I was told to never discuss your baby’s sleeping arrangements with anyone because that is your business and everyone has something to say.
So what do I do? A freaking room tour!
We’ve been doing the floor mattress since she moved into her own room and LOVE IT.
Once you learn to side nurse you can never go back. It’s amazing because when she cries I can go lay with her until she falls asleep.
Am I an expert NO, but I thought I’d share with you what I’ve learned and what you need to know before you try.
My baby is not a crib baby, she hated it and was always getting stuck in the slats. I know there are mesh crib liners, which would have saved a lot of angry wake-ups.
This whole thing started with putting her crib mattress on the floor in our room so I could nurse her to sleep and then we decided to put a twin mattress on the floor in her room. Then I learned it was a Montessori thing and follow the recommendations for having baby’s bed on the floor!
There are a few things I’ve learned since doing the floor mattress I’d like to pass along and things I’d recommend to make it an easy transition. I am by NO means an expert. I wanted to share my experience to make it a bit more approachable so you feel confident giving it a try!
This blog is all about the a Montessori Floor Bed for babies.
1. Baby Proof the room, if you want a Montessori Floor Bed!
We use a 3″ twin latex mattress topper because we feel comfortable having her on something softer.
However, it is recommended to have a hard spring mattress for babies to sleep on for their safety. Use your parental discretion.
If you live in a warm climate it is also recommended to have the mattress off the floor. There are very cute options for Montessori floor beds.
Baby will be mobile at some point and will want to crawl all around her room, you want to make sure that you can see them as they move around the room. This is the baby monitor we have. I chose this one because you can hook up 2 cameras to it. So in the future, as we have more babes, we can have 2 cameras! If you want to buy 2 cameras from the start they sell it like that too!
We didn’t use bumpers, I rolled up a comforter and tucked it under a sheet. We only did this for a while, then she became super mobile and would just crawl right over them!
5. Baby gate
As they get older they will be able to go to their door and open it up, obviously, you don’t want your babe to be able to walk out of their room without you knowing. So putting a baby gate on the outside of their door can be a great solution. They can open their door and then yell for you if they need something. I ordered this one from Target for super cheap.
It is recommended by Montessori that you put up a mirror (we had a small 12×12 one originally and then took it down, for no reason other than we just moved it). But the acrylic mirror is shatter-proof which is obviously a great thing for baby.
I am a HUGE fan of Lovevery and everything they do. If you don’t know, they are a Montessori subscription company that sends you boxes that are age-appropriate to help your baby learn and develop. I love them because they are all non-toxic, I don’t even have to think twice about babe putting anything in her mouth.
Plus, they send you a booklet to understand how to use the toys included in the box to help them develop at the age they’re at!
8. Cube shelf
Baby proofing the room does not mean locking everything up, it means everything that is accessible is safe. These cube shelves are great because unlike other shelves or dressers they cannot tip!
Sound machines are great for every baby room not just if you have a floor bed (or your partner if they work overnights). This is the one we use and love, but make sure you cover the plug in and cord!
10. Where she sleeps when we travel: California Beach Co
I would honestly recommend California Beach Co. 10/10 over a pack and play. It is light, has a strap to carry, and sets up and takes down SO FAST (here’s a 1 min video showing it). Plus, I can lay with her and nurse her to sleep as we do on the floor bed so it’s super easy for us! Plus this has a shade tarp if you want to use it out in the sun. I WOULD recommend the mat if you’re going to use it inside, otherwise, it’s just the tent material on the floor.
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