Infants are at an extraordinary stage of development that is the foundation of their life, what Dr Maria Montessori referred to as the unconscious absorbent mind. From birth the infant is capable of decision making, memory, communication, emotion, social interaction, attention, and concentration.
At MGRI the relationships between infants and faculty are highly personalized, nurturing, attentive, and responsive in order to promote healthy and secure attachment. Feeding, eating, sleeping, and diaper changing are individualized according to interests and needs rather than a schedule. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed when possible or supply breastmilk. The transition to solid foods and independent eating is personalized with the use of a weaning table.
The design of the infant area assists natural exploration and movement for proper physical and muscle development, encouraging their independence and curiosity. Infants are not confined in high chairs, walkers, playpens, or other restrictive furniture. Open floor beds allow for the freedom of the infant to select to enter or leave as desired. Pacifies are not used to interfere with the primary source of engagement for the infant’s reality.