Small in Space, Big in Style
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Leave it to City-Moms to create usable products. I love this storage unit called StollAway from MetroTots. The history of how Mary Ann Schwanewede came up with it: “Without thinking much of it she trekked to the baby gear store and asked for ‘a hook to store my folded stroller’ . The salesman looked at her blankly and said no such thing existed. She found this hard to believe; she couldn’t be the only one in this city of 8 million, many of whom are parents, to have this problem. Everywhere she looked in her downtown neighborhood she saw a parade of … 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
Ok, so I have a 4 year old and I’m still coveting baby items. Look at this new item from one of my favorite brands, Stokke! It’s called the Trip Trap® Newborn Set™ and I am so jealous of parents that will get to use this! I mean look at it! It uses the Tripp Trapp base (which I love) and then there is a baby seat that attaches to it! The beauty of the Tripp Trapp is that the child is right at the table with you – and now you can do this with your baby? It also … Continue reading
The Astro High Chair from Valco is a very economical and modern high chair which would be a great addition to a small space. Two words: IT FOLDS. Yes, it folds down into nothing and can be easily stored when not in use. I love that style doesn’t always come with a high price tag. When it is in use, the dimensions are 22.4″W x 31.5″D x 37.8″H and folded down it becomes 22.4″W x 31.5″D x 6.7″H. There are a number of places to purchase this online, and the price range is between $129 – $149, so it is on … Continue reading
The Sprout High Chair by OXO is a very compact, clean lined basic high chair. The dimensions are 24.25″ x 19″ x 37″. It comes in Orange/Birch, Taupe/Birch, Green/Walnut and Pink/Walnut. As you can tell from the site, I kind of like orange, so the Orange/Birch is right up my ally. I think this is a great chair, very solid, and I wouldn’t mind looking at it everyday. As with many of the products I like, this chair is for the long-haul – 6 mos to 5 years (or up to 60lb). At $250, this is a great product. Additional Features: 3 levels … 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
My office threw me a great baby shower about 3 weeks before I gave birth. My dear friend insisted that instead of individual gifts, they all pitch in and get me one nice thing (she knew my theory on fewer, better items). I hadn’t registered for a highchair, but she steered the group that way. They bought me the Stokke Tripp Trapp in bright red. I loved the chair, but did exchange it for the Cherry to match our dining room. It has proved to be a great chair, and is still used daily. Pros: Small footprint – 13.3″ x 30.7″ x 18.1″ (DxHxW) Pulls right to … 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
I’ve never understood having separate changing tables. I suppose if you have a lot of space they make sense but it always seemed like bringing in another piece of furniture that had a very short shelf life. We chose to get a short, 3 drawer dresser from Ikea and put the changing pad on top of that. This worked very well for us. The top drawer of the dresser was filled with diaper needs. I used organizing boxes (again from Ikea) in the drawer for diapers, creams, medicines, etc. Now that Peep’s 4, and we’re totally out of diapers, the dresser is … Continue reading
My daughter’s room is a converted porch measuring 7.5’ by 11’ which should be plenty of room for one small child. It is a very sweet room that is only accessed through our bedroom. It also comes with 6 windows, 2 doors, a radiator and a built in window seat. There is no wall that doesn’t have some design challenge and there was no way a huge crib would fit. We also were not interested in the design of these cribs. This was 4.5 years ago and the options were slim. When I started to research smaller cribs, there wasn’t much … Continue reading