Following my last post on furniture, I thought I would tell you my experience on setting up baby/ toddler environments.
When I was expecting Chanel I started researching bedroom environments. I made a list of the most important things to consider for changing in her existing room. Creating a calm, aesthetically pleasing and safe environment, where she could lay down, roll, sit, or crawl around. I wanted to give Chanel the freedom to live in it.
I came across the concept of a 'prepared environment'. This concept is about setting up a bedroom from the perspective of a baby or child, where furniture, clothes, toys and materials are easily accessible.
Another factor I read about is order. Establishing a calm, orderly environment where the child can expect to find things in their proper place, and in their proper order, make them feel safe and secure with themselves and the world around them. Therefore, the room is usually kept as neatly as possible. On reading this I felt they were meaningful considerations, and matched my ideal play/bedroom.
At chanel's baby stage we started by simply reducing obstacles to a minimum. We made her bedroom comfortable and easy to explore, creating a sense of beauty and order. As a baby she would happily grab things, crawl and live in her own world. When she grew up to the toddler stage we incorporated some child-size furniture proportioned to her use. We now have a happy girl doing things for herself.
I would like to share with you some examples of how to create a Montessori inspired Bedroom:
Follow these simple steps:
To create a Montessori-inspired playroom:
Please feel free to comment or ask questions about setting up a Montessori -inspired bed/room in the feed of this post.