Since the beginning of my daughter’s mobility she has attempted to defy the laws of gravity. Danica is wild and quite capable, escaping the confines of her crib at 15 months, a feat her brother never managed in the two and a half years he slept in it, and finding a way to scale half a dozen varieties of baby gates before I finally gave up on them all together. What can I do? Some babies are just born climbers.
There is one thing, however, that she has been insistent on conquering since 18 months of age that I have repeatedly dissuaded her from — climbing the enormous rock wall at our local park. Relying on her still developing dexterity to keep her from plummeting to the ground while she climbs unrestrained and far beyond my reach? No, thank you.
Not all parents are as cautious as I am though, as evidenced by the video I stumbled across today of a baby, still in diapers, scaling a rock wall much like the one at our playground. The baby does this without assistance and it appears he’s been given the motivation to do so by the fact that several toys have been placed out of his reach at varying heights on the wall.
And I thought I’d seen it all in the pregnant rock climber. This tot makes scaling a vertical structure in nothing but your underwear look like a breeze, but is it safe or is this a parenting fail?