Coming Soon: New from Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2013

As usual, Skip Hop has a plethora of items to add to their impressive lineup in the coming year.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

The Giraffe Safari Wood Toy Collection is full of fun and affordable baby gifts.  It includes the Crocodile Xylophone ($25), Nest & Play Blocks ($20), Stacking Animal Blocks ($15), Fold & Play Book ($10), Peek & Play Giraffe ($10), Spin & Play Rhino ($10), and the Flip & Play Turtle ($10).

Skip Hop Wooden Toys

These are already available on the Skip Hop website.

Skip Hop Wooden Toys

If you thought Skip Hop’s bath collection was already complete, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  They’ll be adding two new essentials.  The Waterfall Rinser keeps sudsy water out of sensitive eyes and the Floating Bath Thermometer features a digital readout to ensure the perfect temperature in your tub.

Skip Hop New Bath

Skip Hop’s Playspot has a new color scheme.  The yellow and gray is a great new addition that will suit so many more modern nurseries and play spaces.  In the photo, you can see one other addition to the Playspot line and that is the Funspot!  Three inserts turn the Playspot into a spot for tummy time fun.

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And your other tummy time option is Treetop Tummy Time Mat.  As far as tummy time mats go, this one is pretty cute.

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I’d also take a look at the Plush Animals ($18).  These are a nice big size that are great for use as decor.  In addition to the elephant and bird, there’s also an owl and giraffe.

Skip Hop Plush Toys

Modern Crib Bedding at Target

Target is a great place for almost all home items. I can happily get lost in the home section for hours. But honestly, the kid and baby sections are often lacking in good modern decor for the nursery or toddler bedroom. Particularly in store, I have a hard time finding anything that would work for our modern aesthetic in the nursery or toddler room.

With that being said, I was excited to come across several modern crib bedding sets on Target.com recently, all under $140 and most under $100.

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Bananafish Poppy crib set ($99.99)

Black and white dots. Need I say more? The bold flowers mixed with the clean look of black and white makes this set a favorite of mine. While I do love the set, the less than modern crib is a turn-off and I would love to see this on my current favorite budget-friendly crib, the Babyletto Hudson.

Room 365 Globetrotter set

Room 365 Globetrotter crib set ($69.99)

I have a thing for airplanes. This set is simple yet bold, exactly what I love in a bedding set for a child.

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Birds and flowers crib set ($99)

This sweet, yet still very modern, set features soft pink birds and flowers mixed with bold black making this set a stand out for me.

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First Trike crib set ($99)

Bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle. I love the clean bicycle print in fun color palette of orange, blue and beige.

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Bananafish Linden crib set ($99.99)

With three simple patterns, this blue, yellow and grey set is fun and simple.

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Room 365 Hot Air Balloon crib set ($79.99)

Hot air balloons plus orange dots plus chevron is a winning combination. This set could be playful and sweet in any nursery.

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Bacati Baby and Me Giraffe set ($139.99)

The cute giraffe print plus a bold dot pattern make this a fun modern set.

Most of these sets are not available in store but are available online. Would you design your nursery around one of these crib bedding sets? Which is your favorite?

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H&M Kids Home Picks

Not sure why it’s taken me so long to compile my favorites from the H&M Home Baby and Kids departments, but it’s better late than never.  There is a lot of fun stuff to work with here!

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Clockwise from top left:
Elephant wall decoration ($25), Decorative letters ($13), 3-pack Storage Boxes ($20), Bear cushion cover ($13), Rabbit cushion cover ($13)

HM Home 2

Clockwise from top left:
Owl cushion ($13), Love You Cushion Cover ($6), Cushion cover ($18), Sweater Knit Cushion Cover ($18),  Owl and Fox Pillowcase ($6), Bear Knit Cushion Cover ($18)

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Clockwise from top left:
Deer wall decoration ($25), 3-pack Storage Boxes ($20), Storage Basket ($4), Elephant decorative cushion ($10)

I can see these sneaking into future nursery boards.  How about you?  Will they be sneaking into your nursery?

Best Modern Mobiles 2013: Sponsored by Babyli.st

There is no one right answer to the best mobile question.   Though there are options that are supposed to be good for capturing baby’s attention and promoting brain development, mobiles are more decorative than functional.  Some are battery operated and play music, spin or light up.  I have nothing against those and reluctantly admit that we had one of those gadgety gizmos, but currently, there aren’t any on the market that I’d feel good about recommending.  If that changes, I’ll let you know!

For now, think of your nursery mobile as a floating piece of artwork for your modern nursery.  You can hang one in a corner, over the changing table, or over the crib, but wherever you put it, make sure you hang it out of baby’s reach.

As part of our baby registry series sponsored by Babyli.st, I’m sharing my top 10 favorite sources (in no particular order) for modern mobiles.  With just these 10 brands, you’ll have an incredible selection of gorgeous modern mobiles.  Pick your favorite and add it to your baby registry!

Top 10 Modern Crib Mobiles 2013

1- Themis Mobiles from Artenica Designed by Clara von Zweigbergk, the Themis Mobiles are colorful, geometric and appropriate for the coolest modern nurseries.  These retail for approximately $40.

2- Baby Jives
Handcrafted heirloom mobiles, these bird, boat, butterfly, cloud, fish and plane mobiles are truly works of art.  Baby Jives creations retail for about $30 to $200 depending on the size.

3- Frazier + Wing
These paper mobiles are crafted by hand in a multitude of color combinations.  Frazier + Wing mobiles retail for $68 to $150.

4- Djeco
Djeco mobiles are made in France of colorful die-cut plastic shapes.  They retail for about $22 to $42.

5- Petit Collage
With paper and bamboo mobiles that cover all the most popular nursery themes (birds, butterflies, farm, elephant, woodland, fish owls, transportation…), Petit Collage is a perfect addition to almost any modern nursery.  The mobiles retail for $15 to $66.

6- Flensted
If you can’t find a Flensted mobile to love, you don’t know what you’re looking for.  Flensted has been around almost 60 years and has the largest assortment of modern mobile designs ranging from abstract to adorable.  Some are cardboard and some are serigraphical foil.  These retail for about $30 to $80.

7- Adrift Mobiles
From Schmitt Design, these abstract sculptural mobiles are as appropriate in any part of your home as they are in the nursery.  Adrift mobiles range from $90 to $250.

8- Wee Gallery
Wee Gallery mobile designs emphasis high contrast and most are created to have an interesting view from below (which is presumably baby’s point of view).  These retail for $12 to $26.

9- IGE
IGE mobiles are laser cut designs using museum board, plywood or plexiglass.  I like the plywood birds and monkeys best.  But take a look at the owl and black silhouettes as well.  They retail for $55 to $65.

10- KLT: works
Cute plush mobiles are handmade in Washington and retail for $85 to $180.  Designs include cute animals like birds, kitties, woodland creatures and even bugs!

If you’re still looking for the perfect mobile and haven’t found it yet, etsy is the next place to find tons more styles and options.

Add your favorite mobile to your baby registry with BabyList.  BabyList lets you ask for exactly what you want from the retailers of your choice – including your favorite local or independent shops (like Etsy).

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Etsy Find: Quirky Mobiles from Pink Cheeks Studios

Finding the perfect mobile for baby’s nursery was one of the hardest things for me during nursery planning. I ended up giving up and going with a paper lantern cluster instead, but when I find something unique, it makes me want to start all over with another very neutral nursery.

Pink Cheeks Studios creates the most unique and utterly adorable mobiles and wall hangings ranging from ninjas and Star Wars characters to woodland animals and animals with mustaches (below- Animals mustachioed mobile- $150. These mobiles could be the star of any nursery and would be easy to plan around.

And they would transition well from infant to toddler rooms. The playful characters add charm and fabrics are customizable so matching your nursery decor is easy.

Personalized family wall hanging ($175)

Ninja girls with neon hair mobile ($130)

Mod girls baby mobile ($120)

Woodland mobile ($165)

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My Modern Nursery #67: Eco Friendly for Earth Day Sponsored by Lullaby Paints

Inspired by Earth Day, I’ve put together this relaxing, gender-neutral and eco-friendly modern nursery inspiration board.  We want our children to be able to live in a healthy environment both on a global scale and in their homes and the spaces they will occupy as they develop and grow.

For so many of us, while we’re expecting our first child might be the first time we start to think about the materials, toxins and chemicals that we use in our homes.  When we moved into our new home while I was expecting baby #2, this meant I was also looking for safe and healthy paint, not just for the nursery walls, but throughout the house.  We found the best options we could by looking for low-VOC paints, but I wish I had found Lullaby Paints at the time.  With eco-friendly packaging, a non-toxic formula and the ability to order reasonably priced sample paint pouches (4 for $10) before you commit to a color, this was JUST what I was looking for.

For this Earth Day nursery I selected Celadon, a fresh, easy-to-use pale green that says spring, and all my other eco-friendly finds fit in perfectly with it.

1- Celadon paint from Lullaby Paints- $69 a gallon
2- Bug Print (Caterpillar) 10″ x 8″- $24
I Love You Print- Aqua
11″ x 14″ from Trendy Peas- $29
ABC Print – Yellow/Gray
16″ x 20″ from Trendy Peas- $39
Hape Quattro Strategy Game in Bamboo- $40
Greenington Orchid 6 Drawer Dresser
- $1750
3- Aspect Pendant Lamps- Slender $380 and Squat from Schmitt Design- $430
4- Owl Branches Coat Tree from The Land of Nod- $100
5- Ross Natural Sheer Curtain Panels from Crate & Barrel- $60-$90
Bird Trio Mobile
from Petit Collage- $56
6- P. Pod Companion Crib- $1090
7- Organic Crib Sheet from Buttercup Forest (#11)- $60
Gold Circles Throw Pillow from Plover Organic- $40
Cool Chevron 20″ Outdoor Pillow
- $60
Peek White Pillow 18″ x 22″- $30
8- Eames Molded Plastic Rocker in Green- $550
Healthy Baby: Asthma and Allergy Friendly Floppy Froggie by Kids Preferred- $18
9- Kids Table and Chairs from Sprout- $200
Green Toys My First Stacker, Colors May Vary- $15
Handcrafted Wooden Truck- $22
10- Upcycle Rug from CB2 8′ x 10′- $600

Thanks to Lullaby Paints for sponsoring this post.  I’m excited to be working with them on a series of nursery inspiration boards featuring their premium paints that are safe for newborns and pregnant moms.

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Rich or Reasonable: Giant Stuffed Giraffes

If your nursery or playroom requires a giant stuffed giraffe– and you may be surprised how often this is the case– I’ve got a couple options for you.  Unless you’re a serious Stieff collector and aficionado (I’m just a casual collector and fan), this one is a no-brainer though.

You don’t have to take my word for it.  Even celebrity nurseries are sporting Melissa & Doug’s Giant Stuffed Giraffe.

You can find it in Tori Spelling’s home


(photo credit: Michael Simon/ Startraks)

Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis’s home….

And Rachel Zoe’s home


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So you can either be the trailblazer with the $1175 Giraffe from Steiff (43.31″ tall), or snag the Melissa and Doug one (57″ tall) on Amazon for less than $100. (at the time of posting, the price is $72.09!!)

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Mobiles from Zid Zid Kids

Zid Zid Kids has introduced their Shadow Animal Mobile Collection.  These are cut by hand and made out of recycled paper, cardboard and faux-leather details.


There’s an Elephant, Butterfly, Bird, Peacock, Giraffe and Camel. $36 each

Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler for JC Penney

I might have to make a rare visit to JC Penney to check these out in person but I can’t believe I haven’t heard about this partnership before today (thanks Pinterest!).  Happy Chic is Jonathan Adler’s lower cost decor and furnishings collection for JC Penny and if his style is prohibitive for you at regular prices, this might just be the perfect solution.  I’m not sure why this hasn’t been publicized more widely (a la Target special collections), but here are my favorite picks to add to your nursery decor plans or just around the house.

1- Lola Magazine Holder- $25
Squirrel Magazine Holder
- $25
2- Lola Owl Accent Lamp- $35
3- Charlotte Apple Bookends- $38
4- Set of 3 Nesting Tables- $300
5- Katie 18″ Square Pillow- $32
Katie Round Decorative Pillow- $50
Katie Owl Decorative Pillow- $32
6- Charlotte Ribbed Table Lamp- $28
7- Lola Owl Table Lamp- $75
8- Lola Set of 2 Owl Bookends- $38
9- Charlotte Round Pouf- $90
Katie Round Pouf- $90
10- Lola Zigzag Pillow- $32
Lola Oblong Pillow- $32

Rockin’ Toys from Wee Rock Toy Co.

The only thing better than finding an Eco-friendly modern version of a classic children’s toy is discovering that it is made locally.  Wee Rock Toy Co. is based near me in South Florida, where they produce this line of rocking animals.  In addition to the traditional horse, they’ve got the highlights of a zoo covered with a gorilla, an elephant, a rhino and a giraffe.

Founded by two former architecture students, We Rock Toy Co. produces these beautiful heirloom toys in Miami using FSC certified Bamboo Plywood.

No tools, hardware or glue are required for their assembly and the rockers retail for $300.  Any one of them would look fantastic in your modern nursery.  Which would you choose?

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