Skip to main content

Baby and Toddler Chairs -- Some Options

Montessori environments aim to allow children to develop as much independence as possible. For babies and toddlers, having the right sized piece of furniture can often make all the difference in allowing them to move independently throughout their home. When we think of small chairs, we often think of weaning. But, the right small chair in a Montessori home can actually be really helpful in a variety of situations. 

Montessori friendly baby and toddler chair options. These chairs are the perfect additions to a Montessori home.
This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. 

In particular, the right small chair can be used to assist in dressing, reading, putting on shoes, working at a table, and of course eating! It really does open up a completely new world when can move around a space without needing adult help or intervention. Just imagine how difficult life would be if you always had to climb up to get on the furniture or had to ask for help every time you wanted to sit down. 

1. 5" Chair 7" Chair | 2. Bench | 3. Cube Chair  | 4. 8" Chair  | 5. 6" Chair  | 6. 5" Chair  | 7. Low Chair | 8. Highback Chair | 9. Cube Chair | 10. 12" Taller Chair | 11. RIE Style Stool | 12. IKEA stool 

There are a few things that I look for when I'm picking out a chair for my kids. One, I want something sturdy. I want something that isn't going to tip or fall if my kids are climbing into it. I also want it to provide the right amount of support when they are leaning around on it. Two, it needs to be the right height. Many of these chairs come in a variety of heights to fit a child. My children are really small so we have smaller chairs in our house. But you want something where they can get in and out on their own, and sit with their feet flat on the floor. 
"In the home, the ideal environment for the child should also contain child-sized furniture, and utensils which he can handle himself." Maria Montessori
We, personally, have several of the number 1 brand chairs. I really like them because they have a wider seat (which fits older but shorter children), they have nice arms for support, and they have great handles to move around. They are also a great price! We've gotten them for around $40 each (although the price fluctuates on Amazon quite a bit so wait for the supply to go up). 

Do you have a toddler or baby chair that you love? How do your children use it?



Anonymous said…
Hi, have you or anyone else considered/has an experience of the 'ergonomic' seats e.g. balls etc.? They are meant to be better for the back and the posture. I know they are probably not sitting very long and have freedom to move but I wonder if anyone has any experience. Thx
I think for babies and toddlers specifically, many people recommend the RIE style stools for those reasons.
Anonymous said…
Thanks, apologies I forgot your kids are younger than mine. I had in mind 3 +. Also by ergonomic I meant 'wobbly' so that they have to engage their core muscles to sit. It seems to have a number of benefits for posture, muscles etc. They seem to benefit 'fidgety' children as well as those with adhd and other 'conditions'. Just contemplating if I should, going forward, change the wooden stools to these.
SeedhiBaat said…
When is right time to introduce chair to a baby ? Also, how do you adjust for a growing baby ? In your experience, how many chairs did you go through for a baby and can the lower height ones still be useful ?
SPARKY said…
Can someone also recommend tables that go with these chairs?
Candice said…
I have been reading your blog (which has been invaluable) since my 9-month old was 6 weeks old and can't believe I am finally posting my first comment. First of all thank you. The Kavanaugh Report has been an absolutely tremendous resource.

I have been trying to "follow the child" but I have found it can be tricky deciding how to respond appropriately to my baby's developmental needs. As SeedhiBaat asked, when is the right time to introduce a chair? What are the signs that he is ready for a table? My living room has evolved quite a bit but I worry about keeping up with my mobile explorer and providing him with the prepared environment he needs.

Because he seems to always be looking for something new to pull up on, I put out several safe surfaces all over the home for pulling up (suitcases laid flat, his bassinet stroller upside down, and a few underbed storage bins). His latest trick though is trying to climb on top of these things which makes me nervous because we have marble floors so it is a hard fall from the top. I would be interested to hear what you have to say on when to introduce a chair etc. because I am a bit stuck at the intersection of my baby loves a new "challenge" and how to safely follow my baby's cues.

Popular Posts

The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2017

When you are interested in Montessori, it can be difficult to know exactly what types of products you should get for your home. Or which types of "Montessori" materials are really worth the price. There are no rules about types of products can use the name Montessori which can add to the confusion. Not to mention, every toy manufacturer slaps the word "educational" on the package for good measure!

2017 UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a variety of brands and new product finds! Just a reminder that no one child will be interested in all of this or needs all of this. These toys are just here to spark ideas and give you a feeling for some Montessori-friendly options available! 

So, with this post, I'm going to try to help with this confusion! Here's a list of Montessori-friendly toys and materials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 

First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created to…

Which Open-Ended Toys are "Worth it?"

As a Montessori parent, I try to provide a mix of materials in our home to engage my kids! That work that will spark joy, concentration, and repetition. It's not always an easy task, as Maria Montessori said, "Life is mysterious...only the choice of life can choose the work that the child truly needs. Therefore, the teacher respects this mysterious process and knows to wait with faith." So, there does sometimes feel like there is a bit of trial and error when it comes to choosing materials that your children need. 

For us, the right balance is easier to find when I spend time deeply observing my children. Watching their interests, sitting on my hands if I have to, letting them struggle a little with things, and letting them get bored. And what I have personally found is that here at home, a combination of open ended materials and more structured work have been the right balance. Open ended toys wouldn't necessarily be found in a Montessori classroom, but they are perf…

A Montessori Approach to Purging Your Toys

Becoming a Montessori family has been life changing in so many ways, most obviously with the amount and type of materials we use in our home. Once you see why having so many toys is a problem, or when you make the decision to move towards Montessori, it can be completely overwhelming. But, taking a Montessori approach to purging your toys is possible! And, it doesn't exactly mean that you have to throw away everything you have and start over with only expensive wooden toys. It will mean taking a hard look at what you have and whether it really fits with Montessori.

One note, however, Montessori is at its core about following your child's own path and respecting your child as a whole person. So, if your child has a toy, lovey, book, or whatever that your child super loves or is super attached to, but it doesn't fit Montessori ideals, don't take it away. Follow your child, that is more Montessori than whether or not you own some specific consumer product. 
How to Purge You…