The Pikler Arch

The Pikler Arch

At 9 months Otto is pulling up on his Pikler Arch. He sometimes steps up to the first rail and at this time I seen he put one foot up to the second rail. It takes time, he's experimenting, he's testing and challenging himself! The Pikler Arch provides a fantastic opportunity to meet 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 have now it in his movement/play area, next to our living space which is always supervised.
Have it on or close to a soft or padded surface. I wouldn't put the arch directly on hard tiles. Ours is on a wool rug which works fine. I considered putting a lambswool or thin mattress close by but so far it's not needed.
Allow the child to discover it independently. They will use it when they are ready. There isn't any have to incentivize or show them the best way to do it and I'd never put a child on it. Just make it available!
Why we like the arch:

It is small. It's excellent for the child who's at the very starting of their climbing, they can use it to drag to standing and there's no risk of them getting stuck or climbing too high that they can't get down. The scale and the space between the rails has been designed for infants from crawling.
Improbable for his or her muscle development and coordination. Otto is a superb climber and he must climb. He climbs our stairs, couches, equipment on the playground and the arch is another avenue for him to explore.
Assists the child to fulfill developmental needs. Climbing, exploring, testing limits and capabilities are real developmental needs. When the child's developmental wants are met they're 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 toddler and allows them to safely use their rising our bodies in new and exciting ways.
It brings joy. The Pikler Arch brings joy to the child after they realize what they're capable of when 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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