Category: Baby Gear
I’ve had these two sleepsacks hanging in my son’s closet since before he was born and never really bothered using them until about two weeks ago. Now I’m totally hooked and am sort of kicking myself for not getting to them sooner since he’s shown signs of preferring to be arms free. I’m pretty much the worst swaddler and these sleepsacks (also known as wearable blankets) keep baby warm and ensure your baby won’t break out. Most babies are ready to transition into sleepsacks as early as 3 months. For boys, they look a bit like dresses, which also kind of cracks me up, but not to fret, they come in an array of designs and colors. Check out my favorites below.
How cool is the star one?
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Do you carry a diaper bag? If so, do you like it? Does it double as a purse?
When I had babies I used to carry a diaper bag AND a purse! Not sure why, but I think it had something to do with the fact that my diaper bag had a loud/ugly print and really looked like a diaper bag.
This month I had the chance to check out Lily Jade Diaper Bags. Lily Jade makes designer diaper bags that you can use during the baby years & beyond. Their bags are made from leather and lined with durable cotton canvas. Each bag has a removable and washable canvas diaper bag organizer and a washable changing pad. The diaper bag organizer has 16 usable pockets for all of those itty bitty baby items. You can also use the diaper bag organizer in larger tote bags- they are great for travel and the beach.
When you no longer need the diaper bag organizer, simply remove it & you can use your Lily Jade bag as a purse!
P.S. Lily Jade is currently having a sale on ALL of their diaper bags!
This month I had the opportunity to check out the Nuna SENA. It is Nuna’s foldable cot, or as we call it the pack-n-play! At first glance it is definitely easy on the eyes– has a beautiful modern design and I am LOVING this beautiful scarlet color. It also comes in navy and safari (a beige color).
The SENA only takes a few minutes to set up and then folds back up in a snap. Seriously, you can fold it back up one handed! One of the best features of the SENA is that it has an upper cot that folds with the frame. If fact, it is the ONLY cot with an upper cot that folds with the frame! This is soooo convenient especially while your baby is still in the newborn – 1 yr. stage. A few other features worth mentioning include the padded edges (that prevent finger pinches) and the quilted mattress pad which makes for a comfy sleeping!
I’d definitely recommend this for both travel, play, and nap time! If you plan on keeping your newborn close during the night the first few months this would also be a fabulous bassinet option.
For more check out the video below:
Happy Monday Morning! How was your weekend? I spent the entire weekend tearing out carpet (see some pics on Instagram: spearmintbaby!)
I also got a chance to try out my new Gro Anywhere Blind. I have to say that I get to try out a LOT of cool products for babies/mamas and this is one of my new FAVORITES! If you are pregnant add this product to your registry NOW!
I think most moms feel like a dark nursery means baby will nap better/longer. I never had blackout shades in my nurseries so when Harper was about 6 months old I decided to hang thick fleece blankets from her windows. I was desperate because the curtains still let in waaayy too much light and she had a hard time settling down for naps. The room looked ridiculous but I wasn’t going to take down the fleece blankets since I’d worked so hard getting them to stay up!
Anyway, if only the Gro Anywhere Blind had existed back then.
What is it? How does it work?
The Gro Anywhere Blind is a completely portable blackout blind that creates a dark sleep environment wherever you go. You can take this shade to Grandma’s house or on vacation because it is so lightweight and easy to transport. The Gro Anywhere Blind is completely adjustable and you just stick it to your window with the suction cups. The blind has VELCRO® brand closure tabs which allow you to adjust it to your window size. & BTW, it is super cute with a black stars and moon print!
Not convinced yet? Well check out Harper & Rex’s room below. I put the shade up during peak afternoon sun/light (took about 2 minutes). If I were to cover the other door with another shade the room would be completely dark! Now that spring is here I can keep their 7:00 bedtime and still make the bedroom dark. I am seriously amazed at how fab this is!
Want to learn more? Check out the video below:
I’ve wanted one of these gummy lamps pretty much forever. Seems like the perfect nightlight for your little one’s bedroom. Just squeeze the gummy bear’s tummy to turn on/off. It also has a timer in case you don’t want it on all night.
I just purchased the red one off of Zulily for $19.99. Which is your favorite?
This past October I had the opportunity to attend the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, NV. If you follow me on Instagram: @spearmintbaby you were flooded with a LOT of my favorite things from the show. Some of my other favorites were top secret …brand new products that are just now being released into stores.
The 4 moms rockaRoo™ is now available and it is AMAZING! A definite must have for all of you who are creating your registries. Add it NOW!
Why do you need the rockaRoo™? Why is it unique?
Well, 4 moms took a traditional swinging motion and turned it upside down. The rockaRoo™ literally rocks like a rocking horse! This motion maximizes the sensation of motion for your baby. Your fussy baby will be in rocking heaven! There is no other product like this on the market.
In addition, the rockaRoo™ is lightweight, easy to move around, & doesn’t take up as much room as a traditional swing. It is also way more beautiful than the traditional swing. I love it’s modern look, don’t you?
The rockaRoo™ has five different speeds and an MP3 hookup so you can play your own music. Download your favorites by Mozart & Bach and play them right through your rockaRoo™.
Be sure to watch the short video below to learn more:
Irene here from designstiles. In celebration of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, today I thought I’d share a round-up of the top baby items I absolutely love.
1. This Fisher Price Cradle ‘N Swing is the best. I can put baby in it while I pump and do work. And it allows me to sneak off and shower while he takes a quick morning nap. He just starting noticing himself in the mirror and loves gazing at the mobile. Totally keeps him entertained and looks completely comfortable. I’m actually jealous I don’t fit it in. Get one. My sister gave me hers and it’s seriously the best item we’ve received.
2. Bandana bibs – my friend made me a couple of these and I just think they’re the coolest. I didn’t realize just how much babies drool so these quickly became part of my baby’s ensemble. I’m not really into the bibs with all kinds of sayings on them so was super happy to see an alternative. The ones I have are not yet on my friend’s Etsy store but maybe this post will persuade her to update. Ha!
3. Peanut changing pad – This was the one item I wanted most off my registry. I don’t need to worry about washing changing pad covers and any accidents can be easily wiped. The no-fuss changing pad. It’s great and really dig the funky shape.
4. Ergobaby Carrier – another item handed down to us by my sister. This thing gives your arms a break. You can’t always carry your baby and we’ve got things to do so put them in this and feel the bond. You’ll need to use the insert for the first few months. We still do.
5. Gap cuffed pants – I first bought a pair of these on sale and soon went back for seconds. Then thirds and fourths. I like the variety of colors and simple patterns. They look really comfortable and there’s something about the cuffed leg I’m just really into. There’s a cute selection for girls too. Some are even gender neutral.
That’s it. The things I’m totally loving currently. I should do another round-up once my baby gets a little older and we both discover new items.
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I discovered Jack N’ Jill at the ABC Kids Expo this past October. I had never really thought about toothpaste choices before since we are pretty much limited to what is on the drug store shelf.
After a brief education, I learned that Jack N’ Jill is an all natural toothpaste & safe for babies, toddlers & children to swallow. This is GOOD because my kids ALWAYS swallow their toothpaste! Jack N’ Jill is also hypoallergenic with organic ingredients, and designed with recyclable and BPA Free packaging.
Harper LOVES the Blackcurrant flavor while Rexy prefers Blueberry… they have a flavor that is sure to suit your little one’s taste. & I really love that CUTE bunny rinse & storage cup!
I’m super excited to now be offering the most beautiful & soft muslin swaddle blankets in our online store. My personal favorite is the CHEETAH Swaddle Blanket! But we have something to fit every baby personality. & they are HUGE!
Use these blankets for everything from swaddling to floortime play rugs, stroller covers, nursing shields, lightweight blankets, changing mats, burp cloths and much more.
So go check um out: SpearmintLOVE.com
I’m really excite to announce that I’ll be selling Spearmint LOVE blankets at West Elm on Saturday January 25th! If you are local, please come on out to the FAB West Elm store at Scottsdale Quarter- I’d LOVE to meet you. We’ll also be introducing a new design just in time for Valentine’s Day.
& for those of you interested, YES there will be a discount for West Elm shoppers!
Looking for fun storage? I was on the hunt last month for something cute that I could slide under their new bunkbed. Since it would show, I wanted it to be cute! Enter Room Copenhagen. They make the cutest storage containers that look like legos. They can stack just like the real thing!
Anyway, they are 50% off on Fab.com. I purchased 2 large ones (1 black & 1 white) for only $36 with free shipping! Go check out the 1 day sale.
I’m sharing more from the ABC Kids Expo today. Familiar with Babyhome? They design modern & very functional baby products/gear. At the ABC Kids show they were premiering some beautiful new colors: coral & a soft minty green which I LOVED!
My favorite product by Babyhome is DREAM: a portable bassinet, perfect for travel over the holidays or even to keep newborn beside your bed while you are breastfeeding throughout the night!
“DREAM is a highly designed travel cot featuring a unique adjustable leg system that provides three different uses for the same product. Its aluminium structure gives it a modern, sophisticated look complemented by removable and washable fabric in a variety of colors. A foam mattress, a honeycomb breathable pad and a fitted sheet are included.”
My other favorite by Babyhome is so-ro. It is an absolutely stunning piece of furniture and comes as either a single or a double rocker for those of you that have twins. In addition to it being beautiful, so-ro was designed by an occupational therapist and offers a rhythmic, front-to-back rocking movement that soothes and comforts your baby. For those of you that love white…the so-ro does indeed come in white as well!
Making it’s debut in the upcoming year is the Wave Lounge Chair. (lower left) It has nice clean lines and will come in several cushion color options on brown or white laminated wood. It looks like the next “must have” lounger! I believe it will retail for just under $200.
Kevin had this fabulous idea to deliver safe, functional, and sustainable products for little ones that are free of biologically harmful chemicals. Founded in 2006, thinkbaby products address the growing concern of toxic chemicals leaching from consumer products.
From baby bottles & sippy cups to sunscreen & shampoo their products are free of BPAs, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, PET, Melamine, and biologically harmful chemicals. thinkbaby does not conduct animal testing and products are packaged without the use of clear plastic windows, which are made of PVC & PET.
My FAVORITES are the adorable feeding sets. They come in 5 colors and come with the “think” logo. So cute!
I was able to get the lowdown on some of the most fabulous & innovative new products at the ABC KIDS EXPO a few weeks ago… & this is one of them! The Baby Brezza Formula Pro is a MUST have for formula feeding moms. It allows you to dispense and mix water and powdered formula to the perfect temperature and consistency with the push of a button! Bottles turn out perfectly prepared (with no air bubbles) every single time. You can also store your water and formula powder right in the machine, so it’s always ready for your hungry baby. Don’t you love that?
*The machine works with all bottle sizes and all formula brands and types.
*You can also choose the amount of formula you want to make: 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 ounces.
*Hassle free formula preparation: no measuring, no mixing, no fuss
*Patent-pending mixing technology: mixes formula powder and water to perfect consistency without air bubbles
*Temperature control: heats water to 98 degrees, the optimal temperature for feeding baby
*Airtight formula storage: holds 700g of formula powder to prepare 20 8-ounce bottles
*Removable water tank: easy to fill and clean
Being a new parent means constantly worrying about the safety and security of your baby, especially when you aren’t right there hovering above them. Avoiding the temptation to run into your sleeping baby’s room to check on them every 5 minutes can be a hard, right? I remember when Harper was a newborn I would have to stop myself from running down the hall to check on her. I was paranoid, what new mom isn’t? We had a really simple baby monitor that mostly just played loud static noise when it was turned on. It was pretty useless and about a month after Harper was born I pretty much gave up trying!
Last month the folks from Angelcare® sent over the new Digital Video, Movement and Sound Monitor for me to try out. GOSH, I wish I had this monitor when Harper was a newborn. I think I would have had complete peace of mind!
The monitor features a digital color video LCD screen, an infrared camera for dark conditions, a sound monitor with two-way communication capability, and a motion sensor pad. It uses 2.4 GHz digital transmission to reduce interference and provide maximum privacy. It also offers convenient features such as battery backup during power failure, temperature display, and a night-light. For babies under 24 months, whether awake or asleep, Angelcare’s world-renowned under-the-mattress sensor pad alerts parents at 20 seconds if no movement is detected. That feature would have made me so much more comfortable!
Each Digital Video, Movement and Sound Monitor is also equipped with an optional ‘tic’ feature that clicks to let parents know the sensor is working even when baby is sound asleep. From infant to toddler, Angelcare monitors can grow with your family by simply disconnecting the sensor pad feature.
Hopefully this info is helpful to all of you that are going through the exhausting planning process. I think for a brand new mom, this is definitely a good investment. Getting your rest is so important when you have a new baby and having this monitor by your side will help you do so!
P.S. the Angelcare Video, Movement and Sound Baby Monitor System is currently on special at Babies R Us for $259.99.
Hi again, Irene from designstiles sharing stylish cribs today.
The crib is such a focal point in the baby’s room, I’m sure all moms-to-be want something cute yet functional enough to last through a possible second or more babies. I tend to gravitate towards simple, clean lines. And recently, the gray options are a perfect way to add a bit of color suitable for boys and girls.
Below are a few of my recent favorite cribs, ranging in styles and price points.
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FRIDAY! (blanket now available at spearmintLOVE.com)
So sorry for the lack of posts lately. We are getting ready for the launch of our new online store, SpearmintLOVE.com. If you aren’t already, feel free to follow along on INSTAGRAM: @thespearmintblogs. You’ll get a sneak peek of some of the beautiful items we will be selling in our store.
Pictured above is our Cross Blanket in cream on black. We will have this blanket available in both baby + full size. It will also come in black on cream. It is a soft & thick blanket…perfect for cuddling up this winter!
Shopping for infant car seats? It feels like yesterday that I was pregnant with Harper and the choices seemed endless. I had no idea where to begin!
Today I wanted to share some news about a new carseat available. It is made by Baby Trend and called the Inertia Infant Car Seat. Not only does the Inertia Car Seat install in the blink-of-an-eye, but it features a controlled motion base that responds to crash forces with a reclining mechanism for low-impact force distribution. Baby Trend is leading the car seat revolution with it’s Inertia Infant Car Seat by redefining safety and using their patented technology for easy installation.
Though I have not tried the new Car Seat by Baby Trend (my babies aren’t babies anymore!), Baby Trend was kind enough to send me a TrendZ FastBack 3-in-1 Car Seat for Rex. (it is pretty fab if your baby has outgrown their infant seat!
A bit more about the Inertia Infant Car Seat
“Features such as their standard five-point safety harness and EPS energy-absorbing foam work together with Baby Trend’s all new technology. The controlled motion base is engineered with a deceleration mechanism. This allows a child to ride comfortably, in a more reclined position. In the unlikely event of a car accident, it responds instantly to crash forces by rotating more upright to better distribute impact. For the easiest and fastest installation with maximum safety, the Inertia Infant Car Seat also features push-button RIGID LATCH connectors making installation virtually error-free.
The Inertia Infant Car Seat was also created with the parent in mind. By improving their Delta multi-grip carrying handle, Baby Trend makes ergonomic transport a priority so parents can comfortably carry their child from the car to the park and back. In addition, the Inertia Infant Car Seat’s ergonomic features include the stylist yet functional smooth-curved sides, designed to not bump into legs when the car seat is being carried.”
As of March, you can now find the Inertia Infant Car seat sold at Babies R Us. So go check it out for yourself!
Baby Play Mats…
Do you have one? When Harper was little, I had a really flimsy play mat. You know, the kind with toys hanging from it. I would sit it on top of a thick comforter on our hard would floors so she would have a cushy place to lay/play. I had never even thought of looking for a pretty, COLORFUL, & plush play mat for my little girl to do her tummy time!
Jennifer, founder of Babyjco.com, contacted me a few weeks ago to share a play mat she has created after seeing a need for this product. After going to many support groups with her newborn, she noticed that most moms had flimsy blankets to lay their babies down on. Her idea was to create a designer fabric, plush minky, foldable, padded baby play mat with a velcro closure. One side is always on the floor, and the other side never touches the floor. This way, baby will always have a clean surface for tummy time and mommy doesn’t have to continually wash baby’s blanket.
Jennifer let me choose my favorite play mat to check out her product. I chose the yellow chevron pattern. Isn’t it beautiful? It measures 29”x35” – the perfect size for a newborn to nap in the park and eventually practice tummy time! Plus, I love the velcro closure that ensures one side stays clean and sanitary… how convenient to throw in your stroller!
P.S. I also love the idea of having a beautiful patterned play mat for photography purposes! Wouldn’t it be fun to photograph/instagram your newborn on this cute patterned blanket? Which pattern is your favorite?
Have you heard about BabyList?…
Creator, Natalie Gordon, was pregnant with her son and couldn’t find a baby registry that suited her needs. She wanted a place where she could register for frozen meals, pet sitting for her German Shepherd, & an eco-friendly diaper service… along with all other things baby.
So, she took things into her own hands and created a better online baby registry. I LOVE the idea of being able register for everything from a carseat, to your favorite Etsy accessories, to a day at the spa!
How does it work? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Hi there, Irene here from designstiles. On Monday I revealed on my blog that I’m pregnant. And actually I have been since I started guest posting here on Spearmint Baby, but now that it’s out in the open, I feel even more like I’m relatable to you ladies.
On my mind yesterday were diaper bags. I love purses so I’m seeing the diaper bag as a treat and want to get something practical and stylish. I asked the moms in my circle for their recquirements and these seem to meet the standards. If this bag will be at your hip for months to come, and again if you have a second or third baby, I say make the splurge and buy something you love.
My personal favorite is no.6 – appropriately named knocked up. Clever.
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Do you have a favorite summertime activity? Summers in the southwest are HOT! You learn quickly that being outdoors with the kids for more than 30 minutes requires a swimming pool. Our rental house does not have a pool, so we’ve joined a few swim clubs for the summer.
A few weeks ago after lugging towels, pool toys, suits/goggles, & sunblock back and forth to the pool I realized I needed a better solution than 3 separate pool bags. So I started googling… I wanted a bag that was REALLY large, had a sturdy zipper, a simple/clean look, and was preferably canvas/cotton. During an afternoon of online shopping I discovered BAGGU. The Baggu Weekend Bag looked perfect!
As a blogger I am always trying to network with cool companies, so I decided to write to BAGGU about my search for the perfect/kid friendly pool bag. They were soooo nice and sent over this beautiful Weekend Bag in sea for me to try out. Isn’t it gorgeous? I love the simplicity of the bag + the fact that I can finally fit all of my stuff in my bag! Added Bonus: it also matches my towel perfectly.
Do you own any BAGGU products? I am so in love with their stuff and I think my next purchase is going to be the DUCK BAG in Sailor Stripe. Isn’t it cute? & $26 = such a bargain!
When it comes to getting all the right gear for your littlest one… there are so many options for just about anything you might need. And when it comes to blankets… there are about a million and a half different ones out there. But you want to find THE ONE right?
You know, the one blanket that just speaks to you. The one that has something a little special to it because you know its going to be part of your little one’s life for the next few years. If your lucky too, it will be one of those things that your little one just can’t live with out. You’ll be running frantically through the house each night looking for it so your tired toddler will go to sleep. So why not make that blanket something super special and fun right? These are some of my favorite, new, unique blankets, each one with something super fun and exciting about it!
1 // Muny
Block printed light weight cotton… I love how lightweight, soft, and warm these blankets are! Plus aren’t those colors and patterns just so… bohemian and ethnic!
2 // Vintage Kandy
Handmade out of vintage sheets and fabrics… how fabulous right? The mix of florals and colors. Definitely something unique you won’t find a duplicate of! Something totally special for your little ones!
3 // Iviebaby
A trendy triangle quilt in amazing colors for less than half the price?! Sign me up my friends!! This is a steal! I think I totally need one… for myself! Does this come in a king size maybe?
4 // Rikshaw Designs
Block printed by hand… and elephants! I have a thing for elephants these days. Plus this blanket comes in like six different colors! How super cute!! and it is that lightweight cotton again…
5 // Haptic Lab
I need this one… preferably with Philly on it but hey, there are plenty of other cities that would work too! But really, how unique and totally super amazing are these?? They come in three different color ways and are a serious piece I don’t think anyone would EVER regret!
6 // Milk and Soda
Oh those little cats… I’m not a big cat person but I can not get over those adorable little faces. I am loving the colors too!! How unique are they??
Be sure to stop by and say hi over on my personal blog, Just Dawnelle. I’d love to have you!! Don’t forget to introduce yourself so we can be friends!!
Oh diaper bags… I have a love-hate relationship with them. They carry all kinds of very useful things. They are the perfect excuse to hide snacks at all times of the day. But at the same time they are bulky and sometimes end up so stinking full you wonder if you’re actually leaving anything at home when you leave the house.
Not only that… but I have issues sometimes with the way they look…
Let’s be real for a second. When you have children it is awful hard to keep your swag going. Spit up on the shoulder, peanut butter smeared on your pants… shoot sometimes I feel lucky to have remembered to get dressed. Throw a diaper bag into that mix and my personal style and swag has completely gone out the window!!
How do I remedy this? I don’t use diaper bags as diaper bags… I use a bag that I love, a bag that represents me, a bag that I will feel excited about carrying around.
Now I know that diaper bags are made with specific pockets and waterproof linings. Shoot, I’ve seen bags with a special pocket that unzips into a changing pad! But when it really comes down to it, I personally don’t use that stuff. I take the essentials and that’s it. I want simple and something I love.
So here are the bags that I am currently LOVING and would be excited to carry around everyday as my diaper bag. Best part? All under $100! I’m all about spending less on a bag so I can switch it out for a new one in a few months…
1. Mad Pax
How adorable are these things? I actually have one of these… half size… perfect to be passed onto my little boy when he is ready for his own bag to carry around his treasures. I get the best compliments about this bag too… people are always trying to touch it or ask about it. Plus it is a super wonderful plaything for my ten month old. She loves the texture and spikes!
2. Ecote Geo Mini Backpack
Check out that texture! Love backpacks for diaper bags… they keep your hands free and can always be used for other things after their life as a diaper bag has ended!
Oh the Kanken… I actually like to think of this as the PERFECT diaper bag! Made out of waterproof material, the front zips all the way down so you are able to easily find anything in the bag. They come in tons of different colors and have two different ways to carry it… handles or on the back! I adore my Kanken. Plus… I know it is going to last FOREVER!
4. Guatemala Tribal Print Backpack
Again with the patterns! Easy, small, bright backpack with a super easy opening… plus a thick textured, colorful fabric makes it super durable against the kiddie whirlwind!
5. Water Warz Tote
I’m completely in love with this pattern… and color… The silhouette is perfect to carry anything you might need. Super easy to stuff full of diapers, toys, blankets… you could probably fit any and everything in this gorgeous thing! Who wouldn’t want to be carrying this around?
6. Cereal Box Tote
Leather making it durable and soft… big to store just about anything… and a long strap to throw over your shoulder keeping your hands free without having to wear a backpack. Plus that price? Can you beat it??
7. Trip to Thailand Messenger Bag
So I know this isn’t so kid friendly but how can you beat that pattern and color? This is a bag that will stand out in a crowd. It is the type of bag people will be asking about… I’m completely in love with it.
8. Hudson Colorblock Handbag
The simplicity of this bag is beautiful. The colors make it super versatile. The leather keeps it durable. The strap makes it hands-free… what more could you ask for? Great price? Of course! This bag is basically just perfect for any wardrobe or style…
Anyone else do most of their shopping online these days? I often wonder how moms of little ones used to shop when there were no computers/internet!
Do you have a favorite site to shop for your baby/kids? Today I want to introduce The Mini Social. Every weekday The Mini Social launches new sales for babies, kids and moms. Sales last for a limited time (typically 72 hours) and sell out quickly, so you have to act fast. Membership is absolutely free, and all you need is your name and email to access the site.
The Mini Social currently has one of my favorite brands, Little Society on sale! & remember Harpers cute easter outfit by Rayil? Well, Rayil is going on sale TODAY! So join now to get access to the best prices.
Hi Mamas! I’m just checking in this evening to chat about baby blankets, on behalf of Babyblankets.com.
How many baby blankets does your baby have? Does he/she have a favorite blanket? Is it made of fleece, cotton, muslin, cashmere, chenille, or my personal favorite baby blanket fabric, organic cotton? You can never have too many baby blankets, don’t you think? I remember when Harper was a baby I had a rotating stack of 6 blankets. I’d often go through two or three blankets each day. She spit up on them or they’d get dirty while running errands. When I’d get behind on laundry I still (thankfully) had a few blankets left in the linen closet. How often do you wash your baby’s blanket?
Because you can never have too many, baby blankets make fabulous baby shower gifts! If you are in the mood to browse, check out BabyBlankets.com. They have a huge variety of baby blanket brands including patterned blankets, high-quality personalized baby blankets for boys & girls including the popular personalized fleece baby blanket. They also carry a great selection of swaddle blankets, receiving blankets, and even sleep sacks. I’ve put together a collection of my personal favorites including some of Babyblanket.com’s best selling baby blankets.
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I am expecting my first baby this fall and I am researching everything! There are so many products and things you need, it can be kind of overwhelming. As an interior designer, I am very picky about one thing in particular the nursery rocker! It may sound silly but I feel like I will be spending numerous hours feeding and rocking this precious newborn to sleep. So I have done some research on not only comfortable rockers but well designed rockers to share with you today.
4. Savoy Glider
I had so much fun researching baby products while I was pregnant, and am having even more fun these days trying them all out with Daniela. I picked a crib mattress (actually not a mattress, but a ‘sleep surface’) that I was really excited about, but it wasn’t until this past week, when she got evicted from her Rock ‘N Play sleeper and her swing, that it got much use.
So now I can finally fully review the Secure Beginnings sleep surface, and I absolutely love it! First of all, I love any product that replaces several, and this replaces a mattress, mattress pad, sheet set, and bumper. It’s also the safest sleep surface option out there, backed by tons of research. It is completely breathable, made of a trampoline like mesh that suspends baby over a bed of air. This reduces the potential for babies to breathe in carbon dioxide, and regulates body temperature because air is constantly circulating around them (both are risk factors for SIDS and each of the companies founders were personally affected by SIDS). Even if they wind up on their stomach, babies can breathe freely through the surface – I tested it myself and could still breathe no matter how firmly I pushed my face against the surface. (The bolster in these pics doesn’t stay in there with her, of course – it was just there for the photo ; )
The sleep surface also addresses a lot of other shortcomings of other crib mattresses. It’s extremely hygenic as the whole thing is easily machine washable, and if a diaper leaks or the baby spits up, the liquid doesn’t soak into the surface but is simply collected in the base below, which is easy to wipe up.
Another plus is that because the fabric gives under their bodies and conforms to them, babies are at far less risk of developing flat spots on their heads.
The surfaces come in fabulous colors, and you pair them with a hardwood maple base. They make some very cool, modern looking combinations. We have the sleep surface in Fuschia, and the circle base in white.
Last but not least, they are made in America, which is a nice bonus as far as I’m concerned.
I’m not a traditional diaper bag gal. I don’t want to run around town with something that screams I have kids any more than I want spit up on my shoulder. Somethings are beyond our control – insert spit up covered shoulder here – and others are 100% with-in our control. And thank heaven for that!
When I found out I was pregnant with the twins one of the things that worried me was finding the diaper bag. It had to be big enough to carry diapers and items for three kids plus meet my style requirements, and I am super picky. So when I found this bag I knew it was a match made in heaven!
These are my top picks for stylish diaper bags, right now.
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It’s sometimes hard knowing what to buy for that new baby. Beside the obvious, clothes, blankets and more adorable clothes. What else do they need?
We had friends visit us over the holidays who were in this same predicament. Without knowing what size our twins were currently wearing they were faced with the dreaded question. What do you get a 4 month old baby?
They took some sound advice from a mama friend and ended up bringing us our now fave toys – a taggie and a rattle blanket – which have become my go-to toys when I’m heading out the door. As long as I have a taggie, a rattle and a sock monkey I know my babies will be happy little chunker-oos.
What are your infant’s fave toys?
- // Squishy blocks
- // O-ball Rattle
- // Taggie Cube
- // Rattle blanket
- // Baby Sock Monkey
- // Crocheted Giraffe
We didn’t go all out with Quinn, our oldest, and baby toys. We had one bouncer seat and one play mat. Plus a small smattering of various tactile toys and plushies. That was basically it, and that was all we needed. He was super active and determined.
Crawling at 4 months, even though he couldn’t sit-up yet. He would literally prop himself up on his arm when he stopped for a break. Walking at 9 months and into, onto and around everything. He was happy with a stroller walk and a few crackers and I loved being able to keep active.
But it is 100% different now having twins. Not only twins, but twins plus Quinn.
I no longer have plenty of time to spend bathing my little bundle or nursing or anything really.
Everything is done at warp speed in multiples with little to no mom time and smaller doses of one on one mom and baby time.
My time is spend much more intentionally.
The best piece of advice I was given before the twins came was to make a schedule and stick to it.
Well, I want to amend that advice before I pass it along to you.
I would say make a schedule that works for you and then stick to the schedule that works for your babies.
I had this very romanticized vision in my mind that I would have them on identical schedules and it would revolutionize our lives. We would simply do every twice all at once and then have plenty of ‘extra’ time to do other things.
Well reality is dish best served cold. And my reality came with some frozen ice chunks and that nasty freezer burn smell.
So after I got over my romantic notion I quickly came to realize that the twins were really good at telling me what they needed as long as I was willing to listen. And the result is a perfectly off-set schedule that bounces back and forth between the two as needed.
For example, Rhys – our twin boy – was always the first one to wake up in the morning. I would get him up, fed and changed and then Avery – our twin girl – would wake up and I would repeat the process. But recently they’ve switched schedules. Now, Avery wakes up first and Rhys is second.
Whatever schedule you end up on strap in, gear up and enjoy the ride. ‘Cuz its a wild one!
Here are a few items that help us survive…
1. A vibrating chair – There were literally nights that one or both of our twins slept in their little lamb chairs. They are simply the best for quick naps, long naps, feeding swaps or a mom moment.
2. A really good nursing pillow – I used the EZ Nurser pillow and loved it. The lumbar support and the strap keep this bad boy in place so you can focus on the babies and not worry about the pillow shifting. It was too large for the small hospital rocking chairs, but it was my BFF when the twins came home.
Still shopping? GOOD! I have a few more suggestions for the littlest member of your family. Baby may be too little to have a Christmas toy list, but will really appreciate these things that will keep him cozy and comfortable during his first year in the world!
* Bamboo Swaddles & Bamboo Crib Sheets are made of silky rayon from bamboo fiber muslin. Keep baby cozy all winter with something that is soft on his/her skin. (you can use the swaddles as lightweight blankets & keep one in your diaper bag too!)
* The Serenity Star is the all in one nursery accessory. It’s the first system to combine an electronic feeding diary, room temperature indicator, sound machine, nightlight and clock—all in one. Simplify baby’s room with just one pretty white star that does it all!
* The mum + bub™ skin care line is gentle enough for baby, yet sophisticated enough for you. mum + bub™ is infused with fresh, fermented pawpaw fruit which is known in Australia to relieve, cleanse, and protect that baby soft skin!
It is also free of the following:
phytoestrogen + parabens + added hormone disrupters + petroleum oils + phthalates + dioxanes from sulfates + gluten and soy + petrochemicals + DEA + artificial colors
Mr. Floret Cadet and I have discovered lots of great baby products since having Daniela (more blog posts on some of those to follow) – but some products that aren’t intended for babies have also turned out to be lifesavers for us. Here are a few of them!
#1 – Homedics Soundspa Alarm Clock with Projector – This is a cheesy alarm clock that I bought at Bed, Bath and Beyond years ago on a whim and it hadn’t seen the light of day in our house, until Daniela was born. What makes it so great now is first the variety of white noise settings- from ocean to rain to crickets. She’s sleeping in our room, and these sounds are far more pleasing to me than the Sleep Sheep or other white noise makers geared specifically towards babies (*what* is up with that terrifying, evil sounding “heartbeat” setting on the Sleep Sheep?!) They can also stay on all night vs being on a timer. I also love the projector feature. New parents wake up every time the baby grunts or stirs, and it’s so nice not to have to roll over or strain to see what time it is. I can open my eyes for just a second any time, and the time is projected onto the ceiling- I stay almost fully asleep and still have some grasp over what time it is and how long until the next feeding. Also, the projection casts just enough light into the room that I can feed her without turning on any additional light. It’s not a distraction for sleeping and is a pleasant blue color.
#2 – Boppy Pregnancy Wedge- This is a pregnancy product, intended to prop up pregnant bellies while side sleeping at night, but I’ve used it more since having her than I did when I was pregnant I think! I use it to prop up my elbow when I breastfeed her in the cradle position, and since I have overactive letdown issues with feeding, I also use it to prop her up and angle her body on top of the My Breast Friend pillow, so she can better control the flow. It’s also the perfect size, shape and firmness to use under her for Tummy Time, and makes a cute photo prop when she’s holding her head up off of it.
#3- I have always loved these little liquid dispenser bottles at Sephora, and was excited to find them online. I ordered one for each diaper station. When you first come home from the hospital, you are supposed to just use gauze wipes with water for the first few weeks. We are also cloth diapering and using cloth wipes, so I am continuing to use these indefinitely to wet my wipes, either with solution or just water. But even just for the first few weeks, I would much prefer to use one of these to dispense water than to keep an open dish of water that could get kicked over at the changing station.
#4 – Clip on reading light – We have one of these clipped onto our bedroom changing station, so that whoever changes her doesn’t have to turn on a full bedside lamp and wake her or the other adult up during midnight changings. It’s working out well- the light stays very localized.
#5 – This is the furthest removed from a baby product, but it’s still saving my life. Why? It’s a soft indoor version of the famous Chuck It dog toys, and I can use it to entertain our extremely high spirited dog while nursing or holding the baby – the handle is long enough for me to reach the toy on the ground and not have to bend over to pick it up, and I never touch the toy, so I don’t have to constantly sanitize my hands in between dog time and baby time.
Oh and also – it’s not a product but a service, so not listed here, but Amazon Prime has been the biggest life saver of all! In the first 2 weeks of her life I think we placed at least one and usually two orders per day. It was so nice to get things so quickly, not have to rack our brains for $25 worth of stuff to order so we could get free shipping, and to not have to try to get one of us out to the (germ infested) baby store during those early weeks!
Until next time…
Since I last shared the contents of my diaper bag (and stroller), we’ve added another mini (and with him, a ton of baby stuff) to our little family, and Little A has started nursery school and isn’t out and about with me in the same way as before. We’ve also switched from our old single stroller to our new double stroller. So our set-up has changed a little.
Here’s what I’m carrying around these days (two children, 23 and 3,5 months old):
Hi there! I’m Lauren from A Lovely Lark and I’m guest posting for Shari while she’s on her road trip. I thought it would be fun to share one of my gift guides here on Spearmint Baby with all of you today. I’ll be posting one or two gift guides each day up until Thanksgiving over on my blog, A Lovely Lark. Here’s an exclusive sneak peek of one that I’ll be posting later today for the babes:
11. Moover Baby Walker
12. Wooden Fox Teether
13. Meadow Flannel Stroller Blanket
One of my favorite parts about blogging is checking the mail. Product samples arrive often, especially this time of year!
Last week I received this new product, the Li’l helper. It is a baby bottle holder designed to help parents during feeding time. It comes in both pink & blue, fits most bottle sizes, is dishwasher safe, and is BPA-free. The shape is kind of like a toy so it is also supposed to keeps infants entertained. It sounds awesome to me- I wish they would have had this when my kids were little!
& even if you do not plan on bottle feeding, you may still be interested. The Li’l helper was designed to fit a baby’s natural gripping tendency, making it simple for them to hold themselves and aid in child development.
Our new Little Baby L is such an awake and aware little boy. When he’s not sleeping he always seems to be intently focused on something or smiling and laughing and trying to get our attention and he’s especially into his mobile at home.
During our long walk the other day, Louis was quite awake for awhile and I felt bad that he was just staring into the roof of the black sun shade. So I decided to make him something to look at. We ended up with a personalized stroller bunting – little flags with his name.
As I’ve said before, I’m obsessed with bunting right now. So I got some felt scraps, ribbon and fabric glue out and made some bunting for the stroller. Here’s how it turned out!
For more fun DIYs, click here.
Have you decided what you or your little ones are going to be for Halloween? I’m more excited about Halloween this year than any other year in the past because I have my little girl to play dress-up
This Minnie costume is not for my daughter, but I borrowed it for the sake of taking the photos. I made this for my friend’s daughter. She has a tradition of going to the Tokyo Disney Land with her daughter every fall, and dresses her daughter with a little Minnie mouse costume. Last year I made this dress for her. This year, she sent me her sketch, so I made a dress based on it. Her sketch has a white round collar, big polkadot baby doll dress with puff sleeves and tutu underneath of the dress to fluff it up.
I didn’t use any patterns; I traced an existing dress that fits Kiko well and added a bit more room and seam allowances. For round collar though, I did make a paper pattern so that they fit accurately. I like this tutorial on how to draft round collar patterns.
My friend emailed me that her daughter loved the dress. I’m thrilled!
Baby #2′s arrival is nearing and we are starting to feel ready. I thought we wouldn’t really need much new stuff this time around since we had our minis so close together, but there were a few things we did have to refresh. And some things we ended up selling when we moved from Atlanta and they have to replaced now that we are back in Europe…
Here’s what we’ve got:
CLOTHES, SLEEP & CARE
1. BABY CLOTHES. We have everything we need. We stocked up on a bunch of Gerber’s fabulous side-snap long-sleeved shirts that we loved so much for Alec, and his old ones have held up remarkably well and are actually even softer and more lovely now. We replaced Alec’s old Halo Sleepsack Swaddles with new sets in cotton, velboa and fleece. We have added a couple of colder climate essentials like this Polarn o. Pyret fleece newborn overall/wrap blanket and this wind fleece baby overall. Even though this baby will be a summer arrival, evenings can get chilly in Sweden, and autumn will be here before we know it.
2. WUBBANUB PACIFIERS. Alec still loves his Wubbanub pacifiers even though we are trying to get him to use more teeth-friendly pacifiers instead. The other day he actually chewed through one of the nipples so we need to do something fast. We’ve ordered a couple of giraffe wubbanubs for the new baby but this time we’ll try to transition onto a more tooth-friendly pacifier at around the six month mark.
3. SOPHIE. Alec doesn’t really use his Sophie anymore but we’re still going to get a new one for the new baby since it was such a constant must-have for those first eight or nine months or so.
4. CRIB MOBILE. I’m DIYing this one – stay tuned!
5. SLEEP SHEEP. We have a Sleep Sheep and a Mini Sleep Sheep (for travel) that we still use for all of Alec’s sleep (except in the stroller) every single day. At first I thought we would just use the Mini Sleep Sheep for the new baby, but I think we’ll get a proper new one for the crib so that we have the mini one easily available to pack for trips. Who knows, maybe we’ll need a second mini sleep sheep as well if our kids end up sleeping in separate rooms when we’re in the country etc.
6. BABY BATH TUB. We had a simple baby tub with a sling which we found so useful for newborn baths with Alec. Then we switched over to a Hoppop toddler tub which we loved. It got damaged in shipping to Sweden and now we don’t have a little tub at all. Hoppop also makes a bucket-style tub for babies, but I have a hard time seeing how it would work for a newborn. Since we couldn’t find a good sling option and are trying to find things that don’t take up too much space, we ended up buying the very cool Boon Inc. Naked tub. Read more here.
8. BABY MONITOR. We had an Angelcare baby monitor for Alec in Atlanta and I loved the peace of mind that it gave me to know that an alarm would sound if he stopped breathing. I realize it’s a little over-zealous, but until we got it set up, I just could not relax about Alec sleeping in his crib. So it was a must for us. Once he started rolling off the sensor causing false alarms, we just stopped using the movement alarm, but it was still a great baby monitor. We sold it because we didn’t want to deal with voltage adapters etc (and actually don’t need a sound monitor in our old, thin-walled flat in Stockholm) when we moved back to Sweden. But we ordered We bought another Angelcare for the new baby too and now they make one that has video as well! Yay!
9. SIBLINGS WITHOUT RIVALRY. This is the one new parenting book I will be reading specifically in preparation for the new addition to the family.
STROLLERS, GEAR & FEEDING
2. HIGH CHAIR WITH NEWBORN SET. Since we’ll need another Tripp Trapp for the new baby when it’s time to start solids, we decided to just buy one now and use it with a newborn set for the first months. This will provide a safe place for baby to hang out when I have stuff going on in the kitchen, and will also allow our new addition to join in family meals from the start.
3. BREAST PUMP. We also sold the Medela Pump in Style Advanced breast pump that I used in Atlanta. It worked well for me so I wanted another one of the same. Medela seems to be phasing out the Pump In Style in favor of a (more expensive) pump called Freestyle but it seems to be getting mixed reviews, and since the Pump in Style worked for me, I was quick to order one of the Pump in Styles that were still available on Amazon.
4. PUMP & BOTTLE PARTS. Most pump and bottle parts shouldn’t be re-used, so we’re getting new bottle nipples and extra sets of valves etc for the new breast pump.
5. DRYING RACK. The Boon Inc. drying rack that we already have seems always to be full so we got another one for Baby #2′s pump and bottle parts.
6. CAR MIRROR. We still have Alec’s infant car seat that we’ll be re-using for the new baby. We just a need a second EasyView mirror so that we can see the little one in the back seat from the front seat.
7. PLAY MAT. We had two for Alec – a Baby Einstein Baby Neptune one which we kept tucked away in the nursery because I thought it was too ugly, and a cute IKEA one. At the moment we’re using the bottom padded mat of the IKEA one as a play mat in Alec’s room (tucked into a SWOOP bag) so we bought a new one from IKEA for the new baby. The ones they have now have a circus theme and a really plushy soft play mat which is nice.
8. BABY CARRIER. We have the BabyBjörn Original Organic Baby Carrier that we used for Alec but it’s not one of the things we got a ton of use out of last time around. I found it a little too bouncy to use a whole lot with Alec while he was really little. And then by the time he really felt stable enough for us to take walks with it, it was quite heavy to carry. Admittedly it was indispensable when we travelled and for a hike we did once. I think we will be doing more baby-wearing this time around – just because we will need more hands-free carrying since we’ll have our hands full with Alec, and because we live a much more urban lifestyle in Stockholm than we did in Atlanta. We won’t be driving much, but we will be managing the logistics of a teeny tiny elevator and inner city living. So we bought a Dreamy Dot sling/carrier hybrid to start and will probably be considering an Ergo carrier in the future.
9. TRAVEL CRIB. We love the BabyBjörn Travel Cot that we have for Alec. For any travel we do the first few months, we can just use the stroller bassinet and/or a baby nest, but after that, we’ll need a second travel cot for the new baby if Alec isn’t really be done with his yet.
10. TRAVEL STROLLER. We keep a Baby Jogger City Mini in the trunk of our car so we don’t have to lift our main stroller in and out of the trunk unnecessarily. We also use the City Mini for travel since it’s so easy to fold and carry and so we don’t have to worry about travel damage to our main stroller (read about our city mini and how we like it here). With two babies, I think we will end up using a carrier a lot more for the little one and probably make do with our single City Mini for shorter outings. But for travel, we think we’ll probably end up buying a City Mini Double Stroller in the end.
With the school season approaching, the folks over at Stuck on You sent Harper a fabulous package of personalized stuff. A few of her new things include a “Harper” puzzle, a personalized height chart for her room, & a new workbook (which she LOVES)! Isn’t it fun to have stuff with your name on it?
Baby #2 is due to arrive in a few weeks so so many things are going to be changing around here. Next week we pick up our double stroller and soon it will be time to reorganize my diaper bag to suit two little ones. But for now I’m only carrying what I need for Little A, who is now just past 18 months old.
Here is what is in my diaper bag right now:
- Diaper Bag. Kate by MZ Wallace. I’ve raved about it here.
- JJ Cole Stroller Clips. These sit on the handle bars of our stroller and I just clip my diaper bag on and off.
- Changing Pad. I use the one that came with my bag.
- Diaper Cream. I like Desitin‘s creams and tend to carry one of their maximum strength ones in my diaper bag.
- Diapers. I usually just carry three Pampers Cruisers/Active Fit Diapers. It’s overkill since we rarely even need to change diapers when we’re out and about lately, and almost never need to change more than once.
- Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes. Especially convenient for changes on the go. I like to use one before and one after each diaper change.
- Baby Wipes. We use Natusan. I like that they are mild enough to use on Little A’s hands and face as well.
- Boogie Wipes. I’ve raved about them earlier here. I hope we are at the end of this year’s cold season, but until now they have been very good to carry along.
- Pacifier. We haven’t succeeded in transitioning Alec from his Wubbanub pacifiers to a more age-appropriate/tooth-friendly pacifier, so I usually have one of his little monkeys in my bag.
- Take & Toss spoons. Spoons are good to have and I like that it doesn’t matter if these don’t make it home with us.
- Snack Trap and Snacks. Usually Alec has cheerios and oat cereal in his Munchkin Snack Catcher.
- Snacks for Mum. I try to keep a little bag of nuts/dried fruit (the snack pouches you can get at Trader Joe’s are perfect) or a bar in case of emergency munchies. I love the Two Degrees bars since every bar bought also means a meal goes to someone who needs it badly.
- Fruit. Alec and I usually share an apple on the way home from the park and a banana is such a great go-to snack if we miss a proper meal at home.
- Squeezies. We mostly use Ella’s Kitchen right now. I like the squeezies that are mixed veggies and fruit and sometimes give Alec one of those with something else as a snack on the go.
- Water in a Sippy Cup.
- A Pashmina Sjal. I keep one rolled up in one of the side pockets as a stroller cover or extra cover-up/blanket for Little A or me.
- Sunglasses. For Mum and Baby.
- Mobile Phone. I have a Sony Xperia Arc S with a huge touch screen and all the fixings that I LOVE.
- Wallet and Spare Change for Coffee. At our wonderful playground you can actually buy coffee, fruit, yogurt and other snacks for kids and parents.
I also keep a nylon bag in the bottom “basket” of our stroller, full of “back-up” stuff that is often good to have when we’re out and about but that I don’t need to drag up and down to our apartment with me every time (our stroller lives in the stroller room in the foyer of our building). Here is what is in that bag right now:
- Bag. Longchamp. I have a million of these and always bring one along when we travel since you can fold them up so they take no space at all and then bring them out if you over-shop. Which happens.
- Blankets. A sun cover by ROSK, muslin swaddling blankets by Aden & Anais, and a thicker cotton blanket from Polarn O. Pyret.
- Sun screen. I am kind of a maniac about sun protection. We are using Neutrogena Pure & Free right now. I keep a tube of it by the changing table so that we can slather it on before we go out and then I keep a stick in our parent console on the stroller for touch-ups.
- An assortment of hats. Usually from Polarn O. Pyret. Again, I am pretty obsessed with sun protection so Alec is pretty much always wearing a hat when we are outside. Either to keep him warm if there is a chill, or to protect him from the sun.
- Shopping Cart/High Chair Cover. We have one from Balboa Baby. We don’t use it a ton, but every time we do, I am so glad that we have it.
- Rain Pants & Rubber Boots. As I mentioned here, Swedish weather isn’t always the best, but children play outside daily regardless. We keep these fabulous rain pants and a pair of rubber boots in our stroller in case of wet mucky weather. If the sandbox is more of a mud bath, we just pull these over Alec’s pants and jacket and everything and then pull them off again when we’ve finished playing. Fab!
- Snack Pack. I keep a Smitten Baby Wet Tote packed with back-up snacks, pre-mixed “välling“, a bottle, some take and toss spoons and a sippy, a few squeezies, cereal and a snack trap, and a bottle of water. Just in case.
- Bucket and spade. Our playground at the park is actually staffed (two full time positions, 9-5, seven days a week!) so there are buckets and spades and a ton of other toys available all day long. But sometimes we end up staying past 5 when everything is removed and Alec usually throws a fit when “his” bucket is taken away. So we keep a back-up set in the stroller.
- Change of clothes. It’s a given with babies that the one time you are not carrying a back-up change of clothes, that is the time your baby will puke all over himself or your toddler will beat you to the mud puddle. I don’t think we’ve almost ever had to use our emergency change, but I always carry it anyway.
What’s in your diaper bag?
Choosing a Double Stroller was an adventure – click here to read all about it!
Randal is one of the moms from my wonderful moms group in Atlanta. A few months ago she shared her and Charlotte and North’s favourite things on Mini Piccolini and today I am so happy that Randal has agreed to share Charlotte & North’s lovely nursery.
Here, in Randal’s own words, are some of the fabulous details of her twins’ fabulous nursery:
Since we have boy and girl twins, we wanted a very neutral theme to our nursery – mostly white and grey with some pink and blue accents. We love the wall color because it is very calming, and I think gives the room a restful feeling.
The room gets lots of light from the windows, so we have black out shades that we can pull down for nap time. I like the sheer linen curtains during the day because they let light in but still give us some privacy.
For more pictures and all the details of Charlotte & Norths’ lovely nursery, click here.
I have nurseries on my mind right now as I am scrambling to put together a soothing but playful space for Baby #2 – follow developments here.
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