Nearly every room in our home has a bit of Montessori inspiration in it. Our bathroom is no exception! With the amount of use and play it gets, the changes we've done are totally worth it.
(corporate lingo ahead)
Let's first "align-on-the-principles" : Montessori pays careful attention to creating an environment that encourages children to learn through exploration and independence. If you think of these two things for a child in a bathroom, you'll find big and small ways to make a difference.
|Goodbye 1970s tiles!|
We made everything white to bring the bright sunshine in:
|A teeny toilet - independence down to flushing by herself!|
|A lowered sink!|
Here's a tour of the little DIY-touches that make our space constantly evolving as she grows.
First the sink area:
|The sink area : entirely functional for independent hygiene|
|... Or a creative art idea|
|... Or a flashcard lesson.|
The toilet area:
|Within reach and easy to press down for little fingers|
|The area in front of the toilet has a towel to wipe after she uses the bidet; |
plus extra hooks for storage all at kid-height
|The wall above the toilet converts adult towel racks into an open storage area. I leave the green night light on for safety when she pees while we're asleep ; the yellow light is for my light fetish at night.|
The shower area has these kid-height shelves and more hooks for toy storage. You can tell we've got some usual bath time and play time rituals by the stuff we keep handy:
Our bath and shampoo double as our play tools, and I like having them out handy to teach her to wash herself... and everything else. It's part Montessori, part fun. This is also the reason why I chose not to use a hugely expensive brand and turn into a control freak over dosage.
For obvious reasons today, I love Johnson's Baby with a passion. Hahaha - call it fate!
I know it may seem like a lot of fuss over a bathroom, but for our home it's made such a difference. I still smile when she announces, "I have to make pee!" and races off by herself. I still love to see her exploring play in the shower area (here and here and here). Her playmates love coming over and using the bathroom effortlessly.