Two story home with a toddler. Tips?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Do you leave her door open when she sleeps? You could close the door and unless she is able to open it, then there shouldn’t be too much of a concern about the stairs. Then use a baby monitor to keep an eye on her.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

taller, more durable baby gates, baby monitor, motion sensor alerts

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

sweetpink : We live in a 2 storey condo. Our son is 10 months and when hes asleep in his room I just close his door and put on his baby monitor and take it with me downstairs, or at night take it to bed with me and leave it on my nightstand. (we have a video one — which is great because it saves us from running up the stairs at every peep he makes) we also have baby gates. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

We have a two story house and our 2 year old’s bedroom is on the main level and our room is upstairs.  Hasn’t been an issue at all. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

What are paranoid about?  Use a monitor if you want to watch her sleeping.  Is she in a crib? Can she climb out, maybe babyproof or lock her door so she can’t climb the gate and fall down the stairs.

We have a 15 month old and being in two stories hasn’t been a problem.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

It’s important for stair gates to be hardware mounted to the wall/banister, not pressure mounted. Keep her door closed with a childproof knob cover when she’s up there alone (you can use a monitor to hear her from downstairs)

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: NJ

I was raised in a 2 story home with stairs and I was born in 1955. I never tumbled down any stairs. There were basement stairs too. Those were the days before cameras and baby monitors and there were still no emergencies. 

Cam, monitor, gates, that should do it.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 1988

Teach her, as soon as you move in, to walk up and down stairs.

If she does get out of her room and is exploring… it’s one less thing you need to worry about.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Yeah, I’ve never understood this. You teach them to use the staris, and/or you get gates to keep them out of places you don’t want them. 

I was raised in a two story house. I fell down the stairs a few times. Things happen, I didn’t get hurt. I just got up, checked myself and went on with life. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

We have turned the downstairs sunroom into a playroom.  We keep a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs so he can’t go up them.  We also have one of those plastic door handle thingies that prevents him from opening his bedroom door upstairs (from the inside) just in case he decides to start climbing out of his crib.  I hardly ever take him upstairs during the day, and I change his diaper on the first floor during the day.  After we put him to sleep at night we have his monitor on so we can hear/see him while we are downstairs. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We have a 4 level townhouse and a 2.5 year old. We have metal gates attached to the top of the stairs. He’s never tried to climb them. His bedroom is actually at the top of a small set of stairs (like 3 steps) and we don’t have a gate there. At this age he’s fully able to walk up and down the steps on his own without help, the gates are just a precaution. You can use a monitor but i think she will be fine. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Not sure what there is to be paranoid about?  I grew up in a five-story townhouse and am alive to tell the tale.  You should be teaching him how to use the stairs, and/or use baby gates.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Teach her how to use the stairs safely.

Have video monitor and baby gates.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

Baby gate? I grew up in a house with one level and a full basement. No door to the basement. I’m certain my parents never used baby gates, either. None of us fell down the stairs.

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