Derived from the Italian word for “nest,” Nido refers to the Montessori environment designed specifically for infants from birth to around 18 months old. This setting is carefully prepared to offer a warm, secure, and nurturing space that mirrors the loving care and gentle stimulation that a child receives at home. The Nido environment is characterized by its attention to safety, cleanliness, and beauty, with soft colors, natural light, and materials that are safe and appealing to infants.

In the Nido, infants are provided with opportunities for movement and exploration to support their physical development, including motor skills and coordination. The space typically includes floor beds instead of cribs, allowing babies the freedom to move and explore their surroundings as they naturally wish to do. Materials and activities are selected to meet the developmental needs of infants, such as objects with different textures for sensory exploration, simple toys that encourage grasping and hand-eye coordination, and mirrors to stimulate self-awareness.

The Nido emphasizes respect for each child’s individual pace of development. Caregivers, trained in the Montessori method, observe and respond to the infants’ cues, supporting their natural desire to explore, learn, and grow. Activities in the Nido aim to foster independence, concentration, and a sense of security, laying the foundation for lifelong learning in accordance with Montessori principles.