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Top 10 Montessori playroom ideas that help raise independent child

Thinking of redecorating your child’s bedroom the Montessori way? We compiled 10 Montessori bedroom ideas that boost baby brain development with the use of Montessori baby toys. With essentials like the Montessori bed and Montessori toys, you can design a gorgeous Montessori bedroom that is equipped for your child’s learning.

Any mom on Instagram must have seen at least one gorgeous photo in the #montessoribedroom, #montessoribed, and #montessorishelfie tags. A pretty Scandinavian earth-toned room with perfect lighting and wooden furniture? Sign me up! Those rooms belong to families all over the world who embrace and who are interested in the Montessori method. They created those pretty rooms not just for aesthetics, but with the child and their developing brain in mind. So like any mom, I did the most obvious thing. To redecorate my toddlers’ rooms, I have chosen the ten best Montessori bedroom ideas on Instagram that I used as a guide!

Montessori bed – Why it is core to developing child autonomy


This beautiful floor bed set-up by @becca_maree__ combines the independence feature of Montessori beds with the principles’ emphasis on aesthetics!



This adorable photo of @happylittlechildhood Montessori bed shows us that little ones love the experience of independence in their own bedrooms when they can freely go into and off their beds.

The quintessential Montessori furniture in the Montessori bedroom? The Montessori bed. While most parents doubt it for fear that their baby or toddler may roll-off, parents subscribe to the Montessori bed because the baby brain development benefits outweigh the risks. Cribs limit sensory experience because the barriers restrict visual space and movement around the room. With a floor bed, which Montessori homeschooling families use with newborns, sensory experiences are prioritized for the baby’s brain growth. As your child grows, exploring their room by themselves, choosing which toys to play with, and going back to the Montessori bed on their own develops autonomy. Many families also share that sleeping patterns in the early years have become much more stable since chidlren are choosing to come back to their beds on their own!

Key takeaway: The Montessori bed is core to developing child autonomy because it allows independent exploration and sensory experiences.


Changing area – How they teach practical life skills



For babies, changing areas in Montessori bedrooms are like @maryellenskye, which are usually similar to normal nurseries.




@toddlertoddlerlittlestar shared their wardrobe which is set up to build skills on dressing independently.




This self-care station by @mikeepatrixia is perfectly placed for their little one to master self-care practical life skills.


For babies, changing areas in Montessori bedrooms are like @marikasays, which are usually similar to normal nurseries. Once the child is big enough, families then can opt for a small wardrobe where little ones can choose their own clothes. They learn the practical life skills of folding clothes and dressing up while also getting a self-confidence boost for making decisions by themselves.


Mirrors are another Montessori bedroom feature that you can add to the changing area. It develops visual tracking for babies, especially since they are so curious about faces. Read about how this helps baby brain development in this article.


Key takeaway: The Changing area for older babies and toddlers allows them to learn practical life skills such as dressing up and folding clothes.


Shelves of Montessori toys and books – How they nurture independent choice



With shelves that are easily accessible to little ones, @beccadutkiewicz shows the importance of independent choice in play.




We love @our.montessori.journey posts that show how easy it is to nurture decision-making skills with accessible furniture like shelves for Montessori materials.


Once your baby is mobile, crawling out of their bed is something Montessori families prepare for by providing stimulating Montessori materials like classic wooden blocks, wooden toy sets and books.


Placing these Montessori toys and books on shelves that children in their early years can easily reach is crucial. It makes them independent from adults who would otherwise make the choice of which materials to hand them.


Smaller spaces can take advantage of already existing shelves by emptying the lower cubbies where they can place Montessori toys. Families in apartments with shared living spaces can opt to put Montessori materials in areas other than the bedroom.


Key takeaway: Keeping Montessori toys and books in shelves that the child can reach allows them to make independent choices on which activities they want to do.


Play and movement space – Why providing space fosters creativity



One great way to use this space is by spreading out different play silk patterns like @bringingupwildflowers_.


Apart from all the essential furniture and Montessori materials, the Montessori bedroom likes to keep it simple because it wants to provide lots of space.


Space is where you can spread out your play-silk to have tummy time for your baby or build a fort for your toddler that will entertain them for hours.


Giving them this space to play with their materials however they see fit supports their cognitive development of creative skills that they need to effectively problem solve, a necessary step in baby brain development.


Key takeaway: By providing a space where your child can play and move freely, you allow them to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills.


Table and chair sets – How it supports focus and mindfulness



Check out this set-up by @ourmontessoriway where kids can focus on tasks as they start academic activities.




This idea of @shajaramontessori to make a special study corner using the table and chair set is also perfect for younger children.


For toddlers and older babies who have learned to sit up, table and chair sets provide an area apart from the open floor space where they can focus on activities without distraction.


The sensory experiences they get from playing in these isolated spaces promote mindfulness in baby brain development, allowing them to experience sight, smell, touch, and sound that develop neural connections in their growing brains. As children grow up, they form the habit of using the area for school work as well as mindfulness activities for kids.


Key takeaway: Your child can develop focus and mindfulness by doing activities in a focused space like a table and chair set in their room.


These top 10 Instagram Montessori bedroom ideas have helped me design a room that boosts my children’s brain growth, the Montessori way.


Now, my little ones enjoy different play activities in their Montessori bedrooms. Read about our play ideas that focus on STEM skills here and our play activities with Montessori sensory toys here.

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