Choosing to raise children the Montessori way is one of the wisest decisions parents can make. And it is best to begin from the very start. Here is why:
Montessori environment evolves and changes together with the child. As the child grows and develops, so does his or her environment. It slowly adapts to meet a child’s needs for independence and to provide sensory stimulation. Montessori environment set up has a distinct difference – it is very orderly and structured. It is easier to progress from one stage of a child’s development to the next if the child’s space was organized and set up in such a manner.
Plus Montessori method offers support and advice for every stage of a child’s development in the first year of life – month by month. It lays the perfect foundation for the first early years of a child’s life, and we all know how crucial these are for a child’s future mental and physical health.
I would like to offer you practical suggestions on how to arrange and set up your baby’s space to support their natural desire for freedom of movement, sensory stimulation, order, independence, and beauty. All recommendations are handmade. You can find out more by visiting the webpage of each product.
Floor beds are generally suitable for babies from 3 months and up. We used something similar with our babies. However, a safety rail was a must since our babies rolled from side to side at night a lot.
I love floor bed frames made by Sweet Home From Wood because they also allow to hand up mobiles very comfortably for the baby during waking hours.
Mobiles help babies from week one exercise eye focus and concentration. Montessori mobiles change as a baby’s abilities develop. Bella’s Casa offers handmade mobiles for babies ages 0-12m.
The Munari Mobile 3-6 weeks
The Octahedron Mobile 5-8 weeks
The Gobbi Mobile 8-10 weeks
The Mobile Dancer 0-12 weeks
From birth, it is suggested to use black and white images. Images are attached to the wall at baby’s eye level, on the side of the changing table, or above it if possible. For older babies – images with black/white/red patterns. From 4 months and up, as an example, you can use images with fine art and animals. This collection made by Hello Sprout is gorgeous.
Another beautiful Word Art from the ART of TYPE for children who are a bit older.
Baby gym is an excellent alternative for hanging mobiles. Handmade wooden baby gym from Clover And Birch looks perfect. It is especially convenient since it can be easily folded and put away when not in use.
Low shelves. I think using cube floor shelves is genius for little ones. These can be later used for various purposes. This set made by Little wood tales grabbed my attention.
Floor cushions are great for babies before their rolling stage. They become beautiful spots for day naps and also great for the awake time when placed low above the ground, just like one made by Blue House Joys. We have one of those, and our baby used to love falling asleep there during the day. Now it’s a perfect addition to a book corner.
Who doesn’t like a feel of a soft cotton play mat for their baby to rest on? These can be an excellent addition to a spot next to the mirror or under a baby gym. This playmat by Nikko is lovely and looks very cozy!
Nursery Storage Baskets will always have great use in a child’s room. First, as a place to keep nappies, baby cream, and other baby items. Later these can hold books or serve as a place to display materials on shelves.
First Baby Toys
First baby toys should be made out of non-toxic, natural materials since babies learn by placing objects into their mouths. Here is something for you to choose from:
Baby Montessori Puzzle Clutch Ball by Endulzar
Sleepy Fox Teething Taggie by Luka Mish
First Montessori Baby Toys by Essential Montessori
Montessori Pincer Grasp Block by Montessori Wood Works
Wooden Tactile Set Textured balls by WoodenCaterpillar
Montessori Baby Toys by Pink House
Wooden Puzzle by Cover And Birch
Montessori Infant Gift Set by Natura Baby. This is a lovely set that will serve as a part of the Practical Life area of development.
Montessori Coin Drop Work by Natura Baby
Balance Board by Clover and Birch
Weaning Table and Chair
The weaning process starts typically around 6 months of age. This is the time when usually baby is given first foods and can do first simple activities while sitting at the table. Ettetete made a great set that serves a dual purpose: weaning table and chair AND can be transformed into a Learning tower for helping in the kitchen when the child is older.
Montessori Inspired Child’s Placemat is another must-have in a Montessori home. Here is a beautiful handmade example by Honey Bee Toy And Craf.
Pull Up Bar
Once baby starts attempting to pull themselves up, parents can attach an infant pull up bar to assist the child in developing their muscles and arm strength. Montessori Wood Works has one to offer.
Baby Clothes ideally should be in plain and soft colors, made out of soft natural materials, and allow total freedom of movement. It is recommended that babies and children walk barefoot when possible or wear shoes with non-slippery leather soles.
Baby leather shoes by SWAG booties
Baby Onesie by Mindful Mobiles
Baby Essential Massage Oils. Babies enjoy daily massages, plus it creates valuable opportunities for bonding with your little treasure. Tash Monster Oils offers organic essential oil rollers for babies. Please, make sure that your child is not allergic to any of these before applying them to your baby’s skin.Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 19 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Learn more here.