I love the reinvigorated feeling the New Year brings— a sense of wistful relief that the holidays won’t be back for almost a whole year, and then, even in this darkest of winter months, a sudden burst of energy compelling me to be a better version of myself. I assure you, I have many loftier New Year’s resolutions than to organize my home, like apologizing without qualification to my husband (I’m sorry I’m totally nagging you, BUT. . .). However, I’ve already had a good deal of highly gratifying success with this resolution, and without much effort, I might add.
So, you’re having a baby. And you love hearts, teddy bears and pastels. Congratulations, you’re in luck! A lot of what’s out there in the kids’ design world is still pretty traditional. But even though the last time I did this whole nursery design thing only two years ago, I have been pleasantly surprised this time around by how many more options are out there for new ‘rents with less traditional taste. And, having the experience of spending a year-and-a-half using my boy’s former gear and furnishings (now donated to babe no. 2), I knew where to cut corners and where to put my coin according to my tastes.
Just because you don’t have the cash or the inclination to drop a grand on a spendier modern nursery rocker doesn’t mean you can’t have clean modern style or that you have to settle for an oak nightmare. Check out these budget-conscious nursery seating options.
Because we were relying on swaddling as a method to keep our sanity in those early days, we wasted a ton of money trying every swaddling blanket under the sun. We tried various sleep sacks (too roomy – he’d wake too early), “miracle” swaddling blankets (too thick, too hot) and an assortment of others (most were the wrong size and he would wiggle out, or they would cover his face). Then we discovered Aden + Anais.
Mirrors are great for your babe’s social, emotional and language development and, placed at your kiddo’s eye-level on the changing table wall, they can also help keep diaper change fuss to a minimum. But who wants to hang a large, heavy and disfiguringly shatter-able object above their dearest boy or girl at their most prone? Here’s a hip, safe and fun alternative: Choe and Tomlinson Self Portrait Mirrors at www.DesignPublic.com.