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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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Dog Days of Summer

When Zach was a newborn, we had a hammock set up in our family room/bedroom. I spent several nights dozing with him on that hammock in the fog of early motherhood. We eventually took it down to put up the mobiles, but a few days ago Zach was grumpy, so my husband decided to rock him. Within minutes, our baby was asleep with his hanging wooden ring safely tucked in his hand (check out the toes!!)...





When my husband's younger sister was a baby, she received as a gift a cloth frog that could...

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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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