While we may dream of handcrafting our baby’s first furniture and imagine it being passed down through the generations, this just isn’t reality for all but a few creative individuals. Fortunately, those with the time and ability can sometimes be found sharing their skills with us on Etsy. Every so often I scan the site to see if the woodworkers and furniture makers have created anything for their littlest customers. This time I’ve found two handmade walnut bassinets worthy of the most fortunate babies as well as their babies and their babies’ babies.
From Fine Woodworking of SC, this beautiful hand-sculpted curved walnut cradle will someday be in a museum. Until then (for $6000), it can be yours. You can admire your precious creation sleeping in this precious creation– at least for a couple months until they outgrow it.
A little more realistic is The Sleeper Walnut Bassinet from rydenDESIGN. Pull this beautiful bed into your master bedroom and you’ll always want to have a little one to occupy it. $800
This bassinet from Turner and Branch is made to order and can be customized with your selection of woods. The one shown below is Walnut and Ash. $395
Which would you choose? What about if price were no object?
The co-sleepers currently on the market are not the most beautiful bedroom accessories. I KNOW (based on my blog stats) that you all are looking for a better options. Unfortunately, there are some serious safety issues to consider when it comes to baby sleep arrangements (remember drop-side cribs?) so manufacturers tread very carefully when considering and developing products that support co-sleeping arrangements.
If you search the web, you can find numerous creative individuals have designed lovely co-sleepers for use by their own families, but for those of us who don’t have a wood shop or don’t even have the first clue how to approach a project like that, there are a couple etsy sellers who are sharing their skills and creations. Would one of these fit your bedroom decor?
From Old New House, the Little Mod Co-Sleeper Wooden Baby Bed ($550)
From Rosette Custom Furniture, the Cherry Sidecar Co-Sleeper Baby Bed Attachment ($319)
The big question is, would you be comfortable using one of these handmade creations?
I’m merely posting this for your entertainment… at $16,320,000, the Dodo Bassinet Solid Gold from Suommo has got to be the most expensive bassinet of all time. I imagine it being the bed of choice for the offspring of ancient Pharaohs.
Fortunately, the bedding is included. How about throwing in the child’s college education while we’re at it?
For the older baby, the Bela Luxury Cot Gold Edition is merely $62,288 but I’m afraid the bedding is an additional $5,168. For some reason they throw in a free bottle of water.
I’m not even going to mention the pacifier– oh wait, I just did.
Have I sufficiently knocked your socks off?
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This is one of my FAVORITE posts in my ABC Kids Expo coverage each year. I love to find new modern styles and options in out of the way corners. It’s easy to find modern furniture in the “Modern Child” section, but brands with more traditional lines are increasingly testing out modern designs and I love to showcase them.
First, my mouth nearly dropped open when I spotted this spectacular collection from Capretti Design. The quality of these is unmistakable. This is some serious construction and craftsmanship– Amish made in the US– and it’s beautifully obvious when you see these in person.
They’re calling this their Mid-Century Collection and it’s solid Walnut finished in tung oil. The crib retails for $2500 and the dresser is $3000.
Basically, I really just want this dresser in my bedroom asap!
Capretti Design’s Mid-Century Collection will be available in Sprout San Francisco locations (Manhattan, Chicago and San Francisco), Firefly Furnishings in Denver and Give Wink in the Miami area. I may have to stop at Give Wink to get another look!
I stopped in to see what the Australian brand Boori is up to and I discovered Boori’s Urbane brand, featuring two great modern collections. Omni includes a crib that converts into a twin size bed, a wardrobe and a dresser.
The Urbane collections are priced reasonably (Omni crib is about $600 and the Lucia crib is about $400) and are even Greenguard certified.
Next, at Childcraft, I noticed the Soho crib in this two-tone Oiled Oak / Putty combination. This is a beauty for under $300. I had to ask again whether that was the RETAIL price and they insisted it is. So if this is what you’re looking for, just wait until February or March.
Here is another version of the Soho crib, which incidentally converts to a toddler bed, day bed and full bed. The base on this version is a little different and I believe this one had plexiglass sides, which is kinda cool. I recommended they do this crib in white as well. We’ll see if they listen.
The Soho collection also includes a changing table, dressers, night stand and student desk.
Next, at Storkcraft, I discovered a collaboration between notNeutral and Zutano that has resulted in some really cool furniture. The notNeutral BB2 Convertible Crib comes in this color combination as well as white/espresso and white/natural.
Here you have the Tivoli Convertible Crib and Changer and the 3-Drawer Dresser. This will come in six color combinations which is good because this Expresso/Cloud combo is not my favorite.
I much preferred this Sunny / Natural combo that was on display at the Zutano booth. Cool, right?
Finally, I couldn’t help but be taken in by the sleek minimalism at Quax. This is not yet being distributed in the US but maybe they had some luck making contacts at the Expo.
What I really loved was how the crib converts into that awesome sofa down there.
I predict we are going to be seeing more of this feet first changing position making its way into more US nurseries. It really just makes more sense even though here it really blocks that top drawer.
The collection at Quax even included a toy box AND they make the plush toys and bedding shown in the display as well.
Would you be interested in something THIS minimal?
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Babyhome has become a very popular nursery and baby gear brand since its US debut at the ABC Kids Expo in 2011.
This year brings another beautiful special version of their Dream travel cot. The Dream Premium is made from natural micro-perforated leather with a polished black aluminum frame. This looks really posh and carries the $1200 price tag to match.
I’m ALWAYS excited to add another modern option to my list of baby bouncers and loungers so the new Wave Bounce Chair is a great find this year. Made from laminated wood, the Wave will be available in several frame and cushion combinations and should retail for about $180.
The Babyhome Emotion stroller is coming out in a few new colors– Aqua, Cloud and Coral and some new accessories like a cup holder and diaper bag will make this lightweight stroller ever more versatile.
The bassinet, high chair and bed rail will also feature new colors and the bed rail with built in light (Side Light) is on the horizon.
Finally, the so-ro mini cradle is now part of Babyhome and is a real stand-out in their product line. I’m glad that Babyhome has taken on this beautiful product and hopefully they can give it the distribution and attention that it deserves!
One of the most difficult things about a newborn’s first weeks and months at home is the sleep situation. They sleep when you’re awake and are wide awake when you want to sleep. There are many options for how you want to manage their sleeping situation, but a bassinet is one of the most beautiful and elegant.
For this installment of our baby registry series sponsored by Babyli.st, I’ve rounded up my top 10 modern bassinets and cradles to help your baby sleep though the first few months in style and comfort.
1- Dream from Babyhome- $350
This lightweight travel crib is stylish enough to use at home. Adjustable legs allow for the crib to rock or remain stationary. Mattress, pad and sheet as well as a travel bag are included.
2- Gentle Motions Bassinet from Cariboo- $420
In addition to Cariboo’s two other bassinet models, this rocking version is a simple cotton bed that hangs on a wood frame. The bassinet includes a mattress, and optional accessories like a canopy, changer and activity gym are available.
3- Ninna – Nanna Bassinet from Monte- $395
Monte’s Ninna – Nanna bassinet is one of the most beautiful bassinet designs. This looks at home in the nursery, in your bedroom or the most beautifully decorated living room. The basket is removable and can be used as a portable bed.
4- Nest Bassinet from Offi- $1000
The Nest Bassinet is an absolute beauty. You’ll never want your little one to grow out of their Nest, but when they do, the optional conversion kit transforms it into a play table and toy bin. It comes with a mattress, slip cover and 2 fitted sheets.
5- Stokke Sleepi Mini- $1000 (with crib set)
The Sleepi Mini is only available with the Sleepi Crib System. For $1000, the beautiful curved design will grow with your child from birth through toddlerhood.
6- So Ro Cradle- $400
Featuring a soothing forward rocking motion, the So-Ro Cradle is an award winning design that fits in the most modern home.
7- Bowery Bassinet from Babyletto- $130
This less-expensive bassinet converts to a toy box once your child grows out of it.
8- Cradle from BabyBjörn- $350
This beautiful cradle with breathable mesh sides has a gentle rocking motion from a spring suspension system. It is light and easy to move around your home and the fabrics can be removed for cleaning. The Cradle comes with a mattress and waterproof mattress cover.
9- Stokke Bounce ‘n’ Sleep Day Bed- $200
With a curved, rocking base, the Bounce ‘n’ Sleep is a soft and stylish design. Partnered with the bouncer, you’ve got everything you need to keep baby safe and comfortable.
10- BamBam Bassinet from Argington- $295
The BamBam Bassinet is part of Argington’s BamBam complete crib set. With additional pieces, you can transform it from the bassinet to a crib and then into a toddler bed.
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It looks like Ovum Baby is now selling the Ovum bentwood bassinet on etsy. Who knew? This makes is only slightly easier to order one of these interesting pieces. Only slightly easier, because it’s still $1800.
I’d really love to check one of these out in person. Some new photography would be lovely as well…
The Culla Belly Co-Sleeper has been a popular search on BuyModernBaby ever since I first posted about it in 2011. The transition from design to final product has been a challenge, and I had already given up on ever seeing these available until our newest advertiser, Elm Baby, contacted me and let me know that they now carry the Culla Belly Co-Sleeper in their online boutique. They have a personal relationship with the designers and distribute it directly from them.
Designed by Andrea Garuti and Manuela Busetti, one side of the bassinet unzips to open up onto the parents’ bed. The wooden base is secured under the mattress of the bed. The final design doesn’t have all the style of the initial concept, but this is frequently what happens in the transition from idea to reality.
The co-sleeper is available in seven colors: red, blue, green, orange, light blue, cream, and pink.
The Culla Belly retails for $600 and the stand is an additional $290.
I haven’t seen these in person, so I can’t tell you too much about them, but if you’ve been desperate for a more modern co-sleeper, this is what you’ve been waiting for. If you’ve gotten a look at a Culla Belly Co-Sleeper or if you own one, please comment and let us know your thoughts!
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While it seems that the pink and blue colors are no-brainers, the patterns are modern and super sophisticated. If you’re doing pink or blue, you can do it right with these new designs. Looking closely, you can see that there are many different shades and variations to the fabrics.
With the Rose Sea pattern, you even find a feminine mix of pink AND blue.
Take a look at their catalog to see the entire Tailored collection of nursery bedding and child’s bedding. I love that all the crib bedding patterns are available in a bumper-less version with Annette Tatum’s Perfect Fit Crib Sheet.
To celebrate the launch of their Tailored collection, Little House by Annette Tatum is offering one of our lucky readers their choice of a Moses Basket featuring fabrics from the Tailored line. A Moses basket is a simple and beautiful alternative to a bassinet, made even more beautiful with this collection of fabrics. The eight choices are pictured below, but visit the Little House page to find the name of your favorite pattern. The prize is valued at $160 and the sweepstakes is open to US residents over the age of 18. It starts right now and ends November 5th, 2012 at 12:01 am EST. There are several ways to enter via Rafflecopter below.
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Unlike many other bloggers, I was never a fan of the Go Crib from Guava Family. The only time we’ve mentioned it on the blog is when it was a “Best Alternative To A Crib” 2012 Cribsie Award Finalist. The inflatable rails seemed unnecessarily bulky to me.
I was happy to find their newest travel cribs at ABC Kids Expo 2012 are very different. Coming soon, we have their Lotus Crib and Lotus Bassinet.
I don’t have availability dates or price info on these yet, but I’ll update the post when I find out! In the meantime, take a look at their video to get a better idea how these products work.
Tell me, did you like the Go Crib, or is the Lotus more your style?