What is a nido

the starter guide for the curious parent.

Most of us have heard about Montessori, but do you know about Nido Montessori ? Based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori, education begins at birth, when your baby’s mind is already busy absorbing their environment and learning about the world.

Nido for babies and toddlers is all about how to set up a stimulating but safe environment for them, and how to nurture their natural born curiosity and interest for independent exploration.

At this sensitive age your baby should not be overwhelmed with flashy objects and bright lights though, but rather stimulated with simple and elegant objects that are appealing and age appropriate.

Things to know


Nido essentials are about building confidence and introducing your baby to his first sensory play and objects. Exploring fine and gross motor skills, being able to recognize textures, knowing his own body and coordinate movements are all key pillars in your baby’s developmental milestones.


The successful development of these basic competences lays the foundations for any future skills and determines how well we will learn as toddlers and teenagers.


Each time your baby master a new skill or get acquainted and comfortable with a new texture it strengthens his sense of confidence that will stay throughout his life.

Though Nido comes from Maria Montessori it is important to separate the two.


Nido is adapted to the newborn - 12 month

The Nido objects teaches you baby important skills WITHOUT requiring any conscious efforts, control of movement or developed coordination skills.

The Nido space and objects are adapted to the very early stages of childhood development. They are the first toys and comfort objects that gives your child the fundamental feeling of confidence.


Montessori eductaion and play usually starts by 3 years old.

You child should be able to control movement and impulses when starting Montessori. Have developed fine motor skills (e.g. careful use of the hands), have self-awareness, as well as concentration and patience.

Montessori is a much more intellectual activity. Its learning through objects which are often more robust and solid wooden toys, that encourage autonomous play and imagination.

So as we can see, what sets Nido and Montessori apart is neither the philosophy nor the objectives. Its the age at which you introduce the two complimentary concepts.
Think of Nido as the foundation for preparing your child, his confidence, motor skills, body awareness and much more to the successful start with a Montessori education.