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Montessori bedroom 10-12 months

Apr 7, 2016

Today I’ll continue the series about our prepared environment, because I always get lots of inspiration from other Montessori rooms and I hope you can get inspired by ours, too (by the way, I’m preparing a selection of my favourite Montessori rooms, you’ll like it!).

Since Oliver was 10 months old till now that he’s just turned one, our prepared environment has stayed pretty much the same, although there are a few things that we’ve changed and that some of you already noticed from the Instagram pictures (you eagle-eyed people!).

Big-boy bed

First of all, we got a bigger bed. We were indecisive between the FJELLSE and the TARVA by IKEA, but in the end we chose the latter (TARVA, 90x200 cm) as we didn’t like the big holes in the headboard of the FJELLSE. We then cut again the legs to make it a Montessori bed: if you missed the blog post where I showed you how to do it, you can read it here.

We also invested in a better mattress, also from IKEA (after lots of reading and thinking, we decided for the MORGEDAL 90x200 cm.

Mirror away (for now)

We removed the mirror close to the floor and we’ll soon put it vertically so that Oliver can see himself from head to toe and give himself many kisses (he loves doing that in the elevator :-D ).

Brand-new reading corner

But the biggest improvement is definitely our reading corner! We moved the changing table/play house to the guest bathroom (as we still use it to change nappies), put the small play mat on the floor, a couple of pillows, Oliver’s basket full of books and a floor lamp. This is the result:

I’m actually surprised about how much we’re using it. Oliver still doesn’t ask me to go there—he would instead bring books to me when he wants to read—but as he loves books I’m making a conscious effort to always go there to read them, so I think he’ll get it soon.

It’s super comfy, very easy to set up and I absolutely love it, especially at night when the light’s on it looks like it comes out of a film, like when the little boy curls up into mummy’s arms and she melts inside into a “ooohhh” 😍

Below, you can see the other posts about our prepared environment and if you like them, please don’t forget to share them to help me grow. Have a lovely day!

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The blog

I write mainly about Montessori, parenthood, and multilingualism. Here are some recent posts.

Montessori
One day a few years ago my husband came home and said, "Why don't we put a mattress on the floor in the baby room? It'd be much more natural". "Never" was my reply. That's how our Montessori journey started. Since then we've been living, breathing and applying the philosophy at home day in and day out, starting from ourselves. Because educating children starts from the parents.
An example of how I practice empathy with my kids
How I show empathy to my children
Happy 4th birthday, Emily
Montessori New Year's tradition
Montessori Peace table
Audiobooks of real-life stories for kids
10k on Instagram!
Terrible twos
The organs of the body: workshop for kids
Kids understand if you give them honesty
Living sustainably
Living sustainably for me doesn’t only mean to have a more eco-friendly lifestyle. It means to make decisions that are sustainable for our planet, the people on it, but also for our life, our lifestyle, and our happiness. It means to take any daily chance to evolve and be happier, healthier, kinder, more responsible and more caring human beings—the only sustainable way for a meaningful future.
Face yoga is an act of self love
Why you should wear the same outfit twice on Instagram
The power of creating habits (and why you should do it, even if you then break them!)
Responsible eating is the diet of the future (Would you like to teach it to your kids?)
The power of NOT complaining: can you do it for a whole month?
Clean up your planet, please!
Infographic: 8 steps to switch to cloth nappies (a guide for reluctant parents)
A personal note on happiness
A personal note on social media
A change of life always widens your horizons
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I’ve prepared collections on various topics that I’ve written over the years. Perhaps you’ll find one that interests you.

Travel

We sold everything to travel the world for two years. We're currently in New Zealand.

Books

In 2020 I wrote 4 books for the Italian collection “Gioca and Impara con il metodo Montessori” curated by Grazia Honegger Fresco. The collection is a project by Il Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport.

We also implemented the workshops of the last 15 volumes of the collection with Oliver and Emily.

Podcast

On my podcast, “Educare con calma”, I talk about various topics, from Montessori to sustainability. Only in Italian!

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Why La Tela di Carlotta?
I dreamed of the name La Tela di Carlotta. One morning I woke up and in my dreams I had created a blog named just like the American novel (Charlotte's Web). Many years and endless ups and downs later, this web of thoughts and stories is my work. It took me a long time to understand what kind of online presence I wanted and today I know: I'm transparent, I show real life, I don't advertise, I only recommend sustainable brands (and not only because they pay me) and I believe in the value of my blog and my courses—because if we don't believe in the value of our work, no one will believe in it for us.
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