When are stairs safe?
I'm sure this has been answered before, but I couldn't find anything definitive. Maddie will be 5 months old on June 11th and up until this week, she was confined to the kitchen space with baby gates unless she had just been outside to do her thing. We are still in the process of getting the Smoosh Kitty, (our very neurotic cat), and Maddie together, but I think Smoosh is playing Maddie. He has been trying to entice Maddie to chase him up the steps, but until last week, I would say "Maddie, Leave it!" and she would freeze at the bottom of the steps.
I think she believed that she wasn't capable of going up the stairs, so she didn't. Well, this past week, the temptation to try it was too much and up she went. And up she has gone on every opportunity she has had. Now we're back to being locked in the kitchen all the time unless there is direct supervision.
I wouldn't mind having my girl upstairs. In fact, it would make life much easier since I have been somewhat contained in the kitchen myself so she isn't lonely, but that isn't condusive to getting ready for work, doing laundry, or most things not kitchen related. I just want to be sure that physically, she is ready. I am concerned about the effects on growth plates since that seems to be a big topic on concern with our Dobie babies.
Thanks so much. I just want to keep her safe and happy!