Tips and help

Links, publications and tips for your home

Physiopaed provides you with a variety of tips and aids for use at home. In addition, you will find interesting publications and a helpful collection of links.

At home

There is a wide range of toys and aids to promote and support the development of the child. However, not all of them are really suitable to promote motor skills and not to “hinder” them.

The children’s physiotherapists keep themselves constantly informed about the products on the market. Here you will find a short overview of useful and nonsensical aids. The most important thing with all aids is that the baby can move freely on the floor.

High chair

The high chair is well suited for taking meals at the table and supports the infant’s social contact with the family. It is important to correctly adjust the footrest and seat height. Furthermore, only start using a high chair when the child can sit alone.


The playpen is mainly for the safety of the child when it can already move independently in the room. As it very much restricts the space in which the child can move, the time spent in the playpen should be kept as short as possible.

Baby gym

Playing arches are of interest if the toy hangs low enough so that the baby can reach it with his hands and feet. They should not be placed above the head.

Support pillows

Various positioning cushions can, if used correctly, promote motor development.
These pillows must however not be used during sleep.

Walking bike

It promotes balance, coordination, reaction and a sense of space.

Walking frames

It serves to make the child’s first steps forward easier and to promote a sensitivity to weight transfer to his legs.

Not recommended


Baby walker

The child is brought into the upright position before it is able to do so on its own. He or she cannot stabilise his or her back and feet sufficiently yet. Due to the premature contact of the feet with the floor, the baby will tend to move forward leaning on the tips of his feet, which will lead him to adopt bad movement patterns. Furthermore, the appliance and the infant may tip over in the vicinity of thresholds or stairs and cause serious injury. (in Austria and Canada, baby walkers are prohibited by law)

Bumbo seat

The child is placed in an upright position before his or her back is stable enough to manage this posture.

Baby jumper

Babies in jumpers also tend to use the forefoot or toes to move around. This does not promote normal healthy motor development. In addition, the infant may fall out and injure himself or herself or hit the door jamb.


Articles & leaflets

Help, my child is not walking yet!

An article about learning how to walk has been published in the physioswiss physio magazine 2/16.

Hilfe mein Kind läuft noch nicht
Movement recommendations

Via Physioswiss, physiopaed was able to contribute to the movement recommendations for young children from the Institute of Sport Sciences in Lausanne and Health Promotion Switzerland.
The recommendations were presented on 26 October in Magglingen during the hepa conference.

We are pleased to present the final versions of the recommendations here.

Bewegungsempfehlungen für Kleinkinder
"Child physiotherapy - insight into the practice of Marquerithe Barree"

An insight into the work of child physiotherapist Marquerithe Barree. Published in the Annual Report 2015 of the Bündner Stiftung für Kinder- und Jugendtherapie.

"Kinderphysiotherapie - Einblick in die Praxis von Marquerithe Barree"
"Dry through training"

On the subject of toilet training, this article with controversial opinions appeared in the Coop newspaper of 25 August 2015.

"Windel will weg - Trocken durch Training?"
"Physiotherapy for the little ones"

Article “Physiotherapie für die Kleinen” by Shirin Akhbari Ziegler, physiotherapist MSc and head of MAS Paediatric Physiotherapy at the ZHAW, published in the Media Plant Tages Anzeiger 30 June 2015.

"Physiotherapie für die Kleinen"
The child's first shoes

The article “Der erste Kinderschuh” was published in Physiomagazin issue 2/15

Der erste Kinderschuh
Parents' guide

“Tipps und Tricks für Mamas und Papas” produced by the quality committee “Les physiothérapeutes specialisés en neuropédiatrie” Geneve, February 2012

The first steps

Article “Die ersten Schritte” published in Baby&Kleinkind 2011

Die ersten Schritte
Moving from a very young age

“Bewegen von Anfang an” published in Baby&Kleinkind 2010

Bewegung von Anfang an