October 27, 2006
These hand painted storage bins from Koo Koo Bear Kids are great. Anderson has a small toy basket already full of stuffed animals in his room, but a bin like this would hold even more and look great as well. If blue isn't your style, its also available in pink, Surfer Girl, Airplane, and many others!
October 20, 2006
Here's another great rug for your nursery. The Islands Chocolate Rug from Piccolini is a 3 foot by 5 foot rug with a great design. A series of multi colored circles on a rich chocolate background will capture any childs attention and imagination. The design is also available in a moonstone background, if your tastes run a little more to the grey.
When my niece was a young toddler she would wander around the house looking for her shoes saying "Shoes. Shoes." This whimsical rug from KooKoo Bears would've been perfect for her. Its a little on the small side, 3 feet by 2 feet, but it has such a unique design that we can overlook that I think. In addition to your nursery, this rug would be great by your front door to remind your children to wipe their feet on their way in the house!
October 5, 2006
Since I mentioned skulls before, you might want to check out the Posh Pigs by bud. You have probably seen their Luxury Ducks or something similar around recently, but we really like the pigs. I've always had a fondness for piggie banks. I remember convincing my mother to buy one for my younger brother because, let's be honest, you are not a true child until you have a piggie bank. We've already started a bank account for Anderson, but it might be nice if we could start collecting our change for him as well. And soon enough he'll be able to start putting money in there as well! It comes in four different designs: trooper, pop, rock (with skulls), and superstar. If only the surfer was still available, that one is definitely my favorite!
October 4, 2006
This is going to sound silly, but I have tissues in every room in my house. I have some allergies, and I'm usually too lazy to walk to the tissues, so instead they are everywhere. I currently don't have them in Andy's room, and it's been bugging me. But a floral box of tissues just doesn't look right in the nursery. So I really like this next idea, a Sports Tissue Box Cover from Kookoo Bears. There are four different ones, a baseball, basketball, football, and soccer ball. Personally I'd like to see a tennis ball as that's the sport I played growing up, but this is the time of year for football and soccer is big in our household too, so either would work well. They all fit the standard size tissue box, so if you have a sports themed nursery, this is definitely a must have.
October 3, 2006
Does the air in your home get really dry during the winter? It definitely does up here in our New England home. Every winter I feel like the moisture is sucked right out of my skin. We usually run a humidifier in our bedroom every night, but we have yet to replace it since it broke earlier this year. If the dry air has this much of an effect on me, I don't even want to know what it's going to do to Anderson. A humidifier like the Philips Baby Care Ultrasonic Humidifier might be just what we need. Using ultrasonic frequencies, it breaks up water into a fine mist which is then dispersed into the air. At full power, the unit pumps out about 1 cup of water per hour. The cool mist will ensure that you don't burn anybody, and the included but separate hygrometer will tell you if you need to turn the power up or down on the unit. Of course, at nearly $115, you might expect a hygrostat to be built right into the unit itself. For just a little bit more you can get those features and more with the Air-O-Swiss 7135.
Anderson does not have a theme for his nursery. Laura and I could never find exactly what we wanted, and besides we have textured walls that make anything but painting a major pain (something I've complained about before). Therefore, I'd love to have something like the Fernando Clock hanging in there. This clock, and the others like it would make a great addition to any nursery. Originally designed by George Nelson in 1965, this clock will never get old. Timeless you might say (get it? A clock being timeless? Hahaha, I amuse myself). When your child grows up, it could be a whimsical addition to any room in your house!
October 2, 2006
Now that the weather is getting cooler, we're facing a looming problem in our house. You see, we run the fan on the air conditioner in Anderson's room at night to generate a little white noise. As the temperature continues to dip, we won't be able to do that. The dilemma is, we're not really sure how to stop using the fan as a white noise generator. Do we just go cold turkey (never a good idea), or do we creep in after he's fallen asleep to turn it off (also not a good idea)? With something like the iCrib Sound System by Munchkin we might not have to worry about it.
The iCrib Sound System, winner of a JPMA Innovation Award, is a compact sound system designed to hook onto the edge of your crib and is compatible with most MP3 players including the ubiquitous iPod. You load up your MP3 player with your child's favorite bedtime music and it plays through the iCrib with a 15, 30, or 60 minute auto shut-off.
I'm not entirely sure how this product might be better than an MP3 playing boom box. I guess the auto shut-off is a key feature of the iCrib, however the fact that you have to remember recharge your MP3 player every day may limit its usefulness. If there was a way to safely integrate a power supply with the iCrib, it would definitely be the way to go.
September 25, 2006
I love monogrammed things, but for some reason I never seem to buy anything that is. If you do however, you should look at the Initial Wastebasket from Kookoo Bears. It is made of wood, comes in pink, blue, and green, and can have any letter on it. What a nice way to make your child's room a little extra special!
I've never been big on mobiles. I've seen a ton, but I have a hard time finding ones that I really like. They usually either are boring or cheap to me. I know that it matters more what the baby thinks, not the parent, but I can't help but not like most that I see. However, I really do like this one from nonchalantmom, the bees and flowers mobile. It is made of German wood, is nice and simple, and your child will actually be able to see it when laying underneath (which is actually less common than it should be). It's also a great price at only $24.