Category: For Your Wee Ones
Hi again, Irene from designstiles today.
I wanted to share my tips to designing your baby’s nursery. It’s such a special and sweet time, I’m hoping that these seven tips will help guide you in creating a unique space for your baby to come home to. These are typically the steps I use to guide me in the designing process for clients. Enjoy!
one – gather inspiration: Deciding on an initial design can feel overwhelming, but I suggest start visiting baby sites and stores to begin taking notes on items that catch your attention. Look through magazines or easier, start a Pinterest board and save images that you are drawn to. Determine what mood, style and vibe you’re going for.
two – pick a starting point: once you’ve figured out the look you’re trying to achieve, pick an element and branch out from there. This could be a statement fabric filled with color, a wallcovering or a piece of art. It should be a piece you absolutely love, which makes it easier to continue to select inspiration from. If starting with a theme, careful not to get carried away and take things too literal.
three – assess the space: walk through the nursery and determine best furniture plan according to your needs. Measuring is crucial!
four – furniture selections: avoid furniture sets. For a unique look, a modern crib paired with a traditional glider or dresser looks far more interesting than looking like your nursery came right out of a catalog. Making adult-like purchases such as buying a dresser to use as a changing table is a piece your baby can grow with as opposed to grow out of.
five – personalize: Accessories are a great way to add personality. They’re what differentiate from other nurseries and help make your baby’s room feel extra special. I like advising toward adding meaningful pieces from both parents. This could be displaying baby books that once belonged to the mother to incorporating texture with a blanket that was used by the father.
six – lay it down: don’t forget the area rug. Crucial in a household with hard surface flooring. Buy the biggest you can afford. I find that rugs wide enough to the reach the perimeters of furniture are ideal for a crawling baby. Soft, cozy rugs work well parents to lay on as well.
seven – enjoy the process! The list of baby needs seems endless but I actually think the design process should be a nice break from all the rest of the must haves. This is your opportunity to let your personality come through and express a playful, youthful side we wish we could do with our grown up spaces. Create a moodboard to get a better sense of how things will all look together visually.
Hi there. Irene from designstiles today.
Christmas is fast approaching so I wanted to share some stocking stuffers. Sometimes the best things come in small packages.
1. Little Law Man Badge – Great for kids 3 and up. Let the town know they mean business.
2. Headband – a pretty little headband in a variety of colors. And it actually stays put. Doesn’t slip, so I hear.
3. Nail trimmer – My son is one and to this day I have not cut his nails myself because I’m too scared I’ll cut him. My husband trims his nails and based off the reviews, I can take over if we buy this. It’s thee nail trimmer to get.
4. Socks – such a cliche gift but I’m all for patterned socks for kids. Love the colors and am a sucker for stripes.
5. Bear Booties – I mean. They have little claws. So adorable.
6. Brush – Doubles as a brush and a toy. It’s a win-win.
7. Banana Rattle – Looks so soft and squishy. Ideal for teething babies.
8. Nightlight – Sleep tight babies and kids, this stylish lion nightlight makes darker rooms way less scary.
Happy Holiday shopping.
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Hi again, Irene from designstiles today. While doing my nightly instagram catch up, I found this adorable kids portrait line, Little-Biscuits. Actually, they do pet portraits too. For all you crazy pet owners. Myself included.
Purchasing a portrait also includes 8 templates for gifts tags, cupcake toppers, party invitations and more.
They’re just so darling. Great keepsake and I’m sure any kid would loving putting their little face everywhere with their own personal labels.
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Irene from designstiles today bringing you some of my favorite poufs and foot stools, the perfect little accent piece for nurseries and kids rooms.
If you’re looking to add a bit of texture, pattern or color, a cute foot stool does the trick. Plus, they serve as extra seating and can easily be used in any other space in your home.
Check out the ones I’m currently eyeing.
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Hi! Irene here again from designstiles.
I’m at the age now where everyone I know seems to be having babies. Friends, friends of friends, sister’s friends, mom’s friends. Okay maybe not mom’s friends, but you get the point. I have a few clients too who are having baby girls. And while I spend some time searching for their baby’s nurseries, I can’t help but save some items that draw my attention.
Here’s a collection of baby girl items that I think are just kind of cool. Like this crib, with an acrylic front. Sleek and modern.
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Kids Christmas Gifts Guide – Day Five
Ingela Arrhenius’s nesting animal dolls are a joy to behold. Each little animal has such an appealing character and personality. The six nesting animals are made for art, design, and toy lovers of all ages. Display, collect, enjoy and play with them!
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I survived my first month of motherhood! Mr. Floret Cadet and I rang in Daniela’s one month milestone yesterday – I can’t believe how quickly she’s growing. We got really excited the other day that she was able to focus her eyes on toys hanging from her play gym – and then laughed at ourselves that this seems like such a major achievement. “Our baby is a genius! Did you see that?! She *looked* at something!”
So in celebration, I wanted to post three products that have come in so handy and made our first month as parents just a little bit easier. Before she was born, I was wondering if all of them weren’t a little bit gimmicky – but I quickly learned how welcome any product is that can save you a few minutes of time, buy you a few minutes of sleep, or spare you a few minutes of stress!
#1 – Magnificent Baby clothing fastens with magnets. They also come in really cute prints, like this Moroccan print and this pink Elephant print, both of which Daniela has added to her collection. They make daytime changes more pleasant, and I’m convinced they buy us some extra sleep during the nights – they are so easy to get on that you don’t really have to turn on lights, and they disturb her a lot less, so sometimes we can do a change without completely waking her.
#2 – Zoli’s Buzz B nail trimmer is sort of like that crazy Pedi Paws thing for dogs, but for babies’ tiny nails. It’s a little buffer that is completely gentle, but with strong enough buffing action to smooth down her jagged little nails. Daniela has never protested when I use it on her, in fact, it almost seems to relax her. And I don’t have to stress about possibly clipping her skin. Win!
#3 – Babyletto’s Snuggle Wrap – OK disclaimer – this one came as a free gift with our crib which is made by Babyletto, and I had no idea it cost almost $60, which seems steep to me. But now that I’ve used it, I might even venture to say it could be worth the price tag. We’ve used it every day, it’s so handy and cozy. It’s super soft quilted fabric, sort of a combo mat, wrap, blankie, and stroller / car seat bunting. I wrap it around her lower half when she’s chilling out in one of her various seats at home, stretch the curved lower part over her car seat, wrap her up in it if I’m holding her and it is chilly, and take it in the diaper bag for an on the go changing or tummy time mat.
Until next time!
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
Get baking with these spooky Halloween recipes for kids. These recipes are sure to have your kids laughing and there are some less scary ones thrown in for the littlest ones in your family. My personal favourite is the Halloween ghost cupcakes, they are so adorable that they make you are the scary one eating them up!
Don’t forget that tomorrow (01/11/11) is the last day of our Win a SUPPORi baby sling competition – get your entry in before it’s too late!
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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!
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Little A is crazy about playdough right now. Cannot get enough. He asks to play with it several times a day and it keeps him busy for ages.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tbsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- gel food coloring
- Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
- Add your wet ingredients and mix well.
- Divide into as many bowls as you have colors. We made four colors out of this recipe and actually gave away half of the playdough, so you will definitely have enough for 6-8 colors or more. Now add your food coloring. The end color will be pretty much the same as what you see now, so add as much color as you want to get really bright, saturated hues of playdough. Or use less color for soft pastels.
- Place a small sauce pan your pan on the stove top over medium heat. Start with your lightest color (so you won’t have to clean out the sauce pan between colors). Pour the mixture into the pan and stir continuously until it starts to get chunky. Keep stirring until it forms a big dough ball.
- When all the wetness is gone, remove the dough from the pan and leave it to cool. Once cool, knead it a bit until it is soft and smooth.
- Repeat for each color. I just did yellow first, then green, then blue then purple, without cleaning out the pan in between.
- Store play dough in an airtight container at room temperature. We’ve been playing with the same batch for a few weeks now.
The set we are using right now is a batch I made a few weeks ago.
Making your own playdough is super easy – it literally just takes minutes. And it’s nice to know you have a natural end product. The recipe that we use makes a soft, lovely, pliable dough with fantastic colors and it keeps quite well too in a sealed container.
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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?
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This is actually a project I did a while back, but Little A has been spending some time with these Discovery Bottlesalmost every day since then. I would definitely recommend this as an easy project to do for your baby or toddler! I made six bottles:
- Baby oil, water and food color
- Water and little mosaic tiles
- Baby oil and pins
- Water, food colour and dishwashing liquid
- Water and glitter
- Air and “puffs”
They were really really easy to make. Just fill clean plastic bottles with whatever you want and then hot glue the lids on.
We brought out the bottles when Alec and his little friend Sigge were playing. Alec was 13 months old and Sigge was 20 months old. They were both really into the bottles, especially Alec. The bottle with the puffs was hands-down his favourite and he has been playing with it since he first got his hands on it. Both of the boys were also very into the mosaic tiles in water, which make an attractive sound when you shake them or roll them across the floor. Sigge immediately put the pins in baby oil bottle in his mouth and then Alec did too. We couldn’t figure out why (neither of them tasted any of the other bottles, and there was no scent or anything on the baby oil bottle to make it especially yummy). Us adults all thought that the baby oil and water bottle would be the most exciting for the kids, but they weren’t too impressed by that one. We did notice that the kids handled the smaller bottles more than the larger ones, so perhaps the bigger ones were too heavy for them to really handle and discover. If you have babies or toddlers at home and are considering this project, I would really recommend it. It’s very easy and fast to prep and the six bottles I made did keep the kids’ attention for quite some time.
Isn’t Sigge the cutest? Check out his awesome vintage play room here.
Clockwise from top left: Pom Blankets, Organic Striped Booties, Eat Sleep Poop, Orfeo Bloom Rattle, IGLU Wooden Play Gym, Striped Bodysuit, lifefactory Bottles, Knit Rattle, Knit Pom Booties, Wooden Crochet Teether, Birth Print, Gizmine Humidifier, Donna Wilson Plush, Sakura Bloom Sling
Clockwise from top left: Tutu Dumonde Headband, Starry Night Horse Pajamas, Wooly the Sheep Bla Bla, Wovenplay Featherband, Pretty Little Things Boho Beauty, Maize Headband, Sequin Headband, Penguin Embroidered Classics, Custom Name Plate, Metallic Knee Patch Tights, Teepee, Knit Tights, Minnetonka Moccasin Boots
Violet is now nearly fourteen months old and has definitely taken notice of the fact that her mommy and daddy frequently use gadgets – namely iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. It’s only natural that she would want to imitate us and use them herself. Although I’m not ready for her to watch cartoons or television yet, I have found a few things that I don’t mind her occasionally using on our other devices.
On the Macbooks we mainly watch home videos – she looooves to see herself, her grandparents, aunts, and uncles. But on the iPad and iPhone we’ve found a few apps that seem both age-appropriate and entertaining. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Sound Touch for iPad and iPhone – This app has a grid with illustrations of various animals, instruments, household items, vehicles, etc. When Violet touches one of the illustrations, an actual photograph of the item pops up and it makes the related sound. For example, a cat would meow a few times. This one is Violet’s absolute favorite.
2. Talking Roby the Robot for iPad – There are a bunch of apps similar to this – Talking Tom Cat, Talking Bacteria John, and more, but this is Violet’s favorite. She loves that the robot dances and she boogies down right along with him. He also repeats what you say and does a couple of other interactive moves.
3. Tesla Toy for iPad and iPhone – Love this one – she touches the screen and colorful lights appear. They almost look like fireworks.
4. Mugician for iPad – A virtual distortion synthesizer – she loves touching it and making fun noises and colors. (Fun for dad’s too)
5. Kids Xylophone HD for iPad – A virtual xylophone great for making little music – and you can even record your compositions!
Do you let your kids play with your technology? What are your favorite apps for kids?
Every little one needs a place to play. Here are a few fun takes on the traditional fort:
I love the idea of using a table or doorway as a base for a fort – great for OCD parents who don’t like to have their furniture pushed all over the place too 😉
Some of these would be fun and easy DIY projects, like the fort kit, or puppet theatre. And of course you could always go the traditional route and drape a bunch of sheets over a few pieces of furniture or bit of twine.
What’s your favorite type of fort?
One of my favorite things about the 4th of July is seeing all of the red and white stripes. Patriotic, yes. But also bright and cheerful. I’ve rounded up a collection of my favorite red and white stripe-y things for the little ones that are perfect all year long.
Who says your kids’ toys have to be ugly? Violet has most of these and she plays with (and loves) every one of them. To see more of my favorite baby and kids’ products, check out my Amazon aStore here.
Looking for a rocking or riding toy for your little one? Try one of these versatile options.
Clockwise from top left: Wishbone Flip Rocker n Ride On, Leka Trojan Horse, Convertible Grow-Up Walker, Haul n Totes Ride On, Rolobox Reuseable Wheel Kit for Boxes, Trioli Children’s Chair, Tori Rocking Horse
Why stop at rocking or riding when you can also pull, haul, push, sit, and store?
Add a little whimsy to your wee one’s nursery with one of these fun lamps:
Clockwise from top left: blue leaf lampshade, leaf and stem shade, all-aglow cutout lantern, crochet shade, giraffe sconce, ochre paper lamp, floral crochet lamp, squirreled away lamp, marquee alphabet light
Looking for a great anti-cavity gift for your favorite little one this Easter? Here are a few of my favorites:
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