6 Weeks to Developmentally Walking
Rather than using walkers, swings, pacifiers and high chairs to pacify and restrict the actions of the infant, the Montessori infant environment (Nido) offers an environment of hands-on, real-life experiences to develop the whole child and maximize the future potential of that human life. Growing in such an environment enables the infant by the age of about one (1) year to move, speak and choose with intention, to act independently of the adult, to put order to the sensory information received and respond using intelligent thought processes, to discriminate among desire, and to function in a social community with respect for others.
“The infant must not be seen only as a fragile body, rather the majesty of the unconscious power, which will succeed in transforming him into a man. He is not only a body to keep alive and to take care of in the necessities of physical health … He is a man potentially. He must be given a help to life.” Dr. Maria Montessori.