The Pikler Arch

At nine months Otto is pulling up on his Pikler Arch. He sometimes steps as much as the first rail and in the present day I observed he put one foot up to the second rail. It takes time, he’s experimenting, he’s testing and difficult 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 within the child’s bedroom. We have now it in his movement/play area, next 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 close by but up to now it’s not needed.

Enable the child to explore it independently. They will use it when they’re ready. There isn’t a need to incentivize or show them how one can 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 perfect for the child who is at the very beginning of their climbing, they can 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 distance between the rails has been designed for infants from crawling.

Incredible for his or her muscle development and coordination. Otto is a good 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 usually 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 can use the rails to pull up with their fingers, 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 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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