Furniture has the ability to encourage a child to move about more freely.

Have you ever thought about how much time your child is physically confined in a stroller,

crib, highchair, playpen, or car seat. If you add it all up, it would probably be a significant
part of the day.

But allowing a child to explore in a safe environment will provide many learning advantages.
Although unorthodox, there are many viable alternatives to cribs and highchairs.

In a Montessori home, for example, infants sleep on mats on the floor rather than in cribs. 
Many of these children crawl and walk months earlier than the average child because they have 
more opportunities to practice.  

Children as young as seven months sit in weaning chairs with their feet on the floor rather than 
in highchairs. 

Although this method requires meticulous child-proofing and patience in getting the child to 
focus on the task at hand, it encourages a child to move, explore, and learn.

It is important to be flexible and willing to make adjustments when things don’t work.
An adult sized dresser that is too tall or has excessively heavy drawers - while fine in a 
newborn’s room -discourages an older child from learning how to dress himself.

Books stored on high shelves with spines out are hard for children to see, access and put away.

What kind of furniture have you bought for your child ?