I know everyone is clamoring for a co-sleeping option that will look beautiful in their bedroom, and since we’re out of luck with the Culla Belly co-sleeper, I’m going to recommend the Bednest. Read the information on their website to see all the reasons why the Bestnest is amazing, like the SafeBridge side panel, adjustable height, safety assurances and ease of setup. But you just need to get a look at it to know that you want one.
There’s also a special right now with the code USrental for up to 7 months with the Bednest, a new mattress, two white fitted sheets and free shipping and returns for $179.
We’re spending this week talking about our favorite categories in the Cribsies since it’s the last week to vote. 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 pick your favorites as the best for 2015.
Under the Nursery category, be sure to vote for the “Most Convenient Way To Be Close“.
The nominees are:
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet
Chicco Lullago Travel Crib
Baby Home Dream Portable Cot
Monte Ninna Nanna
Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper (They don’t seem to specify any particular model but my favorite is the Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet)
If it were up to me, I’d add the Babybjorn Cradle to the list.
So, which bassinet are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?
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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.
The Springwood Rocking Chair is a unique, sculptural piece that adds a lot of style without taking up too much floor space.
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
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.
Finally, there’s the gorgeous Springwood Bassinet. $550
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!
In addition to the Springwood Bassinet, there’s the simple teak Olin Bassinet ($450)…
… 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!
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
I also like the little Next Chapter Bookcase. You can never have too many books nor too much storage. $250
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
What new pieces are going on your wishlist?
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There’s a ton of baby gear on the show floor at the ABC Kids Expo and here’s the best of what I saw.
The Travel products from KidCo are no-nonsense, do what they need to do products, that work at home, while camping, or while traveling. The new items in the travel collection are the DreamPod Portable Bassinet ($150) and the TravelPod Portable Play Yard ($170). KidCo also added a lighter weight “Plus” model of the GoPod and updated the PeaPod as well.
For a limited time, this Dots by Karin BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft will be available exclusively at Kohls.com. If you want to go all in on the black and white for baby, you don’t want to miss this one.
Babyhome is coming out with another version of their Dream bassinet. The Dream Air has sides that unzip for ventilation and visibility. This type of mesh on travel sleepers and bassinets for air flow and ventilation was a huge trend across the board at the expo.
Regal Lager‘s newest brand, Qdos, has some great modern baby gate options including a transparent acrylic gate. I’d suffer a few hand prints on that thing rather than use a clunky unsightly gate, but that’s just me. Qdos is a whole line of safety products and I look forward to seeing the rest of the line when they launch.
In case there aren’t enough color options for your Maxi-Cosi Mico car seat, soon you’ll be able to customize your seat when you order it. It’s a great car seat to begin with and now buying your Mico has never been more fun.
There are all kinds of fancy special edition strollers out there with fun or fashionable fabrics and finishes, but this iCoo stroller is the first I’ve seen with a copper frame.
I got to check out Stokke’s Trailz, their heavy-duty all-terrain stroller. $1300
The Scoot is the compact Stokke stroller. I love that it it forward or rear facing and has an upright seating position. $600
Fisher Price seems to be heading in a good direction with this Comfort Curve Bouncer.
Nuna showed the Mixx stroller and the full sized Tavo stroller.
The new Wind attachment for the Leaf keeps the seat rocking automatically.
And here’s a new changing tray top for the Sena.
There was plenty of new stuff and many brands I didn’t even get to! For more baby gear and stroller coverage from the Expo, check out Growing Your Baby, Spilling the Beans, Baby Chic 101 and Baby Gizmo. It’s no wonder they had good coverage because I saw them all over the place!
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In the drool-worthy category at the ABC Kids Expo 2014 is the Rockwell Bassinet featuring a walnut base and sleek chrome frame.
A variation on the Ninna Nanna Bassinet, the Rockwell Bassinet is an even more spectacularly modern design.
In the glider section, two limited edition gliders make up the Wool and Walnut collection. Here’s a sleek Vola Glider in the wool and walnut combination.
This Luca Glider is shown in Oatmeal Wool with a solid walnut base.
The Joya Rocker looks amazing with a new sand fabric and natural maple base.
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!