What is a Montessori Toddler Floor Bed?
The Montessori philosophy focuses on the importance of independence at a very early age by promoting freedom to make their own choices. This is achieved primarily through creating an environment that allows them to freely explore and do things themselves. When it comes to their bedroom, you can support this philosophy of encouraging your child’s independence by putting everything within their reach and at their level, such as their furniture, toys, clothes, and books. A Montessori toddler floor bed falls right in line with this philosophy.
A Montessori floor bed is simply a bed placed directly on the floor without any bars or rails to keep them confined. This way your little one has the freedom to choose when they would like to get in and out of bed to play, read, sleep, relax, cuddle, etc.
At What Age can You Transition to a Montessori Floor Bed?
Although parents who adopt the Montessori approach from day one may transition their babies to a floor bed as early as 2 months old, most will recommend waiting until at least 18 months to 2 years old since they may not be developmentally ready for it. Meaning it will be hard for them to understand the concept of putting themselves to sleep when they’re tired. Also, they may still have trouble with sleeping through the night or other sleep related issues that may need addressing first.
What are the Benefits of a Montessori Toddler Floor Bed?
- Safety: Since the bed is placed directly onto the floor, the risk of your child getting hurt from either falling off or trying to climb out is eliminated.
- You Save Money: Since you can transition your baby to a floor bed as early as two months old, you’re essentially eliminating the need to buy a crib (before then, the baby might sleep in some sort of a bassinet), then a toddler transition bed, and then finally to a regular bed a few years later.
- It’s Easier on You: Since your child isn’t confined, you don’t need to worry about getting them out of their crib in the morning. Instead, your child has the freedom to get out of bed on their own and play in their room while you get some extra rest in the morning. Or, if your child has a hard time settling down at night, they can play with toys or read books in their room until they tire themselves out. When they’re ready to go to sleep, they can easily climb into bed and put themselves to sleep.
- Eliminate the “Fight” Involved with Bedtime: Since you’re giving your toddler the respect to make their own choice as to when they go to sleep, they’re less likely to fight having to go to sleep. Since going to sleep isn’t something your toddler is forced to do, they’re more likely to embrace bedtime as something they have chosen on their own because they are tired and not because it’s forced upon them.
What are the Signs Your Toddler isn’t Ready for a Montessori Floor Bed
Now I know what you’re thinking, this all sounds too good to be true…if I gave my toddler the freedom to choose when to go to bed on their own they never would. Right? Well in some cases, Montessori floor beds may not be the best fit for your child at the time. Here are some signs that your toddler isn’t ready for a Montessori toddler floor bed:
- Your Toddler Struggles with Sleep: If your toddler still frequently wakes up in the middle of the night or struggles with naps, that might be a sign that they aren’t yet ready for a floor bed. I would suggest addressing these issues first before transitioning to a toddler floor bed.
- Your Toddler’s Personality and Temperament: If you have a highly energetic or stubborn toddler that may get out of bed at night to play or come into your room when they should be sleeping, this could cause them to get up too much in the middle of the night to play or come into your room.
- May Not Be Developmentally Ready: If your toddler doesn’t yet understand “it’s time to sleep” or is struggling with boundaries of staying in bed to sleep then you may want to wait.
All of these signs may seem pretty common among young toddlers, but they are challenges that can be worked through with patience and consistency. Even though your toddler may not be 100% ready to take on the new transition to a Montessori toddler floor bed flawlessly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make progress towards it. Ultimately, it will make your life easier, and give your toddler a sense of empowerment (not to mention improved sleep for everyone).
My Top Picks for Montessori Toddler Floor Beds:
This twin house floor bed from Amazon is what we have for our 22 month old son. This bed was affordable and pretty easy to put together – it took my hubby and I about 45 minutes to assemble it together. It’s made from natural wood so it’s durable. Luckily the frame is tall enough where he can’t reach it to try and hang on it. We added some decorative lights to it to add some character. The open concept design allows you to decorate it as you please. When he gets older we can add a box spring to it so the bed can be used for years to come. My son LOVES his bed and the freedom to get in and out of it as he pleases without any help.
This adorable teepee bed is another great affordable option at only $165. Each bed is handcrafted in Latvia, and is made of 100% natural wood. The open concept design allows you to decorate it as you please. They can make custom orders as well according to your nursery size and needs. The assembly takes about an hour to put together by yourself.
Sprout beds are made in the US from Baltic Birch, they are durable and long lasting. They take less than 15 minutes to assemble (which is a huge bonus for me). These beds can easily be passed on or resold. They are well designed – the whole bed can be flipped and used as an older child’s bed. The bed will essentially last their entire childhood.
This is by far the most simple and cost effective method of creating a Montessori toddler floor bed. I recommend a memory foam mattress, which are extremely durable, long lasting, lower to the ground than traditional twin size mattresses, and deter jumping on since they aren’t that much fun to jump on.