With summer 2015 officially in full swing, Ahzahdeh Neshat (store manager at high-end Southern California baby boutique Bel Bambini) has identified five new, must-have, summer inspired items for kids and the chic parents that love them.
“Summer means families are heading out on vacations, with lots of time spent at the beach and the pool. Our Bel Bambini customers are always looking for ways to keep their kids safe and occupied, and travel as easily as possible. Our 5 Must Have Summer Picks include a variety of items that embrace the season’s activities – from hot strollers, to toys, accessories, and even nursery furniture.”
Honest – Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
“Honest products are hugely popular at our boutiques. And Honest realizes that protecting your children’s skin is a priority throughout the year — especially during the summer. Honest’s non-toxic, non-nano, non-whitening sunscreen is safe and effective — providing a broad spectrum protection for the family.” $14
BABYZEN YOYO Stroller
“The YOYO is the stroller for parents on the move. It’s known all over the world for its record-breaking compactness, its folding and sleek design. Kim and Kayne have been photographed traveling with North in a BABYZEN stroller.” $400
Plan Toys Mini Golf Set
“For so many adults, summer means it’s time for a few rounds of golf. Plan Toys’ Mini Gold Set means kids as young as toddler age can play the game in their backyard or on vacation.”
The Mini Golf – Single Set consists of a wooden kids-sized golf club, a wooden ball, 2 different types of challenging tracks and 1 hole. Bag included. $30
“Now your kids can look too-cool-for-school while protecting their eyes from the intense summer sun. Babiators Polarized sunglasses for kids reduce the sun’s harsh glare. They are available in an array new prints and colors.”
Available in two sizes: Junior, which fits most babies and toddlers ages 6 months-3 years, and Classic, which fits most kids ages 3-7+ years. $45
“Looking for cool, practical furniture for a newborn? Or maybe you want to spruce up your toddler’s room this summer. Stokke just expanded its furniture offering with Stokke Home, a modular and fully furnished nursery collection designed to grow with the child from birth on. It consists of a Crib, portable Cradle, Changer and Dresser with a modern aesthetic befitting of Stokke’s heritage in furniture design.” $250 to $700
Ahzahdeh Neshat has been in the juvenile industry for more than five years. She is currently the store manager of upscale boutique Bel Bambini’s West Hollywood, CA location on famed Robertson Boulevard. www.belbambini.com
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!
I hope you had a really lovely weekend. Not surprisingly, I’ve been inspired by the color and beauty of rainbows over the past few days, so I’ve rounded up a few fun ones.
1- Rainbow Clouds Poster Digital Download Printable from Seal Typo- $5
2- Haba Kringelring- $13
3- Rainbow Bedtime Buddy Nightlight- $39
4- Personalized Stacking Toy from hcwoodcraft- $27
5- Kids Blankets: Rainbow Throw Blanket – Rainbow Throw Blanket- $70
6- Grimm’s Handcrafted Wooden Mobile – Nature’s Elements, Air/Rainbow- $47
7- Small Rainbow Stacker from Imagination Kids- $15
8- Rainbow Throw Pillow- $29
9- Rainbow Bunting Denim Pillow from Sunny Lemons- $44
10- Rainbow Rug- $223
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We’re huge fans of Skip Hop’s Zoo pack, but once your kiddos hit elementary school, they’re probably going to want a cooler more grown-up looking backpack. The Forget Me Not backpack and lunch bag sets feature the additional bonus of a window showing whether the lunch bag inside!
Available in four styles, Forget Me Not backpacks are large enough for full size folders and retail for $40. The Forget Me Not Collection also includes pencil cases, straw bottles, lunch kits and food jars.
Choose your favorites or one of each. Put them with the bed, in your diaper bag, in the stroller, in the car…
So today was the last day of school and I’m facing three months of summer with both excitement and trepidation. Travel is definitely part of the excitement of vacation and you can face it with less trepidation if you’ve got great travel activities to keep the kids busy.
I really recommend the great travel games from Melissa and Doug. With the pieces firmly attached to the board, you can have all the fun without the tragedy of pieces spilling out of reach on the floor. I seriously have the USA License Plate Game
and Hangman in the car with me at all times, but next I would add Travel Bingo and the Travel Memory Game. Bring these out as needed (or when the ipad battery dies)!
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It’s always a fun day when Skip Hop ushers new characters into their Zoo! This time they’re welcoming Unicorn and Cow!
At least I’ve got new nieces and/or nephews coming who may end up with one of these!