Baby rooms come in every size — sometimes just a few square feet allotted in the bedroom of the parents — and many parents wonder how to design a nursery that supports their baby’s development, especially if they don’t have a lot of space.
We’ve created a short video that will show you where to put the necessary furniture for a Montessori nursery.
Things to keep in mind when space-planning a Montessori nursery
- A place to sleep may be a crib, a floor bed, or a basket or cradle that can be moved.
- A diaper changing spot might be short-lived. If you plan to do stand-up diaper changes once your baby can walk, make sure the changing table doubles as a dresser, shelf, or other useful piece of furniture.
- A play area and access to toys is usually on the floor. If your room is small, the play area can be in the living room.
Watch: 3 Layout Options For A Montessori Nursery
A Montessori nursery is designed with baby’s development in mind, rather than the convenience of the parents. For example, in a large bedroom, we recommend a mirror next to the playmat where your baby can see themselves during tummy time or playtime.
A chair for overnight feedings can become a chair for story time during the day, but if budget or space does not allow for it, a cozy corner for books can be created from a beanbag or floor bed.
A small nursery does not prevent families from embracing a Montessori approach to parenting. It simply means that bedroom activities will be focused on getting ready for bed and sleeping.