In “My Top 3 Natural Parenting Principles,” I briefly discussed how my husband and I used Montessori principles to set up our home when our children were infants. Here are the steps we took.
1. We baby-proofed every room in our house.
We covered all wall outlets and used child safety latches to create a safe environment for our children, Will and Christina, to explore when they were babies.
2. We used safety gates to create large areas for exploration in our main living area.
We made the entire living room safe and available for a baby. Along with our adult-sized furniture, we had a horizontal safety mirror and low shelves for baby toys. We had a thin mat with a sheepskin on our living room floor when our babies were young, allowing them to crawl around, play with their toys, or fall asleep.
3. We had a bedroom with a safety gate at the door, a futon on the floor, and low shelves with our children’s toys neatly arranged.
This allowed Will and Christina as babies to have another large area to play and freely explore. They could take their nap on the futon and then wake up and choose which toys they wanted to play with. (This would have worked at night as well, although we had our children in our room with us at night when they were babies).
4. Instead of using a high chair, we had a special Montessori toddler table in our dining room/kitchen area that worked for babies and toddlers instead of using a high chair.
This table was next to our dining room table and was where our children ate when they were babies and toddlers. As toddlers, Will and Christina also used this table for their activities while I worked in the kitchen.
Preparing Montessori Spaces in Your Home
See “How to Create a Montessori-Friendly Home” for ideas for a number of levels. Here are some of my main home environment posts:
- How to Prepare a Montessori Baby Room at Home (roundup post)
- How to Prepare a Montessori Toddler Environment at Home (roundup post)
- Preparing a Montessori Newborn Baby Space at Home
- How to Use Montessori Mobiles to Encourage a Newborn Baby’s Development and Delight
- Preparing a Montessori Baby Space with Shelves at Home
- Preparing a Montessori Baby Space in Your Living Room
- Preparing a Montessori Baby-Toddler Space at Home
- Preparing Montessori Toddler Spaces at Home
- How to Prepare Montessori Shelves for a 2 Year Old
- How to Prepare Montessori Shelves for a 2½ Year Old
- How to Prepare Montessori Shelves for a 3 Year Old
- How to Prepare Montessori Shelves for a 3½ Year Old
- How to Prepare Montessori Shelves for a 4 Year Old
- How to Prepare Montessori Shelves for a 4½ Year Old
- How to Prepare a Montessori Home Environment for Afterschooling
- Create an Attractive Home Environment from Montessori at Home!
- How to Set Up a Montessori Homeschool Classroom
Jo Ebisujima and I have a free Montessori at home webinar and introduction to our Montessori Crash Course.
Would some or all of these ideas work in your home?
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