26 Jan 2015, 10:16am
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What is the Best Play Table? 2015 Cribsies

The next Cribsies category I love to check out is “Niftiest Play Table“. The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products and it’s the last week to vote. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected, but you can still pick your favorite as the best for 2015.

Cribsies Play table

The nominees are:
Play-A-Round Activity Table and Chair Set
P’kolino Little Modern Tables and Chairs
Ikea Sansad
Parker Playtable
Extracurricular Play Table
Kids Table and 2 Chairs, Orange and White

Under the Play category, be sure to vote for your favorite as “Niftiest Play Table“. Are there any others you love that didn’t make the list?

What is the Best Bathtub for Baby? 2015 Cribsies

We’re going to spend this week talking about our favorite categories in the Cribsies since it’s the last week to vote. Founded by StrollerTraffic.com, the Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected and there’s still time to select your favorites as the best for 2015.

My first favorite award in the Nursery category is “Easiest Infant Tub“.

Cribsies Bath Tubs

The nominees are:
Puj Tub – Soft Infant Bath
Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub
Blooming Bath
Flexibath
Fisher-Price Bath Center, Rainforest or Fisher-Price Bath Tub, Rainforest Friends (not sure since the name says one thing and the photo shows another.
4Moms Infant Tub

My least favorite is the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bath.  I think their 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub would be a better choice.

Sling n Seat Tub

So, which baby bath are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?

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Oilo & Stokke Team Up for Nordstrom

Oilo, Stokke and Nordstrom, all favorites of mine for different reasons, have teamed up to provide wonderful new nursery options. Nordstrom now has Oilo’s Finn crib bedding set for the Stokke crib. Such a stylish combo! The bedding is being sold as a sheet, skirt and pillow set for $260.

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The pink Capri design will also be available in Stokke sizes so I can’t wait to see that.

Oilo Capri

Nordstrom really has a nice selection of baby gear and nursery items. You can’t go wrong if you get it at Nordstrom.

New Furniture from The Land of Nod

There are a few eye-popping new offerings from The Land of Nod. We’ve been waiting for this Spring 2015 collection since we saw previews of it on Instagram, and I’m just as excited about it now that I’m seeing all the pieces individually.

First and most notable is the Springwood collection. Designed by Maria Yee, each piece in the collection is handmade from bamboo and coated with a water-based finish.

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The Springwood Rocking Chair is a unique, sculptural piece that adds a lot of style without taking up too much floor space.

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The Springwood Crib anchors the collection, but I’m not sure why the back has to be higher than the front. I’m not usually a fan and don’t see the point unless it’s a crib that converts into a full bed, which this does not seem to do. $1500

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Of course there’s a matching dresser ($1200) and changing top ($200). While the legs are beautiful, if you’re looking for a lot of storage, you might want to find another option.

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Finally, there’s the gorgeous Springwood Bassinet. $550

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The Land of Nod has really gone all out with bassinets this year and one might have to move from your “optional” list to your list of must-haves for baby!

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In addition to the Springwood Bassinet, there’s the simple teak Olin Bassinet ($450)…

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… and most spectacularly, the Norse Bassinet. This Scandinavian-inspired design is one of my favorite new baby furniture pieces in a long time. Other baby furniture brands are really going to have to start stepping it up in the design department!

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The Campo Recliner from Monte Design is a Nod exclusive. Similar to Monte’s Grano Glider Recliner, the Campo Recliner comes in light or dark gray and features contrasting piping.

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There are a couple new small storage pieces that are worth mentioning. The Alto Bookcase comes in three colors with three base options that can be mixed and matched to create the perfect combo. I’m thinking we may need one in Walnut and White at our house. $250

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I also like the little Next Chapter Bookcase. You can never have too many books nor too much storage. $250

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Finally, the Neon Chalkboard Table is a fun pop of color for any child’s bedroom or playroom. It’s available with a hot pin or neon green base. $300

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What new pieces are going on your wishlist?

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20 Jan 2015, 8:09am
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Invisible Creature Modern Barn Blocks

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.

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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?

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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.

Play Collection from Oeuf

We’ve been waiting for this for a while now, so I’m excited to officially introduce Oeuf’s Play Collection!

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The collection features a beautiful white play table and bent plywood chairs with either rabbit or bear ears. Both adorable chairs come in birch or walnut and can be customized with fun fabric Play Stickers that can be removed and reused.

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I’d even just want a set of the stickers ($19) to play with!

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The play table retails for $269 and the chairs are sold in pairs for $226.

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The Play Collection goes perfectly alongside any other Oeuf collections but it’s a clean modern design that you can be happy to place in any living space.

The Hottest Diaper Bags in Pantone’s Marsala for 2015

Marsala Diaper Bags  2015 Pantone Color of the Year Baby Gear

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.

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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.

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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.

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13- Storksak Catherine in Leather Bordeaux- $450
14- Ellie Berry Diaper Bag Stylish Shopper Tote- sale $310

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.

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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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12 Jan 2015, 7:07am
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Moby Floating Bath Thermometer Intro and Giveaway

Skip Hop’s Moby bath collection is expanding with their all new Moby Floating Bath Thermometer!

With color changing LED, the thermometer shows whether the bath water is too hot, too cold, or just right. It features a suction cup for hanging when not in use.

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To celebrate the launch of the new Moby Floating Bath Thermometer, Skip Hop is giving away a Moby bath collection (including the Floating Bath Thermometer, Spout Cover and Bath Rinser) to one of our loyal readers.

Skip Hop Bath Collection

You can enter to win all three via the rafflecopter app below. This sweepstakes is open to US resident over the age of 18. It starts right now and ends January 19th, 2015 at 12:01 am EDT.

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Thanks to our friends at Skip Hop for this fun giveaway and good luck to you!

New for the Nursery from Room and Board

I’m a believer that when it comes to furniture, you really can’t go wrong with the quality and service from Room & Board. So you know I get excited when they debut a new nursery collection. For 2015, Room & Board has the new Flynn Crib and Flynn Dressers as well as the Colton Swivel Glider.

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The Flynn Crib comes stocked in Walnut or Ocean (shown above). You can also special order one of 10 different base colors. The crib retails for $800 except the Walnut base version which is $900.

Flynn Crib Room & Board

The Flynn Dresser comes in a 6 drawer ($1200) and 4 drawer ($800) version with the same color options as the crib.

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The Colton Swivel Glider is available in boucle and velvet fabrics and retails for $800 to $900 depending on the fabrics. A matching ottoman is available for $400 to $450.

Colton Swivel Glider

You really can’t go wrong with one of each, and your nursery can be totally unique with your color choices.

BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Dots

Black and white baby gear– actually, baby everything– is totally on trend. We previewed Baby Bjorn’s Balance Bouncer in this Dots pattern at the ABC Kids Expo this past fall, but you can now order this lovely piece of baby gear exclusively from Kohl’s.

BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft - Dots

I never thought of buying baby gear at Kohl’s but here’s a good reason to start. $200

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