The Pikler Arch
At nine months Otto is pulling up on his Pikler Arch. He sometimes steps up to the first rail and right this moment I observed 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 meet his developmental wants in a safe and supervised way.
How we use the arch:
Always supervise. I wouldn't put this in the child's bedroom. We have it in his movement/play area, subsequent to our residing space which is always supervised.
Have it on or near 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 putting a lambswool or thin mattress close by however thus far it's not needed.
Enable the child to explore it independently. They will use it when they're ready. There is no have to incentivize or show them tips on how to do it and I would by no means 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 on the very beginning of their climbing, they'll use it to pull to standing and there is no risk of them getting stuck or climbing too high that they can't get down. The dimensions and the space between the rails has been designed for infants from crawling.
Fantastic 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 fulfill developmental needs. Climbing, exploring, testing limits and capabilities are real developmental needs. When the child's developmental wants are met they are typically 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'll use the rails to tug up with their arms, it enables the infant and allows them to safely use their growing bodies in new and exciting ways.
It brings joy. The Pikler Arch brings joy to the child once 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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