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The Montessori Baby: A Parent's Guide to Nurturing Your Baby with Love, Respect, and Understanding Paperback – Illustrated, May 11 2021
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It’s time to change the way we see babies.
Drawing on principles developed by the educator Dr Maria Montessori, The Montessori Baby shows how to raise your baby from birth to age one with love, respect, insight, and a surprising sense of calm. Cowritten by Simone Davies, author of the bestselling The Montessori Toddler, and Junnifa Uzodike, it’s a book filled with hundreds of practical ideas for understanding what is actually happening with your baby, and how you can mindfully assist in their learning and development. Including how to:
- Prepare yourself for parenthood–physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.
- Become an active observer to understand what your baby is really telling you.
- Create Montessori spaces in your home, including “yes” spaces where nothing is off-limits.
- Set up activities that encourage baby’s movement and language development at their own pace
- Raise a secure baby who’s ready to explore the world with confidence.
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|Over 200,000 copies in print!|
|Using the principles developed by the educator Dr. Maria Montessori, Simone Davies shows how to turn life with a “terrible two” into a rewarding time of curiosity, respect, and discovery.|
“A book that advocates a simple environment with less stuff, less fuss, and a slower speed of life.” - Library Journal
About the Author
Junnifa Uzodike, an AMI-trained Montessori teacher, sits on the executive board of AMI. She runs a Montessori school, Fruitful Orchard, in Abuja, Nigeria, where she lives with her husband and three young children.
- Publisher : Workman Publishing Company; Illustrated edition (May 11 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1523512407
- ISBN-13 : 978-1523512409
- Item weight : 726 g
- Dimensions : 17.15 x 2.22 x 23.81 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I don’t particularly agree with setting up a home to be “Montessori style”. The boring, sterile, environment isn’t very engaging for babies. It can work in a classroom setting but stifles creativity at home. This is especially true for babies who demand more from their parents.
I find that most babies love loud, bright plastic toys and is much more motivated to play and learn from them. I believe in the toy designers and thousands of scientific minds behind modern plastic baby toys. Plastic toys are also much lighter and encourages babies to hone their motor skills much earlier than heavy wooden toys. If you want a baby to reach/ grasp at 1 month, give bright lights and plastic; not wood.
My issue is around soothers and not using them because it restricts their language and communication - at no point does this book appear to mention that soothers reduce the risks of SIDS.
Surely if your baby is hungry or has other needs that the soother can’t satisfy then he/she will spit it out. Honestly this book tells you to listen to your baby and follow their cues and then contradicts itself by saying that!
Parent your child as you see fit and be mindful this book is full of misinformation
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1. The book contradicts itself and confuses the reader - not well written. It says “don’t buy anything for your baby” and then has a section that tells you all the Montessori things you need to buy for your baby (which are expensive btw, like a low to the floor mirror and bed, etc)
2. Sets you up for big expectations and is extremely pretentious “my birth was amazing I hope yours will be just as good or BETTER” birth is birth no need to gate keep birth.
3. Just utter PC nonsense that is just common sense in a way? “Respect your baby” I mean if you don’t respect your baby there is more wrong with you than this book and at this point that says a lot.
Also, if you know even the Montessori basics you really don’t need this.
We’re now implementing some of the principles and are loving it. It’s such a fun learning experience our little one seems to be thriving.