The Pikler Arch
At 9 months Otto is pulling up on his Pikler Arch. He sometimes steps as much as the first rail and as we speak I observed he put one foot up to the second rail. It takes time, he’s experimenting, he is testing and difficult himself! The Pikler Arch provides a incredible opportunity to satisfy his developmental needs in a safe and supervised way.
How we use the arch:
Always supervise. I would not put this in the child’s bedroom. We’ve got it in his movement/play area, subsequent to our residing space which is always supervised.
Have it on or close to a soft or padded surface. I would not put the arch directly on hard tiles. Ours is on a wool rug which works fine. I considered placing a lambswool or thin mattress close by however up to now it’s not needed.
Permit the child to explore it independently. They will use it when they’re ready. There isn’t a have to incentivize or show them how to do it and I might never put a child on it. Just make it available!
Why we like the arch:
It’s small. It’s good for the child who’s at the very beginning of their climbing, they can use it to drag to standing and there is no risk of them getting stuck or climbing too high that they can not get down. The scale and the space between the rails has been designed for infants from crawling.
Unbelievable for his or her muscle development and coordination. Otto is a great climber and he needs to climb. He climbs our stairs, couches, equipment on the playground and the arch is one other avenue for him to explore.
Assists the child to satisfy developmental needs. Climbing, exploring, testing limits and capabilities are real developmental needs. When the child’s developmental needs are met they are generally more settled, calm and happy.
Assist the child to develop spatial awareness.
Because of the design, it empowers babies. T,he steps are small, they will use the rails to drag up with their palms, it enables the infant and allows them to safely use their growing our bodies in new and exciting ways.
It brings joy. The Pikler Arch brings joy to the child when they realize what they are capable of once they fulfill their aim. I can see Otto beam with pride when he climbs up on it.
Assists children to develop to their full potential.
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