I fell in love with the idea of a Montessori prepared environment for my first baby boy 4 years ago.
What is a prepared environment?
The “prepared environment” is Maria Montessori’s concept that the environment can be designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child. In the prepared environment, there is a variety of activity as well as a great deal of movement.
Here’s a little peek into our boys’ room.
Please pardon the pile of clothes at the corner. Never-ending pile of laundry stuff. :p
The idea is to have a simple, organised room where the infant is free to move & explore. I fixed up low book shelves, a mirror, low toy shelves & a play mat.
We have a monthly toy and book rotation.
This currently the toys I’ve displayed for both the boys. Top shelf for Big E, bottom shelf for Baby E. Baby E is currently obsessed with the DIY object permanence box.
Common attributes of Montessori baby rooms:
- a baby-proofed space that is safe for the baby to move and explore
- a floor bed
- a mobile above the floor bed
- a mirror attached to the wall beside the bed or a horizontal mirror next to the floor bed
- low pictures on the walls
- low shelves
- child-sized furniture
- natural materials wherever possible
- gate at the doorway so the door can be left open
This room is my favourite room in the house because it’s filled with natural happy sunlight and we can stay in there easily for hours.
Hope you will enjoy decorating your own Montessori infant nursery!