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Montessori bedroom 7-9 months

Mar 14, 2016

After the post about our prepared environment until Oliver was 6 months old, many of you asked how it evolved. So finally today I’m going to tell you just that.

Until now, I’ve always followed Oliver and changed things around only when he made me understand it was time. For example, I took away the last Montessori visual mobile The Dancers when he stopped being interested in it, although theoretically I should have done it before.

When Oliver started crawling at seven months old and lifting himself up on anything, I understood it was time to update the prepared environment in his Montessori room (by the way, did you know we made it all in IKEA?). And so I did.

I turned the shelves that were previously delimiting the play area against the wall so Oliver would have more room to play and move around.

I exchanged his small play mat for the big one we were using in the living room. I was then thinking about replacing it with something with more sober colours, but I never got around to doing that. Our mat is from Imaginarium, but this (182cm x 137cm) or this (142cm x 107cm) by Skip Hop would be great alternatives.

We installed a bar on the wall above the mirror (a common bathroom bar for towels that we bought in Leroy Merlin). This way, Oliver has one more standing surface to use for his squat exercise and as you can see from the picture below, he also loves putting objects on it. I wanted to put another mirror on top of the bar, but I never managed to go to IKEA so it stayed like that.

On top of the bar, instead, I placed the frames that were previously on the shelves. Oliver loves to look at them from close and touch them. The frames are from IKEA and no, they’re not walls ones: I used bio adhesive to hang them. So far we’ve used these images (that you can download for free on La Tela).

I also created a stronger support for the grasping and batting mobiles (in the picture, you can see it with the Pikler ball) that we started using after the series of the visual Montessori mobiles. Here you can read how I made the support and hung it from the ceiling.

Last but not least, our shelves are now even more empty than before because we decided to have only four or five toys (all wooden and with no lights nor sounds and we’ll try to keep it this way as long as possible). Here you can see in more details what we’ve had on our shelves so far, but with Oliver’s first birthday coming up I have a feeling I’ll need to update that post.

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Victoria • Feb 2, 2021

Hi Beautiful Mamma,
Since I´m pretty new to Montessori (and loving the idea it embraces), I´m wondering how you manage the "risks" of a mobile baby on a floor bed (I´m also pretty new to babies!), ie: It´s 3 am, he/she wakes up and decides maybe to try and climb onto the shelves, or jump the gate and tumble down the those things not happen? :D My mum doesn´t understand I wouldn´t have him in a cot...would love to hear your comments xxx (or redirect me to a post!?)
Love from Marbella, xxx

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

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We don't know how to be parents, we learn it everyday as we go. This is my way of motherhood, the small victories and the bitter defeats, my inconvenient truths and the endless life lessons. And also all the baby products and toys we love the most.
How to leave the playground without power struggles
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When you think your marriage is over after kids.
We forgot our 10-year wedding anniversary!
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.
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Happy 4th birthday, Emily
Montessori New Year's tradition
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.
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We sold everything to travel the world for two years. We're currently in New Zealand.


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.


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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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