Goodbye to The Land of Nod and Hello to Crate & Kids

The modern baby world would not have been the same without The Land of Nod and neither would this blog. From our very first posts, we’ve referred to products, many of them exclusive, from The Land of Nod, and it’s always among our first stops when we’re looking for items for any nursery design. I even placed a final order from them this week. But today, it’s official. The Land of Nod is gone and all our previous links will redirect to Crate & Kids.

For now, everything from The Land of Nod has been moved to Crate & Kids, so you should you’ll just need to change how you look for it. I hope that the magic continues to thrive under the new arrangement. Select Crate & Kids items will appear in over 40 Crate & Barrel stores starting next month, so if you’ve lived in a city without a brick and mortar location of The Land of Nod, this could be fun. I live 2 hours from the nearest Crate & Barrel, so I’m out of luck, but I’m sure I’ll be visiting Crate & Kids at least weekly.

New Product Showcase at the ABC Kids Expo 2015

The New Products Showcase is a good place to start our coverage of the ABC Kids Expo for 2015. The Expo ended yesterday but we’re just starting to digest all that we’ve seen from the nearly 1,000,000 square feet of exhibition space. The showcase is a separate area away from the show floor, where exhibitors can bring our attention to only their newest offerings. I took photos of the things that caught my attention (for better or worse) and we’ll discuss some of them in more detail later.

First, there are a few interesting new diapering products…

New Products Showcase Diapering

From OXO, the On-the-Go Wipes dispenser with diaper pouch can be dropped into any bag to turn it into a diaper bag, or just tossed into the car for convenient changes. From Hatch Baby, the Smart Changing Pad tracks baby’s growth, feedings, diapers and sleep in conjunction with your smartphone. A new diaper pail worth having a look at comes from bubula. The LifeChanger from Anna & Eve is a 3-in-1 diaper bag that is also a portable changing station.

For sleeping babies and children, a few things to take a look at are…

New Product Showcase Sleep

The Bamboo Muslin Swaddles – Modern Collection from Lulujo is the hippest black and white. From Puckababy, the Sleeper is a nifty portable rocking infant bed. From Australia, the Sunbury Cocoon Bassinet is a new option. Then the Kid-O-Bunk is the first portable bunk bed that’s perfect for camping and more!

I really liked…

New Product Showcase

The Liberty of London Armadillo Flip XT is extremely beautiful and we will revisit this special edition later. The Shnuggle Bath is a great cross between regular baby baths and the bath bucket. Baby Bjorn has a new diaper bag and I also like the Emerson Diaper Tote from Soyoung.

A few more items that caught my eye were…

New Product Showcase Misc

Fluf has some lunch bags in great patterns like the Flash lunch bag. PeekaBoo Growth charts from Mom Approved are brilliant– just stick them on the edge of your door! I’m interested to learn more about the feeding products from Mastrad. Finally, with Halloween coming up, the Suitables Role Play Bibs are fun and functional.

More expo coverage tomorrow.

New Holiday Toys from Design Within Reach

I believe that one timeless, spectacular gift beats a pile of presents that will be forgotten and discarded within months. So if you’re looking for one really special gift that can be treasured for years to come, you can shop at DWR this holiday season. I love their collection of holiday gifts for the kids or kid at heart. Of course, for me, you could just buy anything from DWR and you’ll be my favorite.

Design Within Reach Holiday Gifts

Wooden Wonderland Building Block Set (Designed by Lee Storm for Hay) $80

 Wooden Wonderland Building Block Set Designed by Lee Storm for Hay

Pieces N Play Domino Set (Designed by Lee Storm for Hay) $60

 Pieces N Play Domino Set Designed by Lee Storm for Hay

Ducky (Designed by Dor Carmon for Normann Copenhagen) $140

 Ducky Designed by Dor Carmon for Normann Copenhagen

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Shop Love: Give Wink in South Florida

Since this blog functions on the internet, most of my shopping links send you to online retailers.  I hope this is helpful to those of you who have no baby store other than Babies R Us near you, but there are hundreds of wonderful baby boutiques across the US where you can find the brands we feature.  I know it’s hard to commit to a crib, a glider or a stroller without checking them out in person, so we’re going to start introducing you to great brick-and-mortar retailers with our new Shop Love feature.

The first store we’re featuring on our Shop Love tour is Give Wink.  Having just opened up a new flagship location in Miami this year, I had to check it out.

Give Wink Exterior

With my photographer Courtney Ortiz, we spoke with Francine Delarosa, the CEO of Give Wink, to learn about what makes her stores special and how Give Wink supports and serves moms and expectant parents in South Florida.

Give Wink Crew

Give Wink is a beautiful, brightly-lit shop, conveniently located near Aventura Mall.  It’s organized in sections so as not to overwhelm first-time parents with everything all at once.  We were greeted as soon as we entered the store and the manager came over to welcome us and ask if we needed any help.  This kind of attention is just what you hope for when you start a shopping experience.

Give Wink Shop Interior

Before opening Give Wink, Francine was working as a personal shopper.  She brings that level of personal service into the store where she can help customers pick out the perfect gift or sit down with them to design an incredible nursery.

For parents-to-be who don’t know where to start, Francine or her staff walk them through the “Get Ready For Baby” guide and help select their registry items and baby must-haves.  For your nursery, they recommend starting with the big three– the crib, dresser and a rocker.  Some of their bestsellers for Florida nurseries are the Monte Gliders and Spot on Square cribs and changers.

Give Wink 4 Rooms

Vignettes around the store serve as inspiration for fabulous modern nurseries for home, grandma’s house or even a vacation house.
Give Wink Room Scene

Give Wink only carries products that Francine would use herself, and with 4 kids including a 9 month old, she knows what she’s talking about.  The highchair selection and stroller choices are carefully curated.  A current customer favorite for highchairs is Inglesina’s Fast Table Chair and new Mima strollers are the hottest strollers to hit Miami.

Give Wink High Chairs

Shopping at Give Wink is about customer service, convenience and customization.  Their collection of stroller liners and accessories can be used to dress up your stroller to suit your style.

Custom Covers

There are plenty of items that can be customized and personalized, and monogramming is available in store free of charge.

Give Wink Detail

In-store events and classes are a great service available for Give Wink customers and you can find out about the latest events by following them on Facebook or signing up for their newsletter.

I hope you have a chance to visit Give Wink.  Spend some time shopping or planning your nursery and then enjoy the coffee shop next door for a drink and a salad or sandwich.  Sounds like a perfect day to me, and it was!  Thanks so much Francine!

photos by   Courtney Ortiz Photography

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