30 Jul 2014, 10:02pm
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The Tea Art Gallery

As I limit myself to NOT discussing clothing and kids fashion here on the blog, I never get to talk to you about my #1 BY FAR FAVORITE clothing brand for my kids. For YEARS a majority of their wardrobe (not counting school uniforms) has comprised of the great designs and comfy fabrics from Tea Collection. I stock up on the summer clothes at the end of the season, and in here in Florida, my boys wear their Tea Collection tees and shorts all year long. For proof, just scroll through my Instagram feed. You’re bound to see what I’m talking about.

So, WHY am I talking about this when the blog isn’t about fashion? Because Tea Collection has partnered with Art.com to bring their graphics, including this season’s Germany Collection to you in art form! The art of Tea,suits your walls as much as your wardrobe!  Previous seasons have been inspired by China and Morocco.

Tea Collection Germany Girly

clockwise from top left: Snowburst, Baby Owl, Forest Floral, Fox Trot

Tea Art Collection Bauhaus inspired

clockwise from top left: Helicopter, ABC 123, Mototrike, Gesundheit

Tea Collection Art bavaria snow winter

clockwise from top left: Bavarian Snowmonster, Ski Slopes, Polar Bear Mountain, Snowflake

And this is just a small sampling of what’s available.  So much potential nursery wall art!

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Modern Kids Dining: In Black and White

We’ve started exploring the black and white trend for nurseries, but it works in any room of the home. This clean modern dining room from alebesso.com features a stokke tripp trapp in black. I imagined setting the table in this space and added a little fun for the child at the table. I couldn’t help myself with the pandas. There were just too many great panda items. Believe me when I say I restrained myself! But the plates and place mat are simple and classic and can be used for the whole family beyond the toddler years.

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To complete the table setting, I’ve added…

Utensil: Panda Fork Set- $9
Placemat: Chilewich Jet Black Rectangular Bamboo Placemat 0025-BAMB-JETB- $15
Plate: Kate Spade New York Melamine Dinner Plate- $20
Cup: Panda Bear Kids Water Bottle- $11
Bib: Panda Baby Bib- $17

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25 Jul 2014, 8:50am
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My Modern Nursery #86: Royal Blue Sponsored by Lullaby Paints

In case you still doubt the power of Pinterest, I honestly collect all my inspiration for these nursery designs on a Pinterest board.  If you follow Lullaby Paints, who is sponsoring this series of nursery posts, you can follow along as the inspiration develops.  You can also go back to the board to see other great options for this idea that just didn’t make it on the final board.

I chose Royal Blue as our wall color this month because it’s been a while since I used a dark shade and I thought it would be a great challenge.  As it turned out, this was an incredible color to work with and I love what you can do with it.  It’s so rich and regal.

My Modern Nursery 86

1- Royal Blue Wall Paint from Lullaby Paints- $59 a gallon
2- Embroidered Jaffa Lampshade- $138
Threshold Turned Wood Look Column- $30
Owl Set- $25
3- Andersen 3-Drawer Dresser- $900
4- Wood Bead Chandelier- $440
Velvet Nailhead Curtain- $69 to $99 depending on length
5- Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder Print from Sweet Peony Press- $10+
Macaw from The Animal Print Shop- $25 to $2500 depending on size
Handmade Nursery Feather Mobile from Kate Mae Designs
6- Keepsake Crib- $1200
7- Nailhead End Table- $290
Hathaway Swivel Glider in Denim- $1100
Mustard Color Block Decorative Pillow from Jillian Rene Decor- $60
8- Key Wool Dhurrie 8′x10′- $700
9- Bernie from Simpli Jessi- $50
10- Aleppo Pillow- $200

Thanks as always to Lullaby Paints for sponsoring our nursery board series.  Safe for baby and the environment, Lullaby Paints are the perfect choice for your modern nursery.  For more nursery color inspiration, follow Lullaby Paints on Pinterest, and keep a lookout for next month’s new board!

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Go-To Baby Shower Gifts 2014

As readers of Buy Modern Baby, you’re not just looking for the most exceptional products for your own kids, I know you love to share the best baby products with your friends and loved ones.  When it comes to giving baby shower gifts, you’ve got a secret weapon here since my eyes are open looking for this type of thing all year long.  These are my picks for the best go-to baby shower gifts that will wow moms-to-be this year.

It’s the best gift that they didn’t even know that they wanted.  The Puj Splash Bath Set includes the Flyte compact infant bath that fits in the sink, a Hug hands-free hooded infant towel, 3 Puj Nubs and 3 washcloths all packed in a beautiful gift box.  $75

Puj Splash Baby Shower Gift Set

A smaller but equally lovely gift is the Baby Grooming Kit from Rhoost.  This includes a hairbrush, comb, nail clipper and washcloth in an easy to wrap box.   Everything is 100% natural and organic. $35

Rhoost Baby Grooming Kit

Personalized baby blankets are always a popular gift.  We loved the one we got, but we would have been so much more excited to get one of the incredibly cool personalized baby blankets from Jennifer Ann.  Anything with your baby’s name on it is an instant treasure, and these are a perfect modern option.  $56-$84

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If you don’t have time for the custom options, a pack of aden + anais muslin swaddle blankets ($40-$50) is a can’t-miss idea.  Even if someone else gifts a set, you can never have too many.  I’ve even been planning to get an aden + anais blanket for my biggest baby, aka my husband!  The Classic Daydream Blanket will be perfect for HIS naps, but don’t tell him I said that.
aden and anais muslin swaddle blankets

The super practical shower gift is diapers and wipes, so unless you know they’re going to be using cloth diapers, a diapers and wipes bundle from The Honest Co. is the most stylish, modern, eco-friendly version.  Diapers are stylish?  Yeah, these kinda are.  Start with The Honest New Baby Arrival Kit ($50) or step up to a month of Honest diapers and wipes ($80).

The Honest Co. Baby Arrival Gift Set
Some additional reader suggestions from Facebook included Boon grass, books (which I love to give), a gift certificate from Chloe Marty and a sound machine.

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Crib and Toddler Bedding from Baby Deedee

I just came across these colorful fun bedding pieces from Baby Deedee.  They’re great as extra sheets for your crib and perfect for your toddler bed.  Pieces include sheets, pillow cases and quilts that can mix and match easily.  3 piece sets are $99 or you can purchase the items individually.

Baby Dedee crib toddler sheets Baby Deedee Pillows Baby Deedee Quilts

Baby deedee is best known for sleep sacks.  While we don’t cover those here since that’s getting too close to baby apparel which I try to steer clear of,  I do have to mention the Baby deedee sleep nest with the glow in the dark zipper!!

Top Ten Toddler Beds

Not everyone is going to need a toddler bed, but I’ve had many requests for my recommendations.  A toddler bed is a great transition between the crib and a twin or full-sized bed for your child.  If your child is climbing out of the crib, but you’re not quite ready to get a big bed, a toddler bed is a wonderful option.

Toddler beds are generally the same size as your crib so you’re not going to have to rearrange any furniture to get the toddler bed to fit into the nursery.  This smaller footprint helps saves floor space for as long as your toddler can fit in the bed.  We used our toddler bed until after my youngest’s 5th birthday.  This allowed me to delay redecorating his room, left him plenty of floor space to play, and meant he could easily get into and out of bed without me worrying about him falling out (since the drop was only a few inches!).

I’ve rounded up my top 10 toddler bed picks for anyone who didn’t select a crib that can transform into a toddler bed.  These ten beds can be purchased as is, without requiring you to purchase the entire crib.

Top 10 Toddler Beds

1- Oeuf Perch Toddler Bed (Birch)- $440
2- Kalon Studios Echo Toddler Bed- $1160
3- Hampshire Toddler Bed (Clay shown- other colors available)- $400
4- Hiya Toddler Bed from Spot on Square- $500 to $625 depending on finish
5- P’kolino Little Modern – Toddler Bed- $325
6- Oeuf Classic Toddler Bed, Walnut- $650
7- Uptown Toddler Bed (White shown- other colors available)- $300
8- Kalon Studios Caravan Divan- $710 to $910 depending on color
9- Babyletto Skip Toddler Bed- $160
10- Kidkraft Modern Toddler Bed- $300

I left out the Ikea toddler beds since I don’t really love any of them, but it price is your #1 consideration, then their selection of toddler beds under $200 is the way to go.

I also left out the R toddler bed from Rafa-kids, because it is a little more difficult to get your hands on.

Rafa-kids R toddler bed

It retails for €455,00 (about $615 US) and they’ll ship worldwide. Keep an eye on the exchange rate and remember to factor in the shipping.  Agata from Rafa-kids says shipping can take as little as 2-3 days.  That’s less time than I waited for either of my children’s beds.  Small world indeed!

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17 Jul 2014, 8:56am
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HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

I know that my readers are always looking for an amazing co-sleeping or room sharing option for their newborns, so I’m thrilled that you can now pre-order the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper.  The elusive Culla Belly Co-Sleeper has been teasing us for years, and while the Halo Bassinest isn’t as stunning, it is infinitely more practical.

Many co-sleepers attach to the side of the bed making it really difficult to scoot out to the bathroom or to check on other children in the night, but the HALO Bassinest rotates and even swivels out of the way.  This also makes it easy to access or put down your baby from any angle.

HALOBassinest

The Bassinest features mesh walls, a nightlight and sidewalls that can be lowered and then will raise back up automatically.  I can’t sufficiently explain the benefit of all these handy features, so take a look at the video to get the whole idea.

I think the sound and lullaby options are a bit much and I’m not crazy about the fabric design on it, but this is a really great start with a revolutionary new design.  It’s not an unattractive bassinet and its function trumps the style shortcomings.  It beats the pack-n-play we kept in our bedroom for baby #2 and is quite a bit more practical than rolling the Bugaboo up next to the bed at night like we did with baby #1!

We’ve been waiting for this release since we were introduced to the Bassinest at last year’s ABC Kids Expo, and I’m excited to finally get to share it with you.

Halo Bassinest ABC Kids Expo 2013

The HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is available for pre-order at select retailers nationwide.  Get this one on your registry now!

New Toys Chests and Hamper from 3 Sprouts

Three new products are joining the 3 Sprouts family.  New on the Toy Chest are the Crocodile (in Florida we’ll pretend it’s an alligator) and Elephant.

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You can also already find the crocodile on a Wall Organizer and Stroller Organizer,Elephant_Toy_Chest_1024_grande

And I’m digging the new Orangutan Laundry Hamper ($25).

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It’s always fun to see when 3 Sprouts expands their collection.

Automoblox Mini Emergency Response Line 3-Pack

Already available in original sizes, Automoblox Mini collectors will want to snatch up this Mini Emergency Response Line 3-pack.

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You get the mini-version of the police, fire and rescue vehicles for $40– less than the price of one of the originals.  abx_minipolice_whand_20140605

We already have the S9 Police Cruiser and the T900 Rescue Truck, but it’s hard to turn down this 3-pack to go with our Minis…

Bloom Fresco Chrome Giro High Chair

In case you worried that special editions in the baby gear world were restricted to strollers, Bloom is coming out with special edition high chairs.

Bloom Fresco Chrome Giro

This limited edition collection features bright pops of color on the oh-so-modern Bloom Fresco Chrome high chair.  5 colors– blue, pink, orange, green and yellow– are available with either a black or white.

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Like all Bloom Fresco Chromes, the Giro edition starts as a cradle and converts to a high chair.  Retail price for the Bloom Fresco Chrome Giro is $650 and includes all accessories.  Contact bloom for preorder information.  These should be available before the end of the summer.

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