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BOTW: Good-Night Yoga

good night yogaOn a recent date night at a local bookstore (exciting, I know), my husband came across Good-Night Yoga: A Pose-By-Pose Bedtime Story. Neither of us practice yoga, but we'd been trying to find activities we can do as a family in the evenings that will engage both a three-year-old and a seven-year-old AND that will help us transition peacefully into the bedtime routine.

We've been reading and yoga-ing with this book a couple of evenings a week for the past month, and it's become on of our...

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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 sleepingand/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...

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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...

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The Realities of a Floor Bed (i.e. You don't always get to call the shots with a Montessori child)

This week, Zach came to the exciting realization that he could transport himself across a room. Using a combination of army crawling, slithering, and rolling, he covers the span of his bedroom in mere seconds. His new-found ability has made me appreciate the genius of the floor bed even more, but it has also reminded me that nature is in charge here, not me.

Yesterday we had to go to L.A. for the first half of the day, so poor Zach basically spent 5 hours in a car seat (mostly asleep)....

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Things That Go Thump in the Night

In the past few weeks Zach has become an expert roller. Leave him alone for five minutes and he will end up halfway across the room. It's great fun to see him rolling around, ambitiously exploring our house. One of my favorite moment of the day is when he wakes up from his naps and I hear him babbling happily in his room. I'll peek in and he'll be on his tummy, far from his bed, having a conversation with the leg of the nursing chair.

As fun as his rolling is during the day, it is highly...

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How Low Can You Go?

Curious about the Montessori floor bed? Want to know if it can work for your baby? Take a moment to read my recent guest post at Voila Montessori to learn more!

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

Zachary, fast asleep on his floor bed, with Wolf keeping him company.

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Bedroom Transition

I am writing this post at the request of a very dear friend and fellow Montessorian who is expecting her first child. This was our personal experience with our child, but every parent has to choose what works best for them and their child. As with everything in a child's life, it's important to make decisions based on THE CHILD'S development, and not on the adult's needs or emotional attachments. Just sayin'...

During the first four weeks of his life, Zachary slept in a travel bassinet on the...

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Topponcino Tutorial

I'm very much a "fly by the seat of your pants" type of sewer, so I unfortunately don't have a pattern or very precise measurements for the topponcino. However, I can share with you how I made it and you can check out the pictures of my topponcino, in case you want to make your own.

Materials:
  • muslin fabric (or other thin cotton fabric) for topponcino
  • soft cotton fabric for cover
  • cotton batting
  • embroidery thread
  • sewing machine (or needle and thread)
Cut out two ellipses from the muslin,...

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Topponcino: The Miracle Pillow

I have three close friends who have completed the Assistants to Infancy training course (to support the development of children from birth through age 3). When they found out I was pregnant, all three told me to make a topponcino.

A toppon-WHAT?!A topponcino is a thin full-body infant pillow that provides the newborn with a sense of security when being passed from one person to another or when being placed onto his bed when he falls asleep in arms.

mom-holding-baby-on-topponcino_1200x www.topponcinocompany.com

Being the crunchy...

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