SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Montessori Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Nurturing Your Baby with Love, Respect, and Understanding

Workman. Apr. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781523512409. pap. $19.95. CHILD REARING
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Love, respect, understanding, and calm are key Montessori aspects that Montessori educators Davies (The Montessori Toddler) and Uzodike seek to help parents reproduce in their home life. The “absorbent mind” principle Maria Montessori advocated can be incorporated from birth onward leading to a more mindful parenting that is centered in meeting baby’s needs. Focusing on creating a “yes”-centered environment where infants can safely explore using all of their senses, this volume contains photos from homes around the world utilizing the Montessori principles. The book advocates a simple environment with less stuff, less fuss, and a slower speed of life. Beautiful illustrations and an easy-to-read format make this work a delight. Creating a sense of attachment and communicating to the baby in a way that facilitates learning and growth are central to the values of raising a child Montessori-style.
VERDICT Parents who resonate with this philosophy will find this book a must-read.

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