A PARENT’S GUIDE TO NURTURING YOUR BABY WITH LOVE, RESPECT AND UNDERSTANDING
Written by two AMI Montessori teachers and parents
The Montessori Baby is now available via any bookseller!
plus other online retailers + your local bookstore
and to be translated into 20+ languages (see below)
Brazil – Portuguese / Bulgarian / Chinese – Simplified / Czech / Dutch / Estonian / German / Greek / Hungarian / Indonesian / Italian / Korean / Latvian / Lithuanian / Norwegian / Polish / Portuguese / Russian / Slovakian / Spanish / Thai / Turkish / Vietnamese
* to have the book translated into another language, an established publisher can put in a proposal to purchase the rights to translate and distribute the book
What people are saying about “The Montessori Baby”
“A wealth of practical advice on how to implement Montessori’s deeply respectful approach to raising a baby” – Angeline S. Lillard, PhD, author of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius.
“Thanks Simone, I am loving it!” – Julia (3 children, pregnant with 4th)
“In my opinion your book should be mandatory reading for all parents. I feel very lucky to get the chance to read the book already, so again, thank you so much.” Mila (mother of a 4 month old baby and Montessori teacher for 6-12 year olds)
“I really think you and Junnifa should be really pleased with the work you’ve created here. Thank you so much for sharing this early look at your book! I can’t wait to rave about it and give it away and tell everyone about it.” Meghan (Montessori teacher and expecting her 4th baby)
“I’ve always found the Montessori principles intriguing but ambiguous, so this book made them very clear and straightforward for me. It’s actually really comprehensive. The book starts by laying out what the Montessori education is in detail, followed by a chronological guide from conception to the baby’s first six weeks of life (perfect for a mama still in preparation!). This rich guide also contains information on how to prepare your home, how to think of yourself as a parent, and finally the juiciest part – the activities for babies as they grown, from language to movement, music and more. It’s packed with practical tips. What’s more, they layout and graphics are great and easy to read. Even better – not too complicated to apply.” – Wendy, goodreads.com
It’s Time To Change The Way We See Babies
Now it’s baby’s turn! Filled with the values, advice, and aesthetic that have made The Montessori Toddler a parenting bestseller, with over 200,000 copies in print, The Montessori Baby is here to help new parents find the support and peace they crave.
Cowritten by Montessori Toddler author Simone Davies and fellow Montessori educator Junnifa Uzodike, The Montessori Baby draws on the child-led principles of the Montessori educational method to foster a first year defined by love, respect, understanding, and a surprising sense of calm.
Maria Montessori observed that all children have what she called “an absorbent mind,” ready to drink it all in, and that the role of parents is to mindfully assist in their learning and development. With babies, that means less is more—a lot less stuff, for sure, but also less speed; slow way down, and avoid rushing through feeding, diaper changes, and the like.
It means establishing a “yes” space—where baby can safely explore absolutely everything, whether with hands or mouth. It means setting up activities to help promote baby’s movement and language development, but then to step back—the parent’s role is to prepare the environment, not be the entertainer. There are tips on how to set clear and kind boundaries, how to create a secure sense of attachment, how best to speak to baby, and even what kind of toys to use (mobiles especially)—all through the Montessori lens.
And like its predecessor, The Montessori Baby is that rare parenting book that’s a pleasure to look at—beautiful color illustrations and a bright airy design reinforce the book’s direct and jargon-free approach. It may also inspire parents to look at their own homes in a different way and use the Montessori aesthetic to create an environment of uncluttered calm. The whole family will benefit.
Beautiful illustrations by Sanny van Loon, book design by Hiyoko Imai, and contributors from all around the world practising Montessori (Nicole Kavanaugh, Raising Yannis, Forest Montessori, Montessorian by Heart, Montessori Chapters, Montessori in Real Life). I’m so grateful to these beautiful souls – an honour to work with all of them and we cannot wait to help even more families apply the Montessori principles from birth.
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About the authors
Who are Simone and Junnifa?
Simone and Junnifa are both trained AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Montessori teachers working in the classroom and applying the Montessori principles with their own families. They are both passionate about the young child and a peaceful, positive way to parent them for the whole family.
Simone Davies is the author of “The Montessori Toddler,” has been working in Montessori since 2004, and has a popular blog and instagram, “The Montessori Notebook”. She is also mother to two young adults. Simone currently runs parent-child Montessori classes in Amsterdam at her school Jacaranda Tree Montessori.
Junnifa Uzodike lives in Nigeria and is trained as a Montessori teacher with AMI for all age groups. She has 3 young children and set up Fruitful Orchard Montessori School in 2018 which serves toddlers through to elementary children. She is also the youngest member and first African member of the AMI board. Her blog and instagram “nduoma” is a well-respected resource for Montessori families.
In this book, we share all the answers to the questions we get asked about Montessori for babies. We can’t wait for you to get your copy and have more families bring Montessori principles into their home from birth.
We hope you love it as much as we do.