What is a Montessori floor bed?
A Montessori bed is simply one which allows your child freedom of movement. As an alternative to a crib, and from a young age, the child can get in and out of the bed at will.
Here’s what you need to know!
When I first heard about the Montessori bed I imagined a regular crib kitted out with sparkling mobiles, reaching and grasping toys, and other wonderful Montessori toys. But no, that’s not what this is!
It really is simply a bed that allows children to come and go as they please. Take a look at these examples.
These Montessori toddler beds are awesome against that stunning wall art!
How lucky is this baby to have such a cool bed?!
A mirror is another ‘Montessori bedroom must have’ as it provides interesting stimulation for babies.
You can choose to have a Montessori floor bed with rails or without. Rails can be a good idea if your child moves around a lot in their sleep. If you start with the Monti bed early they should learn quickly to keep still!
This is an incredible example of a Montessori twin bed – great for those with 2 children!
This simple Montessori house bed is perfect. Your baby or toddler can crawl out and start playing with their toys when they wake up, rather than needing to cry or call out.
This Monti bed example is simply some comfortable mats. As long as your child can’t get trapped between the layers, and can safely get in and out.
The Ikea Kura bed is popular among those wanting to create a Montessori floor bed.
Montessori Floor Bed Philosophy
What is the philosophy behind the Montessori bed?
The idea is that children will be able to make more choices and develop their independence. They will have more control over when they get in and out of bed and must learn to make good decisions.
It’s also about respecting the child and giving them freedom of movement – to an extent! Obviously, we don’t want them to be free to roll down the staircase or touch a hot fireplace!
They can move out of bed, and in keeping with other principles of a Montessori bedroom, they will have access to a range of age-appropriate toys. For more info about this, you should definitely learn more about Monti Kids – a Montessori toy subscription box.
What Age For A Floor Bed?
What works best for one family, is not best for another, and everyone has a different ideal age for transition to a floor bed.
Some family’s will have their baby co-sleeping from a new-born (risks here) and then move their baby to a floor bed between 3-6 months. Others (like us), have their children in a bassinet or Moses basket, and will transition around 6-12 months.
Still others will keep their children in a crib until they grow out of that, between 2-3 years, and then move them to a floor bed.
The point is, everyone is different, and there is no ‘correct’ answer!
Montessori Bed Dangers
As with anything, there are risks, and it is important you take the proper precautions if you choose to use a floor bed for your child.
Because your child will be able to hop out of bed at will, the room needs to be ‘toddler proofed‘.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- removing choking hazards – small toys that may get stuck in their mouth
- taking away furniture the child could climb up, or furniture that could topple
- removing furniture that children could get their hands stuck in – rocking chairs, for example
- ensuring stairs are fenced off, or other drops outside their bedroom
- not allowing pets into your baby or toddlers bed as this could pose a suffocation risk
- covering electric outlets so children cannot place anything inside of them
We are not professional child safety or Montessori experts, so it’s important you do your own research into the risks of floor beds.
Many parents choose to install a camera into their child’s room in order to monitor things once they leave the room. This can be a good idea, especially when using a floor bed.
Toddler Floor Bed
A toddler floor bed might be just what you’re looking for – if you’re attracted to the Montessori method and philosophy, give it a go!
You don’t have to rush out and buy the Ikea Montessori Bed or anything like that, you can start simply by putting a mattress on the floor and testing it out. That’s what we did!
Some people cut pool noodles to the size of their mattress and slip them under the sheets to start off with. This keeps your baby or toddler from rolling out of bed in those early days.
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