You see, this youngest child. He's a wild one.
We've never lived in an apartment or house with stairs before. And especially not with a highly mobile yet unstable child. I think you can see where this is going.
3 times today, I caught him halfway up our 12 stairs (there is a "landing" in the middle). And while I'm thrilled he can go up, I'm not so thrilled with the one time a couple of weeks ago when he flopped like a rag-doll down the stairs and onto the tile. Yes, mother of the year! So, obviously coming down is a problem.
And boy, does he love those stairs. If you catch him on the first step or two, and start to get close, he'll speed up. Racing up the stairs as fast as he can. Gah! What's a mother to do!?
Babyproof, you say?
Well, here's the deal. I have no problem putting a baby gate at the top of the stairs. Two sturdy walls, and I've already got a gate! Woo!
The problem is the bottom of the stairs. They look like this:
There's no other side to support a baby gate. I'm totally stumped.
And so, dear internet of wisdom and love, I turn to you.
Any bright ideas?