I am a 21 year old college student with a 9 month old daughter. My fiancé and I are renting a bedroom in his parent's house, essentially living with his parents while we finish school. Basically, very limited space. We both work part time.
While I have an idealistic goal that I strive for with my daughter, it has been hard to incorporate all my wishes. I want to lead a natural, wholesome life with my little family. We are blessed that his family has nice garden that we help with, as well as chickens and an expanse of property. I have managed to exclusively breast feed for 6 months, and now only supplment with organic formula since I have started working, but this is only rarely. I cloth-diaper, feed her primarily organic foods and fresh produce, avoid plastic and processed foods, and try to allow her many self-directed experiences and exploration. Almost all of her toys are handmedowns and gifted items, and while I am beyond grateful, they are almost all plastic and battery-operated noise-makers. She already seems bored with them. She prefers to play with our "real life" items, such as cooking utensils and large hair clips, video game controller... Still not ideal items.
I have been really busy with the end of the semester and feel like it's taking a toll on both my daughter and I. Luckily, next month I will be free to focus on her and my fiancé, albeit 15 hours of working each week.
I took the time to explain all this so you would have a basic picture of our life. I would love for her to have a Montessori bedroom with a floor bed and child-sized furniture, but that is not possible at this time. She is on absolutely no sort of schedule except for eating times, and bath-tooth brush-book-nurse-sleep at night.
I would like to create some sort of basic (not rigid) schedule for her, as well as inexpensive and enriching activities. Is there any way to incorporate more natural parenting, Montessori and Waldorf inspired, for my family? Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Thank you for taking the time to read my novella! Hah.