Monday 17 January 2011

Montessori infant room: a guided tour

Can you believe that my little pumpkin is almost 6 months!!! I am having such a hard time realising how fast he is growing. I try to enjoy every single moment with him, and not forget to cherish them!

During the holidays, I had (took) the time to read quite a few books. Some for my personal enjoyement, but some for my family as well. One of them was a book I had already read before:

which is IMO probably the most useful book explaining the Montessori philosophy for infants.

There are some parts of the book that I don't agree with. Breastfeeding notably, weaning, sleeping arangements for some part. But it is such a wealth of other information, that I was prepared to overlook those part and read the book again.

Again, it gave me so many ideas to enrich Pumpkin's environment. Many things I had already applyied, either because I remembred from the first time I read, or just because I had already did them with Peanut and was hapy with the results.

When we came back from the holidays, I was anxious to get back to work on modifying his environement and make it as friendly as possible for him.

So welcome to a tour of Pumpkin's room:

2 words I kept in my mind while creating this space: simplicity, and adapted. I wanted his room adapted for him, and keeping it simple just allows that.

So here is the (cute) view when you get in: The floor bed

The first thing I needed to do was to install his floor bed. I couldn't sleep him in his basinette any longer, so it was getting dangerous. I knew that a floor bed was the next step.
I used a IKEA matress that I bought for my DD. THe mirror is just next to the bed. I was afraid that it would keep him from falling asleep, but au contraire! He falls asleep looking at himself most nights (while I am putting the other 2 to bed). The mirror is currently not hung on the wall, we need to fix something on it, and so that is why the pillows are on each side: to protect DS

ON the bed, there is a beige blanket. It is a double size organic coton blanket folded in 2. When I put DS to bed, I put him in between the 2 layers, much like if it was a sleeping bag. He LOVES to sleep on his tummy (yes I know…but at this point, whatever I’ll do, he will turn anyways!), so this allows him to have the freedom to turn and not be caught in the blankets. (the blanket is tuck under the matress on both sides)

Next , the changing station:

A set of drawers with a dual purpose. With DD, the changing station was on the floor. However, having a back problem this time around, I had to have a changing station that was more back friendly ;)

This dresser is IMO too big for the room. It is pretty useful now as I have to store the cloth diapers, and the middle section is dedicated to that. But once DS1′s wardrobe done (we have just moved recently), we will take the cabinet he is using right now, and move it to this room. The cabinet is a Ikea system that is very child friendly, and a lot smaller. But in the meantime, this will do.

I have added artwork near the chaging station for him to look at. The drawing are from the Wee gallery

Next to his bed, between the bed and the door, there is a little shelving to store toys

there are only a few toys there at a time:

and right beside that is the potty station:

We are ECing with this baby, and so having a potty in the room really makes things easier

I have also added on the floor a lambskin ( no pics sorry)

Since this room is supposed to be an office, it was made with ceramic tiling. Not really perfect for a little one. But with the floor bed, he has a nice place to play, and this addition on the floor makes another spot for him to enjoy while feeling another sensation on his skin.

I am currently working on some new artwork for his room, hopefully they will be ready next week. i’ll post about that later.

Finally MOBILES! Mobiles are a big thing in the infancy period. I have asked DH to fix a plant hook on the ceiling of the room. THis allows me to have a variety of mobiles, even ones that he can pull on like this:

t is a mobile that I have found at Micheal Olaf. It is attached to an elastic, and so when he reaches for the hook, he is able to bring the mobile to his mouth. The elastic is not too elastic though, because otherwise he could get hurt when releasing the mobile. He LOVES this mobile, as it makes sounds when he graps it, so it is rewarding for him.

having fun on the floorbed…

there are a few ressources out there about the environment of the infant. THese are the ones I used or got inspired from:

- Montessori from the start

-Albums from Montessori research and development

-And of course Finn’s room from Meg at Sew Liberated


  1. Beautiful! Are you still happy with the IKEA mattress? I need to make 2 floorbeds.

  2. Thank you! and welcome :)

    Yes, we are. It serves its purpose perfectly. I don't think I would buy that as a long term mattress for an adult, but for an affordable floor bed, it does the job!

  3. What a beautiful collection of pics and information about your son's Montessori inspired room!!!! I was searching the internet high and low last year for this very sort of information. Thank you for sharing with us.

  4. Thank you for sharing your experiences and beautiful pictures! I am trying to set up a reading/working corner for our 15 month old and love your ideas! May I ask for any orientation regarding where to find this kind of toodler furniture?

  5. Hello and thanks for your comment.

    Most of the furniture you see here are bits and pieces of furniture I have gathered from family and friends except for the shelves. They are from an Etsy store.
    IKEA is a good place to start, but really look around. There are so many things that can be used or customized to fit the needs of a young child. I have found over time that a little creativity can go a long way (and save the wallet too! :) ) I hope this answers your question. If you need a more specific info, don't hesitate to reply!

  6. Love this post, I recently did a similar post offering a virtual tour of our son's bedroom which is also montessori. We love having the floor bed, he is 15 months old and sleeps SO well in his room, he enjoys simply going in his room during the day and tinkering with his books/toys.

    Feel free to check out the post:

  7. Thank you for your link! I'll sure be visiting right now ;)

  8. This is a really helpful post! Can you tell me which Etsy store the shelves came from?