Updated: Jun 9

- Written by Sylvia Arotin

So you have seen the articles and pictures of Montessori. You want to take on board the Montessori lifestyle with your little ones and family members at home, but after hours of research on the internet and reading numerous articles you are overwhelmed with all the info and don't know how to start!

Relax, we have made it simple for you to begin your Montessori journey with our top 10 tools to help guide you on the right path and creating the right environment at home.

What exactly is Montessori?

Montessori is all about seeing the child as capable, confident and having the ability to contribute to their community. They have a natural yearning for wanting to learn through rich sensory tactile materials and experiences. Children in turn develop independence, responsibility and self-confidence, who trust in their own abilities, laying the foundations for life. Now that you have a better idea of the principles of Montessori, here is our Top 10 recommendations on what you need to get started.

1. Book recommendations

  • Read our FREE ebook

Jam packed full of helpful information and understanding the fundamentals of Montessori, plus many helpful extra resources such as recommended books, podcasts, YouTube channels, blogs etc. This free resource will definitely help you get on your way... Download here

Another great read with hundreds of practical ideas for every aspect of living with a toddler, here are five principles for feeding your child’s natural curiosity, from “Trust in the child” to “Fostering a sense of wonder.” Step-by-step ways to cultivate daily routines with ease, like brushing teeth, toilet-training, dealing with siblings, losing the pacifier. Buy online from Amazon or listen as an audiobook for free on Spotify.

Based on Dr. Maria Montessori's instructions for raising infants, its comprehensive exploration of the first three years incorporates the furnishings and tools she created for the care and comfort of babies. From the design of the baby's bedroom to the child-sized kitchen table, from diet and food preparation to clothing and movement, the authors provide guidance for the establishment of a beautiful and serviceable environment for babies and very young children.

It is the goal of this book to help parents look for, discover, appreciate, and support the mental, physical, and emotional needs of the child in the first three years of life.There are over 180 black and white pictures from the author’s work around the world with children from birth to three years of age.

2. Must have Montessori items for babies (0-6 months)

Here are some of our FAVOURITE Montessori must haves for your new and developing baby 🧡

👉 For a complete list of Montessori favourites visit Guide & Grow's Shop 🛒

We also recommend you watch our videos below 👇 on child development and activities you can do with your little one at a certain age:

🎥 A whole new world for baby at 0-3 months

🎥 It's all about discovering for baby 3-6 months

3. Free Printables and High Contrast Cards

We have some great sets of realistic printables for you to download for free and use as object-to-picture matching activities or 3-part-language activities. There are also two sets of high contrast black and white cards as well as primary colour cards. Feel free to use them as you like. Download them here.

4. Must have Montessori items for Babies (6 - 12 months)

👉 For a complete list of Montessori favourites visit Guide & Grow's Shop 🛒

We also recommend you watch our videos below 👇 on child development and activities you can do with your little one at a certain age:

🎥 All about the senses at 6-9 months 🎥 On the move at 9-12 months

5. Must have Montessori items for 12 - 18 months olds

👉 For a complete list of Montessori favourites visit Guide & Grow's Shop 🛒

We also recommend you watch our videos below 👇 on child development and activities you can do with your little one at a certain age:

🎥 Investigating at 12-15 months

🎥 It's all about Independence at 15-18 months


The Montessori way of communicating [Buy Now US$39]

Positive parenting & instilling healthy boundaries

Are you sick of saying NO! Stop! Don’t do that! Come here…and sounding like a broken record or feel like you’re talking to a brick wall? Well there is another way!

Learn how to effectively communicate the Montessori way, based on International best selling books How to Talk so Kids will Listen written by Child psychologists Faber & Mazlish.​

Through effective communication and linguistic skills you can tackle those challenging and frustrating situations with much more confidence and ease! Learn the practical skills and tools on how to implement gentle parenting whilst upholding healthy boundaries.

Your children in return will learn important and valuable life skills as well such as being more confident, independent, mindful, respectful and have the ability to problem solve preparing them for life!

Now is the time where raising children counts the most, by the time a child is 3 years old 80% of their brain is developed with that number increasing to 90% by the age of 5!

Our 2 hour Online workshop will teach you these skills while focusing on the following 5 Modules:

🤩🎥 Watch the trailer to find out how you can guide your children to be the best they can be and transform your parenting to a more peaceful and harmonious family home!

Presented by Sylvia Arotin - Montessori, child development & communication expert for over 10 years! Read what people are saying about this workshop!

7. Best practical life items

👉 For a complete list of Montessori favourites visit Guide & Grow's Shop 🛒

8. Recipe Book for little helpers in the kitchen

Wholesome Kids Recipe book by Kira Westwick. You and your kids will love this recipe book. The recipes are easy to follow and versatile, offering alternatives for nut and grain sensitivities, vegetarian substitutes, and budget & time friendly ideas.

It even has some great Playtime tips & fun and recipes for making Non-toxic Bubbles, Goop/slime that kids can squeeze, punch and have fun with and potato art!!

Read more here!

Baby-led weaning is the healthy, natural way to start your baby on solid foods—no stress, no fuss, no mush!

Baby participates in family meals right from the start, and learns to love a variety of foods.Nutritious milk feedings continue while Baby transitions to solids at his or her own pace.By self-feeding, Baby develops hand-eye coordination, chewing skills—and confidence!

Get your copy here

9. Montessori Shelf setup - trays and baskets

We have some great videos on setting up a Montessori Shelf - see below 👇

🎥 Decluttering to setup a Montessori space - Part 1

🎥 Using trays and baskets to setup your Montessori shelf - Part 2

For the shelf:

Most people find the IKEA Kallax range ideal for setting up their shelf, but as long as everything on the shelf is accessible for your little one it doesn't matter if the shelf is cubed or not, Sprout has some shelves that are not cubed. Below are some we like available from Amazon - (please excuse the items on the shelf as they do not represent Montessori but the open shelving is a great idea)

Trays and baskets:

We are all for using what you have available at home to setup your Montessori space, watch our video below to see some household items that we’ve upcycled to create DIY trays! 👇

🎥 Montessori at home environment - Part 1

We also recommend you visiting your local thrift / goodwill store as you can pickup some amazing items there at a fraction of the cost! Kmart, Target, Spotlight, Michaels all sell some great trays and baskets and we found these on Amazon.

10. Must have Items for small toddlers (18 months - 3 years)

👉 For a complete list of Montessori favourites visit Guide & Grow's Shop 🛒

Watch our FREE videos on YouTube

The video's mentioned in this blog are from our own YouTube channel 🎥 Guide & Grow TV where we discuss children's behaviour and developmental stages & how to deal with BIG emotions and tantrums. Subscribe to Guide & Grow TV to be the first to see our helpful videos on popular topics! Some of our videos include Montessori & Discipline - understanding freedom within limits, DIY Montessori on a budget, What it means to follow the child plus many more!! 🤩🎥 View all of our videos here!

Check out our other Montessori Wishlist items that we recommend and love 🧡

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