1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12. Does your child's school use cloth napkins? Most Montessori schools do. How about at home? I know many families don't use napkins at all (cloth or paper) but I've found them really useful not only when the children first start with solids (weaning, baby led or Montessori style) but also for teaching grace and courtesy, just plain manners at the dinner table or when out at picnics or eating with friends and family (snack or morning tea).... Read more →

Have you found the perfect set of children's cutlery? One of my most frequently asked questions is where to find children's and toddler cutlery sets, with a knife. All of these sets above have a spoon, knife, and fork. Some of these can be used from weaning. I recommend, where possible to check the dimensions of the products and compare those to utensils your child is already using or compare them to an adult sized utensil. 1. Children's Hammered Flatware Set - For 3-6 years at For Small Hands. 2. Fabler - Three Piece Flatware Set - Ikea. 3. Oneida... Read more →

1. Easy Clean Montessori Placemat - M.VIta / 2. Placemat Set Vinyl - Montessori Design by Nuccia / 3. Placemat Blue (with matching napkin) - Michael Olaf / 4. Montessori Children's Placemat - Naturababy on Amazon / 5. Snack Placemat Nido and Todder - Montessoria Textiles / 6. Montessori Fabric Placemat - Etsy. I love using handmade materials in our home. However I often lack the skills or the time to make all the materials we would like. Montessori Placemats are wonderful for toddlers learning to set the table. While I eventually made our own we also have the Easy... Read more →

1. Children's Tableware, 2. Kids Handmade Ceramic Tableware Set - Animal Series, 3. Giraffe Bowl. (This cloud bowl is amazing), 4. Hello Baby Plate, 5. Children's Bumblebee Ceramic Bowl, 6. Penguin, Fox and Bee bowl all sold separately by SKT ceramics. Also checkout Jasminepots on Etsy for mugs and bowls - love this set. For a baby's first or 'weaning' bowl I would recommend a small glass bowl, glass so that the child can see the food inside. But once the child is a little older how about a ceramic baby bowl? There are so many really cute options available.... Read more →

I was getting a little frustrated with out kitchen set up. Otis cannot yet use Caspar's drinking station and he cannot open or close the pantry door with one hand while holding something in the other. Otis needed a little addition. This is a small coffee table that works a bit like a snack table. His water jug and glass are kept here unless he takes them to his table for a meal. This is where he gets a drink during the day. This is where I put his tray or snacks. The idea is that he doesn't eat here... Read more →

Many refer to the weaning chair as the Montessori substitute for a high chair. Otis eats at his low table and chair for most snacks and lunches but we value his presence at the family table for breakfast and dinner. Rather than confine him to a high chair we've chosen a more independent style of high chair. We've chosen the Stokke Tripp Trapp but chairs like this come in a wide rage of styles and in every price bracket as can see in the post High Chairs for a Montessori Home. A month or so ago I removed the baby... Read more →

What do you do when you cannot access the right materials, the right child sized furniture? You make your own or in this case you find a good carpenter to help you out. This is Thea's little table and chair. Perfect! How welcoming for the child. To be able to sit and work or eat comfortably, independently. To feel so included, part of the family, to feel important! One day Thea will know the lengths her family went to, to have this furniture made especially for her. That's extra special. Thank you to Maria (all the way in Colombia) for... Read more →

Oh the things I wish I knew! Only four years ago I was looking for a high chair. A high chair for a Montessori home. We wanted a chair that was: made of timber aesthetically pleasing adjustable able to be used from six-months able be used independently by the child from around 18 months comfortable without a tray so that it could be completely pulled up to the family table. The only one I knew about was the Tripp Trapp. While we love the Tripp Trapp (and the wonderful colours they come in) there are now many others on the... Read more →

Montessori, Weaning, Infant, Cube Chairs. No matter what you call them these chairs help to foster independence in even the youngest child. Some children can sit upright very well at six months. Mine couldn't so a solid, sturdy chair with a back and two sides was essential. At nine months Otis could use his chair independently, he could get in/out/up and down. The child doesn't need to use the chair for weaning, it also makes a great place to sit and work. Here is a round up of some chairs available in the US, UK, New Zealand and Australia. 1.... Read more →

Breakfast cereal in a bowl with a spoon. Otis eats around three-four mouthfuls before he starts putting his hands in the bowl. I feed him a little then remove the bowl and give him his plate. He eats the rest of his breakfast with his hands. We take Caspar to school and come home to tidy the kitchen. Otis eats snacks from his snack draw. He's eating the green Organic Puffs from Happy Baby. We are out of bananas so no banana snack today. For morning tea Otis eats some hot cross bun at his snack table. I have ordered... Read more →

If you are interested in our approach all of my posts on weaning can be found here. In Australia it can be really difficult to find Montessori materials. Most of the questions I recieve are about where we source our materials and for weaining it's no different. I have paraphrased here to cover multiple questions about the same topic. Where did you get the weaning table and chair? Our weaning table and chair (as pictured above) were thoroughly researched and carefully chosen. As Otis used this from six months size and comfort was really important. The table is a soild... Read more →

A quick update on the placemat. Otis has been using the placemat more often and I thought to make it more stable/less likely to move I would put some shelf liner underneath it. It works a treat. I could sew it to the placemat but haven't yet. If you would like to see a weaning set from the Montessori Assistants to Infancy Training April from Goosedesigns has a great example here. Read more →

Oh gosh, I finally did it. The Montessori Placemat. I have been so behind with everything in our lives that I almost purchased one from etsy. I promise this took about half an hour and some scrap fabric. I used some left over linen from the puzzle ball and left over binding from Caspar's robe. It's too late for Caspar he's already familiar with table settings so I made this on the smaller side for Otis. Perhaps I should have stitched it by hand but if that were the case I would have never got it done. I stitched it... Read more →