While it is natural for younger children to have a desire to climb on household furniture items, it isn't safe. This type of curious exploration can lead to falls, which are sometimes serious enough to land the child in the hospital. Since kids aren't aware of the dangers that can lurk in the home, it is up to the parents to keep the children from climbing on the furniture. There are a few tips and tricks to make this job much easier.
Set your younger explorers in a stationary activity saucer when you cannot keep your eyes on them. Do not use a walker as KidsHealth.org warns that there are more than 3,000 walker-related injuries per year. Keeping your child in a stationary saucer will keep her from climbing on the furniture.
Install child locks throughout the house that will keep your toddler from climbing on furniture. For example, kids love to open drawers and climb inside. This is dangerous, as the dresser can easily topple over onto the child. A child lock can be used to prevent the drawer from opening, which stops your child from being able to climb on it.
Place safety gates in front of entrances to rooms that have furniture or other objects that could pose a danger to your child. Perhaps you need a safety gate to stop your child from entering the kitchen, climbing on a chair and grabbing a set of knives. You won't be able to secure the kitchen table and chairs, so the baby gate offers the protection you need.
Talk with older children about the dangers associated with climbing on the furniture. As kids get older, you will be able to reason with them. You can even use a time-out chair to reinforce how important it is to follow the rules and stay off of the furniture.
Take your kids to the nearest park that has a set of playground equipment. Give the kids time to climb, pointing out that it is OK to climb on the equipment at the playground. Children will begin to learn to save their climbing for the park.
Move all furniture away from any windows. Children use furniture to climb up to the windows. According to the National Safety Council, windows that are left open more than 5 inches pose a risk for kids younger than the age of 10.
Never store toys near furniture. This will just entice a child to climb onto the furniture to get the toys. Store the toys in a toy chest, or in a basket on the floor.