The Pikler Arch

The Pikler Arch

At 9 months Otto is pulling up on his Pikler Arch. He typically 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 is experimenting, he's testing and challenging himself! The Pikler Arch provides a fantastic opportunity to fulfill 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 have 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 nearby however to this point it's not needed.
Allow the child to discover it independently. They will use it when they are ready. There is no such thing as a must incentivize or show them how one can do it and I would never put a child on it. Just make it available!
Why we like the arch:

It is small. It's perfect for the child who is at the very starting 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't get down. The size and the gap between the rails has been designed for infants from crawling.
Fantastic for their muscle development and coordination. Otto is a good climber and he needs to climb. He climbs our stairs, couches, equipment at 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 needs are met they are 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 will use the rails to tug up with their arms, it enables the toddler and permits them to safely use their rising bodies in new and exciting ways.
It brings joy. The Pikler Arch brings pleasure to the child after they realize what they're 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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