In addition to the many advantages of the climbing triangle, safety is one of the most important issues.
The most common question is, "How safe is this for my child?"
The priority of most manufacturers and parents in different countries of the world is the safety and usefulness of the product. Experienced mothers share their opinion. Safety is determined by several aspects:
- Age-appropriate height to minimize the risk of falling
- Maximum stability even when used by several children at the same time
- A design that allows the child to easily see the steps and control the movement of the legs
In the previous blog we talked about selection criteria that also determine product safety, including:
- Safety of raw materials used (safety of wood, varnish/oil/paint intended for use in children's furniture and toys, confirmed by relevant certificates)
- Smooth surfaces and rounded edges to minimize the risk of injury
- Oil/paint/varnish surface finish quality that will not flake and withstand frequent cleaning
- Countersunk screw heads to minimize the risk of injury
Although the product is designed with the child's safety in mind and it can be selected according to the child's age, certain recommendations should be followed. Following the recommendations will help ensure children's safety and promote appropriate development.
- Buy a certified model or make sure when buying that the above safety parameters are met.
- When assembling, read the manufacturer's instructions carefully and follow the manufacturer's recommendations. If the product you purchased does not come with instructions, search online for information that will help
- When assembling, special attention should be paid to how tightly all parts are connected to each other. In the case of glued connections, the strength should be checked
- For screw connections, make sure the screws are tight and the screw heads are countersunk
- The climbing triangle should be set up on a flat surface so that it does not wobble or tip over during play
- The floor should not be concrete, to prevent injury in the event of a fall, lay out a carpet if necessary
- It is strictly forbidden to place the triangle near the window. It can be used by a child as a ladder and there is a risk of falling
- It is recommended that the child does not wear socks or shoes as they can easily slip off
- When changing the position of the board it is important to check that it is securely seated and locked onto the triangle
- For safety reasons, children up to 18 months may use a headgear that protects the skull in the event of a fall
- Parental supervision is very important, especially for children under 3 years old
Baby's first step to the triangle is an important moment. The following aspects related to the age and intellectual development of the child should be considered:
- The object is a new figure in the child's life. It is possible to develop fear or distrust and turn your back on the product. It is necessary to support the child, introduce him to the new object and encourage him
- The age of the child must be taken into account. It is possible for a child up to 12 months to look at the triangle with relative disinterest and spend only a few minutes on it, but with age his interest increases. It is not recommended to force the child to spend time with the triangle. The initiative and desire to play with a triangle should come from the child himself
- It is better to place the triangle where there is no interfering factor, e.g. when the television is on, as this may distract the child and cause them to accidentally fall
The climbing triangle can serve different purposes. For example, by covering with a cloth or blanket that creates a cozy place to read a book or a den. This method gives the child an impetus to develop creative abilities. The climbing triangle is not only there for climbing. It offers a number of avenues through which a child can develop. There are no rules for playing with the triangle or a time limit. The child should decide for themselves what they want to do. Parents' instructions may restrict the child's interests, which is undesirable and contrary to the concept of the product.
It is important to remember that according to the philosophy of Dr. Pikler's best practice is not to put a child in a situation who can't handle it alone. Therefore, it is necessary to create a supportive environment for the child and give him the opportunity to experiment. By playing on the triangle, the child learns to trust their own instincts and make decisions according to their abilities. It's a safe place to test skills and build confidence. If a child overcomes an obstacle while playing on the triangle, he will be motivated to try again and achieve the desired result that will bring him joy.