the land of nod

i’ve got to hand it to the land of nod.  they have finally risen to the occasion and produced some sophisticated (but still kid friendly) room decor.  the ‘character’ kid room is not really my style, so i’m glad to see some fun use of pattern, texture, and color.  i don’t think a kiddo’s room has to have mickey mouse everywhere to know that a kid lives there.  make sure you sprinkle in their personality so they can feel like their stamp is on it – that might be artwork, awards on their shelves, or a car track in the middle of the floor (let’s be real here) – and everybody’s happy.

{magic carpet}

{jenny lind bed – a classic}

{zig zag baskets – with lids, hooray!!}

{tuffet}

{mushroom lamp}

{in the mix crib bedding – where was this 2 years ago!?!}

favorite things: baby edition

since i have babies on the brain, and i have a ton of friends who are either pregnant or thinking about it, i thought i’d share some of my very favorite baby items.

but before we get to that, a little side note.  i think there might have been a little confusion about the picture of jared and me in my last post.  that is not me right now.  that is when i was 9 months pregnant with b – i mean, he came out 14 days later.  if i looked that way right now, i would be scared that i’m gestating an elephant.

ok, on to the baby stuff.  a fair warning that this is a little long.

moby wrap – i think this wrap is perfect for the tee tiny baby.  it is super soft and holds that sweet baby so close.  i am a huge fan of baby-carrying.  i loved having beckett so close to me, particularly when he was brand new.  i would like to recommend black since it will disguise a complete blowout diaper, as i experienced while standing in the middle of the bloch building of the nelson-atkins museum.

ergobaby carrier – i love, love, love this carrier for the bigger baby – maybe 6m and up?  you can use it as a front pack, on the hip, or a backpack.  i was still using this with beckett as recently as this spring.  unlike a lot of carriers, it has great shoulder padding and has a strap for your hips to help distribute your kiddo’s weight.  it is super comfortable, even for long periods of time.  it’s also great for traveling through airports instead of hauling a huge stroller (unless you’ll need one on the other end).  their website says you can use this with a child up to 45 pounds, but if your kid is that heavy, i say they need to be using their own two feet.

boon highchair – this highchair is a bit on the pricey side, but we decided if we were going to have to look at it every day, we wanted it to look cool.  kind of vain, right?  well, it has actually turned out to be great.  this puppy is super easy to wipe down, and the seat is right at miller-height so he can lick out everything beckett’s mouth missed – hey, i’m just bein’ real.  we actually ended up taking out the orange cushion all-together to make it even easier to clean.  the one downside is that the tray is a little small in comparison to other chairs out there, but i would still buy it again.

aden & anais swaddling blankets – pretty much every mama i know has one or ten of these.  they are the perfect lightweight blanket for swaddling, laying baby on the floor, or using as a nursing cover.  now that b is older, it has morphed into a security blanket, and beckett sleeps with three…of course.  these are a great gift if you know of any parents-to-be.  i’m adding this bright collection to my own wish list.

bumgenius cloth diapers – cloth diapering isn’t for everyone, and i definitely had to talk jared into this one.  the main reason we did this is that we saw how much trash we were producing, just with diapers – it was amazing, and not in a good way.  it has been so much easier than we could have ever expected, and we are so happy that we took this route.  i recommend the snaps as opposed to the velcro option.  ours have been washed hundreds of times and they still look brand new.  i’ve heard that the velcro doesn’t wear quite as well.

pottery barn hooded towels – these are so soft, and the characters are darling.  another great gift idea.

sleep sack – once baby is done with swaddling, but too little to throw a blanket on them, the sleep sack is a great transition.  it keeps them cozy, but they can’t get tangled up – genius.

and this card that i recently received from a great friend, is amazing.  it’s definitely going in a frame for the new baby’s room.

so what are your favorite baby items?  anything new out there that i need to add to my must-have list?

asos

have you discovered asos yet?  a friend turned me onto them, and i’m liking what i see.  it’s pretty inexpensive, and would be a great place to pick some of the trendy items for which you don’t want to spend too much.

a subtle animal print tee if you’re not into taking the trend too literally.

i think my mom-bag is wearing me out, considering i lug around books, diapers, animal crackers, etc. on a daily basis.  i am loving the idea of the oversized clutch – for night and day.

in my opinion, you can’t have too many belts.  a pretty skinny in mint.

loving the snood, by why in the heck do they call it that??  am i the only one who was addicted to the game, snood, in college?

and if you’re into channeling the royal wedding, the fascinator hat!  jess and christine – look out, i’m totally wearing this.  ;)

how pretty is this little number??

and for those of you who are breeding right now, they also carry cute maternity duds.  you’re not going to find this at the gap.

spring fever

winter hasn’t even hit here yet (it’s nearly 60 today!), and already, i can’t wait for spring.  i walked into anthropologie yesterday, where i could probably spend the entire date looking at each and every home good and piece of clothing, and it felt so bright in there.  a few little pieces especially caught my eye in the home section.

{wouldn’t these be great as wine glasses?}

and i want these guys so bad for our play-room-in-the-making.