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Sunday05 December 2021

The Pikler Arch

At 9 months Otto is pulling up on his Pikler Arch. He typically steps up to the first rail and at this time I observed he put one foot as much as the second rail. It takes time, he is experimenting, he is testing and challenging himself! The Pikler Arch provides a unbelievable opportunity to fulfill 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've got it in his movement/play space, subsequent to our dwelling area 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 nearby but thus far it's not needed.
Allow the child to discover it independently. They will use it when they're ready. There isn't a need to incentivize or show them the way 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 good for the child who's at the very starting of their climbing, they'll 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 scale and the distance between the rails has been designed for infants from crawling.
Unbelievable for their 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 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 infant and permits them to safely use their growing our bodies in new and exciting ways.
It brings joy. The Pikler Arch brings joy to the child when they realize what they're capable of after 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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