Baby-Friendly NurseriesLauren Hartmann
There are a great many nurseries out there, that while pretty to look at are completely and utterly un-friendly to the actual child who will be living therein and are basically only good for sleeping in.
It’s hard not to get sucked into all the fancy pants nurseries with their woodland animal themes and Pottery Barn cribs, but I’m trying to stay strong, because I strongly believe that a Montessori inspired nursery is a much more child-friendly environment that will foster exploration and learning from infancy.
As a preschool teacher, I work in a classroom environment that is Montessori inspired and have seen first-hand the positive effects that it has on children and their development.
Here are some lovely Montessori-inspired nurseries that I am looking to for inspiration…
Finnian’s Nursery #1 1 of 7The floor bed is a key component in a Montessori inspired nursery. It allows the child freedom to explore their surroundings once they've reached the crawling stage. I'm a little unsure about this one, because I sort of envision a little crawling terror getting into everything, but I'm willing to give it a try.
Finnian’s Nursery #2 2 of 7I love that all of the toys as well as the hung photos are at the child's level to enjoy, because afterall, a nursery is for the baby to enjoy, right?
Finnian’s Nursery #3 3 of 7This mirrored area and movement mat are perfect for tummy time and for exploration of self. Mirrors allow babies to notice their expressions and emotions as they happen.
Finnian and Lachlan’s Nursery 4 of 7Lots of cozy textures and natural toys at child's level, ideal for exploring.
Vincent’s Nursery #1 5 of 7Vincent's floor bed and rug are very tactile and nice for babies as they investigate much of their environment through their sense of touch.
Vincent’s Nursery #2 6 of 7This is a great example of how Montessori toys are organized and introduced. Things are kept simple and the manipulatives provided are not directed (i.e. they don't "do" anything: light up, sing, etc...).
Miloh’s Nursery 7 of 7The perfect balance of form and function. This light and airy nursery would be aesthetically pleasing to both parent and infant.
To read more about the Montessori philosophy, start here.
main photo by: D. Sharon Pruitt
photos 1-4: Meg McElwee at Sew Liberated
photos 5-6: Ohdeedoh
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