Sunday, January 30, 2011

Baby's Room

I thought I would show off our little baby's room. It is a Montessori inspired room. I took the inspiration from Montessori from the Start, this room and Michael Olaf's recommendations for a superior environment. It's not a very big room but it's bright and happy. It was originally our guest room and was always painted that soft yellow color.
 The first thing you see in the room is the baby's floor bed. We plan to co-sleep at night but this area is to be used for napping and is down on the floor so that when the baby can crawl he/she can lie down for a rest whenever he/she feels the need. We placed the mirror here so the baby can see the rest of the room in the reflection and can spend time on the lovely organic cotton mattress while checking out things in the mirror. Right now I have an organic cotton sheet on the mattress but I'm hoping to make this quilt (probably in brown, green and blue instead of the rainbow colors) to go on the bed. In the mean time I have just a simple cotton crib blanket on there. I'm also hoping to make a better cover for the round pillow. I really don't like the color it is now. I'm also hoping to find a small rug to place beside the bed in case the baby rolls out. I might make one of these (though I love the size and color of this one) but for now I will just use a folded quilt.
The painting above the bed was one that hung in my room when I was a child and also hung in my brothers room once I outgrew the theme. It was painted by Chris Buffett who was a good friend of my aunts.

 Beside the bed is a little galvanized pail that I got at the hardware store. Once the baby is old enough to dress his or herself I will hang a small hook on the wall where I will hang two or three outfits he/she can choose from and leave the bucket under the hook for dirty clothes. For now I'll use it for storage. I did my best to find a child size shelf and ended up going with this solid shoe rack. I have two wicker baskets on the shelf each with two toys in them. The white basket on the floor underneath is our temporary nature tray. I'm still looking for a good wood tray to use for our nature display. Right now I have a wool pumpkin and a large shell in it. I plan to rotate the toys as per the Montessori philosophy. Plus I like that it minimizes the clutter.
On the shelf (which isn't at baby's height so it can't be used to pull up on) is the snail I made, a copper picture of a sparrow my Grandma made for her children and a monster buddy. The monster buddy was a gift from Jon. I love it so much. It is handmade, local and totally unique. His name is Broo and he onced lived in Pandora's box but was treated so badly there that he flew away. Now he has found us and we need to treat him well so he doesn't fly away.

 On the left you can see our changing area. And on the wall are our bird Eeboo counting cards. Right now I have out one through five but the cards go to ten so I'll switch them out periodically. Jon also bought the ABC cards so those will also get switched out. On the floor is a little potty station. I have yet to finish the waterproof mat for under the potty and put out the basket of fun things for when pottying takes a while. Having a potty station isn't a requirement of either EC or Montessori but we only have one bathroom in our home and if someone is showering or using the bathroom a potty station would be handy. This will be moved over by the door once I clear the space. On the right you can see my nursing chair.

 Here is a closer look at the changing area. We are planning on practicing EC but this is an area that is about more than diapers. The baskets on the shelves contain clothing, hats, shoes and socks, receiving blankets, wipes and diapers. I would like to hang a small mirror above the table so the baby can see itself while being pottied. We got this change table used for just $5! Most of the baskets were second-hand from family members. I will only keep out the clothes that are the right size for right now. The rest are stored in containers in the closet. This limits the mess and makes just grabbing something to wear a lot easier. Once we are done with the change table this corner of the room will become the art corner with a little work table and a storage cabinet.

 Out on the table I have baby's first outfit, all ready and waiting for him/her. Yes it is blue but I really don't care about gender stereotypes. I love this little cotton kimono (which I bought second-hand). The hat might be a bit big but it is the smallest one I have. I also have put out some natural compostable diapers for the first night. The knit blanket on the left is from my grandmother who made it for me when I was a baby.
 Here is the nursing/reading area. The glider is second-hand from family. I've covered it with a new shade of blue and made a pillow cover out of some fabric painted by my aunt. I'm also going to use the star fabric to make a cover for the footstool, I just haven't had the time to finish that. On the top of the shelf is a star paper lamp and space for a big glass of water while I nurse. I got the lamp at a little store on Saltspring Island called Stuff and Nonsense and I love how the colors work with the room. It doesn't give off a ton of light but it is enough for midnight feedings. On the shelf is a small basket with nursing pads, nipple cream and little burp clothes. I will also put a small snack (like a granola bar or apple) in there so I can munch while I nurse. On the next shelf are our selection of baby books. I found a couple of them in free bins and got some second-hand. The rest are from a sale at the local children's book store. We've got Mama Do You Love Me?, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moon and so many more. I can't wait to sit and read with my baby. On the last shelf is an infant potty. This one will go where I go.
The little blue bouncy chair is second-hand from a friend. I don't plan on using it much, I'd rather wear my baby but sometimes I'll need to get changed or use the bathroom and then the chair will be handy. Once that chair is outgrown it will be replaced by a child-size rocking chair for reading in. My parents kept one from my childhood that is in storage until I need it. By the door is our Tummy Tub. This will be stored in the closet once I have room and then the potty station will go here.
Finally on the wall above the little chair are some beautiful paintings Jon got me for Christmas. They are of colorful wild horses and a pair of bright hippos. They are done by a local Saltspring Island artist (can't remember the name right now but I'll find it).
 The Montessori books I've read recommend hanging something above or behind where you plan to nurse for visual stimulation for the baby. This idea is straight from Meg. I loved it so much I had to put one of these in my home. I followed this tutorial and made sure I hung it where the baby can see it while nursing.

The only things left to do are move the tub and the potty station, finish making some mobiles and hang them, finish the foot stool cover, make the quilt and put out the sheep skin rug that was in my baby room in my baby's room. Not everything needs to be done right now but I have some projects to keep me busy until this baby comes.
I'm so happy with this space, I really hope it is a happy place for my baby.


  1. What a cool place you have set up there! I love those braided rugs, and the bird mobile. Ideas for if/when I ever have a spare moment again. ;)

  2. Lovely! We ended up taking the rails off our crib and in hindsight, we should have just gotten a twin bed. We'll be getting one soon though for her room. I want it big enough for me to lay down with her. Cribs don't allow that.