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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Lil Climbers

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Lil Climbers

I've never been particularly coordinated, so nothing prepared me for giving birth to a monkey. At the rate my 13-month-old son is going, he's likely to scale Half Dome by his second birthday.

At 3 months, he flipped over and has been on a roll ever since. He leaped in his Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper until he fell asleep standing. Then, walked at 10 months and ran weeks later.

Shortly after, he tore up a flight of carpeted stairs like an army recruit. But then, it seemed the floor he embraced as a baby began to bore him, and he set his heights higher. I caught him stabilizing a small rocking chair in his room and using it as a step stool to climb on the changing stable. His next hike was up the hope chest in our room and onto our bed for a peek out at the backyard.

Not knowing what he will think up next, I'm always on high alert fearing he will fall. So, I was shocked to walk into the living room the other night and see him in mid-jump from the chair to the couch and stunned when he walked into the kitchen and climbed his high chair like a ladder in a wink.

His long limbs and athletic inclination may pay off in the long run, but for now they are just causing me stress.

Does anyone else have a lil climber?


bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
I was a huge climber. And jumper. I could jump down about eight steps at a time...long story. I must have annoyed the heck out of my parents.
Neural Neural 9 years
YES!!! And yes-- I second whoever said it annoys daycare. For months, every freaking day they told me everything she climbed up on and how as soon as they put her down and turned around, she was right back up on the table/in a highchair/etc. I'm counting the days until gymnastics starts-- the day after she turns 2! Less than 2 months to go! Hopefully it'll be a positive outlet for some of this climbing interest.
starbright14 starbright14 9 years
I babysit a climber as a teen, and it was sooo scary! She could, at age 4, literally scale the frame of a door. I freaked out and absolutely spent the rest of the night practically holding her down... but then her mom told me that she did it all the time and it was not to worry. Needless to say, I wasn't a big fan of babysitting at this family.
amybtvco amybtvco 9 years
Wow, I thought that I had a climber but he hasn't scaled the highchair yet. Right now his obsession is with climbing into the kitchen cabinets after he has emptied them. Oh joy.
Catipa Catipa 9 years
I have a daughter that is almost 2 and yes, she is a climber too. Also a daredevil-I'm constantly on guard.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
My son is 2 1/2 yrs, he's the craziest climber too :sigh: Thankfully, he's got very good balance, so he hardly falls down but it just scares the crap out of me.
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 9 years
All 5 of mine are/were. The almost 16 month old twins have been walking since 10 months and climbing like crazy since earlier. It annoys the daycare but I say let 'em be so long as they're fairly safe. Loads of bruises here too. TONS.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
I have a climber here too. She loves tables, couches and the stairs.
fashionista119 fashionista119 9 years
My son, who just had his first birthday, isn't walking yet but tries to climb everything - stairs (which he has mastered), couches, chairs, various big toys, high-chair, etc. I'm shocked he's left our Christmas tree alone so far. And my Husband climbs trees for a living, so he only encourages it. I see a lot of head-bonks in my future...
mrs-smith mrs-smith 9 years
Right here! Me! Me! I could never for the life of me figure out how my son got into his highchair with the tray still attached to it. It still baffles me to this day. But he has moved on to bigger and better things, like his older brother's bunkbed and the top of daddy's car.
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
Yes!! My son was constantly climbing (he had no interest in crawling but started walking at 10 months and climbing shortly thereafter). He even scaled his crib @ 10 months and climbed out. Fortunately, we had gated the stairs so he didn't hurt himself. We invested in a crib tent as moving him to a bed at 10 months was not going to happen! I honestly felt that at every waking moment, I had to keep my eyes sharp. He had no fear. The good news is that he is now a very agile 4 3/4 year old (although I do need to keep my eagle eyes sharp still!!)
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Yes. Sigh. Both mine are monkeys. My two year old daughter actually broke her arm jumping on the couch and falling off. :(
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