Nothing better than to arrange your child’s room in the Montessori way to create a suitable, pleasant space in which he can fully develop. It’s a way of giving him the chance to test countless things in complete safety without needing adult help. The first thing to do for this project to come true is to choose a beautiful, comfortable Montessori bed that your little one will like. I will show you how to choose it to furnish your child’s room.
Reminder on the Montessori method
Montessori pedagogy is a style of education developed by one of the first female doctors in Italy, Maria Montessori. This teaching method is mainly based on coordination, fine motor skills, writing and language learning. Here, the goal is to promote the awakening, the senses and the development of the child according to his rhythm and his centers of interest. By acquiring skills useful for daily life, the child quickly becomes independent.
Seduced by this method of learning through experimentation and autonomy, more and more parents are deciding to transform their children’s room into a pleasant, secure environment that is conducive to their development and development. To achieve this, it is important to note that the life of a child is based on sleeping, playing and eating. His bedroom must be divided into 3 distinct spaces which are accessible to him at all times: sleeping area, games area and dressing area. In this sense, the choice of bed turns out to be particularly important, because sleep is essential for the development of the child.
The Montessori beds are very close to the ground and without bars or other rigid structure to encourage the child to discover his environment on his own and in complete safety. This way, your little one will be able to fully develop and sharpen their cognitive and sensory capacities at their own pace and without your help.
Why choose a Montessori bed?
With a classic bed, children have no choice but to wait for an adult to lift them up and put them in a place to play. A Montessori bed with zero barriers and very close to or even on the floor will allow your little one to move around in his room in complete autonomy as soon as he wakes up. He will then no longer need you to occupy himself and have fun. He can go back to bed to rest or go back to sleep whenever he wants. To further promote his development, consider opting for furniture in his size so that he can access his toys safely.
The different Montessori beds
Various Montessori beds are currently available on the market.
The Montessori cabin bed
In addition to the classic wooden bed model, there are notably the Montessori cabin bed. This model stands out for its natural wood structure which takes the form of a small cabin. Much more than a simple bed, this model will be, for your child, a small house in which he can take refuge, relax, have fun, read and sleep whenever he wishes.
The Montessori tipi bed
The Montessori tipi bed is a variant of the cabin-shaped model. Its wooden frame is similar to that of a tent. Embellished with a more or less thick canvas, this bed will be perfect to create a camping atmosphere in your child’s room and encourage discovery and adventure. Like the cabin bed, the Montessori tipi bed will be a headquarters for your child.
How to choose a Montessori bed?
Beyond the aesthetic aspect, several parameters must be taken into account when choosing a Montessori bed, whatever the desired model.
The height of the bed is among the fundamental criteria to consider when it comes to choosing a Montessori bed. The box spring should be as close to the ground as possible. Traditional bed models with a ladder, drawer and / or high legs are to be avoided. These present a risk of falling for the child. Beds with barriers around them should also be avoided, as they go against Montessori principles.
When choosing a Montessori bed, you must also pay attention to the sobriety of the model. Indeed, the design of the bed must be simple and without artifice. In case you choose a cabin or tipi bed, make sure that the roof is made of natural wood and that the decoration is not too busy. Montessori material hardly blends with overworked decorations and furnishing styles.
Not all children like to sleep with something on the top of their head. Here it is important to take into account what your child prefers. If he likes this idea, just consider putting a simple decorative object on the roof of the cabin bed like little fairy lights or a toy that you can hang. On the other hand, do not put anything if this is not the case.
Regarding the location, be sure to put the bed in a corner of the room next to a wall. This will allow you to optimize space and better organize the play area and dressing room. Also consider installing a soft carpet on the floor. The latter will act as a shock absorber in case the child slips out of his bed.
How to make a Montessori bed yourself: how to go about it?
Making a custom-made Montessori bed yourself is absolutely fine. In addition to saving money, you can build a beautiful personalized bed according to your child’s wishes. In addition, a Montessori bed is easier to make than a high bed. The only thing you have to keep in mind here is that the bed you are going to make should be easily accessible to your child. It must therefore be as close to the ground as possible and be barrier-free.
The first step in building a Montessori bed is taking measurements. Here you must take into account the space available in your child’s room and the mattress you will be using. The standard dimensions of a single bed for children are similar to those of an adult model, i.e. 90 x 190 cm. On the other hand, the dimensions of a baby bed are most often between 60 x 120 cm or 70 x 140 cm.
Get the essential tools
After taking the measurements, you now need to gather the necessary tools to begin making the bed. Among other things, you will need a screwdriver, a saw, a tape measure, a square, sandpaper or an abrasive sponge, screws and a file. Regarding the type of wood to choose, the options are numerous.
For a Montessori bed, it is best to choose natural wood such beech or central beech which are appreciated for their resistance. Pine and oak are also very popular for making beds because of their sturdiness and softness. Many other species such as acacia, spruce and cherry are also used. The available color can range from whitish yellow to black brown.
Cutting and assembly of parts
Now is the time to get down to cutting and assembling the wooden parts. Start by preparing the horizontal wooden cleats. Cut them out according to the measurements taken previously. You must then file the edges of the cleats and sand their length. Once this step is done, you can start to form the bed by assembling the cleats to make a rectangle. All you have to do is assemble the pieces by screwing the brackets together.
In the event that you plan to add a roof to the bed, the dimensions of the vertical battens you are going to use should be almost identical. Screw them to those which are assembled horizontally and connect them with two other horizontal cleats (in height this time). Then leave the structure aside and go to the realization of the roof. Four 48 cm cleats are usually sufficient to build the latter. Assemble them and screw them together using a 123 cm bar.
What about the mattress of the Montessori bed?
Of course, you should not neglect the comfort of your child during his sleep. Following the principle of freedom of the Montessori method, be sure to choose a mattress not too high to ensure the safety of your child when they are about to descend to the floor and large enough for them to sleep comfortably.
Also, be sure to choose a mattress that is neither too soft nor too hard. The best is to choose a model whose thickness is between 12 and 15 cm. It must also be breathable and have a washable cover. Also favor organic fillings and avoid spring mattresses. These are quite heavy and noisy. The memory foam models are also not recommended for a crib, as they do not offer support and give off heat. On the other hand, latex mattresses are possible. They are antibacterial and antiallergic.
Children’s room: when to fit it out according to Montessori pedagogy?
Concretely, there is no specific age to fit out a child’s room according to Montessori pedagogy. The application of this style of education is even recommended from the first months of the child’s life. As soon as you see that your child is able to stand on his own and stand, you can install a Montessori bed and furnish your room so as to promote its autonomy. Many parents do this from the 3rd month of the child while others prefer to wait until the 20th or 24th month. In fact, there is no particular recommendation. You just have to keep pace with the child.
Montessori beds available on the market are available in many models and are accessible to all budgets. In a store or on a dedicated site, you will have no trouble finding the one that suits your child the most. You also have the option of making the furniture yourself or asking a professional to do it. The choice is yours. Just be sure to respect the fundamental precepts of Montessori pedagogy in order to choose the right bed for your child.