I like many parents do a lot of reading of parenting articles. I love hearing about new or different parenting techniques and applying the ones that work for our family. I also have really enjoyed talking with other parents on what works for them. I have gotten some of the best tips from other parents.
When my first son was little I remember having a conversation with another mom about Montessori parenting. I liked a lot of the simple things that they incorporated into their infants learning environment. I remember being pretty intrigued by the idea of a movement mat which is a mat that is often surrounded by low shelves and a mirror to give the infant a safe environment to learn and explore. I wasn’t able to set this type of area up with my son, but I often set up a mirror in front of him while he was on the blanket. Now that I have my second child, I really liked the idea of setting up a safe space just for baby separate from his bigger brother’s play area. Which in addition to being a lot less cluttered, will hopefully keep his big brother’s toys separate and baby D safe from choking hazards. So when I was given the opportunity to review Little Lamb Floor Beds I was pretty excited.
I’m still working on finishing his space, but I have dedicated a small corner of our living room for Baby D, and I am loving having his Little Lamb Floor Bed there.
In addition to a play space since the mat is portable, I have also really enjoyed using it for taking pictures on as it makes a great blank canvas. I have used it for some holiday pictures as well as for his month-day pictures!
- Two layers of soft, thick Unreal Lambskin synthetic fleece sewn back-to-back.
- Encourages independence and voluntary muscle movement in infants.
- Perfect for Montessori homes, co-sleepers, or during potty training.
- Portable, washable, soft and safe. Can be used with or without a mattress underneath.
- Non-allergenic, stain resistant, machine washable and dryer safe.
More than anything else Baby D loves using this spot to explore the small world around him. Like the Montessori way of learning, I like that it is a blank slate for me to put his toys against. Colors and textures really stand out. He usually spends his daily tummy time there playing, and when he gets tired it’s soft and cushy for him to lay his head down and take a rest.
However, it doesn’t take long for him to be joined by his brother. Just today they spent almost a whole hour quietly playing together/side by side.
When Baby D is older I look forward to using it when we are potty training. Especially at night since no one likes changing sheets all the time and the unreal lambskin and fleece pull moisture away from the child. The only thing I have noticed is that the mat does seem to shed a bit even though it says it won’t. I am pretty sure if I wash it again we may cut down on the small amount of shedding we do have.
I have also thought about using the Little Lamb Floor Bed as a nap/sleeping pad when we travel. Instead of having K crawl into bed with us when space is at a premium, it may be nice for him to have his only little spot.
The mats come in a few different sizes. I was given the medium mat(23”-35”) but they also come in small, large, and extra large as well. They start at $34 for the small mat and go up to $74 for the extra large mat. I could see purchasing an large size for my older son. If my son went to a longer preschool and needed a sleeping mat I would for sure buy another for him. Happy to have the Little Lamb Bed in our home!
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