9 Simple Steps To Setting Up A Montessori-Style Toddler Bedroom
One of the draws to this style of room for me was that it encourages simplicity. The room is set up without an excess of toys, bulky furniture and general kid clutter. It's a simple, straight-forward environment that is catered just for him — and I think we all enjoy the simpler space.
One of the major transitions we faced for this room was removing Asa's crib. The mattress directly on the floor seemed a little nuts at first but I was shocked at how quickly it started to make sense. He could climb in and out of it within seconds. He even squealed the first time he saw it! It really gives him a sense of independence and an environment that fits his physical stature, too. Now, I bet I know exactly what you are thinking. What happens at night? Well, he has been sleeping on a floor bed for about four months now (since 12 months old) and honestly, has been doing great! Please keep in mind that he usually crawls in bed with us somewhere after 2am but that's a discussion for another day.
The starting point for my son's new room was choosing a wall color. I knew that I wanted something vibrant and lively but not saturated since this needed to be a restful place as well. We ended up choosing Scanda by Sherwin Williams which contrasts great with the white trim and warm wood floors.
Removing clutter was an important thing — which includes excess toys. By showcasing one kind of toy on each shelf, he has lots of choices of what to play with... but not too many. For us, I have found that this setup relieves over-stimulation and is also great for picking up. Our son has even begun to learn which shelf each toy goes on! I've also placed a few baskets of books throughout his room. This gives him easy access to them and allows him to pick out his favorites on his own when it comes time for stories.
I don't know about your personal experiences with changing a toddler's diaper but from my personal experience, it is easiest done on the floor. No wrestling them up on a table, wrestling a dirty diaper off, and then a new one on. I've found that he really like getting changed on the floor and will even help get the pad out when the time comes!
We removed a lot of furniture from his room at first, but realized we were still in need of somewhere to keep his clothes. Currently, the nicer clothing is hanging in his closet, and his play clothes reside in the bottom two drawers of the tall dresser. Once he gets a little older I plan on letting him help pick out his outfits, so having the clothes on the bottom sets us up for that even now.
I ended up reusing all of the artwork from my son's nursery at our old house. It saved us a bunch of money and I think it really add life to the room. Even though he no longer has a crib, I really wanted to include the mobile that I made him. Luckily, he is currently in love with balloons, and has a renewed love for his hot air balloon mobile. It melts my heart!
One of the last things that I did in his room was to look closely at some of the details I might have otherwise overlooked. A few things that I added included a new light and fun knobs on his dresser that are easy for little hands to grab. I'm surprised at how big of an impact something little can have on a room!
It must be hard being a little person in an adult world. That's why I wanted to make sure and include a small work space that was catered to his size. By simply adding a small table and chair, he now has a desk to sit at and look through books.