We are lucky that we can see most of our back yard from the kitchen so dd has played out by herself since very young - we built their sand pit right by the kitchen window just before her 1st birthday so she would happily play in there quite a bit. Ds is 19mths and is regularly out with dd but I can see them at all times of I'm inside
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22-05-2016 15:35 #11
22-05-2016 15:41 #12
From about 2. My issue was him mastering the back steps. Once he did that, he could go for gold. I check on him through one of the many windows that overlooks the back yard. Out the front he needs supervision as its not enclosed.
22-05-2016 16:50 #13
I think it just depends on the block. We're on acreage and I mostly worry about snakes. I let my 3 yo out there alone for brief times, mostly because the dog stays by his side and has so far gotten 5 snakes in the past 2.5 years and is amazing at detecting them. Still makes me nervous tho. I also know he won't go down the driveway towards the road as its gravel and he's scared of falling. DS2 is only 19 months and I always supervise him as he's more likely to wander.
22-05-2016 17:06 #14
My DS is 18 months and Ive let him wonder outside by himself since he was about 15 months - our old house was fully enclosed and he couldnt escaped, here he is allowed out the back where it is fully fenced. He loves outdoors and would spend all day out there. I let him potter around out there with his pram/broom/shopping trolley/bike as he wanders around looking at blocks and I keep half an eye from kitchen and I check on him on regular intervals.
DD would have been a similar age
22-05-2016 18:02 #15
22-05-2016 18:26 #16
Back yard, enclosed- around 1.5 ish
Back yard not enclosed- 7ish
Front yard- 12
But that's our area.
22-05-2016 18:27 #17
2ish. Our yard's enclosed, but there are lots of hazards. I kept a close eye on her until about 3.
Edit: Won't leave her outside out of my view with the dog out there though. Dog gets stuck in the office :P
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22-05-2016 18:50 #18
My girls have been allowed to go out the back from an early age. It's fully enclosed with padlocks on both fences and 2 staffy's that are constantly by my girls side.
We live on a busy street so even my eldest (9)isn't allowed to play out the front.
22-05-2016 21:19 #19Junior Member
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DT75, what kind of area do you live in?
My kids were around 2 years of age for a fully enclosed back yard. They're allowed to play on the front footpath from 5 years, and can walk to friend's houses between 8 and 10.
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