8 Tips for Creating a Montessori-Inspired Bedroom for Toddlers
September 22, 2023
As most of our readers already know, the Montessori philosophy can extend well beyond the classroom. Just as Montessori guides carefully craft a prepared environment for your child at school you can foster independence with a prepared bedroom for your toddler at home. Read on to discover the key principles of creating a Montessori-inspired bedroom for your toddler!
1. Freedom of Choice
The Montessori method places a strong emphasis on independence and self-discovery. When designing a Montessori bedroom, it's essential to keep the child at the center of the process. Involve your toddler in the decision-making as much as possible, from choosing colors and bedding to arranging furniture. Create a space that truly reflects their personality!
2. Floor Bed
One of the fundamental principles of a Montessori bedroom is low furniture. Choose a low bed that your toddler can easily climb into and out of on their own. This promotes self-sufficiency, as they won't need your help to get in and out of bed.
3. Open Shelving
If you have ever seen a Montessori classroom, you know the power of beautifully curated shelving! You can employ this design at home by doing away with traditional closed closets and dressers. Instead, opt for open shelving in your toddler's room. This makes it easy for little ones to see and access their clothing and other items independently. Encourage your child to help with tidying up by providing low shelves where they can place their belongings. Care of the environment is an invaluable tenet of Montessori!
4. Montessori Minimalism
In a Montessori environment, less is more. Keep the room clutter-free and choose simple, natural decor. Choose a neutral color palette and incorporate elements of nature, such as wooden furniture and soft, cozy rugs. Minimalistic decor helps create a calm and peaceful environment.
5. Functional Furniture
Invest in child-sized furniture and accessories, such as a small table and chair set for reading or art activities. Having furniture that's their size encourages independence and allows them to engage in activities comfortably and reduces the risk of falls or injury. Include child-friendly elements like a low-hanging mirror for self-exploration and child-sized hooks for hanging up their clothes.
6. Safety First
While fostering independence is essential, safety should always be a top priority. Ensure that the room is childproofed, with secure window and furniture anchors. Keep cords out of reach, and use non-toxic materials throughout the room.
7. Make it Meaningful
Make the room feel like a cozy haven by adding personal touches like family photos or artwork created by your toddler. These familiar items can provide comfort and a sense of belonging.
8. Rotate Materials
It’s likely that your child has more belongings than you know what to do with - and excess can be overwhelming. Instead of inundating your child with an abundance of items, keep a small selection available and rotate them regularly. This keeps the room uncluttered and encourages creativity and engagement with the materials they have. Observe your child as they interact with the materials – you’ll know when they’ve had their full and it’s time to incorporate new choices.
Creating a Montessori bedroom for your toddler is a wonderful way to support their development, fostering independence and a sense of responsibility. By designing a child-centric space with low furniture, open shelving, minimalistic decor, child-sized accessories, and safety in mind, you're providing an environment where your toddler can thrive!
Passionate about supporting Montessori educators in their journey, Carolyn has been an active contributor to Montessori schools since 2013. Her roles have included serving as a marketing and admissions coordinator, a board member, and a volunteer. At home she has the honor of raising two fiercely independent children who began their Montessori journey as infants. Her husband holds a Montessori Secondary Credential and has led and founded Montessori adolescent programs in Ohio and South Carolina. Carolyn has been promoting Montessori education as part of the AIM team since 2022.