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Montessori-Inspired Gift Guide for Baby & Toddler
It’s no secret, we love love LOVE Montessori in this house! So much so that I decided to put together this round up of Montessori-Inspired gifts for baby and toddler in case you were looking for some guidance on the topic!
My son has been attending a Montessori school since he was 18 months and we have been huge fans ever since learning more about the philosophy and approach. You can read more about it here if you’re interested as well, in short it is a play-centered and independence/confidence building approach to childcare. Once you learn what it is you’ll see it just makes sense!
That said, I always like to bring toys into our home that are functional, independence-building and beautiful. We don’t have many toys at home but it doesn’t matter, the kids love them and I try to rotate every few months to keep it fresh for them! It’s easier than it seems I promise!
The other thing about Montessori play is to keep the toys out in the open and accessible for the child. They need to be at the child’s level and easy for them to grab so I also included our favorite Montessori shelf — all open access!
Enjoy this Montessori-Inspired Gift Guide!
Montessori-Inspired Gift Guide
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Links + My Two Cents + Shoppable Images (scroll down!)
1 // Montessori Toy Shelf
Open concept shelving for toys so they are all right out on display and reachable for kiddos!
2 // Wardrobe Display
Luca LOVES picking out his clothes and when he turned three he started dressing himself, fostering that independence and sense of self is so important and that’s what this wardrobe display is all about! This one is also adorable!
3 // Convertible Kitchen Helper Tower
Toddlers want to be right there with us doing everything we’re doing so why not get them up to counter height and let them do some “helping” in the kitchen or wherever, instead of having them whine and claw at your feet right? We’ve been using the helper tower since Luca was one, he has out grown it now at three but it’s the perfect size for his little sister now! I love how this one is also multi-purpose with the blackboard and desk configuration all in one!
4 // Busy Board/Walker
Starting from around 8 or 9 months babies and toddlers LOVE busy boards, it’s a must have for us! This one is also adorable and has EVERY gadget you could ever dream of!
This wooden busy board (pictured above) is also adorable and I love this small shop — so many custom options and FAST SHIPPING!!
5 // Lovevery Subscription, Block Set & Play Gym
Hands down my top gift idea for babies and toddlers is a Lovevery subscription! Babies especially do not need much, they don’t *need* toys, but I love the Montessori-style, heirloom quality toys that come in the Lovevery subscriptions, plus they go all the way up to 36 months now!
The activity mat/play gym is gorgeous and functional as well, both of my babies loved playing around on it for months and still love it even now because it turns into a “fort” with the canopy! Truly long-lasting, quality play toys that are also easy on the eyes.
Plus the subscription option makes it SO EASY, they send you exactly what is developmentally appropriate for you baby’s age. No thinking, no researching, exactly the right toys for your child delivered right to your door including a little guidebook with insight! I can’t sing Lovevery’s praises enough!
The play kits, play gym or block set would make a fantastic gift for any young kiddo!
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6 // Mini Travel Busy Bar
How adorable is this!? I am for sure ordering this for my daughter not only for the car but at home too, such a cool idea to have a mini busy board!
7 // Wooden Matching Cards
These match up card sets are the BEST for kids, it’s one of Luca’s favorite things to do for independent play!
8 // Simplistic Play Kitchen & Wooden Toys
Quality, timeless and functional play. Let their imagination run wild with a simple but interactive design like this one! It is also made of non-toxic, wooden materials.
9 // Montessori Screwdriver Board
A set like this with tools and screws can really help toddlers foster and practice their fine motor skills!
10 // Montessori Rainbow Arch Climber
There are so many awesome climbers out there for kids but this one caught my eye because of the unique shape and colors! Something like this is so good for kids because it helps them learn how to be aware of and trust their bodies!
11 // Table and Chairs Set
I love this table and chairs set, it is so adorable and functional, toddlers love to have a place to sit and play or eat that is just right for their size!
12 // Musical Set
For the music lovers!
13 // Play Center/Art Easel
Love this easel, they are super interactive and fun for toddlers!
14 // Balancing Stones
My three year old LOVES these balancing stones they keep him entertained for a good chunk of time usually, perfect gift for kiddos!
Montessori-Inspired Floor Bed
This bed (pictured below) is also a staple for Montessori kiddos, again all about fostering confidence and independence! I love the house style because it’s not only a bed/cozy nook but it can satisfy the child’s need to climb and play. We are finally setting my son’s up this month!
And Some Extra Montessori-Inspired Gift Ideas!
(that didn’t fit on the graphic!)
15 // Threading, Sorting, Tracing Sets
16 // Wooden Knife & Cutting Board Set
17 // Wobble Board
18 // Sensory Table
19 // Balance Beam
20 // Dollhouse & Accessories
21 // Baby Dolls, Strolley Basket & Boho Bassinet
22 // Book: Rosie & the Hobby Farm
23 // Book: Indestructibles
Thank you for checking out today’s post, Montessori-Inspired Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers, I hope you got some great ideas and will explore further into the Montessori lifestyle! Shoppable images below for you!
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