Faith’s room has transformed!
See previous post here.
We basically removed the cot that took up almost a quarter of the room (yes, the room is that small), the armchair that I used to breastfeed her in and changed the position of the chest of drawers. To replace the cot, we bought 2 mattresses that cost a grand total of $40 and 2 side tables from Ikea for her activity shelves.
These are the shelves that display some of the things that she plays with. She is into jigsaw puzzles lately and I made a box out of the cardboard that we have. Each item has its place and Faith learns how to put the stuff back to its original position. The white container houses books that she loves and each night, before she turns in, she would grab a few for us to read to her. I love it that the shelves are just at the right height for her.
The mattresses can be stacked on top of the other and this allows for more space in the day for play. I made a few photo frames from the excess cardboard and the photos create a cosy feel to the room. They are also mounted at a height that she could view easily.
This is the reading corner which is really not comfortable. I would prefer a carpet and a bean bag but the room is too small. Anyway, Faith prefers to grab a book and read while sitting on the mattress.
Faith is definitely pleased to have her own dressing table with mirror that is hung at the right height!
We are into our second week of getting her to sleep in her own room, with much success! Though there are times that she still pointed to our room, wanting to sleep in there, I must say she is generally all right with her room now. I still sleep next to her, for now, since she wakes up in the middle of the night to look for me! At least, we have made some progress!
Her room’s done and now, it’s on to more Montessori activities at home!
Faith has been co-sleeping with us for many months. In the early days, she slept in her cot and when we thought we had sleep-trained her, problems arose. Teething, to be precise. She would cry in the middle of the night for a few times and I had to drag my feet to her room and soothe the poor fellow. In the end, I was so exhausted that I gave up and got her to sleep with us. I guess she gradually loved the idea and the security that she got from having her parents by her side and in the end, she refused to leave our room.
And we don’t fancy that idea. It HAS to stop.
So I did some reading up of montessori-inspired rooms and in doing so, wanted to chide myself for not doing more ‘research’ before the little one was born. Sigh! Oh, by the way, I am really into Montessori’s principles now and eagerly anticipating the few related books that I have purchased online. More homeschooling ideas. Yay!
Anyway, I have decided to transform Faith’s nursery and to do that, I have to give away some bulky items, namely the cot, playpen, and obviously toys that Faith has outgrown. It is not too hard to part with them since they are mainly hand-me-downs; we are that fortunate (and immensely thankful for the generous givers).
This is Faith’s very cluttered room and which has been left empty for a few months. I hope to turn it into a montessori-inspired room with the following ideas:
1. Create a calm environment.
2. Make their space at their scale. This can be anything from a child-size broom to a bed on the floor to hanging art at their level.
3. Everything has its place. On low lying shelves, put a selected group of activities for them to choose from.
4. Clean room without a lot of stuff.
You may find these five tips for creating a Montessori inspired bedroom useful.
Some blogs for inspiration:
Let’s just wait and see what the transformed room looks like in a few days’ time!