Montessori at Home: The Montessori Bedroom
- Lose the crib. Place a mattress directly on the bedroom floor to allow and encourage safe exploration and freedom of movement. Without the confinement of a crib, your children can come and go as desired, which often results in less crying and more restful sleep. Respect the child's ability to put himself to sleep.
- Make all furniture child-size including all book and toy shelving easily accessible.
- To reduce nighttime stimulation, allow only quiet, age-appropriate toys in the bedroom. Examples include soft toys, blocks, puzzles and books.
- Decorate using natural materials that are free from chemicals.
- Hang pictures & place mirrors low enough to meet your child's eye
- Provide both natural light and an easy way to darken the room as needed.
Making the Most of Montessori at Home: the Montessori Bedroom
A carefully planned bedroom can do wonders to improve sleep patterns, but it will work even better when backed by a few practical guidelines. Montessori parenting experts recommend the following tips.
- Avoid stimulating activities, television shows and games close to bedtime.
- If you have a newborn, expose him or her to natural light patterns to help encourage the production of melatonin, which regulates the human sleep cycle.
- Try a gentle, calming massage or a warm bath before bed.
A Montessori bedroom is a great way to integrate Montessori into your home. The decor is beautiful and can be created easily and inexpensively.