12 Aug 2014, 9:14pm
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Tree Hopper Toys

Lest we’ve gone too far into furniture and gear lately, here are some fun gift ideas from a new favorite of ours, Tree Hooper Toys
Tree Hopper Toys

Match Stacks are canisters of wooden disks that are a durable memory and matching game.  With 11 different themed sets, you can pick your child’s favorite.  $20
Match Stacks from Tree Hopper Toys

Whoa-Bots are my favorite little acrobatic blocks.  These are just adorable.
Whoa-Bots

Tree Hopper Toys also makes four sets of wooden Puzzled Blocks (yup, spelled that right). $25
Puzzled Blocks

You can order these on their website or find a local retailer.

Mima Strollers and High Chair

Since their US debut at the ABC Kids Expo in 2013, Mima has really taken the baby gear market by storm.  With a style that is part space pod and part luxury car interior Mima is becoming the new “it” brand for stylish urban moms.

Mima’s current US product line includes three strollers, the Xari, the Kobi and the Bo, and the Mima Moon high chair.

The Xari looks sleek with its leatherette fabric and high sitting position.  It transforms easily from bassinet to seat and is easy to fold and unfold.  The stroller starts at $1200.

Mima Xari

You can learn more about it in the Mima Xari Demo Video on youtube.

If it’s not cool enough for you as it is, the Black and White limited edition Xari should push it over the top!  Right on trend, the black and white edition is pretty hard to get your hands on.  In Canada, try here.  Ask your local retailer about it.

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The Kobi is Mima’s double stroller.  With the same high-end look as the Xari, it can be configured as a buggy, a single forward facing stroller, a rear facing stroller, or a double with any combination of seats and bassinet.

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The Kobi starts at $1350.

Mima’s lightweight stroller is the Bo.  Mima’s leatherette fabric elevates the look of this 15.5 pound stroller.

Mima Bo

It starts at $300.

Finally, the Mima Moon is one of the hottest looking new high chairs out there right now.  A seat pad, tray and booster are included and the Moon comes in six colors.

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It retails for $500.

Roh Crib Now in White and Alto Collection

Spot on Square‘s popular Roh crib is now available in white with acrylic.  Previously it was a two tone piece with walnut and acrylic on the front, walnut or walnut and acrylic on the back and white on the sides.  Now you can choose a simpler, cleaner look with just white and acrylic.  Shall we call it the fish tank of cribs?  Seriously, it’s gorgeous though. ($1700-$2100 and expected to ship October 2014)

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I MAY be using this crib in our next nursery board.  Follow along on Pinterest as that inspiration develops.

Then, we’ve been waiting for the Alto Collection since ABC Kids Expo 2013.  The Alto Crib ($1790) is a beautiful, modern white crib with chrome legs and your choice of translucent end panels.

Alto Crib with Options

Pair the crib with an Alto Dresser or CredenzaAlto-Crib-Dresser-3Q-Lifestyle Alto-Credenza-Red-Front-Lifestyle

The matching bookshelf is a work of art as well.  Keep it up, Spot on Square!

Back to School 2014: Backpack Picks

Having just spent the past 2 days finding the right backpack for my almost Kindergartener, I already miss the days of the toddler backpack. The kids aren’t as picky, they don’t have to carry too much, and the options are so fun!

When you’re shopping for a toddler or preschool backpack, please pay close attention to the dimensions of the bag. Keep in mind that many are too small to hold a lunchbox. For example, I purchased a Mini Kanken when my youngest was two. It was just the right size for him but just barely fit a lunchbox. After one year I upgraded to the regular size. He still uses the Mini one for trips to the park etc… where he only needs to carry snacks and water. The same will be true for most of the toddler sized backpacks. Just FYI.

Cool Toddler Kids Preschool Backpacks

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From Ore’ Originals Sugarbooger line, the Zippee! Back Packs are simple, small and durable. The Pencil Zippee! is the coolest design, but I also like the Ruler. There are a number of other Zippee! designs and matching lunch totes are available.  $28

Herschel Bags are the coolest choice of the year and the Settlement Kids model is the one for your preschoolers. $40 I also really love the versions they made for J. Crews crewcuts.  $55

The Kane bag from State Bags is the perfect option for do-gooding preschoolers.  For each Kane sold, State Bags hand-delivers one of their backpack to an American child in need.  The Garfield is another good preschool option. $55

Milkdot’s Top Kat backpacks are simply super. Available in 4 colors, buy one when you find one because they are in limited supply. Solid lunch totes can be purchased to match. $40

Cute Toddler Kids Preschool Backpacks

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Designed by Michelle Romo, the Teacher’s Pet Backpacks are as cute as it gets.  The designs include the Panda, Lion, Elephant, Fox and Bunny. These are available exclusively at The Land of Nod. $29

Skip Hop Zoo Packs are the classic little kid backpack. With a huge selection of animals in the “zoo”, everyone in your class could have a different Zoo Pack. My nephew has the Hippo and my niece has the Penguin! $20

MIBO backpacks are a little harder to find, but if you’re interested in having something more unique, they’re well worth the effort.  Animal designs include penguin, tiger, cat, dog, rabbit, gorilla, polar bears, rhino, squirrel, fox, lion and giraffe.  $49

From Beatrix New York, both the little kid backpacks ($42) and the big kid backpacks (shown $52) are small enough for preschoolers. The lunchboxes and cozy-cans are cute add-ons.

Classic Toddler Kids Preschool Backpacks

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You can’t think of backpacks without thinking of L.L. Bean, and their smallest school pack is the Junior Original. You can find this bag in solid colors or patterned like the shark print shown.  $25

I already mentioned the Fjallraven Kanken Mini Daypack. $55 This boxy little bag is sturdy (unless your child is dragging it along the pavement!) and is a neutral enough style that adults can carry it around as well. If the mini is too small, get the regular size.

If you want their backpack to last a long time, the Jansport Superbreak is a great option. This bag will be a large for the smallest toddlers but by pre-K it will work. They’ll be able to use the bag until it falls apart or they just want something different.  $35

Kelty is another classic name in backpacks and the Kelty Minnow is the one for the tots. Pick orange, green or blue.  $40

Crazy Toddler Kids Preschool Backpacks

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The Crocband™ Backpack 2.0 is made of the famous crocs material.  It’s durable, can be personalized with Jibbitz and you can even get shoes to match.  $30

MadPax come in all sizes and lots of funky forms, but the halfpack is the smaller size for kids. $48 Nibblers (shown) are insulated and best for carrying lunch.  $32

I’ve been tempted to get at JumpFromPaper bag but I’m not a fan of the type of attention a bold accessory like that would attract. Not specifically designed for kids, the Spaceman is a fun and funky bag. $140 Imitations abound.

The Lego Brick Backpack is harder to find (unless you’re at the gift shop at Legoland).  $60

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4 Aug 2014, 10:59pm
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Lego Research Institute

Stash this away for when your girls are older or just keep it for yourself!  Lego is working to include more female figures in their minifigure universe, and the Lego Research Institute features a female paleontologist, astronomer and chemist. $20

From the Lego Ideas platform, this set of three mini scenes adds diversity to any Lego collection!

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lego science minifigures

These Lego Ideas sets aren’t around forever so put these away for your future scientists.

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LEGO® Juniors: Introduce your child to the world of building.

Nursery Works New Cribs

Nursery Works is stepping up their game and reclaiming their position at the high end of the nursery furniture world.  Actually, they’re going beyond.  These new cribs are above the high end and are going for cutting-edge and ultra-chic.

The first brand new crib in their collection is the Contour Crib.

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The unique oval form of the Contour Crib is created by machined Baltic Birch plywood and I’m pretty sure the crib was designed to fit in that photo.  Wow.

 

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By removing the front and back panels, the crib converts to a bassinet as well.  The Contour Crib retails for $7500 + $150 shipping, but if you can afford a view like the one in the photo, the price of the crib isn’t something you’d even give a second thought to.

Next from Nursery Works is the Halo Crib.

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The floating black walnut base is held up with a gold square base (24k gold plated aluminum).  Gasp!  Removing the front panel of the crib transforms it into a toddler bed.  This model retails for $6900 + $150 shipping.

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The last new crib is the Highlight Crib.

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An updated version of the District Crib, the Highlight Crib is 100% white oak.  The “highlight” part comes from the Fluoro Yellow powder-coated aluminum mattress support.  By removing one panel and flipping the crib over, it coverts to an adult-sized desk.

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The Highlight Crib retails for $3900 + $150 shipping.

All the new cribs are available for pre-order and should be shipping 8/20/2014.

I also just want to share the gorgeous new photography for the Vetro Crib as well.  It’s kinda hard to see a clear crib, but I think the beauty of that is really captured here.

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The clear crib is not currently available online, but you can find it at Nursery Works retailers or order the shadow version.  All Vetro colors retail for $4500 + $150 shipping.

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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