going to wait until Attila was home and settled for a few weeks, but the climbing has shifted the schedule.) So that's the background.
The question relates to the new room, it's the sole upstairs room in a bungalow, and the stairs go straight up into the room without a door at the top. We're getting the room babyproofed as much as possible (it did have a low wall over the stairs and it's being covered up to a full height wall with Perspex panels so J can't fall over it down the stairs) but I'm not sure what to do at the top of the stairs, stick a stair gate on or not. J's nearly 2 and walks down stairs forwards perfectly competently most of the time, but I'm paranoid about him falling, so walk in front of him to catch just in case. I worry that if I put a stair gate there he's just going to scale it in the night, as I think a stair gate is about the same height as the cot bars that he can climb, and then he'd be more likely to fall down the stairs by falling over the stair gate than just trying to walk down them normally. I've see higher stair gates, but I don't think we can fit one due to the width of the wall varying because of the extra bit we're attaching.
Wwyd & when did you start trusting your toddlers on stairs on their own?
02/06/2014 at 09:12
you can get stairgate that have mesh panels instead of bars so he would be able to get a grip to climb over, i would put some sort of barrier up in case he goes wandering looking for you in the night and forgets the stairs are there in his sleepiness.
also if your going straight from cot to big bed, it might be worth getting a bedrail to stop him falling out while he gets used to it.
02/06/2014 at 09:26
Is it not possible to put a door on at the top of the stairs?
Or what about two gates one on top of the other- so it's kind of like a stable door. It probably wouldn't look nice having a double height gate but in the short term would put your mind at rest about him not climbing over or falling down
02/06/2014 at 09:40
heres the link to the stair gates
02/06/2014 at 11:00
02/06/2014 at 12:28
I let Alex (16 months) roam freely up and down the stairs, but we do shut the stair gate at night, purely because a sleepy baby doesn't have the same awareness. I think you can get Perspex-style gates where he won't be able to get a purchase for climbing. Or maybe just put the stair gate higher up (ours don't have bars at the bottom so you can position it wherever you like) - ok so there'll be a gap at the bottom but he probably won't think to get under it, unless he really is awake?
02/06/2014 at 12:42
I had a stair gate on Mollys room when she got to the age for a bed, we had the same issue with her with the climbing from the cot. It was only ever closed of a night as she would be so sleepy when she woke up that it worried me she would fall down the stairs
03/06/2014 at 08:29
Thanks everyone, general consensus seems to be a gate is better than none. I'll look into the various options and try to see what works best in the space for minimum climbability!
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