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Montessori Baby Room Ideas

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Here’s a video of our baby’s room that is organized and decorated based on the Montessori philosophy.  Check out the YouTube video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROs3QIeB998.  Don’t laugh!  I’m not good at making movies and I kind of ramble.  🙂

Our one year old attends a Montessori school, although he’s only in the infant room.  Even in the infant room you can see the focus on order, simplicity, and independence.  He seems happy and we like the teachers.  I understand that each Montessori school can be different based on the Head of the School and how they decide to run things.  I think it’s important to like the folks who are in charge since they can determine the learning atmosphere and choose the teachers.  To learn more, I attended a few evening classes about expanding the Montessori philosophy into the home.  I also read Montessori Play and Learn: A Parents Guide to Purposeful Play From Two to Six by Lesley Britton.  Based on my limited study and neophyte knowledge on the subject, the main ideas as I see them are providing children with the opportunity to learn through play, promoting independence, and demonstrating through example a love of learning.  In a Montessori classroom, children can move through curriculum at their own pace and they learn from older students.  There are no rows of desks like most of us remember from school.  Children choose their workspace and they may use a mat or table.

Based on these ideas, I set up our baby (almost toddler room) with a colorful mat in the center of the floor to focus his attention.  Even though he moves all over the room, I lay out new toys for him to play with on the mat.  I spent ALOT of time de-cluttering the room.  This took several attempts.  Eventually I cleared out the closet and put all the toys in the closet.  Then, I pick a few things and displayed them on the empty bookshelf in an organized and easy to access way.  All the book were also put in the closet.  The books that I put out stand upright so that the covers are showing.  I use baskets to group toys together, which is very common in the classroom.  I put pictures at floor level and put out pictures of family.  There is also a plant in the room to bring nature into the home.

Based on these ideas, I set up our baby (almost toddler room) with a colorful mat in the center of the floor to focus his attention.  Even though he moves all over the room, I lay out new toys for him to play with on the mat.  I spent ALOT of time de-cluttering the room.  This took several attempts.  Eventually I cleared out the closet and put all the toys in the closet.  Then, I pick a few things and displayed them on the empty bookshelf in an organized and easy to access way.  All the book were also put in the closet.  The books that I put out stand upright so that the covers are showing.  I use baskets to group toys together, which is very common in the classroom.  I put pictures at floor level and put out pictures of family.  There is also a plant in the room based on the idea of bringing nature into the room.  

I think the room still needs work.  I would like to add some artwork, more family pictures and more plants.  I know that some parents don’t use a crib to encourage independence but I think we’ll wait on that.  I will eventually add hooks on the walls or clothes baskets for him to put clothes for the next day.  Hopefully he’ll learn to get up and get dressed on his own as soon as possible.  I also want to get a stool or string to let him turn the light on and off.  It’s a learning process for us both.  It also takes time to continue to change the room and rotate toys every two weeks or so.  I think, however, that the organized and uncluttered room is much better for him in the long run.  Looking forward to hearing some other ideas!  😉

 

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Author: Adrienne

Attorney and Professional labor and postpartum doula.

5 thoughts on “Montessori Baby Room Ideas

  1. Wow! You did such a great job with the video! I’m so impressed that you put so much thought into everything in the room and I love the idea of photo frames on the floor in particular. It never crossed my mind to put a few on the floor for my girl to look at as well. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    • Having a clutter free kids room is VERY liberating! There aren’t very many Montessori room video on YouTube so I thought I’d give it a try. Still looking for more ideas to keep it fresh and interesting! 🙂

  2. This is awesome. How did you like the book you mentioned? Is it a good read? Dry? Accessible?
    I really want to send Oscar to Montessori but its pretty expensive. Thanks for sharing!

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