At 9 months Otto is pulling up on his Pikler Arch. He generally steps up to 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 (just click the next article
) provides a unbelievable opportunity to meet his developmental wants in a safe and supervised way.
How we use the arch:
Always supervise. I would not put this within the child's bedroom. We've got it in his movement/play area, subsequent to our living area 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 nearby however to date it's not needed.
Permit the child to explore it independently. They will use it when they're ready. There is no such thing as a must incentivize or show them learn how to do it and I might never put a child on it. Just make it available!
Why we like the arch:
It is small. It is good for the child who is on the very starting of their climbing, they'll use it to pull to standing and there's no risk of them getting stuck or climbing too high that they can not get down. The dimensions and the gap between the rails has been designed for infants from crawling.
Unbelievable for their muscle development and coordination. Otto is a great climber and he must climb. He climbs our stairs, couches, equipment at the playground and the arch is one other avenue for him to explore.
Assists the child to meet developmental needs. Climbing, exploring, testing limits and capabilities are real developmental needs. When the child's developmental needs are met they're generally more settled, calm and happy.
Help the child to develop spatial awareness.
Because of the design, it empowers babies. T,he steps are small, they can use the rails to tug up with their arms, it enables the toddler and permits them to safely use their rising our bodies in new and exciting ways.
It brings joy. The Pikler Arch brings pleasure to the child once they realize what they are 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.