Using the Montessori Approach with Infants

Montessori with Infants
Image via Mindi Stavish

The Montessori method of education was developed by Maria Montessori over 100 years ago.  This child-centered education approach, views a child as an individual who is eager to learn in a supportive, thoughtfully-prepared learning environment. The Montessori method values a child's physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development.  

Room Atmosphere:

Since the main environment for an infant is his or her bedroom, for the first 8 weeks the Montessori method recommends maintaining a quiet and dark room, much like a mother's womb. Beyond that time period, natural lighting and a window is recommended. Soft classical music is also suggested.

Sleeping:

One of the biggest differences between a Montessori nursery and a traditional one is that the Montessori method does not use a crib. In a Montessori nursery,  a baby sleeps on a floor bed. Floor beds allow the child to have freedom in movement. Typically a newborn is kept in a Moses basket until about 2 to 3 months, when they are transitioned to the floor bed.  

In order for a child to remain safe with a floor bed, it is important to baby proof the entire nursery. For additional information on floor beds visit The Baby Sleep Site

{ MORE: PSA: You Might be Poisoning Your Child with that Humidifier }

Toys:

Montessori inspired toys are made from naturally derived materials, such as wood. They typically encourage open-ended play and learning. The best part about these type of toys is that they never become outdated. Living Montessori now has a wonderful list of Montessori style infant and toddler toys.   

Routines

The Montessori method believes that babies and toddlers are very sensitive to order and suggest keeping a routine to the day. Although the method does not use a strict schedule, the overall daily routine of activities should remain the same.  

{ MORE: 10 Genius Tips to Save Money the First Year }

Would you consider using the Montessori educational method with your child?

What do you think?

Using the Montessori Approach with Infants

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

Tell us what you think!

×

Get a FREE Newborn Sleep Guide when you sign up for our newsletter

By joining the EverydayFamily.com community, you will have access to our active community of mothers just like you, interactive tools, sweepstakes, free baby offers and more! You will also receive customized newsletters tailored specifically to you and special offers directly in your inbox.By joining the EverydayFamily.com community, you will have access to our active community of mothers, interactive tools, sweepstakes, free baby offers, customized email newsletters tailored specifically to you and special offers directly in your inbox.

Due Date or Baby's Birth Date


By clicking the "Join Now" button you are agreeing to the terms of use and privacy policy.

Send this to a friend