Lol, I had this problem, still do to some extent. She cant actually get up on the sofa yet though!
If I sit her on it she will shimmy over to the edge on her bum and slide off onto her feet facing forward. She learned pretty quickly from me holding her hand and helping her, to being able to do it herself. I still wouldnt leave her on the sofa alone though, as she likes to be daft and throw herself about it etc.
I gues sjust pick a way that you feel comfortable with him getting off (ie. backwards on his tummy or sliding off on his bum) and everytime he goes to get off the couch, help him to the right position and show him how to get down. He will pick it up eventually!
Let him practise.... I'm sure there will be some bumps long the way, but it's part of learning. Try to show him the safe way of getting off, but let him explore other ways too. I'm quite a 'let them learn by mistakes'kinda mum, can't be any other wy with Tobi r I'd have ad a thousand heart attacks by now! Tobi soon learnt ht was safe and what wasn't... With a few tears. To be honest, he ill jump off now, and I am sure he is becoming an adrenaline junkie with the things he Gets up to!
Id let him walk off.... i dunno if thats mean or not? lol. I show Harrison how to do things safely - he will then try find the scariest way to do it himself and then use which ever he finds best...lol! xx
We had to teach LO to get on/off safely. Actually now she prefers to launch herself off head first!
I spent ages showing her how to slide off feet/bum first (turning her round to face back of sofa) and every time she went to jump off I'd shout BUM FIRST and turn her round. Then praise her when she did. Now she knows how to get off safely since 12/13 but the past few weeks chooses to throw herself off instead. It's a hit or a miss whether she hurts herself. *sigh*
Zoey did this for a little while. She could climb on the sofa with ease but then would just tumble off of it to get down. It only took a few times of falling off (which terrified me btw) before she learned the right way to get down. They figure it out pretty quickly.
i just didn't leave LO alone on/near the couch until she outgrew this and learned to get down on her own… so just a waiting game really.
she did begin to make a game of pretending to jump off of it (well after she knew how to get down) because she liked the reaction it gave me. I let her take a small tumble more to teach her what i was saying "no, big boom booms." i figured this would help her to trust me about other things. she jumped off and forward and didn't so much as bump her knee but it did teach her. now she is very cautious.
Thank you ladies. Some fab advice as always. Just a quick update. So after reading your advice, I decided to show him how to slide off. I showed him twice this morning, and since then he has done it himself. He sits down, shuffles forward and slides down.
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