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Wonderful Whales: Sponsored by Sprout

The folks at Sprout know of my love for rocking toys as well as kids seating, so since their Whale Chair is a perfect combination of kids chair and rocker, we thought it would be fun to play around with whales today!

The Whale Chair is easy to build and disassemble and is made in the USA from recycled materials. It comes in Green, Gray or Pink and retails for $80. The fun whale-shaped seat also coordinates perfectly with other Sprout products or any of our whale picks below!

Whale Chair from Sprout

Gray Whales featuring Sprout Whale Chair

Gray whales from top to bottom:
Whale Chair from Sprout- $80
Diana Whale Princess from Milipa- $51
Whale Tail Hook- $30- $80 depending on size
Whale Silhouette from Avalisa- $60 (other colors available)
Whale Metal Art Bookends from Knob Creek Metal Arts- $60

Blue Whales

Blue whales from top to bottom:
Whale Tissue Holder from Shop Sparkly Pony- $40
Ferm Living Whale Mobile- $58
Whale & Waves Wall Shelf- $49
Monica + Andy Organic Muslin Always Blanket- $65
3 Sprouts Toy Chest, Whale- $25

Natural Whales

Natural whales from top to bottom:
Modern Whale Wall Clock from Decoylab- $70
Organic Whale Shaped Baby Teether- $12+
Very Hungry Whale Pillow from Coral & Tusk- $92
Whale Animal Box from Areaware- $49
Bamboo Whale from Petit Collage- $29

Thanks to Sprout for sponsoring this post. With their focus on creative, easy to assemble and environmentally friendly modern children’s furniture, Sprout is a fun choice for nurseries, bedrooms and playrooms. Check out their complete line as well as their Facebook page!

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P’kolino Little Reader Patterned Chair Covers

P’kolino’s Little Reader was already one of my favorite chairs for toddlers and preschoolers, but now they’re even more attractive with these patterned chair covers. The new patterns include Pink Leaves, Blue Planes, Grey, Pink and Blue Chevron, and Orange, Pink and Blue Stripes.

P'kolino Little Reader Chair Covers

You can purchase the chair with cover for $70 or you can purchase a cover for the chair you already own for $25.

Coming Soon: New From Monte Design at ABC Kids Expo 2013

We spotted two new items from one of our favorite modern nursery brands, Monte Design at the ABC Kids Expo 2013.

First, they’re introducing a walnut base on the Tavo High Chair.  This adds even more opportunity for you to match your highchair with your adult dining furniture, and the walnut just looks spectacular, no?

While giggle currently is the exclusive retailer for the beautiful new Como Glider, this will be more widely available in 2014.  In our last post we showed the Pebble Gray, but here you can see it in Sand.

Don’t you even just want one of these for your living room?

Coming Soon: What New From the Million Dollar Baby Family at ABC Kids Expo 2013

The MDB Family of brands had a really strong showing at ABC Kids Expo 2013.  With brands like Babyletto, Nursery Works (used to be one word- now it seems to be two), and Ubabub under its umbrella, they have a whole range of products for modern nursery furniture lovers across the board.

First from Nursery Works, the Vetro Crib looks better than ever in this gray Shadow Acrylic color.  While the completely clear one disappears a little too much, the Shadow Vetro is a dark crib with a nice level of transparency.

Nurseryworks Gray Vetro Crib

Nursery Works also showed off it’s Empire Rocker in this crazy custom camouflage fabric.  It’s a great reminder that any of their rockers can still be ordered with your custom fabric choices, but most importantly, notice that this isn’t actually a rocker!  You will be able to order replacement legs to change your rocker into a stationary chair.  This is a great way to extend the life of your furniture!  I believe the replacement legs will be about $200.

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It’s always a pleasure to see the Ubabub pieces in person, but they also debuted the prototype of the Pod Dresser.  Designed to coordinate with the incredible Pod Cot, I hope to see a version of this available before too long!

Ubabub Pod Dresser

Babyletto is entering the world of toddler furniture in a big way next year.  With THREE new table and chair sets, they’re covering a range of modern styles.  I can’t decide which I like best.

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No, I lied.  This Lemonade Playset is my favorite!

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And it’s not just table and chair sets from Babyletto.  Their Skip toddler bed is really sweet.

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I’m not sure how I feel about Babyletto’s new rocking chair.  Thoughts?

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But I KNOW I love the Lolly Collection.

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Finally, Babyletto is entering the textile business and I’m super impressed with the results.  Designed in-house, the top two designs on each side will be released first with the bottom patterns coming out further in the future.  You can also look for Pure Core and Coco Core non-toxic mattresses from Babyletto in 2014.  These will come in regular and mini crib sizes.

Babyletto Bedding

Last but not least, DaVinci’s ever-popular Jenny Lind crib will soon be available in this sunny yellow color.

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Congratulations to the MDB Family on a great show.  To celebrate, they’re offering you 10% off any purchase on Babyletto.com from now through November 15th.  Unfortunately that won’t cover any of the new things here, but they do already have a great collection.

Nuna Makes Its US Debut

I fell in love with Nuna’s Leaf bouncer when I first spotted it on Babyology in 2010, but I didn’t share it with you because as you know, we only talk about things that are easily available in the US.  When I recently learned that the incredibly stylish brand is entering the US market, I couldn’t wait to let you know, because that’s big news in my world!

Nuna’s sleek, ultramodern products from The Netherlands made their debut at ABC Kids Expo 2012, and will hit our shores January 2013.  You’ll be able to preorder the first three products shortly.

The first of the three products that will be available early next year is the Leaf bouncer.  Retailing for $229, this beautiful bouncer gently rocks baby to sleep for more than two minutes after just a single push without the use of any electrical power.

It will be available in the three colors shown above.  They had an adult version at the show so I can attest to how comfortable and soothing the Leaf is.

This will be going on our baby seating guide for sure.

Nuna will also be bringing their Sena Portable crib to the US.  It is available in Safari and Navy and in a regular ($220) and mini ($160) size.  The Sena features a one-hand fold and can fold with the bassinet insert in place.

The last product coming in January is the Zaaz high chair that grows with your child.   It will retail for $260.

Later in the year we can look forward to Nuna’s Pepp stroller as well as their Pipa infant seat and we’ll keep you up to date on that news.

This debut was definitely one of the highlights of the Expo for me this year.

Vintage Creative Playthings Rocking Beauty Hobby Horse

The new Wary Meyers Kids Shop has a vintage Creative Playthings Rocking Beauty Hobby Horse (from 1964) for a mere $1200.

If the vintage version is too pricey, I DID find the modern remake (called the Red Ball Rocker) still listed at Genius Jones for $265.  It is no longer being made by Knu however, so this may just be some stock that they have left over.  I’d call and check if they still have it before I put in my order.

For more information about the history of this modernist rocking horse, read Greg’s post on daddytypes.

Even if you’re not in the market for a vintage Rocking Beauty, you’re going to want to bookmark the Mary Meyers new kids shop as it is sure to have all kinds of wonderful vintage treasures.  I was tickled to find Robie among their offerings.  We’ve got one of these mechanical banks in my son’s room!

Right now they also have a couple of Cosco modern plastic chairs (green and white).

And I’m trying to figure out where I could put this incredible Big Bird poster!

11 May 2012, 3:23pm
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Jr. & Sr. Lounges

In case any of you have started to think that babies get the coolest stuff, I’ll be looking for more grownup versions that we can enjoy as well.

If you love Bloom’s Coco Baby Lounger, how about a Monopola Chair?  And now I think Bloom should add a metallic base to their collection of Coco loungers (as if the wood and acrylic aren’t cool enough).

Giggle All the Way to the Beach

I know you feel the warm weather coming (well, at least those of you in the northern hemisphere!).  Here in Florida the winter switched off and as usual, we jumped right into summer.  For us this means that we’ve already started visiting the neighborhood pool after school and I’ve even been thinking about taking the kids to the beach one of these days.  I know it may sound crazy, but those of us who live in Florida find the weather to be too cold to go to the beach in the winter, so we wait until spring and summer. I’ve been browsing online for some items to make a family beach trip more fun and family friendly, and was impressed with the cute beach items from giggle!

I just need the full set with two chairs and we’d be ready to go!

1- Beach Paddles- $15
2- Beach Sounds- $40
3- Candy Striped Sun Hat- $18
4- Babiator Sunglasses- $25
5- Kids’ Beach Seat- $30

And if you’re going to spend the day out at the beach– take this from a Florida girl– you’re going to need the proper sun protection.  Our kids wear rash guards whenever they are out swimming or in the sprinklers.  The boys around here are so accustomed to wearing SPF swim shirts that they even wear them when swimming indoors just because they’re used to it.  Fortunately you can find and buy these anywhere, for both boys and girls.  But no matter how covered up they are, you shouldn’t leave the house until you apply a liberal amount of a non-chemical sunscreen.

A few great ones that I’d recommend are…

1- Badger Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+ Certified Natural (2.9 oz.)- $16
2- thinkbaby sunscreen SPF30+ benefiting LIVESTRONG, 3 ounces- $16
3- Episencial Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35, 4-Ounce- $15
4- California Baby SPF 30 + Sunscreen Lotion – Super Sensitive, 2.9 oz- $18

My kids judge these on how they smell.  Just because they may have no fragrance added, doesn’t mean there is no smell associated with the products.  My youngest likes the smell of the Badger best and my oldest only likes California Baby.

There are other nice brands and I trust SafeMama.com to guide me in the right direction.  If you’re looking for more options, take a look at her Sunscreen Cheat Sheet.  You can also study EWG’s Skin Deep list of Best Beach and Sport Sunscreens.  Let me know if you have any safe sunscreen favorites!

New from Loll for Kids

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

The Kids Cricket Chairs ($200) are perfect with the new Kids Play Table ($460).

Finally, Design Within Reach’s Go Club Chair is now available in child size Kids Go Club as well! ($280)

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).

New Gliders from DwellStudio

I was excited about these new gliders when I saw them at ABC Kids last year so I’m thrilled to share that they’re available to order now!

The Oxford Glider and Myles Glider feature higher backs than DwellStudios original two gliders.  The high backs, and in particular the wing back, are great for resting your sleepy head in the middle of the night. They are available in fourteen different fabric options from $1200 to $1350.

Oxford Glider

Myles Glider

These are great additions to the DwellStudio nursery furniture collection.

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