Family life, Montessori in the Womb, Montessori philosophy

Montessori from the (very, very) Start

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I’m thrilled to finally reveal the details behind the “big project” I’ve been working on — one that’s kept me distracted from blogging, and instead, constantly napping: I’m pregnant!

We’re excited to have a new little one joining our family this spring.

I only began learning about Montessori ideas as my now two-year old, Jasper, grew beyond infancy. With this second pregnancy, I’m looking forward to bringing Montessori philosophy into the babe’s life even earlier.

I’ve been thinking about some of things I learned at my infant & toddler Montessori training this past summer — training that starts by focusing on the beginning: the womb as the first environment. (A similar sentiment is one of my favourite quotes from influential Haudenosaunee midwife, Katsi Cook: “Woman is the first environment.” I love discovering these little echoes and connections that join strands of peaceful thought from all over the globe.)

Both Montessori philosophy and modern science tell us child’s absorbent mind begins long before birth, as important growth including emotional attachment and language acquisition begins in the womb, so I’ve been trying to take time each day to acknowledge this little one’s presence and welcome him or her to our family. It’s a different thing, a second pregnancy, and I find I need to work to create a bit of ritual for this daily check-in.

As time passes, I find myself planning what this little one will need in the early days, and where we’ll make space for the few things a baby requires. Soon I’ll start thinking about how to make mental and physical space for that oh-so important symbiotic period.

What were your “must-haves” with a baby (and maybe particularly, for a non-firstborns)? How did you bring Montessori ideas into your home life during early infancy?

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11 thoughts on “Montessori from the (very, very) Start

  1. Carol Anne says:

    How wonderful! Congratulations to you all. When I had my second we got a baby for Vic who cared for her baby along side me…nursing bathing…the works. It was quite a magical time. I remember she was in the park nursing her baby and a lady asked what she was doing…”im nursing my baby” she said. (The lady was a bit ruffled lol). All the best!

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  2. Congratz Mehgan, it must be very exciting for you and your family 🙂 the very first thing I would suggest to make for an infant is a series of Montessori mobiles. I have written a post about it here http://ourmontessorijourney.wordpress.com/category/montessori-mobiles but there are so many different ones out there to buy and I’m sure there must be tutorials on the net too (if you want to make your own), will be looking forward to your future posts, there are definitely things I will do for my next baby that I didn’t get around to do for my first one, good luck dear

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  3. Congratulations Meghan! I am also expecting my second in the spring.

    I recently wrote an article which you may enjoy. The best gifts for the first year: http://mariamontessori.com/mm/?p=2590

    I echo the mobiles and also recommend a topponcino. In preparation for the baby, I’m actually planning to go back through pictures from Solu’s first year and remind myself of what he used and liked. I might post my favorites.

    I hope your pregnancy is going well. Enjoy!

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    • Thanks so much, Junnifa! I loved reading what you had written about the Basic Trusts — I can see those concepts being a useful tool as we make parenting decisions moving forward. Please do post about Solu’s early days — it would be great to learn from your experience.

      Thanks again,

      Meghan

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