Just because your sixteen month old acts like a baby, doesn’t mean you should give them a free pass to be lazy. Stick him in a harness (yes, they make them small enough) and make him climb an easy 5.6. Okay, so he doesn’t actually use his hands and feet. For the most part, “climbing” for your baby, really translates as you pulling him up the wall.
If you find it difficult to convince your baby to go climbing, just have a little chat with him about the importance of excerise. This is how my conversations have gone with Baby C:
“Baby C, I noticed you’ve been napping a lot today and I thought it might be nice to go to the gym for a little bit?”
Baby C stares blankly at me, which obviously means he’s mocking me.
“Okay, so clearly you’re not into it. Your dad and I really think it’s important you start practicing early if you want to fulfill your dream of becoming a world champion rock climber / mountaineer / skier/ poet. So let’s go.”
Baby C leaves the room and returns thirty seconds later with a grape he found on the floor. Mind you, we hadn’t given him any grapes in days.
“This is serious.” I say very sternly.
“Bubble,” says Baby C.
“A bubble would make a a terrible climbing partner. No limbs and very fragile.”