Our nursery will look a little different than most traditional nurseries. After much talking, research, thinking, reading and planning...we have decided to create a Montessori nursery for our girl. A lot of people usually don't know what that means or think I've lost my mind when I explain how things usually work in such a nursery. I like to tell people that in a Montessori nursery the entire room becomes a crib...everything is safe for baby and the doorway is usually closed off with a gate. There is no actual physical crib, the child sleeps on a floor bed, once they're about 4 months old at least. Yes, a mattress on the floor (this is where people think I've lost my mind). There are many reasons for a floor bed, one of them being that once baby learns how to crawl she is able to move around her room to explore...we want to make sure we encourage her to move as much as possible. Just about everything in her room will be child sized and safe. My goal for her room is to create a soft calming environment that is organized, child friendly, comfortable and encourages independence.
Here are some examples of some of my favorite Montessori nurseries:
|Finn's Montessori Room|
|Otis's Montessori Room|
|Montessori Floor Bed|
Since a Montessori nursery is quite simple, we don't have many things we need to purchase. We've just got some organizing to get through and figure out the best layout for her room to create a place for sleep, play, eating and diaper changing. Since we already have a crib mattress, we plan to use that in the beginning to see how she does and at some point change it out for a full size or twin mattress so that I can lay with her to nurse. We plan to build or purchase a low shelf for her "work" materials, which in the beginning usually consist of wooden or natural handmade items. I've started researching and collecting ideas to create some interesting mobiles for her as well. I'm excited to see what it will all look like in the end! But, I'm most excited to see her in her room exploring her "work" and becoming her own little person.
And because I love pictures...here are some more to enjoy!
|Finn's Montessori Room: reading area & activity/movement area|
|Otis's Montessori Room: low work shelves & art work|
|Montessori ici: low shelves|