The Pikler Arch

The Pikler Arch

At 9 months Otto is pulling up on his Pikler Arch. He generally steps up to the first rail and right now 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 improbable opportunity to fulfill his developmental wants 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 it in his movement/play area, next to our living space which is always supervised.
Have it on or near 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 placing a lambswool or thin mattress close by however to date it's not needed.
Permit the child to discover it independently. They will use it when they're ready. There isn't any need to incentivize or show them how to do it and I'd never put a child on it. Just make it available!
Why we like the arch:

It's small. It is good for the child who's on the very starting of their climbing, they can use it to tug to standing and there is no risk of them getting stuck or climbing too high that they can not get down. The size and the space between the rails has been designed for infants from crawling.
Fantastic for his or her muscle development and coordination. Otto is a superb 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 fulfill developmental needs. Climbing, exploring, testing limits and capabilities are real developmental needs. When the child's developmental needs are met they're usually 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 will use the rails to pull up with their palms, it enables the infant and permits them to safely use their growing bodies in new and exciting ways.
It brings joy. The Pikler Arch brings pleasure to the child after 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.

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