I have a wonderful guest post today from Michelle Bachman of Jill of Trades about her toddler son’s Montessori bedroom. Enjoy!
My name is Michelle Bachman and I am a Work at Home Mom with two boys Jason (3) and Andrew (1). I am currently working from home through a business my cousin and I started Jill of Trades, a personal and small business planning services boutique.
I met Stephanie in 2007 when I was pregnant with my first son and taking prenatal yoga in her studio. That is when I began my discovery about the world of natural and attachment parenting and so I hold a special place in my heart for her. I have truly fallen in love with Montessori’s philosophy and attitudes towards young children. I have chosen Jason’s Montessori School that he will start in the New Year and have recently adapted our nursery into a Montessori bedroom.
One of the most intriguing ideas about the Montessori bedroom in particular, is the use of a floor bed rather than a crib. The idea is that a low mattress on the floor provides the child with a better view of his room and surroundings and more freedom to move about, which in turn makes for a calmer and happier child.
It is of course important that the entire room be completely safe for the child to crawl around in, essentially turning it into a giant playpen for him. Below is a peak at my transformation of the nursery into a Montessori bedroom. I removed the crib (radical I know!) and replaced it with a mattress low to the floor.
I also removed the standard changing table/dresser combo and replaced it with a small dresser out of the way hidden in the closet. The last big change was simply turning a shelf that was tall and out of his reach on its side so that it was also easily accessible to him. Having the art work and accent lighting low and visible to him is brilliant. We are a few months into the transformation and LOVE it! We have a sort of make shift co-sleeping arrangement in the evening: When he wakes in the night I lay in his bed and nurse him and if he falls asleep first I can slip away to my bed and am not sore from being contorted all night.
Sometimes I just grab him and bring him to my bed still because I know how fast he will grow up. The most amazing note is that for the first time he isn’t falling asleep on the breast 100% of the time. I lay and nurse him and when he is done I get to watch him sleep train himself (Uhmazing!). Tossing and turning. Rolling around. Cooing at me. Tracing my face with his little fingers and his eyes closed. He still falls asleep on the breast but maybe a dozen times now he has successfully put himself to sleep after and has tried dozens more.
There is still more I would like to do to Andrew’s room. The Montessori Foundation has some great information on designing a Montessori home. Our playroom has adopted some principles but is a work in progress. Jason’s room is next on my list. “Never do for a child what he can successfully fail at doing himself” –Maria Montessori
Thanks for having me Stephanie!
Thanks Michelle! It looks awesome! We now have a mattress on the floor in Penelope’s room and it has also worked very well for us, thanks again for sharing and inspiring!
What do you guys think? Mattress on the floor crazy or genius?
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