How to Keep Your Walking Baby Safe on Stairs

Another developmental milestone is here! Your baby is walking around like she owns the place. She’s so confident that she already wants to take the stairs -- two at a time!

If your baby is new to walking, though, she’s probably not quite ready for stairs yet. So put the brakes on and take a few precautions. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Continue to keep the stairs in your home gated -- at the top and bottom -- and don't let your walking baby out of sight. Even though she's getting good at walking, she still won't be able to mount stairs for a while.
  • She's going to push for her independence, but let your baby know that if she wants to use the stairs, she needs to hold Mommy’s or Daddy's hand.
  • When descending stairs, teach your baby how to slide down on her belly. Not only is this the safest way for now, you can also treat it as a game she’ll enjoy.

Before you know it, your baby will be mobile enough to walk up and down stairs on her own. Just teach her to always hold on to the railing so she stays safe. Next up? She’ll be running -- cover your eyes!