When someone asks me what I think is missing in the modern baby world, one of the first things I think of is an exersaucer, jumparoo, activity center type thing. These are those hideous plastic monstrosities that toddlers of a certain age really love. Parents love them because they’re a safe place to put a baby (who can hold their head up and support their weight on their legs) and watch them play somewhat independently.
I KNEW it was possible to make a modern version of these– one that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to have in the house. I’ve finally found the perfect design (and as you can imagine, there’s a price tag to match). The Bobbin Triple Play Centre from Three Pears is just what I’ve been dreaming of.
With solid maple legs, Greeguard certified finishes and formaldehyde free MDF surfaces, this play center is as safe and eco-friendly as is it spectacular. It comes in five different modern color combinations. Shown above is “Petal Pusher” and below you can see “Sea Legs” with the addition of the Bobble Toy accessories. These can all be attached to the table surface with detachable suction cups. Babies can reach all the way around the table because the seat rotates 360 degrees on an aluminum turn table mechanism.
Once your toddler is a bit bigger, you can lower the colored platform to make room for their longer legs.
Finally, when the life of the play center has run its course (and you’d be getting ready to donate the giant plastic play center), you remove the Bobbin top, flip it all over and you have a modern kids table. Add a couple Milking Stools and you can continue to use the Bobbin for several more years!
I am so excited about The Bobbin and the entire line of products from Three Pears. As I have warned you, the price is steep. The Play Centre is $850, the toys range from $35 to $70, and the stools are $70. Shipping to the US is an additional expense.
Update 3/6/2013: The price for the Bobbin (via comments below!) is now down to $550. Much easier to swallow. Hooray!
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I’m delinquent blogging about Tambino, but a couple of their newest products ensured that I could no longer keep this brand to myself.
As soon as I spotted their amazing new Typographic Easel, I had to let you take a look. The easel is shown here with the Typographic “H” Chair and the Typographic “K” chair. Oh, the letter A as an easel. How perfect.
Then there’s this brand new little beauty. The Pickup (Your Toys) Truck is part toy chest and part kid’s desk. Fun and function all in one. Make room in your playrooms. I adore it!
These number tables are unlike any others. They’re the ones I’ve been long overdue showing you. Pick an oversized 2, 3, 5 or 6 table. There’s also an 8 Activity Table (not shown). They all have numbers for legs as well. How cool would it be if your preschool used tables like these?!
You can also enjoy the numbers in a smaller stepstool form. The 2 and 4 Stepstools are available in a variety of colors.
Tambino has also been getting some attention for their use of the number 5 as a Toddler Table Stand!
At this point, can you imagine how excited Count Von Count is getting?
And if you want to go really batty with Tambino, check out their modular cushion sets like this starfish.
I’ve shown you MUCH of what Tambino offers, but to see it all, I invite you to visit their site and take a look at the rest. If you’re ready to buy, feel free to use my affiliate link and visit their Amazon Shop.
The last Cribsie Awards category I’d like to review with you is “The Perfect Little Play Table.” You may be aware of my long-time search for the perfect play table, so it was interesting to see what the Cribsies came up with as their list of finalists.
Next, at the other end of the price spectrum, is Ikea’s Sansad Table. For $50 you get a nice, large, solid surface with legs that are adjustable to three different heights. I’m not a fan of the leg colors but you could probably dress it up with a little DIY.
Offi’s Play-A-Round Activity Table retails for $300. I think I would have had Offi’s Woody Chalkboard Table here instead, because this table isn’t really that exciting without the matching Mini Drawer Chairs. The table and chairs are designed by Roberto Gil.
You all know I’m a big P’kolino fan but I truly would have been shocked if one of P’kolino’s play tables wasn’t on this list. In this case, their Craft Table is the big finalist but the Chalk Table and Safari Tree Table would have been great picks as well.
Plan Toys, a favorite toy brand, has their own version of the Play Table. It’s perfect for Plan City or Plan Toys’ Train Sets. Retails for $200.
The Land of Nod is another wonderful place to search for play tables. I’ve been admiring their Mojo Table for a long time but this year, their Activity Table was a Cribsie top pick. Available in White, Honey and Espresso, the table comes with or without storage bins, has different height legs (low, medium and high) and an optional paper roller.
Is your perfect play table on this list? Who are you voting for?
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Loll was one of the first brands I blogged about. Their furniture is as beautiful indoors as it is outdoors. Made from recycled materials, their make your environment beautiful while they are protecting it. Loll is keeping it fresh with a few new kids designs.
First these Kids Cabrio Lounge Chairs are adorable. They’re the mini versions of the popular adult sized seat. $228
Makes we want to completely rethink our backyard!
Since I know you’re going to ask about the red playhouse at the top, I’m not sure. It’s like Modern Playhouse’s Dacha Playhouse crossed with their Circle Playhouse. It makes sense for Loll and Modern Playhouse to work together, but I just haven’t found anything official (other than the colors and the fact that Modern Playhouse likes Loll on Facebook).
I hope that lots of you have put P’kolino on your holiday gift lists because I truly think everything they’ve got makes for a real winner in the gift department. We’ve got one great gift to award to you today though!
The randomly generated winner of the P’kolino Chalk Table is Janet W. who loves the reader chair in charcoal. That’s tops on my wishlist too Janet– two of them actually!
The top 10 Holiday gifts from P’kolino include the Chalk Table and:
Congratulations again to Janet, and thanks so much to P’kolino for participating in our holiday giveaway series this year. You can follow them on twitter and like them on Facebook to keep up to date on their latest products.
For yet another incredible giveaway, today we’ve got the P’kolino Chalk Table. P’kolino is one of our favorite modern baby and kids brands. I’ve been impressed with the brand for years and their collection keeps getting better every year.
Take a look at the video to see the table in action.
This, or almost any P’kolino products would make for a perfect holiday gift .
To win this White P’kolino Chalk Table worth $90:
Visit P’kolino online, and then leave a comment telling us what else on their site you think would make an incredible gift. My hint: almost anything!
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coming soon!: changer changing table crib nursery furniture play table
I was looking forward to seeing the Funky Forest collection from Numi Numi Design at ABC Kids Expo. I’m always excited to show you new modern nursery furniture designs, so take a look:
The really unique thing about the changer (in addition to the lit section!) is that the top section of the comes off to become the play table.
I look forward to seeing these available for purchase and to see the other collections (like Seaweed) brought to life.
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Here’s a sampling of my favorite interesting pieces from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child’s new collection.
First, I’ll be putting this Vintage Eye Chart on my personal wish list (hmmm- I think I have some credit at RH….). They also have an eye chart with real letters, but the Es are more graphic and since my name starts with an E, they are meaningful.
This Small World Ottoman is interesting but also a nice neutral piece ($129).
The European Dog Silhouette crib sheet and pillowcase (also twin and full sheet sets) sports a design that might be of interest to some. I like that it’s simple but has a fun pattern as well. ($44 for the sheet and $24 for a pillowcase)
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In the spirit of back-to-school, check out this Normann Copenhagen Play Board in Yellow.
Designed by Jesper K. Thomsen, the “Play” series is handmade in Denmark out of Lacquered Beech. Other items in the collection include the Play Soapbox Cart ($3150), a table ($380), bench ($370) and chairs ($315). (the Play collection is available at our affiliate All Modern Baby)
I usually only post products that are available for purchase or that will be coming soon, so this post is a little different. I have been hearing about Kickstarter here and there online, and when I got an email about this Little Frog Kickstarter project, I was excited to take a look.
Chadwick Parker and Joe Huang are trying to raise $40,000 to bring you these cute and fun 3-in-1 Little Frog play tables/chairs.
The video really goes into all the details…
As you can see, these are really cute (my 5 year old said so!) and totally fun. Your kickstarter “pledges” are almost like product pre-orders. For example, a $100 pledge reserves 2 monster toys and a 3-in-1 Little Frog in any of the five colors– red, yellow, green, blue and purple.
So help kick start the 3-in-1 Little Frog and be among the first to have this versatile, creative and fun piece of kids furniture. Visit Kickstarter for all the details and to make your pledge. Good luck guys!