How to furnish a child’s bedroom from birth following the style and principles of Maria Montessor. A discovery of three steps to ensuring their space is always functional.
What comes to mind when we think of the bedroom?
A question that as an architect and mother I have asked myself many times. But in my experience, when we think about our children’s room we don’t always think about the same thing. Our children are constantly evolving, therefore we need to adapt to their needs, and consequently, our search for the perfect room changes.
Through developing Nini, I have learned to divide the requirements of a child’s bedroom into three stages. The three stages of growth that help us to furnish the bedroom according to child development.
The baby’s room: is it necessary?
The first phase represents from birth and early childhood, the second is learning through play and creativity, and finally the time of study and growth.
From birth to around 10 months, the baby bonds with their caregiver and a dedicated space is not always necessary, but in the second and third stages (from a year up) it is very important for children and young people to have a specific space, a place just for them, a refuge, a den.
The right moment to set the kidsroom.
Starting from the first year, the needs of the child change, and it becomes necessary to create his own reference space, where they can find games, books and everything else.
How do I set up my toddler’s bedroom?
I consider the second stage can be identified as the phase of play and creativity, the discovery of oneself and the world, the desire for autonomy. Furnishing the bedroom in Montessori style works by following their needs and acknowledging the stages of growth. So the principles of Montessori will work by adapting to your child.
Starting from Montessori pedagogy and from the principles of psychomotor skills, we can try to stimulate their desire for independence by organizing functional areas designed for children.
What are the needs of a child in their bedroom?
The “nanna”. Why montessori floor bed?
When the child begins to move independently, crawling or walking, in the cot they will be able to get on and off by themselves, if positioned at the right height and do not prevent the ascent with bars. In fact, the classic bed with bars may seem safer, but in some cases it can stimulate the desire to “escape” by climbing over the bars, therefore increasing the risk of falling.
Why a Montessori floor bed? It will encourage child independence as they can get in and out safely. The low bed is sometimes also preferred by mum and dad, who can sit comfortably to read a bedtime story, without bending down. Our Ninnanì has exactly these characteristics, read the story of Elena and her twins!
The dressing room.
Play and creativity.
The bedroom is also play, creativity and “work” from an early age as Maria Montessori said… therefore the Montessori method can help in child development and can educate the human potential. So it is important when you want to furnish your bedroom in Montessori style to have a space with a table and chair in order to be able to draw, play, assemble and experiment.
An incredible way that we have experimented and which draws directly from the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia schools, is the light table! Together with our children, we can experiment with light, colors, transparencies … using any type of material: leaves, fruit, sand, colors of various textures … and anything that comes to mind.
Reanding and relaxing.
But even the relaxation and reading space will be more stimulating with a front bookcase, where the child can choose a book themselves, and snuggle up on a soft carpet to look through it independently or on their mother’s legs.
Does a Montessori child’s bedroom really help parents?
A tidy kids room: lets declutter!
We can be surprised to discover, also thanks to Maria Montessori, that order is a primary need for children. Montessori is a way of life and the external order reflects an internal order which is necessary for children to understand and accumulate all the new knowledge acquired every day. Organizing the space with few objects and furniture will make management easier, focusing on the rotation of games and books and observing the child and understanding the needs of their development stage.
Litterally look up!
Where to store the rest of stuff? If we all have child-sized furniture on the ground, we can use furniture “overhead” for parents: wall units and shelves for everything that doesn’t have to be within reach of our little ones!
A safe kids room.
In addition, a Montessori child’s bedroom will be deemed safe by selecting safe and certified materials, and for example, not risking the negative foresight in plugging electrical sockets and using too soft upholstery in case of suffocation in the first years of age.
If everything is close to hand, there will be no possibility of falls from above and overturning, providing comfort to the whole family and allowing them to spend time together, having fun.