I know so many of you have wondered too! “Should I buy a Pikler triangle for my baby?”
My little girl is 11 months old right now. She has been crawling and climbing like crazy for a few months now! I personally decided it was time and jumped right on it. Just a week later, it arrived in the mail. It seems like every single mom on Instagram has one. Should you?
- Are Pikler Triangles worth it?
- Will she love climbing?
- What about Pikler climbing injuries?
I’ve gotten a lot of questions since then, and here’s the roundup.
What Even Is A Pikler Triangle?
First question first! It’s a climbing structure that babies learn to navigate at their own pace. Yes, it’s a toy, but it’s more like a learning device. More like a tool that many parents use to teach their babies.
It’s called Pikler because it was invented by a Hungarian pediatrician named Dr. Emmy Pikler. She was quite innovative for her time and focused her career on early child development, helping babies build mobility, enabling independent activities for young children so they can learn independently.
Basically, she helped children improve their motor skills from an early age.
The First Few Weeks With A Pikler Triangle! How Did It Go?
If you have the same kind of questions about your own little climber, this update is for you! A little bit about what she’s been doing with it and the progress she’s made with it so far.
My husband and I bought it about two and a half months ago when she was just 8 months old. I was so excited to get it. More so than my husband, who grumbled a bit about the price. The key here is, *I* was excited about the new climbing toy, but my little girl wasn’t as excited right away.
It wasn’t as great for her as it was for me. It wasn’t really love at first sight. That came as a moment of realization. I actually questioned my purchase. With something that costs $300, I usually think twice before buying such an expensive baby item because you just don’t know if they’re really going to like it and play with it.
- Will they like it?
- Will they even play with it?
- Was it just a waste of money?
This certainly wouldn’t be the first time I bought a toy they didn’t like, but $300 made it all the more stressful.
She didn’t really spend much time with it the first few weeks after I put it up. She did look at it and explore the lower Pikler steps a bit. Surprisingly, she was very interested in the side hinges.
Slowly, after the first week, she finally climbed for the first time. I was so relieved.
It was finally about whether she wanted it or not. She was finally warming up! I swear I was delighted to see her take a liking to it.
And now I can’t believe how much she loves it! Like the blink of an eye, she is climbing and developing her motor skills like crazy, and I am so proud of her!
So Much More To The Pikler Triangle Than I Expected!
I don’t usually write about products I’ve purchased for her, but the Pikler Triangle is a total exception. When I gave it to her, she was just a baby, and in those two and a half short months, she has grown step by step into her toddler years!
I thought it would be worthwhile for other mamas out there to share some of the things I learned along the way, and why it’s a perfect purchase for motor development, and why your baby will love it as much as mine did.
Looking back, I actually wish I had gotten it for her earlier. maybe at four to six months instead of eight months and there are so many things I can think of.
Using the Pickler Triangle for the newborn stage, like putting a mat underneath and tying toys to the rungs so it can also be used as one of those newborn activity play mats.
Or tying toys to the bottom rungs for tummy time to encourage them to lie on their tummy and look up, even if they’re only a few months old.
It will pay off in the long run, too. The age recommendation for the Pikler triangles on the box is much higher than 8 months, so I think they will still be used when she is two or even three years old. They will learn how to sit and then possibly higher when they are ready.
There’s basically no end to the learning, like how to pull themselves up to sit on their own and then pulling themselves up to standing by the times they’re you
In the early months, It’s definitely helping out with crawling. I know seven or eight months and they’re crawling what we used it for so having the ramp. Having the baby climb up the ramp crawl down the ramp learning that it’s elevated off of the ground eventually climbing and then even
When she’s older I’ll set it up like a tent for her so that she can use it for pretend play.
Final Decision! It’s Totally Worth It!
One hundred thumbs up for getting a Pikler triangle. Looking back at my apprehension beforehand, now I know the $300 was totally worth it.
My little girl’s gotten more use out of it than most any toy I’ve ever gotten her. Here’s one mommy that’s completely pro-Pikler!
Thanks for reading, and I hope my experience makes yours a little easier.