How to set up a Montessori bedroom for your kids
Prioritizing our children’s healthy development is one of the best ways to stimulate their creativity and individuality. In order to promote kids’ autonomy and independency, Maria Montessori came up with her own method in the late 20th century, the Montessori Method.
In this Article, we are focusing on how to create a Montessori inspired bedroom for a little one, and not going through the method itself in details, therefore, if you are not familiar with it, you can learn about it by reading this previous article: Montessori Method at Home.
Mattress at floor level
When setting up the Montessori bedroom for your children, remember that the bed must be on the floor. The main goal here is the development of the child's autonomy, being able to get up or down from his bed whenever they want.
On our Solid Wood Bunk Beds, for example, the bottom bunk is at floor level, which creates the desired autonomy for Montessorians.
In addition to thinking about your child's safety in bed, you also need to keep in mind that, when a child has autonomy, they will explore the environment and, if you do not take the necessary precautions, they can get hurt. So, remember to put plug protections, protection on furniture corners, in addition to not leaving sharp, toxic objects nearby, or objects that can be easily swallowed.
Also, you need to make sure that there are no steps, doors that close by themselves, windows that can be climbed onto, objects that can break, flammable items, among other elements. Taking care of your child's safety is essential.
When we think about the floor of the Montessori bedroom, we also need to keep in mind the safety and comfort of the child, so think about installing EVA pieces, rugs and tatami mats. This attitude can mean that your child is not in direct contact with the cold floor, which also means extra protection in case of falls.
Another point is that these types of materials on the floor can provide a sensory experience for the child, contributing to their development. Remember, if you are going for rugs, choose the antiallergic ones.
Finally, you must think about all the elements that will be in the room and that can contribute to the child's autonomy. Install bars so that your kids can more easily support themselves and gradually walk. Have a mirror at the child's height or next to the bed (safely secured onto a wall, for example) so that the child develops self-awareness and gets used to his own image.
Leave shelves and toys at the height of the children, so that they can get them whenever they want and thus develop their creativity, decision-making capacity and independence.