Re: How do I teach going up and down stairs.
At 5 months, Otto has just started getting himself into my stationwagon - I had to lift his bum until maybe 2 weeks ago.
Otto learned the stairs in the mudroom first (there's only 3 stairs), before he was 3 months. Then he learned the basement stairs - there was motivation to get down to where I store the kibble.
My stairs to the second floor are split, 9 from the bottom then a landing then they turn for 6 more to the top. It took him the longest time to dare these. I think he was about 4 months when he mastered them.
Go figure, the main stairs have a nice thick runner where the basement stairs have thin thread. I do have the same treads on the mudroom stairs as the basement stairs so maybe that's why he was in the basement weeks before he went up to the second floor.
Funny - a few weeks ago I had to get a box of gloves and hats out of the attic, those stairs are hidden in the closet in my daughter's room. Otto came to investigate the noise in the closet, saw the stairs and dashed up to the attic with this look like Hey Cool I didn't know this was here! The lightbulb up there burned out and I haven't gotten around to changing it. I heard him running around there like it was some great adventure before he finally came out covered in yuck!
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