How can i stop 2 year old from climbing on furniture?

He is constantly climbing up on the tall furniture. Just yesterday he pulled a chest of drawers over onto himself, scaring the daylights out of me, but luckily only a black eye came of it. When i catch him at it, he gets told no and is moved away from the furniture he is trying to climb, but the instant i take my eyes off him, hes climbing something else. He just seems to be really curious as to what might be on top of it. I have taken everything off the tops of furniture. Im just not sure how else to discourage him from climbing.

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    I saw in a toy catalog the other day a big plastic climbing frame made for little ones. It was shaped like a dome. Perhaps if you got him something along the lines of that he can do all the climbing he likes in a safe way.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They make reinforcements so that you can anchor furniture to the wall. That way if he climbs when you turn your back, the furniture will not fall on top of him.

    Don't give up, keep repeating yourself. Tell him that it is not safe for him to climb up onto the furniture.

    Also, try to make the rooms he hangs out in as safe as possible and gate off the other areas. Sometimes it is just better to not even give him a chance to get near dangerous stuff. And it will give you peace of mind that he is somewhere safe.

  • 1 decade ago

    Your son sounds like a curious explorer!

    Trust me, that's not always a bad thing.

    To stop him climbing you may want him to stay in a designated area.

    Set up a boundary that he cannot cross.

    Remind him where he can go and where he cannot go.

    For instance, tell him he can go anywhere but not where the tall furniture are.

    If he does, go get him and put him in time - out in his room.

    He will eventually catch on.

    You are responsible for ensuring his safety.

    If he climbs and could get hurt, you are right to stop him

    Sometimes we just need to understand from their point of view as they cannot fully express themselves.

    Useful information to understand and how to deal with toddler behavior

  • 1 decade ago

    If you figure this one every mother of toddlers in the world will want to know your secret!

    Two-years olds are explorers - and yes we need to teach them to stay on solid ground, but you also need to keep them safe. As an ER nurse I have seen children badly injured (and one killed) by heavy furniture and TV sets toppling over on them when they try to climb. Anchor dressers to the wall, and make sure TV's are on solid surfaces that cannot be pulled over.

    Remind him not to climb - but at 2 his memory and cause/effect thought are not developed - so when you turn around he is likely to do it again. Just make sure he's safe!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Instead of telling him what not to do, tell him what to do. Tell him "feet belong on the floor" instead of "no." Then distract him with something else. Praise him when he's doing good. Tell him if he wants to climb, he can go outside and climb on the jungle gym, and that furniture is not for climbing.

    Source(s): I have a degree in child development
  • 1 decade ago

    He is just curious and when you tell him not to, his independent side of him that is emerging makes him want to do it even more. So, let him explore. However, try and make the landing softer. Place rugs or cushions and let him do it under supervision. He will find something else more interesting soon

  • 1 decade ago

    i don't think you can stop him from climbing the furniture.the nature human instinct is to progress,he needs to learn himself.but you have to teach him how to get down by son climbs on furniture too,and my husband and i taught him to get down feet first instead of head we don't need to worry him too much.i think maybe you can put the drawers somewhere that he wont near.

  • 1 decade ago

    tie him down

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