28 Jan 2015, 10:31am
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What is the Best Toy for Tiny Hands? 2015 Cribsies

The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products. Under the Play category, be sure to vote for the “Best Toy For Tiny Hands“. You can’t go wrong with any of these. Just get one of each!

Cribsies Tiny Toys

The nominees are:
Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
Green Toys My First Keys Baby Toy
HABA Buzz Buzz Rattle Clutching Toy
Skip Hop Explore and More Roll Around Toy
Manhattan Toy Baby Whoozit 6 Inch Stroller and Travel Activity Toy
BeginAgain Earthworms

Which toys do your little tykes prefer? Vote for your favorite in the Cribsies and comment with any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals!

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What is the Best Bouncer? 2015 Cribsies

We’re continuing this week reviewing our favorite categories in the Cribsies. The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products and it’s the last week to vote. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected, but you can still pick your favorite as the best for 2015.

Under the Nursery category, be sure to vote for the “Quickest Way To Calm A Baby“.

Cribsies Bouncers

The nominees are:
4moms Mamaroo Bouncer
BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft
Nuna Leaf
Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer
Bloom Coco
4moms Rockaroo

My least favorite is the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer. I think their Comfort Curve Bouncer would be a prettier choice.

 Fisher Price Comfort Curve Bouncer
So, which bouncer are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?

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What Tablewear is Best for Toddlers? 2015 Cribsies

Sometimes I think we don’t spend enough time sharing all the fun things for feeding your toddlers, so the next Cribsies category I want to share is “Top Tablewear For Toddlers.” The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products and it’s the last week to vote. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected, but you can still pick your favorite as the best for 2015.

Cribsies Top Tablewear

The nominees are:
Boon
ezpz
oogaa
Zoli
OXO Tot
Innobaby

Under the Mealtime category, be sure to vote for your favorite as “Top Tablewear For Toddlers.” Are there any others you love that didn’t make the list? We never did get super fancy with the kids tablewear. A few sets of whatever Ikea was offering at the time suited us fine and we’re still using some of it, even if it’s just for Lego sorting!

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What is the Best Bassinet? 2015 Cribsies

We’re spending this week talking about our favorite categories in the Cribsies since it’s the last week to vote. The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected and there’s still time to pick your favorites as the best for 2015.

Under the Nursery category, be sure to vote for the “Most Convenient Way To Be Close“.

Cribsies Bassinets

The nominees are:
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet
Chicco Lullago Travel Crib
Baby Home Dream Portable Cot
Monte Ninna Nanna
Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper (They don’t seem to specify any particular model but my favorite is the Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet)

If it were up to me, I’d add the Babybjorn Cradle to the list.

Babybjorn Cradle

So, which bassinet are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?

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26 Jan 2015, 10:16am
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What is the Best Play Table? 2015 Cribsies

The next Cribsies category I love to check out is “Niftiest Play Table“. The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products and it’s the last week to vote. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected, but you can still pick your favorite as the best for 2015.

Cribsies Play table

The nominees are:
Play-A-Round Activity Table and Chair Set
P’kolino Little Modern Tables and Chairs
Ikea Sansad
Parker Playtable
Extracurricular Play Table
Kids Table and 2 Chairs, Orange and White

Under the Play category, be sure to vote for your favorite as “Niftiest Play Table“. Are there any others you love that didn’t make the list?

What is the Best Bathtub for Baby? 2015 Cribsies

We’re going to spend this week talking about our favorite categories in the Cribsies since it’s the last week to vote. Founded by StrollerTraffic.com, the Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected and there’s still time to select your favorites as the best for 2015.

My first favorite award in the Nursery category is “Easiest Infant Tub“.

Cribsies Bath Tubs

The nominees are:
Puj Tub – Soft Infant Bath
Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub
Blooming Bath
Flexibath
Fisher-Price Bath Center, Rainforest or Fisher-Price Bath Tub, Rainforest Friends (not sure since the name says one thing and the photo shows another.
4Moms Infant Tub

My least favorite is the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bath.  I think their 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub would be a better choice.

Sling n Seat Tub

So, which baby bath are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?

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Oilo & Stokke Team Up for Nordstrom

Oilo, Stokke and Nordstrom, all favorites of mine for different reasons, have teamed up to provide wonderful new nursery options. Nordstrom now has Oilo’s Finn crib bedding set for the Stokke crib. Such a stylish combo! The bedding is being sold as a sheet, skirt and pillow set for $260.

Oilo crib bedding for oval Stokke crib at NordstromStokke + Oilo @ Nordstrom

The pink Capri design will also be available in Stokke sizes so I can’t wait to see that.

Oilo Capri

Nordstrom really has a nice selection of baby gear and nursery items. You can’t go wrong if you get it at Nordstrom.

22 Jan 2015, 11:57am
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Colette Bream Games

When Colette Bream does games, you know they’re also going to be works of art. I love this selection of familiar classics as well as original board games. Why settle for the usual when you can choose something really extraordinary?

Slides and Ladders- $48

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Tiddlywinks Game- $34
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Giant LUDO Game- $68
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Square City Race Game- $54
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Checkers/Chess Wooden Board $48 and Ladybug Checkers Game Pieces- $24il_570xN.590061029_o05r

Tic Tac Toe Game- $15
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Travel Size Memory Game- $19
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These are just SOME of the games available. Visit Collette Bream’s etsy shop to see them all.

New Furniture from The Land of Nod

There are a few eye-popping new offerings from The Land of Nod. We’ve been waiting for this Spring 2015 collection since we saw previews of it on Instagram, and I’m just as excited about it now that I’m seeing all the pieces individually.

First and most notable is the Springwood collection. Designed by Maria Yee, each piece in the collection is handmade from bamboo and coated with a water-based finish.

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The Springwood Rocking Chair is a unique, sculptural piece that adds a lot of style without taking up too much floor space.

springwood-rocking-chair

The Springwood Crib anchors the collection, but I’m not sure why the back has to be higher than the front. I’m not usually a fan and don’t see the point unless it’s a crib that converts into a full bed, which this does not seem to do. $1500

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Of course there’s a matching dresser ($1200) and changing top ($200). While the legs are beautiful, if you’re looking for a lot of storage, you might want to find another option.

springwood-dresser

Finally, there’s the gorgeous Springwood Bassinet. $550

springwood-bassinet

The Land of Nod has really gone all out with bassinets this year and one might have to move from your “optional” list to your list of must-haves for baby!

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In addition to the Springwood Bassinet, there’s the simple teak Olin Bassinet ($450)…

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… and most spectacularly, the Norse Bassinet. This Scandinavian-inspired design is one of my favorite new baby furniture pieces in a long time. Other baby furniture brands are really going to have to start stepping it up in the design department!

norse-bassinet

The Campo Recliner from Monte Design is a Nod exclusive. Similar to Monte’s Grano Glider Recliner, the Campo Recliner comes in light or dark gray and features contrasting piping.

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There are a couple new small storage pieces that are worth mentioning. The Alto Bookcase comes in three colors with three base options that can be mixed and matched to create the perfect combo. I’m thinking we may need one in Walnut and White at our house. $250

alto-bookcase

I also like the little Next Chapter Bookcase. You can never have too many books nor too much storage. $250

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Finally, the Neon Chalkboard Table is a fun pop of color for any child’s bedroom or playroom. It’s available with a hot pin or neon green base. $300

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What new pieces are going on your wishlist?

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19 Jan 2015, 12:11pm
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My Modern Nursery #92: The Lion & The Lark Sponsored by BoomBoom Prints

Anyone looking forward to spring yet? Get ready for the season of rebirth with this springtime palette inspired by and featuring artwork from The Lion & The Lark. We’re working with BoomBoom Prints to spotlight some of their artists, and The Lion & The Lark really caught our eye for their colors and messages.

With inspirational prints and cozy corners for reading and imagining, this space is perfect for dreaming up big plans for a special little girl.

My Modern Nursery 92 Inspired by The Lion & The Lark Boom Boom Prints

1- Be Brave Little One by The Lion & The Lark at BoomBoom Prints- $20
Let Her Sleep by The Lion & The Lark at Boom Boom Prints- $20
Yellow and Coral Anchor by The Lion & The Lark at Boom Boom Prints- $20*
2- White Double Cylinder Light by Oilo- $300
3- Green Ombre Play Canopy with Cushion Set- $200
4- Unison Dots Mini Crib Skirt- $54
5- Oeuf Elephant Crib- $675
6- Charlotte 18″ Cloth Doll from Piggy Hates Panda- $54
7- White Happy House with Glowing Cheeks from House of Clouds Shop- $117
Puffin Hardcover Classics Box Set- $67
8- Marley Rocking Chair- $1000
Apple Shaped Cushion- $52
9- Yellow Gold Bars Rug- 8′ x 10′- $800
Surya Tropics Teal Pouf- $130
10- Ikea Nordli 3 Drawer Chest- $130

*I listed the 8″ x 10″ print prices, but you can also select 16″ x 20″ prints, framed prints, wrapped canvases and even wall clings.

Thanks to BoomBoom Prints for sponsoring this year’s first nursery design board! BoomBoom Prints offers high-quality products for mom and baby featuring work from independent artists from around the world.  For more artist-inspired nursery ideas, follow BoomBoom Prints on facebook.

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