Lila’s Montessori Style Closet

right: bows, hats, & tights storage || left: laundry basket

Clothing Rack c/o Alluring Company || Accessory Storage from IKEA || Laundry Basket c/o Mae Woven

 

Hi Everyone!

Today I am sharing with you one of the ways I have chose to incorporate Montessori into our home. There are so many different ways incorporate Montessori and today I wanted to share with you how we have Lila’s Closet set up. I will soon be sharing more ways we incorporate Montessori at home and you will be able to find all the posts under the category Montessori as this series grows.

 

Now on to Lila’s Closet

There is so much that I like about having her closet set up this way. Everything is accessible to her and she can easily pick out whatever it is she is looking for. The length of her clothing rod is way smaller than the length of a closet rod, so there is less to put on it and less pick from. This is actually makes it easier when creating an outfit, especially for a toddler. I can say, “Okay Lila, go pick your outfit.” and when she comes back with a pink shirt, a pink dress, and pink shoes it almost always works out because all of the options I have out for her are in the same color block.

If you reading this and just thought, what the heck is a color block? Don’t worry. It might actually not even be technically called that, that’s just what I call it but I promise I didn’t make it up. A few months ago I was reading an article that was titled “how to pack for vacation with less” or something like that. Just go with it. And basically this girl packed for a week long trip and only packed like 7 different demin colored pieces of clothing. It pretty much blew my mind and I instantly wanted that in my life. Especially for Lila! She has soooooo many different colors of clothes that it is actually overwhelming to open up my closet (we used to share a closet) and see all of them. So a few months ago when I made her clothing rack her actual closet, I only put clothes that were pink or blush or white or light gray. It really has made getting dressed so simple! So, that’s why I call it a color block even though if you google that term you’ll never find the article I’m talking about. If you do know the appropriate term for what I’m talking about would you leave it in the comments below? Thanks!

 

Both Lila and I love her closet. It is super child friendly, promotes independence, and adds a bit of sparkle to the room seeing all her pretty clothes.

What Makes It Montessori?

  • Transparent organizational system
  • Eye level options
  • She is able to pick out and put away her own clothes
  • Only have clothing available that is okay for the child the choose
  • Limiting quantities so making a choice isn’t overwhelming
  • An attractive, visually appealing area

In my opinion her closet is actually way too cluttered, but hey- my little lady needs her 12 pairs of shoes okay? Haha. This actually is not even a quarter of the clothes in the wardrobe- the rest of it is in my closet and I’ll only pull it out if I want her to wear something specific. I also have all of her off season clothes/shoes in there and will switch them out for things on her rack when it starts getting a little bit colder. Then there are just some things that just simply do not match her color block, (sorry yellow sandals, we still love you!) which is fine, but part of the Montessori teaching is to only have clothing available that is okay for the child to chose. I also think it would be discouraging to her if she put the effort into picking out an outfit and then I went and just switched it for something else because I didn’t want her wearing yellow sandals, with striped shirt, and a floral pants. Okay so maybe that doesn’t sound that bad- but our system works great for our home even though I might be a smidge controlling over her choices. Haha.

Actually getting the clothes on…

Lila is only two and half and for the most part still needs help getting dressed. As she gets older she will be less dependent on me to do the dressing so for now I always encourage her to try her best anyways. She is really good at putting on skirts, decent at getting on certain dresses, and excellent at taking off bottoms.

What Makes It Montessori?

When the child is learning to dress herself, help as little as possible, but enough to keep them from becoming frustrated.

Tips & Tricks

  • Lay clothing out on floor in the order they will put it on
  • Have a stool or a pillow to sit on
  • Show the child that they need to be able to to look down and see the tag or the writing on the underwear or the pants. If the clothing does end up backwards it’s fine as long as it isn’t bothering the child.
  • You can put the socks up and over toes, and let the child then pull them over the heel and up.

And, most importantly, give the child space and time. When you know that the child can do it, let them — even if you have to sit on your hands to keep from helping.

 

Laundry…

Our laundry basket for Lila’s clothes is at the right height for her eye level and she loves putting her clothes it it when she is done wearing them. She’ll always say, “Okay skirt it’s time to go in the basket!” and then she dunks it in. It’s like a total game to her or something, she loves it.

When her laundry basket reaches the top we go to the washer together and since she can’t reach the top I just have her hand me her clothes from the basket and I put them in myself. A lot of them end up on the floor and it takes forever, but she really feels like she is doing her laundry and I think that’s great. When the washer is done I’ll take her things out and hand them to her to put in the dryer. Again- a lot of them end up on the floor and it takes forever, but she really feels like she is doing her laundry and I think that’s great.

When the dryer is done it gets pretty hot so for safety I will put her clothes back in her basket. Then we will sit down together in front of her clothing rack and she helps put her clothes on their hanger and then onto her rack. She still needs help with a lot of clothes, but the ones that she can do she will do.

 

 

I really love having her closet set up this way and having complete control over what she can wear, without discouraging a choice she wants to make. Let me know in the comments if you have your toddler’s closet set up this way or if you like the idea of it. Thanks for reading.

Warmly,

Celeste Wright

 

Save this post to your favorite Pinterest board!

SaveSave

SaveSave

Continue Reading

Always A Ball At City Hall

At our city hall you have a 50% chance of spotting a princess. 😉

Happy Monday Friends!

I mean- Tuesday. Happy Tuesday Friends!

After lunch on Saturday we Lila wander around and spent seriously like an hour at this little spot. She loves splashing the fountains and there’s lots of kids and dogs running around so she has a great time just walking from fountain to fountain doing her thing. I love days where we have nothing to do and can just pick a spot to hang and follow Lila’s lead.

Tomorrow I’m sharing Lila’s ‘Montessori style’ closet. So check back for that! Thanks for reading.

Warmly,

Celeste Wright

SaveSave

Continue Reading

An Easy Summer Salad

Hi Friends!

Tonight with dinner I made an easy summer salad that I have been making on repeat all summer. You can whip up a big plate and enjoy it as a meal or you can make small bowl and have it a side dish. I like to make it in bulk and keep it in the fridge for anytime I am feeling snacky. Ingredients for An Easy Summer Salad are from Milk And Eggs. You can get 40% your entire purchase at Milk & Eggs when you click here for the code.

Enjoy! xx

Continue Reading

Family Fun At The LA County Fair

doin’ that insta story!

 

Greeting from the LA County Fair!

It was our first time at the LA fair and it was a blast. All of the attractions were beyond magical to see. Especially when the sunset turned the sky to dusk. Everything lit up and I felt like I was in the fair in Charlotte’s Web or something. I went to the Ventura County Fair a few times before, and this was like 100 times better at least. The attractions and halls were so perfectly detailed. We loved the Alice and Wonderland hall, especially the live rabbits at the Mad Tea Party. There was a Dinosaur exhibit where you got to walk through the dinos and Lila loved it. Even though she wanted to be held the whole time. Last thing that stuck out was the live animals. This part usually bums me out at fairs, but I kid you not these animals were fineeee. Every animal had tons of space and a trainer watching over it. There were lemurs, peacocks, giraffes, monkeys, alligators, parrots- I mean it was crazy. We had such a fun family night and I can’t wait to come back next year. Are you going to the fair this year? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Warmly,

Celeste Wright

 

 

*Thank you to the LA County Fair for generously sponsoring this post.

SaveSave

Continue Reading

Unicorn Tea Party

Plate // Divided Plate // Fork & Spoon // Bowl // Cup // Water Bottle // Bento Box // Reusable Bags

Hi Everyone!

A few weeks ago we got this adorable unicorn line from Cheeky Kids and it has been a big hit so far! Each piece is perfectly portioned for a toddler and the color is perfect for any girly girl. I linked everything above if you want to treat your little lady to a little unicorn surprise.

Happy long weekend!!!!

 

See The Instagram Post!

 

Save this post to your favorite Pinterest board!

SaveSave

Continue Reading

Benefits Of Baby Wearing

Lila’s Shoes // Baby Tula Toddler Carrier

Hi Everyone!

It is no secret that I love baby wearing. I have been wearing Lila since she was a newborn and I can attribute much of our bond to it. We have tried out a lot of different carriers together in our two and half years of baby wearing from frontward facing only carriers to multi facing carriers to wraps to slings and everything in between. Right now Lila weighs about 30 pounds and was having less and less space in our old carrier. We switched to Tula Baby a few months ago using one of their Free To Grow Carriers. The first time I put it on Lila fell asleep within minutes and had a nice long two hour nap in it. I love having Lila nap in the carrier because that means I can get stuff done while knowing that my baby is safe and sound.

“A Child Does Not Know What Direction He Is Going, But When He Is Attached To You, He Doesn’t Feel Lost.” -Gordon Neufeld

I recently came across this quote and it really stuck with me how true that feels. When I am holding her close she has such a calm to her that she doesn’t have at any other time.

I always knew baby wearing was for me, because it was in my mama bear gut. It always felt right for me and Lila as a baby was instantly calm if she was put in a carrier. After doing some research I came to learn that there really are some amazing benefits other than just that warm and fuzzy feeling of having your little one close to you.

1. Less Crying

Did you know that babies that are carried cry 43% less than babies that are not carried. And in the evening hours that number jumps to 54% – Don’t these numbers make you want to run and put your baby in a carrier? No one likes to hear their baby cry.

2. Breastfeeding

This is a big one for us. Lila always will breastfeed if she is the carrier and the best part is that she can breastfeed practically anywhere. She always hated doing that whole hiding her a blanket thing, so instead I would put her in the carrier and pop the hood over her. If there is one thing I couldn’t imagine my life as a mom without it’s breastfeeding the in the carrier.

3. Handsfree Mommin’

Whether they are asleep or not you can do anything you need to do handsfree. When Lila was little she would let me do anything as long as she was being carried. The best part is when she fell asleep and I could do anything I needed to do leaving me feeling productive and leaving her feeling cozy sleeping through it all.

4. Bonding

According to research worn babies are given a sense of security and affection. This helps to improve their neurological development. When worn babies are in tune to your heart rate, breathing, and your movements. This encourages baby and actually helps their nervous system function and keep organized.

5. Getting Exercise

Babies start small but then they get heavy! Carrying around that weight is a great workout for mom. It makes a walk around the block way more rewarding when you can come home and treat yourself to something yummy for all those extra calories you burned!

6. Easier Communication

With your little one right there in front of you, you will know almost instantly if something is wrong or if they are bothered. You are also able to comfort them at a moments notice.

Those are just a few of the reasons I LOVE baby wearing. I will continue to wear Lila until I can’t fit her in a carrier anymore. And just thinking that makes me so sad! I will always treasure these years we have had together where I felt like she was my extra limb.

 

Thanks for reading and let me know in the comments if you baby wear or plan to with your baby! 🙂

See The Instagram Post!

Save this post to your favorite Pinterest board!

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

Continue Reading

And We’re Off… To Bed!

Pajamas // Towel // Blanket // Washcloth // Cream // Powder // Diapers

Hi Everyone!

Have you noticed the days have been getting shorter? I sure have. Lila goes to sleep when the sun does, regardless of what the clock says and this we she has been turning in on the early side. Naps are a thing of the past, so to wind down the day it’s off to bath time right after dinner.

We have a new bath time routine which I will share next, and so far it’s been working out great. When bath time is over I scoop her out of the bath and get right into the bedroom. While she is still in her towel (which by the way this one is adorable and amazing) I start a movie on the tv. It’s almost always Moana, or if we are speeding things up it’s just one episode of Veggie Tales. While the movie starts I’ll give her a massage with my favorite cream, powder up the diaper area, diaper her up, and slip on her jammies. When her jammies are on I’ll brush her teeth which lately has turned into her trying to bite me, but I always win and get those teeth brushed. Last step is “lips” which Lila loves to put on and will ask for it as soon as her shirt goes over her head.

While she gets the wiggles out and jumps around like a monkey, always singing along with Moana I will tidy up the floor a bit and hang up het towel. Then I’ll get in bed with her, put her in the dock a tot with 2 blankets and nurse her until she falls asleep. We definitely have our bedtime routine down which I wanted to create ever since she stopped napping.

So that’s us! Now tell me what do you do to get that baby to bed? Till next time.

Continue Reading

A Class Of Her Own

Lila’s Look Is c/o Cotton On Kids  — Dress // Jacket // Shoes // Bag

 

Hi Everyone!

If you are a mama bear then chances are high that your kiddo is in school today! What a roller coaster of emotions. My little lady isn’t even in school yet and I get emotional every time I hear her say, “Hi my name is Lila and I’m going back to school!” She is just copying her older cousin who is starting 1st grade today, ahhhh! We spent the past few weeks helping her cousin get to ready for today and Lila loves the idea of going to back to school mainly because it sounds fun. She really does love her cousin’s school though. When we visit she has so much fun and does not want to leave. Maybe it’ll be different when she realizes mommies don’t stay at school with the kids. I’m pretty sure that will ruin it for her and she’ll want to wait like 5 more years to leave me. Maybe not though. Haha.

Really though half the fun of going back to school is the back to school shopping! So me and my sister took the girls to one of their favorite places, Cotton On Kids. My local mall has a mega location and it is seriously the girls’ favorite store. They want to go in there and play/go shopping every single time we go the mall. It’s pretty dang cute! Annnd it was so much fun taking them and loading them up from the shopping spree that we might just have to make this a yearly tradition.

Stay strong this week mamas, sending love!

 

See the Instagram Post!

SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Continue Reading
1 2 3 11