Sixtine’s Montessori Toddler Room

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[Banner by My Little Day] I have been working on posting about Sixtine’s room for a while. There wasn’t much to show at first: Sixtine just moved to the guest room as Victoire, her baby sister has now taken over her infant room. Her new room is a nice size and I think she will be happy in it for years to come (providing we stay in this house). We decided to paint the walls (egg shell white) as the previous color wasn’t acceptable for a child her age (very excitable color). She is very happy in her new room – love the space. I will call it Montessori-inspired rather than truly Montessori. In my opinion, a Montessori room should be simple, natural yet pretty and accessible for the child. I feel that I managed to do that even though I still have lots in mind for this room. But I need time and money to achieve the ideal room I want for my daughter.

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Low-bed or floor bed. This is I believe the “essence” of a Montessori room. The transition from a crib to a floor-bed was quick and she adjusted very well. She stays in bed during naps and bedtime and gets really excited to get into it. So much space and so much fun. She seems so little in her big girl’s bed but she is so happy! I like to sit on the rug and read books or cuddle. [Bedding+ Rug: Ikea. Pillow cover: Maison du Monde]

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Low shelving. [Ikea] Night lamp [Local souvenir shop from PEI], little rug for night time cuddles and reading stories [from cousin Ava], little hen [from Juliette, Obaibi], basket containing three books – I change them every other week depending on interest, bead maze [from Sherry and Trent], pattern blocks [Oxybul France], Melissa & Doug farm puzzle, and wooden cars. I realize now that she has very few toys and I am hoping to be able to change time in the near future. We do lots at home but she doesn’t have many toys per se.

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Learning/Art corner. The biscuits box [bought in Paris during our last trip] contains crayons and crayolas. The rabbit picture is a beautiful painting by Albrecht Durer “The Young Hare”. Pictures of butterfly and birds found on the internet (she loves birds!), and a file-organizer by Martha Stewart – for paper, coloring pages, construction paper.

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Changing table/Drawer. Montessori experts would probably “disagree” with the idea of a changing table. nd Sixtine has been showing signs of potty learning readiness, we will soon change that and move the toilet area (diaper/wipes etc) to the bathroom. But so far, it has been very handy. My husband like to change her on the floor which is more appropriate with the approach – I just like to be standing to do her hair and change her diaper. First two drawers contain diapers, skin products, underwear and socks. Last two contain things that I don’t want her to have access to just now but that are for her (mostly art and crafts items).

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PJ Hanger [by Maison du monde]. She loves that taste of independence.

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Care of self corner. It is located in the family bathroom. I fill up the bowl with water in the morning/in the evening to wash her face and hands and at different times of day when the need arises. She also loves to brush and comb her hair. Even though Mama has to help with a “proper” brush to make her hair nice (she has very curly hair). I had to take away her toothbrush and toothpaste as she would run around in the house with it (and it eventually was put in the garbage!) So I had to get a new one and blablabla.

So what is your opinion? Any suggestions? Would love to get a tour of your nursery/toddler/child room! If you have ever posted about it, please link in comment.

Little Miss Yellow Rubber Boots At The Beach

Summer in Prince Edward Island, Canada

Prince Edward Island, Canada beaches in the summer.

Click here to see Prince Edward Island, in the winter

It will be a month today that I have started blogging and it’s been a great experience so far. I love interacting with fellow mamas and dads about everything parenting and the little things. I am not sure why I started writing in the first place but it sure does me a lot of good. It is getting a little easier to write each and every day and I am hoping to get better with time. Thank you for showing interest in it and welcome to the new followers ! Stay in touch:

Another Crispy Morning

Shopping For Babies and Older Kids

This is an outfit from Gap, bought in the infant/boy section. There was a white/girlier version but I love grey on her.

Coming from Paris and having lived in London, two of the best shopping cities in Europe, I was very excited to find out we were having a girl so I could by her cute clothes. Unfortunately, my favorite children boutiques are over 4000 miles away and it is very saddening. ( I know there are sadder things happening in the world right now but still…)

I am, however, very lucky to have family and friends with great taste in clothing located in Europe who have been showering us with cute outfits for our daughter.

When the winter sales started in Paris last January, I couldn’t sleep. I knew that my favorite shops (they have online websites) would be offering great deals for great looking and great quality clothing so after the 5-6am feeding, I turned my computer on and started the shopping frenzy ! I bought from Okaibi, Cyrillus, and Petit Bateau that early morning from size 6 months to 18 months. These boutiques can be pretty expensive but the sales were really good. So I recommend you wait for those amazing biannual deals if you want to introduce some French cuteness in your child’s dresser ! Oh and I recommend Monoprix and DPAM baby as well – they have adorable outfits !

Here on the island (Prince Edward Island, Canada), the choices are very limited. The Children’s place is the first shop that comes in mind (because it is the only shop specialized in children clothing if I am not mistaken) and it has a good selection of clothing for almost always discounted prices. Gap has a very small infant area but the toddler and up section has a bit more selection. Joe Fresh has some cute stuff as well and then, there are department stores such as Sears, Walmart, etc… Luckily, Moncton, which is New Brunswick’s largest shopping centre, is only about two hours away.

I personally don’t buy much on the island as I , as I mentioned earlier, have been lucky enough to be offered clothes from family and friends (from Europe or the Island). But when I need something, I usually start with Gap, then The Children’s place or Joe Fresh. I have nothing against clothes being less expensive (on the contrary !) but I dress my daughter a little more classic than the selection offered by Walmart and other department stores.

My 18-pound parcel is on its way (I had my orders delivered at my mother’s house in Paris) and I can NOT wait.

Saying that, I know some of you (reading on forums and FB) like their young children in comfortable clothes (PJs, onesies…) and I have nothing against it. I just love dressing my daughter every morning with something pretty and cute.

Any other store on the island you would like to recommend? Online boutiques? Please share !