You read that correctly. It doesn't say toddler-proof bathroom. Kylie of How We Montessori made simple updates to her family's bathroom that makes it more user-friendly for her eighteen-month-old. Rather than keeping bathroom items out of his reach, she has created a few ways for him to access all of the toiletries he needs to get ready for his day.Kylie strives to instill Montessori principles into her family's everyday, which she details on her blog (a great resource for parents interested in incorporating Montessori into their homes). Her bathroom reorganization is a perfectly easy example of setting up a room to allow children access without adult intervention, a Montessori must. Her son, Otis, has some age-appropriate independence in a room where many parents would rather monitor a toddler's every move.
A few toddler-sized bottles allow Otis to pour his own soap and bubble bath without emptying their entire supply. Some temporary caddies and a low-hung mirror create an area perfect for brushing his teeth and hair and washing his face. A simple stool at the sink gives him the ability to wash his hands on his own. The result is several aesthetically pleasing, practical, and child-centered zones that allow the whole family to share their bathroom space.
How have you made your toddlers' possessions more accessible to them? Or do you prefer to keep them out of reach?
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