Monthly Archives: March 2013

Safe Sleeping

Nursury furniture and baby gear safety is a top concern that parents and care givers of young children most often have (Read our tips on crib maintenance and general crib safety), but did you know that baby bedding and soft textile items should also be included in general safety awareness?  This past year, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) launched their “Bare is Best” campaign.  It promotes how to “keep your baby cozy without the clutter”.

 

While the trend in the past was to fill the crib with pillows, stuffed toys, and decorative bumpers, the advice is that a safe environment not only involves furniture that meets North American safety standards, but one that is clear of clutter.  The CPSC explains that “Bare is best when placing a baby to sleep in a crib. By creating the toughest crib safety standards in the world and urging parents to keep pillows, quilts, heavy blankets, and sleep positioners out of the crib, CPSC has made great strides to ensure that babies and toddlers have a safe sleep.”  Read more about reducing SIDS and creating the safest environment for baby to sleep here and here.

(Image taken from CPSC)

 

So what’s one to do when all those adorable frills and fills for the crib are no longer recommended?  Does this mean that the dream nursery that you had already pictured has to remain plain and lack the plush look that we all love?  Fortunately for design addicts, quite a few crib bedding companies have made the transition towards creating bedding options that will make you never miss all the clutter.  Below are some of my favourites.

 

Skip Hop’s Complete Sheet bumper-free crib bedding has seven adorable designs to select from.  Without that bumper, the crib may seem like it’s missing that extra decorative element, but Skip Hop has solved this by putting the print along the side of the fitted mattress sheet.  I’ve already got a few of these sets selected on my baby registry list already!

 

Got a rambunctious child that you eventually realize does need a bumper to prevent bumps and bruises?  Target 365 crib bedding makes sets where the bumper is included should you decide that a bumper is something that is required for your child.  But even without using it, those crib skirts with their bold and playful patterns do more than well in keeping the design element present in the overall look of the crib.

 

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Oilo’s crib bedding:  Need a set with bumpers?  Check!  Need a great skirt that can make a crib look great without bumpers?  Check!  So whichever pattern you  have fallen in love with, and whether you go bumperless or not, Oilo’s got the options for all their sophisticated crib sets.

 

Mid-week Thoughts

This past Friday, the StorkCraft staff surprised me with a baby shower that included a cake with an adorable pair of icing booties and a desk full of gifts and decorations!  Thanks for all the well wishes and the thoughtfulness, StorkCraft!

Tomorrow will be my last day at StorkCraft before I take my maternity leave.  I still have not determined the full amount of time that I will be on this “break” yet, but right now it looks like it will be a full year to ease into being a new mom and being able to visit my parents for a few months.  Hopefully I’ll be able to document my new journey into new motherhood via this blog during this time.

With the birth date being a month away, it seems to me that I will have a bit too much time on my hands, but all my mommy friends say that taking the one month off before the due date is a God-send for having some rest and getting last minute baby purchases and room organized.

How did you spend the weeks leading up to your due date?  Any “must-do” items or things you wished you had done before your baby was born?

 

Two Tone Target

We can’t wait for the Target 365 Cribs by StorkCraft to launch in a few months time (Keep tabs on when they go on sale here at Target)!  The two tone colour is so versitle as it allows you to play with your accent pieces.

For this espresso/white version, you have the option of selecting white dressers for a light and airy look, or espresso ones for a rich and sleek decor.  What do you think of some of these pairings?  One makes use of accessories that can grow up with your child and also transition into other rooms of the house if need be, and the other goes all out with everything cute and adorable.

 

Find all accessories featured below at Target.

 

Look #1:

Starburst Mirror

Target 365 Blue Dot Crib Bedding

Axis Chrome Lamp

StorkCraft Beatrice 5 Drawer Dresser

Vale Open Back Slipper Accent Chair in Primary Bubbles

Pouf

Safavieh Circles Area Rug

StorkCraft Beatrice Combo Dresser

 

 

Look #2:

Zutanoblue Into the Forest Valance

Zutanoblue Into the Forest Crib Bedding

Owl Clock

Lamp

StorkCraft Beatrice 4 Drawer Dresser

Zutanoblue Into the Forest Rug

3 Sprout Fox and Racoon Storage Bins

StorkCraft Beatrice Combo Dresser

 

 

Spring Break: Gettin’ Crafty

For all those parents who have children in school, you’ll know that Spring Break is coming up right along side the Easter holiday.  Any plans for keeping the family occupied?  Here are some craft projects that I have been stashing away on my Pinterest craft board.

 

Milk carton houses:  How cute is this easy craft idea?  Suitable for both boys and girls, your children can create a small neighbourhood to a sprawling city.

 

Dyed Easter eggs:  Ombre is the way to do colour and this mess-free method is one simple option of getting those eggs brightly decorated.

 

Wee Mouse Tin House: Could this be any cuter?  Make use of those empty Altoid tins and scraps of felt and transform them into a little travel play kit that can slip right into your child’s pocket.

 

DIY jet pack:  Halloween is far off, but this DYI project is still perfect for everyday dress-up and running around the yard.

 

 

 

Look’n Good

Thank you to all our blog readers for their feedback on the new 2013 Stork Craft cribs!  We love seeing your comments that tell us if the designs are a “yay” or even a “nay” in your books, as well as the concerns and inquiries that you may have for cribs and Stork Craft products in general.

   If you have been following our Facebook page, you probably have noticed that over the past year we have switched from doing our photoshoots in house to using an amazing studio.  Below are the studio’s take on the Princess 4 in 1 Crib and Santino 3 in 1 CribsLooking pretty good, don’t you think?

 

The studio’s interpretation on decorating around the Princess 4-in-1 Crib shows that this crib really works well as the centerpiece of the nursery.  With all its little details that make it unique, it doesn’t need whole lot of accessories to make it stand out!

 

Previously we had shown the Santino 3 in 1 Crib in white, and here it is in a classic espresso finish.  This darker colour gives the crib depth and richness, but still allows the piece to stay true to its contemporary design.