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Mini Cribs are just that…mini. They are a great option for new babies because they really can fit all over the house. You can have your baby sleep in your room for the first few months, without investing in a separate co-sleeper. You can put them in a nook (or a closet) if you don’t have a separate nursery space. They can easily fit into an existing child’s bedroom. They are narrow enough to even move from room to room if needed. They are versatile and should last through the first year of your child’s life (depending on the size of your baby). … Continue reading
I announced earlier this week that we’re expecting another child, a girl, in early December. Since we already have Peep, we have more than enough of the stuff any little girl will need. But the one thing she will need is a room to live in! The new baby and Peep will be sharing a room that we currently use as a guest room or really just a place for furniture & stuff to live in when we don’t know what to do with it. I used Floorplanner (a great online tool) to help get me started because this is one difficult room … Continue reading
The Kalon Caravan Crib has been showing up all over the Internet lately, and with good reason. On their site, Kalon says that it meets parent’s needs because it’s safe, green, practical and has great design. I agree with all of this although I suspect that the great design is the reason they’re winning so many accolades (like Babble’s Best Crib 2011 – Reader’s Choice). The Caravan Crib is a rather small crib 54.5 ” x 30 ” x 34″ (WxDxH) while fitting a standard size crib mattress. One of the things I like best about it is that it turns into … Continue reading
Small nursery design can be daunting. You want it to look and feel bigger, and often the thought is to go with subtle, calm colors to make it feel airy and bright. This is one way to go…but you can also do the opposite. Bright, bold wallpaper can make a small nursery feel larger. It creates focus and dimension. Here are a couple of great examples from Pinterest. Source: houzz.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: lillemaison.blogspot.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: thebooandtheboy.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: blogs.babble.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: stilinspiration.blogspot.com via Emily … Continue reading
I haven’t written about some of my own choices in products in awhile, so I thought I’d share one of my favorites – the phil & teds traveller. My mom & I saw this at our local, upscale kid’s store when I was pregnant and she insisted that she purchase it for us. (Aren’t mom’s the best! Full disclosure, I know she had an ulterior motive – we’d need something to bring to her house for visits.) What we like about it was that it had the convenience of a pack n’ play, but was smaller, lighter and frankly, more stylish. … Continue reading
No room for a nightlight in that small room/nook/corner your child sleeps in? How about a glow in the dark decal? I’m really not kidding (Peep’s favorite saying). My Sweet Muffin carries this very creative option for keeping the monsters in the closet. During the day, it is a very modern yellow decal, but at night it shows its phosphorescent properties. It’s a bit on the splurge side at $48, but hey, it is coming all the way from France. The text in the bulbs says “bonne nuit” or “good night” in French. I think they’re kind of … Continue reading
If you’re a reader, you know I love a convertible bed (from infant through toddler) because you only have to purchase one and it lasts for so long. But, if you used a co-sleeper or mini crib for your infant, you may like this option for when they get a bit bigger. The P’Kolino Toddler Bed & Chair is a very small, and very stylish toddler bed. And, it does turn into a chair when they out-grow it! As with everything on CityBaby Living, this has a small footprint – 30″ x 52″ x 20″ (WxLxH). In fact, it … Continue reading
More crib envy here. The p. pod 5 in 1 companion crib from Gro Furniture is both small and smart. It is one of my favorite types of baby furniture to write about here on CityBaby Living, because it is a convertible product. Not only will it grow with you as your child goes from infant to toddler, but then it can become a play space or even a desk. The dimensions 32.38″ x 55.38″ x 37.25″ (DxLxH) will fit nicely in a small space but is slightly larger than the Stokee Sleepi and the Leander 4 in 1 cribs I’ve already written about. … Continue reading
I’m really loving the company Bloom right now. They were started by 4 dads who wanted to bring function and form together. And they did. They have a number of products that I’ll be showcasing, but the first is their Bloom Luxo Sleep™ which comes with adjustable sides or not. The size is small, slightly larger than the Stokke and Leaner cribs (mostly in length) coming in at 55.25″W x 29.75″D x 36.25″H. As with the Stokke and Leander, the Luxo also grows with your child from age 0 to age 5. While the Luxo is a bit larger, it does come with a smaller price … Continue reading
I’ve seen this Leander 4-in-1 Convertible Crib from Tulip in a couple of store, and it is beautiful. The curvy lines are lovely. And it’s compact. The dimensions (48L x 28D x 38H) are just an inch or two smaller than the Stokke Sleepi. One of the best features is that it converts from a newborn crib to a junior bed and everything you need is included when you purchase it. The ability for one child to grow with it for such a long time really makes this bed. The last thing anyone wants is to keep buying beds! The colors … Continue reading