Because we've been so happy with Coco's Stokke Sleepi crib, we've decided to get the same one for baby boy, but in white, and with the kit so that it grows from Mini (pictured) to Sleepi. I'm sort of giddy about it and can't wait to have our precious, heavenly smelling newborn swaddled up in that bed for his nap with the white on white on white bedding. Swoon!
I love everything about this plan, but...it is in direct opposition to the Montessori way. Click on "Read more" below to find out the Montessori approach to infant and toddler sleeping...
One of the main pieces of the Montessori approach for babies age 0-3 is the floor bed. Instead of having a crib, which inhibits a child's movement, the floor bed gives the child a great deal of independence. I love Montessori, and I am so on board with Montessori concepts, but this one just stops me in my tracks. My baby sleeping on a mattress on the floor? No. I'm sorry, but spiders?! Come on.
Looking back, I'm pretty sure that any attempts at a floor bed would have failed miserably with Coco anyway. We co-slept from day three, when I finally couldn't stay awake all night any longer and figured out she would only sleep if she were pressed against my body. We still do co-sleep most nights, for at least half of the night. ;) She starts the night in her Sleepi and then wakes up and asks to come into "the big bed" at some point during the night. It makes me laugh to think if we had suddenly one night said, "Okay, now you can sleep in this other room - on the floor." Ha! She would have had none of it and promptly crawled back to our room and then proceeded to play and entertain herself on the big bed. Not sleeping. It was hard enough to sleep train her to sleep in her crib five feet from our bed.
So this whole floor bed thing floors me. ;) Would you consider a floor bed? Do you use one already? How does it work for your family?
If floor beds are not your thing and you're interested in the Stokke Sleepi, we really love the site diapers.com. They deliver "everything but the baby" and you can get 15% off your first order! Just enter the code THOUSANDSA at check-out (not valid on formula, diapers or wipes). xo
(Montessori floor bed photos from How We Montessori, a lovely Montessori blog I read and admire:)