Play is a universal need – even for adults. While many of us know how important it is for our children to play, we may forget to make time for play in our own lives. As Brian Sutton-Smith said, “The opposite of play is not work, it is depression.”
Easy things you can do every day to encourage your toddler to use more language.
Becoming a parent comes with a lifelong set of challenges – breast or bottle, cloth or disposable, organic or local - the decisions are endless and can get a bit overwhelming, but the choice for your child’s education doesn’t have to be difficult.
This month, Monti Kids turns 2 years old! Actually, before our official launch on March 28, 2017, we spent three years developing our program. When I first had the idea for Monti Kids, I was told by the best safety testing companies and several consultants that it was impossible to achieve.
Watch Monti Kids founder, Zahra Kassam, unbox Level 4 of Monti Kids, which helps you support your baby’s developing mobility while they build cognitive skills.
Maria Montessori, the founder of the Montessori curriculum and an expert on early childhood development, talked a lot about love, and Valentine’s Day is a perfect occasion to honor all the ways in which we show it to our children.
The first priority for any parent when setting up their child’s environment is safety. This ties into the Montessori Method, which recommends setting up an environment for your child that is completely safe or “child-proofed” so that they can explore freely within it and don’t require constant adult intervention that might interrupt their concentration. All Monti Kids materials meet or exceed US safety standards (ASTM & CPSC) for babies 0-3 years old. But for the other toys in your life, use this checklist to make sure they are safe for your little one.
If you’ve looked into early childhood education, chances are you’ve come across Montessori. But did you know it can also be a great learning tool for babies as young as newborns? While most people of think of it for preschool-age children and older, the Montessori practices and ideas can be really useful for babies’ development, as well. Here’s a primer on how and why babies and Montessori can be great together.
Over the years, many people suggested that I try and get Monti Kids on Shark Tank. One day, I casually Googled: ”Auditioning for Shark Tank” and saw that there was going to be an open casting call two weeks later in Palm Springs - not too far from where we are in the Bay Area. I decided to go for it! We needed to fill out a long, detailed application about the business, bring samples, and present a one-minute pitch. My baby Zayd was just three months old at the time. I couldn’t leave him and was a little nervous to take him with me but I decided that if I had backup, it would be okay. I asked Berenice, one of the Monti Kids Montessori experts, to come with me to help out. I practiced my pitch with some friends who are big Shark Tank fans and and did a lot of Q&A prep.
After 3 years in development, we launched Monti Kids when I was pregnant with my second baby boy. Zayd is now 1 year old, and it has been amazing to watch him learn and grow with Monti Kids. As a busy mom, I’m so grateful to have this program for Zayd. I hope that Monti Kids brings you the same peace of mind that your baby is getting the very best start.