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Montessori at home 0-3 months

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

In this post I'm going to cover how to use Montessori for the new born baby. You may think a baby this young can't possibly be learning anything, but I assure you they are already working hard to understand their environment from the moment they are born. Whilst the new born baby isn't going to be using a shelf or doing things independently like a Montessori toddler might, there is still ways you can aid their learning even from birth.



Sleep

Whilst the baby may start in a Moses basket, in a Montessori environment the baby is transitioned to a floor bed around 3 months old. A floor bed is as it sounds, its usually a mattress on the floor. Which may sound bizarre but their is (Montessori) method to the madness here. It is to allow the baby the independence to get in and out of bed when they start to crawl. It's their first real taste of Independence. Another reason is so that if they roll out, they are safe. By having a floor bed they are safe, but not caged in like in a cot.














You'll also usually see a long mirror next to the floor bed or a rug for the baby to look at as well as some kind of artwork. Most often I see pictures of these lovely Montessori spaces with the Mirrors right next to the floor bed, but in Montessori the bedroom/sleeping area is primarily for sleep and should have minimal distractions. So personally, I think at least to start with, the mirror should be placed away from the bed, or in the main space they spend their awake time. It only really serves as a distraction next to the bed. It's also really good for them to see themselves, and other parts of their environment they might not otherwise see.



Mobiles

Something I think every new parent buys for their baby is mobiles. Montessori mobiles might look a little different to what you usually see, but they are very specifically designed for their age and stage of development. I will list them chronologically with rough age ranges, but always follow your babies lead on whether they are ready for the next mobile or not, this is when you can start to practice your observation skills.


Visual Mobiles

Munari mobile 3-6 Weeks
Octahedron mobile 6-8 Weeks















Dancer mobile 10-12 Weeks
Gobbi mobile 8-10 Weeks















Tactile mobiles


Bell on a Ribbon 8-12 Weeks
Ring on a Ribbon 12-15 Weeks

















These are the mobiles specifically for this age range. If you want to see more mobiles that come after or learn why each one is designed the way it is, check out my other blog posts visual mobiles and tactile mobiles they also have links for purchasing the mobiles and making them yourself.


Toys and activities

Books. There is never a time where books are not encouraged for children of all ages, but as a new born baby they are one of the few things they can enjoy. High contrast books, and books with pictures of other babies are a good place to start.


Outdoor tummy time. Tummy time is encouraged from birth anyway, but outdoor tummy time is a sensorial experience little babies can really learn from. Be it grass, sand or just a blanket outdoors. Its going to provide your baby extra things to observe beyond what is in the home.


Grasping toys and rattles. The list of toys for this age range is quite short, but they are still purposeful and enjoyable for babies. Anything with texture, that they can grasp or make a noise with is a good toy for this age. I will link a couple of options below.


Last, but absolutely not least. Is YOU! A new born baby is absolutely fascinated by watching you. Seeing you talk, smile, watching the ways you move. It is all teaching them what they will eventually learn to do and it is already providing them vocabulary.


Communication

A huge part of Montessori is how we communicate with the children. We treat them just as we would other adults, with respect, kindness and empathy. When it comes to talking to a baby at this age it's best not to use the "baby voice" you'll most often hear that is very high pitched, it can be confusing for them and also takes attention away from them watching your mouth as you speak which is how they learn to make sounds and eventually speak.


I didn't know about Montessori when my son was this age so we didn't follow it at that time, but now I would 100% practice Montessori from birth!


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I believe Montessori is for everyone, I want to help everyone bring a little more Montessori into their homes and lives.


Montessoraus mama. x




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