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My child climbs everywhere: what to do?

My child climbs everywhere: what to do?

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Now that your child knows how to walk, no way to stop him. He even tends to climb everything ... at the risk of getting hurt by falling. The explanations and advice of Christiane Pesci, psychomotrician.

Who disturbs it?

  • Your child. You scold him constantly for him to come down from his perch or to prevent him from climbing there and he does not like it.
  • You. You feel guilty for not letting him develop his acrobatic skills. But you fear that he will endanger himself.


He explores, it's his age!

  • Between 1 and 2 years old, your child discovers the world and uses his new motor skills. It is at this age that he will learn to perfect his balance, to grasp what "high", "low", "above" and "below" mean. Spatial notions that he apprehends through his bodily sensations.

What has to be done

  • Set up a mini-course with small obstacles to overcome, mats to cushion falls, etc. Outside, help him to walk on a tree trunk, find his balance ... By playing with him, you will learn to know his limits, to encourage him when you know that he can get there or at the same time. to prevent taking unnecessary risks. On the security side, ban the chests under the windows and equip them with crackers.
  • What to tell him. "It's good, I trust you, I know you'll get there." To avoid: "You'll fall!"

It's a real daredevil!

  • Question of character, education or temperament? Your child is particularly toned. It is perhaps also by contrast: it seems very dynamic in your family calm, while it would be quite in the norm of a very active family!

What has to be done

  • Ask yourself: is he really a daredevil? Is it often bad? Some parents want to avoid the slightest fall to their child. But to climb, find his balance, run, he must also learn to be in imbalance. Make the most of the outings, the games in the square or the Baby Gym activities that will help you become aware of your body diagram.
  • What to tell him. "Look where you put your feet, that's fine, stop a little, take small steps, take your time."

He puts himself in danger

  • Does your child take real risks? At his age, he has no sense of danger. Climbing under your watchful eye, experimenting with climbing, it will gradually integrate the concept of risk. But for that, it takes time and many trainings.

What has to be done

  • Avoid panic. If he puts himself in a perilous situation, try to help him get by on his own.
  • What to tell him. "You should not have gone up on that ladder, I'll show you how to get down, do not do it again, it's dangerous."

Mom's words

"My daughter is very adventurous and when she was younger, I was even worried because I found her very turbulent, but the specialists were reassuring: she is tonic and awake, not hyper-active! She had her first fall when she wanted to get out of the park, she always plays on the toboggan or plays for the older ones, she often has bruises ... The solution I have to watch her all the time! " Celine, Emma's mom, 2 years old.

Marie Auffret-Pericone with Christiane Pesci, psychomotor therapist.