Montessori beds are a low platform bed where a child from crawling age or older can freely exit bed to explore and play in their rooms. A Monetssori website says the advantage is,
“An infant or toddler is confined to their sleep space when in a crib, which keeps them dependent on an adult to help them out when they are ready to move, to play, to engage, or practice self-care skills that the entirety of their bedroom is supposed to offer.”
I am strongly against Montessori beds for children younger than ages 3-4. Here’s why.
It seems that too much independence is actually scary for little ones. I recommend not moving children to an open bed until ages 3-4. At that age, a Montessori bed could be a great fit for your family -- I don't have an opinion.
If your little one moved to an open bed too young and you are having sleepless nights and too-early mornings as a result, hope is not lost. Reach out for a free sleep consult and let's get your family the sleep you need to feel your best.
Abby Wolfson is a pediatric nurse practitioner, certified child sleep consultant and certified life coach for parents. She divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.