I’ve been asked a number of times for recommendations for Montessori rooms and floor beds for babies. Here’s a post I wrote about what we did in our own home:
I’ve done some research online to see what other parents have done to create a Montessori home environment for their babies. Each family needs to decide what is best for their unique situation. Babies might have their own room or a place in the family’s living room. The family might use co-sleeping for part or all of the night with the baby using the Montessori room or space mainly during the daytime.
Common attributes of Montessori baby rooms:
- a baby-proofed space that is safe for the baby to move and explore
- a floor bed
- a mobile above the floor bed
- a mirror attached to the wall beside the bed or a horizontal mirror next to the floor bed
- low pictures on the walls
- low shelves
- child-sized furniture
- natural materials wherever possible
- gate at the doorway so the door can be left open
The photos are from One Baby’s Montessori Room from a Montessori Musing Place.
Here are some other lovely examples of Montessori rooms parents have created for their babies:
More helpful posts about Montessori baby rooms:
To Crib or Not to Crib From MariaMontessori.com
THE FIRST YEAR—Unique Development & The Child’s Self-Respect from Michael Olaf
Oh, Baby! Preparing a Montessori Environment for the Littlest Ones from Montessori for Everyone
The Prepared Environment: The Montessori Step Every Parent Should Do from Escaping To My Happy Place
UPDATE: The Floor Bed: Merging AP and Montessorian Principles from A Secure Base
Have fun preparing a happy, safe environment for your baby!