The Montessori weaning table is designed to be heavy and also uses a heavy chair that will give support to a baby sitting upright. Its measurements are made specifically for a baby’s body, allowing the baby to sit at the table unassisted. The table is best for babies and toddlers up to age two.
My children loved their weaning table so much that we kept it as the only child-sized table in our kitchen even when they were preschoolers. We had a classroom with preschool-sized table and chairs, but the weaning table stayed in our kitchen until we moved when my daughter was four years old.
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My Family’s Experience with the Montessori Weaning Table
I don’t remember where I ordered the Montessori weaning table that my children used as babies in 1985 and 1990. I do know that it was designed to fit the specifications for a Montessori weaning table. If you have someone who can make one for you, you can find exact measurements at Voilà Montessori.
As the photos show, my son loved his weaning table and used it for eating, used his chair as a push toy, and used the table and chair for all sorts of activities.
My daughter also loved the weaning table and used it for her meals as well as for activities as a baby, toddler, and even preschooler. Both my children were breastfed exclusively until six months when they started eating rice cereal (organic brown rice that I ground using a coffee grinder, cooked with water, and mixed with mashed banana). Many moms now mix breast milk with the baby’s cereal, but I couldn’t find a good breast pump back in 1985. So I just kept my babies with me always for nursing.
I purchased the above weaning table for my granddaughter from Michael Olaf. I chose the first table, first chair, and slatted chair (for my granddaughter to use and carry when she’s a bit older). The prices aren’t inexpensive, but I consider this an investment because of the years of use my granddaughter and future grandkids will get out of it. My granddaughter absolutely loves her table. You can find a less expensive version of a child’s first table on Amazon (although it doesn’t fit the Montessori specifications).
My granddaughter started her first solid foods at 5½ months, which is how old she is in the photos. She sits at the weaning table to eat her organic brown rice cereal mixed with breast milk. At 6 months, her latest food is avocado mixed with breast milk. My daughter-in-law has a good breast pump and keeps a supply of breast milk in my refrigerator and freezer for the afternoons when I watch Zoey. When Zoey drinks at the table, she uses a glass. I highly recommend Montessori Services glasses. Their flatware is great, too.
First Glass Set – 6 tiny restaurant-quality “glass” glasses – for ages 1-2½
Helpful Resources about the Montessori Weaning Table and Baby-Led Weaning
I don’t want to tell you what your baby should eat as first solid foods. Instead, I’ll share some helpful resources about Montessori weaning tables and baby-led weaning.
Weaning from At Home with Montessori
The Art of Weaning Part One: The Montessori Weaning Table Setting and The Art of Weaning Part Two: The Weaning Table and Chair from Villa Maria Montessori
Weaning posts from How We Montessori
Montessori Weaning Table from Feeding the Soil
Self-Feeding posts from Montessori on the Double
Montessori for Babies: The Weaning Table from Bluebird Kisses
Little Foodie Favorites: 6 and 7 Months from Zest and Zeal
Weaning posts from Montessori Moms
Montessori Meets Baby-Led Weaning: A Natural Approach to Introducing Solids by Melissa Kemendo at Natural Parents Network
The Ultimate Guide to Baby’s First Year
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Tips for Unexpected Bottle Feeding of your Baby ~ Powerful Mothering
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Top 5 No-Cook Baby Food Recipes ~ True Aim Education
Raising a Non-Picky Eater ~ ALLterNATIVElearning
Montessori Weaning Table ~ Living Montessori Now
Quick & Healthy Meal Ideas for Babies ~ The Eyes of a Boy
The Best Baby Food Recipe Books ~ Still Playing School
- Baby-Led Weaning
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