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.
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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.

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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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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.

Don’t Feed the Rug!

With illustrations by Dianara Mirtalipova, the Don’t Feed the Rug series from The Land of Nod is an easy way to add a lot of fun to a space.  The rugs are Tiger, Zebra and Bear and they come in 4′ x 6′ and 5′ x 8′ sizes.

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Anyone feeling “wild” enough to use one of these?

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Executive Pets Chairs from The Land of Nod

While most of the time, simpler is better, The Land of Nod has really hit the right note with these fun kids chairs.  Designed by Michelle Romo, the Executive Pet Nod Chairs are some of the cutest cartoony little things.  Furniture like this don’t usually get the BMB seal of approval, but here they are in all their adorable perfection, ready for your little ones to fall in love with their special reading spot.

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The chairs retail for $130, or you can buy a new cover for your existing Nod Chair for $80.

Lion

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Owl

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Panda (for your black and white rooms, no?)

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Bear

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Pick your favorite or get the whole menagerie!

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4 New Cribs from The Land of Nod

4 great new cribs join the nursery furniture collection at The Land of Nod this fall.

Fall 2014 Cribs

The simple Carousel Crib retails for $600 and comes in this splashy Kelly Green as well as Midnight Blue, Grey, and White.

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The Elemental Crib is constructed using solid poplar and comes in White or Java for $700

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The vintage inspired Brimfield Crib is an alternative to the Jenny Lind.  For $1000, it comes in Antique (shown), Black or White.

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Finally, the Keepsake Crib comes in two unique finishes (whitewash and greywash) and features three drawers for valuable storage.

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So, have you found the perfect crib yet?

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Sheepish Collection by Gingiber at The Land of Nod

The new fall 2014 collection from The Land of Nod is killer!  I’ve been waiting for this one since I found out that Gingiber was working on a collection with them and her “Sheepish” design is cute as can be!

The collection includes sheets, throw pillows in black and white,…

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crib sheet, quilt

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and a changing pad cover.

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So cute, right?!  Congratulations Stacie!!  I hope this is just the start!
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