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Hilary Rhoda Is Teaching Son, 9 Months, to Use Stairs to Avoid Buying 'Hideous Baby Gates'

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Hilary Rhoda is teaching her baby boy how to use the stairs.

On her Instagram Story Wednesday, the 34-year-old model shared a video of her son Nash Hollis, 9 months, practicing crawling up a set of stairs as she encouraged him.

"Good job," she repeats, holding her hand at his backside to guide him to put one foot in front of the other. "That's my guy! Go Nash! You've got it. Go buddy!"

The mom wrote on the post, "Teaching him how to climb stairs so we don't have to buy any hideous baby gates," adding a laughing emoji.

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Rhoda, who shares her baby boy with her professional ice hockey player husband Sean Avery, then shared a direct-message she received on Thursday in response to the video.

The commenter wrote, "The problem isn't getting the baby to go up. It's when theyre coming down... that's why gates are installed primarily."

The model explained over the screenshot of the message, "The idea is that he will learn how to go both up AND down. Got lots of DMS that this worked for other ppls kids so I'm not crazy, it's a thing! Haha."

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According to a 2019 New York Times story about the ins and outs of baby-proofing one's home, gates are usually recommended to be installed at the top and bottom of a staircase to prevent falling.

Dr. Scot Bateman, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, told the outlet, "It's remarkable how easy it is to open cabinets, to climb up on furniture, to get into medications and things that you wouldn't necessarily think they'd be interested in. As soon as they're mobile, children are very curious."

Announcing his birth in July, the new mom wrote on Instagram that Nash "came into this world fast & furiously."

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