The Montessori Bedroom for the Independent Toddler

Logan’s new room is all about simplicity and accessibility.

My main goal was for him to be able to direct where he goes, and why. I also wanted a space where he didn’t have to constantly hear the word “no.” Obviously throughout our house there are many places where Logan can’t have access to cabinets and draws, but his room shouldn’t be one of them. The main snag I hit when putting the room together was making it feel warm while still keeping it spacious and uncluttered. The fix was using pictures on the walls to add color and interest, using his stuffed animals as both toys and lovies, and using the multitude of elephant gear we have to create a theme.

For Logan’s room there are six main focus areas:

Bed: His bed sits on the floor for easy access. It ensures that if he were to roll off or get up in the middle of the night that he wouldn’t get hurt. He gets in and out of it all by himself. Read an indepth description of our bedtime routine here.

Light Switches: I purchased light switch extenders from Amazon, so that Logan can turn on his bedroom light and his book nook light without my help. These extenders also glow in the dark making them ideal for nighttime.

Reading Nook: Logan’s book nook has a small book shelf overflowing with board books. In addition, I used his old mattress from the portable crib to pad the floor and added extra pillows to make it cozy. I even placed the boppy in the book nook, so that it had a new purpose instead of just being tucked away in a closet somewhere till another baby comes along.

Accessible toys: His room has toys that he can reach and put away without assistance. I plan to add a small shelf to feature certain toys and put some away. This encourages specific playing, growth, and development versus mass chaos.

Safety: All the outlets are baby proofed and his furniture doesn’t pose a falling risk.

Grooming Station: Personal grooming is important to adults and our children watch us like hawks. Due to this, my son enjoys brushing his hair, his teeth, and looking in the mirror. A small mirror and shelf gives a child to have a place to brush their teeth and hair in their own room thus teaching them to be self-sufficient in a safe and easy way.

 

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