You see them more and more in the market: baby nests. For those who do not know what a babynest is; it’s a kind of mattress with raised edges or bumpers where you can put the baby to have a rest and to play, preferably without too much distraction. Babynests can be used in the box, on the ground, in the carrycot, in the cradle or in the bed, and between the parents in the parental bed. There is a lot of breeding going on because you see more and more babynests appear at the market in nice designs and beautiful color schemes: Sleepyhead (image below), Filibabba image middle), Jollein, Hoxton, Done by Deer (image above)… and they are offered by a lot of online shops. If you are creative, you can even make one yourself with a pattern online.
How to use a babynest?
You put your baby with his head in the most round part and your baby’s feet are at the bottom between the two ends which are held together with a string or ribbon.
A babynest can certainly prove his service; but the problem lies in the fact that they are used as a sleeping place and are used in cradles and cribs. And this can be dangerous. The raised edges are filled with synthetic padding and can be a risk for your child because he or she can roll over with his face against the bumpers with the risk of suffocation … The strings can be dangerous for your baby too. VeiligheidNL is not in favor of head protection, sleeping items and big soft toys in baby’s bed and discourages the use of a babynest as place to sleep, also in the parental bed. There are better solutions such as a cosleeper next to your bed. So please, let’s take the advice to heart, because of better standards the number of SIDS cases has increased dramatically in The Netherlands.
Advice how to use a babynest
So if you want to buy one: make sure the fabric and filling of air-permeable material and that strings etc. are well concealed. A small nap for your baby is ok, but don’t use a babynest as a sleeping space for your child in crib and cot. And how protective a babynest may seem, make sure you always keep an eye on your baby!
Image baby in light blue babynest: Little Pumpkin
After a week France with plenty sunshine, I am now back in The Netherlands. I am glad to be home, but I have to get used to the cold and gray weather again…So let us go back in the house and make it cozy. My kids used to built tents, in their bedroom, the attic, in the living room, I did’nt mind. With a large sheet or old duvet cover and some clothespins they made great tent homes where they often wanted to sleep in. Of course they dragged with cushions and small tables and here and there it was needed to fasten a line.
Tipi tents are a lot easier to use, it’s unfolding the tent poles, place the tent and that’s it. These Tipi tents are totally hip again and brands bring out special models. So, the sloppy tents with old striped and floral patterns make room for hip Tipi tents which also look very stylish in the children’s room or your living room. They come in uni color, with zigzag, diamonds, retro or Scandinavian style. They are very decorative and it’s also possible to make one yourself if you are a bit handy.
These Tipi Tents are not only nice for older children, even little ones can have fun playing here. Dismantling is easy but of course all the cushions and rugs still must be cleared here. But mom is happy to give a helping hand with that.
Images from the top down: Childhome, Kids Depot, mini Tipi of Maileg, Lifetime Camp Canyon, yellow with diamonds pattern Nobodinoz, bottom image: Taftan.
Looking for new baby toys? In this blog I give you some ideas for new and interesting toys for your baby or toddler!
Very beautiful are the new toys of the Spanish label Oli & Carol. They are made of organic rubber and biodegradable. It is also ok with the pigments because this toy is colored with safe dyes from foods. There are Oli & Carol teethers, toys, cars, boats and a nice retro line.
Also worth mentioning is the new range of Skip Hop. There is a push toy, rattle, phone and stack tower with owls motif. For all young musicians there is a bee rattle a hedgehog accordion and clickclack hedgehog.
The brand Fresk introduces its own toy collection that blends nicely with the beautiful designs of their textile and accessory line. There are nice stacking blocks for training the fine motor skills and learning colors, animals, numbers and letters.
Finished playing? For easy storage there are storage baskets and boxes of Lässig. All made from eco-friendly material and by buying you support charity too. You can choose from different prints: a fox, deer, crocodile, shark, elephant, tortoise or birdie!
You probably already know the brand Boon? Every time they manage to surprise me with beautifully designed and useful products. Now there are some new bath toys. My boys could spend hours playing in the bathtub with their boats, cars, superman and other action figures, in miniature, of course. With these bathtoys they experienced the wildest adventures!
Chomb is a whopper of a whale that opens its mouth with a push of the tail to scoop sea creatures out of the water. The water runs away through the holes in the belly. But what I really find nice is Marco, a small diver that always keeps his head above the water. As Marco’s feet get wet, a light goes on in his helmet and changes color. How cute is that? Ready, steady, dive!
Looking for a new toy for your baby or toddler? Take a look at the nominations for the category Toys & Gifts of the Baby Innovation Award!
I still remember how proud my sons were when their grandfather gave them a real go-kart, not one made of plastic, but from real metal, in bright blue, with pneumatic tires, adjustable seat and a firm steering. A trailer was inclusive. They had so much fun with it riding on the wide sidewalks in our neighborhood with their friends. Until they were too big for this friend and he was left alone in the garage. Fortunately we could make another family happy with it. Berg Toys now comes with a tough go-kart for the little ones named Buzzy go-kart, especially for children from 2 to 5 years. Children can learn to step on this solid go-kart and back pedaling. Seems like a great gift for boys and girls to me!
Also good for the development of the movement of children is the new walker Bontoy Friendimal in the shape of a kind whale. Unique is the way you can use it; for toddlers from 18 months in the low position, but later on with a higher set. Nice design and can be used until your child is 8 years old!
Is your little one still comfortable in the cradle or crib than doomoo Spooky is recommended. This soft cuddly toy is also a night light which radiates a nice soft light. The light turns off automatically after 10 minutes. If your baby starts to cry, Spooky starts to shine again. I like this specially because you can use the cuddly toy or nightlight separately.