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We mounted ours to open onto the landing, away from the stairs. We believe this has the following benefits: it's safer when it's not fully closed: if the locking mechanism hasn't really locked, so it is just leaned to, it still won't allow the child to fall down the stairs. it's easier to operate: especially when it's open, you don't have to reach into the ...


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Kids need to learn that things have edges and that you fall down when you crawl or toddle over them. We had our kids often on a futon on a carpet. Maybe an 8" fall. That was perfect for learning what happens if you go over the edge and what to do about this. As a result they were all very early "staircase" safe and knew what to do when approaching an edge. ...


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I was able to find a lot of speculation that skipping crawling is bad, but very little actual evidence. Instead, I found studies that showed the opposite: there is no real difference between children who skip crawling and those who do not, at least in terms of other major developmental milestones. I'm posting my answer from the related Skeptics.se ...


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Apparently this is a common theory. There's a similar question on another site. Skipping crawling has become widely acknowledged as developmentally normal. In every reference I have seen on developmental milestones for babies it mentions that many babies never crawl. See WebMD for one example. This article from babycenter on crawling talks about the ...


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Adding a bit more to Torben's answer... Every baby gate instruction manual and resource I've read stresses that they should be installed to open away from the stairs. In doing a bit of looking around, this is most simply put on the Evenflo site: To avoid baby pushing through a gate and falling down the stairs, a safety gate, at the top of stairs, ...


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I don't think there is any one correct answer here, it all depends on the design of your particular gate, stairs and landing. Personally, we don't close the gate when we're downstairs (because if the toddler did make it upstairs without us noticing, we want her to be able to get on to the landing and not be thwarted by a gate!) so the gate is only closed ...


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11 months is not that late. Sure, some kids walk or talk at that age, but they are exceptions - every kid is unique, and in the end it doesn't really matter. So, first of all: Don't stress yourself, she will learn it soon enough. Don't think she's lazy or has given up trying, though. It takes time and practice, and she'll get the hang of it eventually. ...



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