After conquering walking, Your Child now start mastering how to climb stairs — a more tasking milestone.
A child’s curiosity knows no limit, and around 18 months of age, children often start learning how to climb the stairs. Climbing stairs is a great way for toddlers to learn about coordination and balance while also developing their muscles. You may notice that the way up is easier for children, so make sure you’re there to supervise at all times — especially when they’re walking down the stairs.
How to support this development
While walking up steps is a great activity to help the little one’s development, make sure that safety comes first. If you have a staircase at home, install safety gates at the top and bottom of the stair, but you should also supervise Your Child during practice. To help the little one transfer balance from each leg, stand behind while holding both of Your Child’s hands and use your foot to gently tap the little one’s foot as a physical cue.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Source: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (10 June 2021)