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Floor Beds For Babies

Would You Ditch the Crib and Try a Floor Bed?

The crib is the centerpiece of a lil one's nursery, or is it? According to the Montessori educational philosophy, a mattress placed directly on the floor (of a child-safe room) is the ideal place for a lil one to sleep — the thought being that once the tot can crawl, he can play with the items in his room — meaning the crib has no place in the nursery.

One mama is sharing her adventures in trying to "floor sleep" train her 8-month-old tot. On Tall Tara, Tara shares images and insight into her son's adjustment to the unusual sleeping arrangement — five months into the "experiment" she says he wakes up on the bed approximately 95 percent of the time (though nap time is a whole other story!), while other times he can be found just resting his head on the mattress, or completely on the floor.

Would you consider ditching the crib and relying on a floor bed?

Photos courtesy of: Tall Tara

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lickety-split lickety-split 4 years
this is what we did when we moved our kids from a crib to a bed. with my middle daughter, this would have worked just fine. with the other 2; no freakin way. the crib kept them in a confined area where sleep was the only option. my youngest climbed out of her crib at about 13 months, so she was in a bed (mattress on the floor) then. but at least i had that 13 months.
Jenny-Sugar Jenny-Sugar 4 years
I don't think this is something I'd try until my daughter was at least 2. Kids always have creative ways of making a seemingly "child-safe" not so safe. Mine for one is quite the climber and I caught her scaling the bookshelf the other day. Would not want her doing that unsupervised in the middle of the night!
DCWorkingMommy DCWorkingMommy 4 years
If I can convince my husband, I would totally love to give this option a try. No doubt my son will likely try to entertain himself if he has a little freedom, but we want him to feel comfortable in his own room, not trapped or confined. Thanks for sharing this!
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 4 years
This is such an interesting idea and something I've never thought about before.
amber512 amber512 4 years
My best friend has twin 2-year-old's two and all I can do is picture them getting up to play together.
ilanac13 ilanac13 4 years
i'm sure that for some folks this makes sense, but for me, i think that it gives my toddler too much freedom and potentially too much stimulation at night when they would be able to get up and do what they wanted without restriction. right now i have enough trouble getting them to sleep (i have 2 yr old twins) because they like to play or talk. if they could roam around - it would be BAD i think.
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