Setting the table, Montessori Style

One of the key principles in Montessori is allowing your child the independence to manage themself in a prepared environment. This includes mealtimes! But how does this actually look when serving and eating meals?

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A great start is a ‘weaning table’, which just means a small child size table that they can sit at just like we sit at the dining table. You might like to serve their snack or lunch here, or go the whole hog and have all their meals in this space. 

This is a super cute set from MontessoriHOUSEbed

Montessori Wooden Kids Weaning Table by MontessoriHOUSEbed

I just love that the table and chair heights are adjustable depending on which way up you put them.

Another great option is the Oslo Table and Chair set from Hip Kids!

Oslo Table and Chair Set by Hip Kids



Many families would prefer that their child eat at the family table, which requires a highchair. Most highchairs, however, don’t really meet the expectations of Montessori. The child is contained in a unit and doesn’t have the freedom to move around. They often have an attached table which is separated from your table. 

If you want your child to sit at your table there are highchairs that fit more neatly in the Montessori mindset. These are normally made of timber with limited attachments and features. They have a foot plate that give the child a sturdy place to plant their feet to give them extra stability. For some children this stability is necessary for them to develop their eating skills, so it’s definitely and important feature! 

One great example is the Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair – 

Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair
Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair

This chair will last you YEARS, primarily because is is so customisable. The seat plate and the foot plate can be adjusted to the height necessary for your child to sit comfortably at the table with their knees bent and their feet firmly planted. Many families opt to keep the chair forever and just remove the smaller seat plate, using the foot plate as an adult seat! And yes, it will bear an adult’s weight! 

As you can see in the image above, this chair is really just that, it doesn’t come with padding, straps or any other accessories in the base model, although you can get these things if you want them. 

You can also often score this chair in great condition second hand! Always worth checking eBay

Another option that is like the Stokke Tripp Trapp but a bit more budget friendly is the Mocka Soho Highchair. It’s another great height adjustable chair with a footplate. Design wise they are incredibly similar, so it’s a more a matter of preference really. 

Mocka Soho Highchair

Which would you prefer? At the table with you or at their own child sized table? Or maybe both! 

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