The night light is an essential component of the bedtime routine around my place, but no matter what method we employ, which lately has been our hallway light, it never seems to satisfy the kids’ need for light right next to them. That’s why I’m intrigued by the Chuchi from Banana Design Lab, a soft plush toy that reminds of that cute glow worm toy from back in the day. (Remember those?) With the squeeze of Chuchi’s soft hand, it sends off a light glow that’s perfect for reassuring those monster-averse kiddos after the lights go out, or for gently...Read More
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Two of my favorite words are “simply elegant”, but I’ve never gotten to apply that concept to my son’s wardrobe before. Which is why I have a total adoration for the summer Daily Tea collection just out for boys and girls. We’ve already described how much we love the spring collection, and the summer collection is a perfect follow-up. [killer giveaway after the jump!] I love the gorgeous but masculine palette of the boys’ clothes, which goes from newborn to age 8. The designs marry boy-friendly symbols with Korean aesthetics for animal shirts that are miles from cutesy. I...Read More
I had a May baby and a July baby and as such, I still remember those panicky early days of taking the baby out into the (gasp) sun. I don’t think I could have had enough muslin swaddling blankets and floppy brimmed sunhats to put me at ease. So I love that there are so many choices of gentle baby sunscreen lotion now with more natural ingredients and lighter scents, like the new SPF 30+ Mineral Sunscreen from Little Twig. The formula is now “extra mild,” which I can only imagine is a step up from the ordinary “mild”...Read More
Despite the fact that looking at this kids furniture got The Gummy Bear Song stuck in my head (no, I won’t burden you if you don’t already know it), I’m totally grooving on these adorable gummy bear chairs from yam & toast. They’re sweet without going overboard–a great alternative to neon and licensed characters, but still colorful and appropriately kid-like. yam & toast makes all of their furniture in Brazil, using wood harvested from managed renewable forests, so it’s a choice you can feel good about, too. And if the wee gummy bear chair delighted you, they also have...Read More
I usually leave the furniture assembly to my husband; not because I don’t know my way around a tool box, but because I figure I did all that kid-having so it’s only fair that he do all the direction-following and screwing together of 400 parts. But since he travels a lot for work and I don’t have any patience for the screwing together of the 400 parts, I’m so happy to have discovered the life-changing Way Basics eco-friendly storage cubes. Sustainably made from recycled paper, these very sturdy storage containers require absolutely no tools for construction. Simply stick them...Read More
Even after we compile our favorite baby shower gifts of the year in our Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, it’s so fun spending the rest of the next year looking for cool new ones. The kind that make you go wow. Which is just what I did when I stumbled onto these awesome embroidered zodiac constellations. Whether you’ve got an expectant astronomer on your list, or just a cool second time (or hey, third or fourth time – ahem) mama who’s already got enough onesies and receiving blankets already, these lovely handmade pieces make a really special personalized gift....Read More
Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Design Mom paints her son’s room with perhaps the most awesome stencil in the history of all awesome stencils – along with the instructions to do it yourself. (shown) Still looking for a cool teachers gift? One of the most thoughtful ideas we’ve ever seen at Joy Unexpected. Men’s Health reveals the 20 worst drinks in America, including a popular kids’ “juice” drink with more calories than a can of Pepsi. Eek! (via Gwen Bell) We love this list on Mashable of...Read More
Growth charts aren’t exactly one of those items that has overtaken the design world just yet. Mostly your options are semi-cheesy printed paper wallhangings, or what we use at my house — a pencil mark on a door frame. Klassy, I know! So I was blown away by the fabric growth charts from A E Wilder‘s Etsy shop. As much art as milestone marker, these hand embroidered linen charts are simply and lovely with found vintage button embellishments and pretty ribbon for hanging. They can be made all the more special if you have it personalized with your kiddo’s...Read More
We rarely leave the house without our Rain or Shine Kids waterproof stroller blanket – whether it’s a cool fall picnic, winter jog, or spring walk in the park. And now, with their organic sun protection blanket, I think they’ve pretty much got us covered for summer too. Literally. This simple, organic cotton blanket is made from UPF 30+ fabric, which helps keep the sun rays away from your baby or kiddos without roasting them in a little fabric oven. So smart. And the extremely handy ties let you attach the blanket to your stroller, infant carrier, or infant...Read More
Sometimes I think I’m a 12 year-old trapped in the body of a…well nevermind. But I think that’s why I such a huge fan of Paul Frank. His ubiquitous monkey, Julius, is one of the staples of the teen-hip market and now it’s it’s available for the younger set in the new boosters seats from CMP fave, Clek. The new Paul Frank backless booster seats feature two great designs for both girls and boys: The Julius Hearts Me (shown) and the Skurvy Camo will brighten up even the most mundane of minivans, and are available as a complete seat,...Read More
So, aside from the cluster of dirt smears from his heels, my kid’s bedroom wall is a little lackluster. And why, by the way, does he feel the need to kick his dirty little feet against the wall every night while he sleeps, anyway? I’m loving the look of the neat paintable wall décor from the Bay Area mom-and-pop team at Wallter. These stick-on pieces aren’t decals; they’re tactile, geometric, pre-primed wood, and they’re ready to be painted in whatever color-scheme your little heart (or your little kid) desires. And they adhere easily with a peel-on backing and stay...Read More
Back when my son was born, saying that you wanted a green crib meant you were literally looking for a crib that was painted green. I’m really thrilled now that more and more companies are offering eco-friendly options that are stylish too, like the new IoLine crib from Kalon Studios. The IoLine crib is made with all-natural, non-toxic bamboo with sort of a mod-meets-mission vibe. Open, geometric patterns on all sides give you a great view of your baby, and him a great view of the world around him. The collection also includes a changing trunk with great storage,...Read More
I spent my entire morning browsing the modern Swedish design shop for kids, barnvanligt, and not even the beautiful spring day was been able to tear me away. While the organic cotton robot pillows (below) sucked me in, I think what I need most in the world right now are the ABC paper cups Genius! They’re like beverage holder, party decor, and preschool-appropriate entertainment all at once. Each box evidently comes with 30 vibrant cups made of recycled paper, including all the letters and two hearts–although that math doesn’t quite add up. Who knows, maybe there were two more...Read More
I have accepted the whole princess thing that has definitely turned into a Princess Thing around here as of late. But I’m still having trouble embracing…you know. The princesses. The ones with the skinny waistlines and luxurious hair and faces on licensed merchandise from electric toothbrushes to diaper wipes. So when I got a look at the new French Bull Princess dishware for kids, I literally gasped. Oh joy! These colorful melamine plates, shallow cereal bowls and cups are adorable, multicultural, and lead to just as much healthy fantasizing as the big brand products. They also lead to as...Read More
I know, I know. When you get down to it, most boys are just drawn to things with wheels and pointy teeth. In a world devoid of gender-specific toys, they would still manage to nibble a piece of cheese into the shape of a gun. But what about moms who want something other than Tow Mater and Buzz Lightyear on those baby blue walls? cabin + cub definitely delivers on hip designs for boys, now without all those ubiquitous automobiles or cartoon characters with a limited shelf life. I can see the retro-cool, hand-inked collages in simple frames, hanging...Read More
I have a confession: I have two children and I’ve never owned a crib. As a co-sleeping family, we’ve never really needed one. But now I’m going to tell you about the most beautiful crib I’ve ever seen, by which I mean the one that’s making me think I want it if I ever have another baby. Presenting the Luxo crib from Bloom. Sigh. Just look at it. Soft, clean lines. Beautiful colors (it’s available in a pure coconut white or a striking white and cappuccino combination). And the clincher? With an add-on conversion rail, it becomes a sleek...Read More
I’ve been known to be a bit, shall we say, obsessive, when it comes to finding healthy, environmentally-friendly products for my children. So when I stumbled upon Nook Sleep Systems, a brand-new line of baby and toddler mattresses and bedding, I was overjoyed for two reasons. One, these products look amazing. Two, turns out I’m not the only one obsessing over the health of my children. Nook will surely get any eco-mama drooling as much as I am. From an adorable eucalyptus and organic cotton Toddler Pillow, to a precious organic cotton NapSack, I love it all. But the...Read More
There’s a curious trend right now, a vicious but lovely circle in which interior design for adults takes inspiration from art for children, which was in turn inspired by interior design for adults. To put it succinctly, as we mentioned recently, design is going from the diaper changing table to the dinner table and back again. And this, dear friends, is a good thing. It means more owls and whales and flowers for everyone, but with a chic edge. Take, for example, Lulabird. The quirky, clever clocks and wall art from this hip British outfit are all created with...Read More
Mirror, mirror on the wall…move over. We need the wall space, because there’s a new princess in town. And something tells me she’s not going to be running away from a wicked witch any time soon, because she looks pretty self-reliant, despite her noodle arms. I love, love, love the Princess and the Pea fabric wall sticker collection from UK company Chocovenyl, which is headed up by a mom/interior designer and a kingdom of hip, modern artists from around the world. The six gorgeous wall decals in this set are reposition-able with a matte, slight fabric texture and total...Read More
Finding a baby hat I loved was like…well, something that was really hard. For some reason they were always too floppy, too stiff, or too cutesie (seriously, enough with the huge bows at the chin). But Rikshaw Design just nails it with their adorable new baby sunhat. We first discovered this company’s lovely bohemian crib bedding and I’m so glad designer Catherine Fitzsimmons has taken the plunge into clothing and accessories. I love the simple, Indian-inspired unisex patterns like the booti, shown here. The cotton voile is machine washable (yay) and even the thin chin strap on the hat...Read More
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