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Floor Bed Confidential

It seems like there are two major complaints when it comes to using a floor bed: the baby rolls off while sleeping and/or the baby crawls off to explore the room instead of staying put and falling asleep.  I've experienced both situations, and I hope that I can provide some encouragement and realistic expectations for parents going through the same scenarios.  Because the truth is, when used correctly, the floor bed is an amazing tool for supporting your child's development, both mental and phys…

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The One Thing I'll NEVER Do as a Parent

When I was pregnant, people who knew I was a Montessori guide would say: "Wow, you're going to be such an amazing mom!"

My standard, humble reply was: "I'll be a mom, like any other mom."

But deep down inside, I had my list of things I was sure I would NEVER do, buy or use as a parent. That list was long and it was judgemental.

My mom and her best friend took me shopping for baby items. "You'll need bottles," they said. Of course not, I'll breastfeed on demand.

Sippy cups? Waste of money, my…

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Weaning Chair and Table

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Recently I've been getting requests from readers for pictures and measurements for the weaning chair and table my husband built for Zach.  We got the measurements from a dear friend and Montessori consultant, Jeanne-Marie Paynel of Voila Montessori.  She has graciously made these resources available to parents everywhere at this link.  Please consider donating to support her efforts and help her continue to share her amazing knowledge.  I hope this helps!!

 

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Floor Bed Round-Up

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="487"]Image Zachary on his floor bed at 5 months of age.

I've been getting a few questions about floor beds, so I thought I'd do a quick round-up of what I've written so far and share my experiences... Hope someone finds it helpful!

Floor bed and infant development:

http://www.voilamontessori.com/en/guest-post-the-floor-bed/

With a floor bed, the child calls (some of) the shots:

http://www.voilamontessori.com/en/guest-post-the-floor-bed-part-2/

Quick overview of sl…

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Stop Doing Montessori, Start Living Montessori

When you're new to Montessori, it's easy - and quite common - to get sidetracked by the concept of the Montessori materials.  They are certainly fascinating objects, and parents often spend lots of time and money either buying authentic Montessori materials for the home or creating "Montessori-inspired" activities in hopes that their child will be transformed into a focused, self-controlled, and creative little person.

The time has come to put away your wallet, laminating machine, and hot glue gu…

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Let Them Eat Dirt

There's a nanny at the park whom I befriended way back when Zach was a newborn.  We often chatted while Zach rolled around on a blanket, then later crawled on the grass eating leaves, and eventually toddled around on the playground.  Last year she became pregnant and recently had a baby girl, whom she cares for while she nannies.

Watching Zachary take a tumble and get back up again without complaining, she turned to me and said: "I am going to raise my child like you are raising Zach.  I'm going …

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How to Montessori Your Home

Welcome!  Come on in... I'm Zach and this is my home.  I was born in my parents' bedroom upstairs and have spent my entire life - a whopping 16 months - living here.  I love what my parents have done with the place and I want to share my favorite spots with you.

Let's begin in the kitchen.  When I started being strong enough to open the drawers on my own, my mom had to do some re-arranging.  She moved all the chemicals to the bathroom (the only cabinet in the house with a child-proof lock).  She …

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Show & Tell

It might seem like Montessori parents like to show off what their children can do: "Look, my baby can drink from a glass!  My toddler can slice a cucumber!"  But honestly, our excitement has nothing to do with bragging.  At least for me, sharing my son's accomplishments is about telling other people: "Look what YOUR child is capable of, and imagine the sense of competence YOUR child can develop!"

Parents who are new to Montessori often observe a classroom and think: "My child would never fit in. …

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Supporting Independence

"I wish they would stay at this age forever," commented the father of one-year-old twins.

"My little boy is growing up too fast," lamented a friend on Facebook.

"If I wean my baby, I feel like I'm losing my connection with her," a fellow mom admitted.

We can't deny that from the moment of birth, our babies demonstrate an unstoppable drive towards functional and intellectual independence.  A few moments after leaving the womb, if given the right environmental conditions, babies start working hard to…

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Breaking Bread

My twelve-month old son loves LOVES bread.  If it were up to him, he'd eat nothing but bread at all three meals.  When he was younger, I could give him his food and then offer a piece of bread and he'd be content with the arrangement, but now that he's keenly aware of the goings-on at the dinner table, he's realized that there's bread available at dinnertime.  Of course, to him that means that he can have bread instead of all the other food, and he's prepared to throw a tantrum to get his way.  …

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