Join Pokkadots.com on Olioboard.com for a Halloween-inspired Design Contest!

Pokkadots.com has teamed up with Olioboard.com to bring you a Halloween-inspired Nursery Design Contest! If you’ve not visited Olioboard.com yet, it’s a great space to try your hand at interior design. The site is set up with products from around the web and customizable room options for you to choose your canvas. In our Halloween-inspired design contest, Olioboard.com has set-up some inspirational images of sweet baby costumes to get those creative juices flowing. Simply grab one and then use at least 5 products from our brand store to create your own nursery inspired by the costume! Check out some of the entries already created here or click below to get started on your own entry!

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What’s Not to ‘Like’!

Two of our shops are hosting some pretty fun events right now on Facebook that you don’t want to miss! Head over to facebook.com/modernnursery and catch up on their ‘share to win’ contest for a $50 gift certificate. All you have to do is share their page with your friends…be sure to tag modernnursery.com and use #modernnurseryfunx50 in your post. The winner will be chosen on Friday…what a great kick-off to fall!

Next up is a Facebook offer hosted by pokkadots.com. This one is simple, just hope over to facebook.com/pokkadots and click on ‘get offer’. You’ll be set up with a 10% off code to use the next time you check out at pokkadots.com. Easy-peasy.

Think of all the wonderful treats you could buy…like this awesome set from Skip Hop, perfect for Fall:

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Or how about this adorable Owl backpack from Dante Beatrix:

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So join in the Facebook fun and let us know you were there!

Don’t Cry, Baby! [Guest Post by Claire Gillespie of StorkUp.com]

Please join me in welcoming our first guest blogger, Claire Gillespie, of StorkUp.com!

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Expecting a baby? Just welcomed your new arrival into your world? No doubt you’ve been swotting up on what to expect from your new life. It can be a little daunting to try to sift through the enormous volume of material on all things baby, but hopefully, you’ve managed to work out a few things:

1. Babies eat a lot.

2. Babies poop a lot.

3. Some babies sleep a lot; others seem to take pleasure from remaining wide awake 24/7

4. Babies cry a lot.

Let’s save eating, pooping and sleeping for another time and tackle what is potentially the most stressful aspect of parenting a newborn: crying. Unfortunately, it’s a case of pot luck when it comes to how often your baby cries, and why. These little monkeys can be pretty unpredictable –  and no two of them are the same!

In most cases, a crying baby is telling you she needs something. Remember, she can’t communicate this to you in any other way. Your job is simple: work out what she needs via a process of elimination. These are the 5 main things you need to offer your baby to stop her crying:

1. Food

If you were starving and couldn’t speak, you’d scream, right? This is what your baby will do. If offering him the breast or the bottle keeps him quiet, happy days! Some parents detect a different type of cry when their infant wants to be fed, but don’t worry if you don’t – it’s not a test!

2. A Clean Diaper

Some babies are perfectly happy to lounge around in a soiled diaper, while others will start to complain as soon as they are aware of any wetness. Popping a fresh diaper on your tot is probably the quickest, easiest way to stop her crying.

3. Cuddles

“You’re going to spoil that baby!” an older relative admonished me as I sat cuddling my newborn son in my arms. I took the controversial step of politely ignoring her, and my defiance was rewarded with a baby who rarely cried, loved cuddles, and made me feel awesome. Do your own thing, mums, and don’t believe snooty so and sos who tell you that too much cuddling is bad for a newborn.

4. Stimulation

It’s never too early to start playing with your baby. If he’s been fed, changed and cuddled and is still grumbling, he might be bored. At this early stage don’t worry about fancy toys. Make funny facial expressions, play peek-a-boo with a teddy and sing songs. You might just stop the tears and it’s a great way to bond. 

5. Sleep

If all else fails, perhaps your little one is simply tired. Try holding her close and rocking her gently from side to side. Sing softly to her or speak to her in a reassuring tone of voice until – fingers crossed – she drifts off.

Top Tip

If being held is the only thing that stops your baby’s tears, you might be wondering where you’re going to find the strength to carry him around all day. Use a baby carrier or sling to keep him close when your arms get tired.

 

By Claire Gillespie, co-founder of StorkUp.com, where parents can discover, share and buy the best products for their children.

Spot On Square’s Oliv Collection Giveaway on Project Nursery

Spot On Square and ModernNursery.com have partnered to bring you an exciting giveaway on Project Nursery! Enter to win the Spot On Square Oliv Crib, a lucky winner will be chosen on Friday, June 14th. This beautiful, modern crib is made from sustainably harvested solid birch, birch plywood and green grade MDF which is sourced from recycled material that meets tough European and US standards for use in children’s products. That plus gorgeous design makes this one of the most sought-after modern day cribs!

 

Spot On Square Oliv Crib

Spot On Square Oliv Crib

 

The Oliv crib brings a clean modern aesthetic with a touch of warmth through the contrast of birch on white. The crib has three adjustable mattress settings and is easily converted to a daybed by using the Oliv conversion panel. Made from sustainably harvested solid birch, birch plywood and green grade MDF which is sourced from recycled material that meets tough European and US standards for use in childrens products. SUSTAINABLY MADE IN EUROPE!

  • Made from sustainably harvested solid birch and birch plywood.
  • Mattress has 3 adjustable positions.
  • For use with standard full size crib mattress (W 28″ L 52″ H 6″).
  • Toddler bed conversion available.
  • Easily assembled in approximately 30 minutes. All tools required are included.
  • 53.5”D 29.5”W 36”H, 78 lbs

You may recognize the unique Spot On Square brand from ABC News’ Nightline special, Celebrity Secrets: Mommywood where Rachel Zoe shows off her Spot On Square Roh Crib and Dresser. See more below about the Spot On Square brand and what sets them apart:

In 2007, as new parent, the Springers launched Spot On Square to provide modern parents with a new option in modern baby furniture for their modern tots. Bob and Nicole on Spot On Square feel that children should be surrounded by simple, eco-conscious, quality products that promote an appreciation for design.

Bob Springer is an award winning industrial designer with a rich background designing consumer products. Nicole Springer is an award winning teacher who became a full time mom, giving her hands on knowledge of what parents want and need from child centered products. Spot On Square is a perfect collaboration that brings their loves and educations together; good design and children.

So get to it! Hop on over to the Project Nursery giveaway page and use the entry widget at the bottom of the post to enter. Good luck!

 

Mother’s Day Surprises

Pssst!! Mother’s Day is May 12th…right around the corner! What’s the best way you’ve found to pamper the new mom in your life? We have lots of options to celebrate being a Mom and to accentuate her own unique style. Check out some of our latest additions:

The Perry Mackin Zoey Diaper Bag in Olive is such a great crossover bag…no one would ever know it’s a diaper bag which means she can keep using it long after the baby is out of pull-ups!

Is organization her thing? Check out Mom‘s Ultimate Family Organizer — This comprehensive, one-stop organizer is an essential tool for the busiest person of them all—mom! Inside the sturdy binder is a system for managing motherhood: calendar pages to keep track of family members‘ schedules, directory pages to locate everyone from the kindergarten teacher to the carpet cleaner, and planning pages for birthday parties or the family vacation. Helpful sticky notes and tear-out lists make it easy to stay organized, while survival tips and tricks from real moms offer encouragement. When life gets hectic, this binder is in control.

Has she been wanting to try her hand at homemade baby food? The Beaba Babycook is the perfect gift for her. The Beaba Babycook is a one-of-a-kind, patented compact countertop appliance that functions as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to prepare fresh, healthy meals for baby. It starts by steam cooking vegetables, fruits, and meats in less than 15 minutes, while preserving their vitamins and flavors. It then purees or blends them to the desired consistency. Parents can also use it to quickly reheat or defrost precooked foods. Spatula for removing the basket and scraping the bowl included.

Whatever gift you give her, make sure you take the time to celebrate what makes her unique, special and the best Mom you know!

 

Happy Earth Day! A Look into Sustainabilty

Earth Day is the perfect chance to remind our fantastic followers of the brands that build with Mother Earth in mind. Responsible manufacturing and sustainability are always at the forefront of these eco-friendly designers. Check out some of our super-chic, environmental stewards of the juvenile furniture world:

Bloom strives for the best by using sustainable practices and recycled materials. Featured in the image below: Bloom Coco lounger and Bloom Otto Table and Chairs (children not included!)

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Part of Oeuf’s mission first and foremost is to ‘Be Good to the Planet’…see their quote below on what this means to them:

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Use natural, renewable, recyclable materials that emphasize conservation and lead to environmentally sound products. Employ eco-conscious manufacturing processes that promote sustainability.

 

Be Good™ is not just something we say, it’s something we mean. As parents, we want our children to inherit a world that is better than we found it. As Oeuf, we have the ability to make that happen.

Not only are they living up to this mission but they are producing some of the top-rated, quality, designer pieces that are sought after by the environmentally conscious community. The new Oeuf Rhea Crib is the latest in their line and it is already a hit!

Oeuf Rhea Crib in Birch & White

Oeuf Rhea Crib in Birch & White

Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword for Kalon Studios…every decision they make is baked in responsible manufacturing. Here’s what they have to say about their efforts:

At Kalon Studios, we make every effort to be as green and sustainable as can be. In our efforts to find sustainable solutions to manufacturing, we’ve engaged the newest and sometimes the oldest methods and materials.

We’ve used raw materials that are renewable, biodegradable, non-toxic and food safe. We’ve finished our woods with an oil we developed that is so green, so-non toxic that it’s practically food grade.

We’ve made use of the industries most local to us in our manufacturing.

For us, sustainability is defined as having multiple intentions all of which center on the idea of balance, of giving as much as we take, be it through economics, the environment or on the everyday human level.

The Kalon Studios Caravan Crib is a gorgeous example of these practices brought to light.

Kalon Studios Caravan Crib

Kalon Studios Caravan Crib

Spot on Square‘s Robert and Nicole Springer launched their brand with this in mind ‘the home environment should be surrounded by simple, eco-conscious, quality products that promote an appreciation for design’. With that in mind, they use high-end materials and hardware including eco-friendly green grade MDF made from 100% recycled wood content. The beautiful Oliv Crib is an pure example of how their mission comes together.

Spot on Square Oliv Crib

Spot on Square Oliv Crib

Mom Mom Furniture is committed to sourcing eco-friendly products such as their Russian Baltic Birch for their fun and design forward toy boxes and tables. Paired with low VOC, water-based polyurethane, these products are handmade in the U.S.A. in woodworking shops powered by steam to even further reduce their footprint. We simply can’t get enough of the Maude Toy Box with cubby!

Mod Mom Furniture Maude Toy Box

Mod Mom Furniture Maude Toy Box

There are so many reasons to choose a brand that considers the health of the environment into their planning, not the least of which is the comfort you get in knowing your child is protected from toxic elements and in knowing you are doing your part to keep this world green for the next generation!