While we wait for our little boy to be born in October, we have been spending time decorating the room our preschooler will eventually share with his baby brother. Their space revolves around camping, canoeing, and nature. When Esther told me about the new My Natural Eco Feeding Collection, I knew it was something I wanted to both own AND share with you all. Let’s take a peek!
The pieces are created using corn, potato, and sugar cane starches, and the entire collection is free of BPA, phthalates, PVC, and Latex. The Safety & Health page is detailed and explains everything a parent wants to know about giving their child something safe for mealtime.
A modern Fox, Deer, Owl, and Raccoon are displayed in a on each uniquely shaped bowl and plate. Little anti-slip feet create a fun visual of the animals’ feet, while keeping the feeding-friendly plate in place. Both bowls and plates are designed with a contoured front-edge lip and an anti-topple structure, with the plate geared towards more developed eaters.
The chunky, bistro-style spoon and forks are perfect for little hands learning to self-feed. With rounded tips on the fork, I would feel safe letting my infant explore his plate with these versus other, more pointed options on the market. I’m already adding the Raccoon set and blue utensils to my baby list!
Now, where would we put these adorable creatures on our table? On the Eco Place Mat, of course!
I am dying over the green forest landscape and how fun the place setting looks on this clever layout. This would even be a great mat for using modeling dough or creating animal crafts. I see many uses for this piece.
What do you think? I am excited about this new collection! Which animal would you like to see setting on your forested placemat?
We announced the launch of the Novella Crib and Dresser earlier this month, and now we are excited to share the newest debut from Nursery Works, the Menagerie and Oceanography Bedding Collections. Make sure to read all the way through to see what Nursery Works has in mind as their statement piece for each collection!
The Menagerie Bedding Collection features Cubism-inspired forest landscape prints in sweet pinks and corals.
Menagerie Toddler Pillows ($38) with playful Deer and Rabbit designs make an excellent accent for your nursery, setting the color tone and geometric theme in the most comfortable way.
The Menagerie Organic Cotton Percale Sheets ($38) are available in the above Forest Animals pink print or in a playful Confetti. The 3-Layer Organic Muslin Blanket ($55) by Wee Gallery for Nursery Works is beautiful with its subtlety, in Canopy and Forest Animals prints. They are both available at Giggle, so make sure to inquire about the correct print when ordering as the website appears to show the same.
An Organic Cotton Hand-Quilted Blanket ($145) is the perfect addition to complete this bedding set.
The Oceanography Bedding Collection is a cubist interpretation of a geometric underwater ecosystem in blue.
Oceanography Toddler Pillows ($38) are available in Shark or Seahorse.
The Oceanography Percale Sheets ($38) are available in the above Sea Animals print or in a playful blue-toned Confetti. The 3-Layer Organic Muslin Blanket ($55) by Wee Gallery for Nursery Works is like peering through the ocean with its subtlety, in prints Reef and Sea Animals. Giggle has both listed, so be sure to inquire when ordering to receive the correct print.
The Oceanography Organic Cotton Hand-Quilted Blanket looks soft, comfortable, and will be the perfect piece to complete this bedding set.
The statement piece for your child’s nursery is most definitely the new Nursery Works Paper Bust ($45) wall decor designed by Chloé Fleury in conjuction with Wee Gallery. The Menagerie Paper Bust is Zoe the Deer and the Oceanography piece is Xander the Shark. What a fun way to set the tone of the room.
There is an exciting new company entering the juvenile product market. Welcome, Nenu!
Nenu creates thoughtful and simple products for you and your family. We like their clean aesthetic and modern color choices (Sky and Watermelon) that suit both boys and girls.
Founded by family friends seeking well-designed, safe, and functional products for their babies, Nenu set out to develop products completely designed, manufactured, sourced, and packaged in the USA.
Nenu Spoons and Teether Bugs are FDA-rated, medical-grade materials which are free of phthalates, latex, vinyl, and BPA products. The Spoon is not your ordinary baby spoon. The spoon depression is designed with a ramp so that the food collects in the front, decreasing changes of spills and messes.
It is simple for infant and toddler use.
Nenu was generous enough to send me samples of their new line, Spoon and Teether Bug, for my thoughts in person, so let’s take a look! I was immediately impressed by the sleek, modern packaging design and mature choice of colors. It’s often hard to find shades of red and blue that seem gender neutral, but they made excellent decisions on both, in my opinion. The Spring 2015 Catalog was fun to browse through for a glimpse inside the design process and to get a sneak peek at some new products (hopefully!) coming soon.
The Teether Bug makes helping a teething infant look easy. The flexible loop is easy to grasp with tiny fingers, and little bumps on each leg will help soothe baby’s sore gums. If you have more than one Teether Bug, they can be stacked and played with beyond the teething years. My three-year-old immediately grabbed it and set it off on bug-escue rescue missions.
The Spoon has little leg rests so that you can set it on the table if baby prefers to feed himself or if you want to prop the spoon on the edge of the plate without having it roll over. The narrow handle of the Spoon creates an easy finger-like size for infants and toddlers to grasp. As you can tell from the photo, the Spoon is not flexible like the Teether Bug. You can see my thumb applying pressure and there is no give. If you’ve ever given your infant a flexible spoon for use (food flinging all over), you know how much more helpful this firm design can be for eating and clean-up.
It’s not every day that a product line launches that impresses me so much in terms of design, function, packaging, and my scrutinizing in-person impressions, but Nenu has proven itself worthy of our strong recommendation. Also worthy of a mention is the fact that they donate to the charities Water for Life and No Kid Left Hungry to help provide children with food and water. I love supporting a generous company.
If you would like to try Nenu’s new Spoon and Teether Bug out for yourself or as a shower gift, they are offering BuyModernBaby readers a discount code for purchase until July 2 — this Thursday!
SAVE 20% ON ANY ORDER WITH CODE: BUYMODERN20
This expires Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.
I hope you enjoy this new brand as much as I do!
Iconic designer Orla Kiely has created a bold floral print with playful colors and artistic detailing making the Quest Stroller unique in its sophisticated appearance. The orange wheels and harness straps create a striking contrast to the navy blue quilted seat and the entire stroller stands out with style.
Mid-century modern-inspired prints pair beautifully with sleek, modern technology. The stroller features a five-point harness, fully reclining back, adjustable footrest, compact fold, foot brake, handle, shopping basket, and ID tag. A coordinating raincover with storage pouch is included.
The gorgeous, washable, quilted fabric shows off embroidered details and includes a head-hugger, padded shoulder strap covers, all snug and cozy for ages newborn through 55 pounds.
Authentic Orla Kiely materials and detailing are used to make this stroller a true Object of Design.
You can buy the Orla Kiely Maclaren Quest Stroller ($375) with free shipping and returns at Maclaren. Coordinating accessories will be available soon. If you love all things Orla Kiely, check out her most recent collaboration with aden + anais at Target. This is one designer that is a must-have for this year!
Our coverage of Skip Hop products and designs is extensive, and we are big fans here at BuyModernBaby. From toddler backpacks and feeding gear to nursery bedding and their new layette, they truly have something for every family. Their diaper bag selections have always been wildly popular among moms of all income levels because they are not only stylish and affordable, but their functionality is outstanding and their prints and patterns are on trend. Skip Hop recently added several new styles and designs to their changing bags collection, and we are excited to review the Duet 2-in-1 Diaper Bag for you today. I believe this bag adds style and luxury to the Skip Hop line and I love this new concept for them.
My son is three years old, and while he’s potty training, we have been toting around extra changes of clothes, Pull-Ups, swim diapers, underwear, and the works. It’s as if this age gives us the last hurrah before not needing a “diaper” bag any more. Mind you, I was the girl carrying diaper bags even pre-child because I loved the pockets and organizational capabilities! Nothing beats a diaper bag as a beach tote, pool bag, car trip bag… Name an occasion and I can give you a reason that a diaper bag will enhance your lifestyle. I know, I’m a bit obsessed.
I have been using the new Skip Hop Duet 2-in-1 Diaper Bag for the past several weeks, and I have been incredibly impressed with its range of practical, professional, and personal uses. The Duet is truly two bags in one as the exterior is a sleek, chic, faux-leather tote, and the interior consists of a removable organizer that can be worn alone as a crossbody bag.
It works great for those days when my son doesn’t want to carry his own items; I can throw everything in the Tote and use the Crossbody comfortably.
Skip Hop diaper bags are known for being organizational workhorses. The Duet 2-in-1 contains seven different pockets for all of your storage needs. The Crossbody Bag includes four large exterior pockets and two interior pockets sized well for bottles, diapers, wipes, and more. A changing pad is included and folds up nicely into one pocket. An exterior, zipped pocket is perfect for immediate needs such as your cell phone, lip balm, or other small items.
The texture on the front of the Tote is sophisticated and stylish, bringing an air of class to the structured bag. Silver studs complement the bottom while keeping the bag off of the ground.
The innovative turnlock on each side secures the Crossbody Bag to the Tote while making it quick and easy to remove when needed. The Crossbody zips closed and the Tote has a clip to draw in the sides along with an interior clip for keeping keys and toys secure. Both bags include stroller straps and an adjustable shoulder strap can attach to either bag.
Bottom line? This bag rocks. It’s large and in charge. I had it packed daily with diapers, the changing pad, a magazine, my personals, wallet, phone, keys, sunglasses, sunblock, tissues, hand sanitizer, snacks, toddler cup, and more. In addition to this, on top of everything, I would throw our large dry bag with a towel and swim gear for my son’s swim lessons. We took it to the beach and it easily held our extra layered clothes with the sand brushing right off of the bottom of the tote. It would be a great bag for two or more children, too. There were only two negatives to this bag from my point of view. One, it’s huge, so if you’re in the habit of throwing your keys in the bag and not being consistent with placement, they do tend to get lost easily. The second is that the fabric on the Crossbody bag is very plain. It doesn’t stand out on it’s own as anything noteworthy fashion-wise, but that can be easily overlooked due to its pack-ability.
You can choose either Black or Taupe in the Duet. I absolutely love the lightness of Taupe for the summer, it’s simple and casual yet sophisticated. You can search all of Skip Hop’s diaper bag collection online; there is truly something for everyone!
This product was graciously provided to us by Skip Hop. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
One of my favorite creative toy brands is Invisible Creature. They have done collaborations with Odd Galaxy, Uncle Goose (Stack and Scare Blocks), Super 7’s Wormwood, and now (thankfully!) again with Uncle Goose with their addition of the Barn Blocks.
The Invisible Creature Barn Studio blocks create a replica of a barn 30 miles east of Seattle. The barn was originally built for horses in 1964, but was remodeled for use as an artist studio last year. The blocks were made by Uncle Goose, and depict all kinds of creative and fun prints on each side. Can you spot the Eames rocker?
I love the whimsical pictures on each side and the concept of using the blocks to build one specific building (among many creative free-play uses). My toddler son would have a blast using these blocks, and I have to admit that I would love them just as much as him. These are going on my next wish list for upcoming holidays.
When we announced Pantone’s new Color of the Year, Marsala, I immediately thought it may be difficult to find diaper bags in this particular shade for those who find it fun to stay on-trend with their baby gear picks. Surprisingly, I found a lot more than I had expected! Let’s take a look.
1- Oemi Baby Diaper Bag in Wine- $340
2- LeSportsac Large Weekender Handbag in Marsala Entwine- sale $110
3- TWELVElittle Allure Convertible Satchel in Plum- $230
4- TWELVElittle Allure Weekender in Plum- $310
5- TWELVElittle Allure Tote in Plum- $210
Oemi Baby’s bag looks so beautiful, and the LeSportsac would be the perfect travel bag; I’m going to look into that choice to have in the car and for quick trips. There is no question that TWELVElittle is going to be a heavy hitter in the popular bags category for gear this year.
If you’re not 100% committed to Marsala for the season, here are a few options that offer more of a pattern or hint of the hue.
6- timi & leslie Dawn Diaper Bag in Burgundy- $149
7- Skip Hop Duo Special Edition in Plum Sketch- $64
8- Tory Burch Convertible Nylon Baby Backpack in Cabernet- $375
9- Babymel Satchel Diaper Bag in Cherry- $85
10- Storksak Tania Bee in Burnt Orange- $210
11- Tory Burch Nylon Baby Bag in Cabernet- $395
12- Petunia Pickle Bottom Society Satchel in Plum Tart Cake- sale $226
Now… Drumroll please… If you have an expanded budget for bags (I would love that), here are my two personal luxury favorites for the season. I wish I could find these in person to run my hands over every seam — they’re gorgeous.
Surprise! I just found one more while writing this post, so I will add it here. I’ll have to keep this a growing list for the year.
15- timi & leslie Hannah Diaper Bag in Burgundy- $262.17
What do you think? Are you feeling this trend for winter? Do any of these diaper bags stand out as one you would like to throw on your shoulder immediately? Let me know if you find any others that were not included in this list, and stay tuned as I know a couple of companies will be launching a few more late in the season!
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Leslie Newton, one of the founders of the well-known brand timi & leslie, has recently announced news of her customizable collection of diaper bags called Newlie. Newlie has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help spread their brand and raise funds for this fresh new line.
Newlie is a “Moms-Based Business” which is designed for modern moms by modern moms. If you have ever wanted to have input into creating your perfect diaper bag, than this is the line for you. How is that possible? Each season, you help make selections for the style and then you can customize that style to fit your specific needs. I love this concept.
The first two bags in the collection are solid: The Perfect Backpack and The Everything Tote. These bags have it all; created with high-quality faux leather that is easily wiped clean, these bags are PVC-free, include a clutch purse, changing pad, interior and exterior pockets, bottle tote, key fob, and stroller straps.
The Perfect Backpack (This bag converts to both a backpack and a crossbody bag.)
The Everything Tote
A quick search for alphabet-related items on our blog reveals that we absolutely love seeking out cleverly illustrated, modern designs for you. Today we feature alphabet flashcards which could easily double as gorgeous artwork for your nursery and child’s room.
Giantsuper was founded by father-of-two, Paul Lee. Paul originally illustrated the super-deluxe set of flashcards for his son when he was learning the alphabet. The cards feature modern, iconic animal designs enclosed in a beautiful, premium box.
I’m not sure that I have ever used the word ‘gorgeous’ to describe flashcards before, but I am pretty certain that these qualify for that use. They are gorgeous!
Each card has a detailed animal image in the center, with corresponding capital letter in the top left corner and animal name on the bottom right. The animals look as if they are created in origami form and they seem to hold motion on each card.
They really are incredible. Also incredible is the affordable price point.
If you haven’t seen or heard of the Lollacup already, you should definitely check it out. It’s cute, playful, and receives rave reviews from many (including Shark Tank), so it was only a matter of time before Lollaland expanded on that success and launched more feeding options. It is always nice to have more options in the attractive mealtime category! New from Lollaland is the Mealtime Set.
Included in the Mealtime Set is a plate, bowl, and dipping cup. It looks to be the perfect size, too. I know my son would love that for the mustard he’s obsessed with currently.
Simple details rule the roost here. The Lollaland chick is featured subtly on the plate and the dipping cup. The bowl features the Lollaland logo along the rim. Attractive, pleasing to the eye, and complimentary for any table.
All materials are made and packaged in the USA, BPA-free and phthalate-free, easily stackable, and top-rack dishwasher safe. The shapes are both fun and educational.
The packaging is beautiful, if I may say so for tablewear, and would make a lovely gift for an infant or toddler. The Lollaland Mealtime Set is available in Spring or Summer colors for $20. The Lollacup is available in black, pink, blue, orange, red, or green for $13 a piece.