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!
If you put a child from your arms in his crib, crying is often the result. This is because the transition from rocking your baby in your arms (and before that in your womb!) is quite large. Your baby suddenly lies in a cot all alone without movement, without hearing the rumble of your innards, the rustling of your blood and the beating of your heart. Your baby can experience this as very quiet and he or she can feel very uncomfortable.
Now there is a new crib in America, called Snoo which imitates the rocking movement. This crib is an invention of designer Yves Béhar and pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp, known for his methods for helping baby’s to fall asleep. How does it work, I wondered? We all know the rocking cradle, you give it a little push and he rocks until it stops. With Snoo the lower part (bottom) of the cradle rocks back and forth, as long as you want, see video. To prevent that your baby rolls to the side of de crib there is a Snoo swaddle/sleeping bag can be used which is attached to the sides. In this patented swaddle sleep the baby stays in the safest position: on their back. In addition there are several white-noise sounds to listen to, such as a soft rain or sounds of the womb. As your baby is more upset en cries harder, the crib will rock faster en the white noise harder. In this way your baby definitely will fall asleep they think at Snoo!
It’s a nice idea and the design and lining look great. However, I have some doubts about the intense rocking motion, is that good for your child? Also, with us in The Netherlands it’s not recommended to use sleeping bags with belts to fasten them because children can turn over, get tangled or may wriggle out with the risk of suffocation. And what happens when your baby is really upset and awake and you are not there? Then your baby lies in his crib all alone and is rocked back and forth endlessly while he might just wants to be in the arms of his mom or dad.
Snoo can be a solution for falling asleep if you are having sleeping problems. But is this THE solution? You also have to pay a lot of money, more than 1000 euro’s to be precise (exclusive sleeping bag and fitted sheet) and you can only use it until your child is 6 months old.
I was waiting for the embargo of the last press release, but here it is: there is a new trend in strollers: green! And I’m not talking about the bright green colour from tropical countries, but I mean gray-green shades of the Northern Hemisphere, with misty, wild forests with deciduous trees and pinetrees. Green represents growth, nature, hope, life and future. It is a calming color that provides balance and safety. We see that the color palette definitely has changed from bold colors to soft, natural tones inspired by the themes earth, water and nature. Mutsy (see above) was one of the first brands that used melee fabric for their strollers in beautiful nature colours with sturdy stitches. On the last trade fair in Cologne I noticed the new Mutsy Evo Industrial Olive immediately. A beauty! This stroller comes with a cognac-colored leather handle and is available in black, silver or dark gray chasis.
Stokke now comes with an exclusive Trailz Nordic Green Edition. This stroller with its large pneumatic tires really makes a statement. The lining is made of dark green melee and water repellent fabric. A nice combination with the faux leather handles and stitched details. This stroller is ready for a nice walk in the woods, on the moors and on the waterside!
The new Maxi-Cost Nova (above) has a handsfree foldingsystem and big shock absorbing wheels. The new fashion colours are black and silver for the frame and Nomad Blue, Sand en this Green for the seat and carrycot.
The German brand ABC Design surprised me at the fair with new designs and materials that will definitely appeal the Dutch consumer. Like the spicy and manoeuvrable Salsa, available as three- and four-wheeler. The silver frame and black upholstery matches well with the olive green cap.
Joolz fans will be happy to see the Joolz Geo Earth Turtle Green. From Bugaboo we liked this one best in this theme: Bugaboo Cameleon3 in dark khaki and also have a look at the Egg stroller in Forest Green. These colours have been on the market longer but for the whole picture I am glad to mention them.
For the cold winter months a nice warm blanket and foot muff should not be forgotten. Like the new Lodger bunker in Scandinavian style or nice foot muff and warm blanket with forest details from Elodie Details! This really makes you and your baby calm…
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.
Meyco is a brand for blankets established in 1959. Your mother or grandmother will probably know the brand, so many children have slept under a Meyco blanket and still do. The blankets are reliable and safe. They are made of 100% woven cotton in Germany, beautifully finished with the famous feston-stitch, they feel very soft and are suitable for the baby, toddler and childrens bed. Also important: the price is nice. The crib blankets are large so you have enough fabric to tuck your baby in and make up the bed nicely. Meyco is also known for his duodekens which fit in a duvet cover. In the summer you use one of them, when it’s ‘getting colder you attach a second blanket by using Velcro.
Since the take-over by the Dutch brand b-boo this brand for baby blankets really has got an upgrade. The quality already was good, but the looks were old fashioned. Red and orange blankets from the 80 and 90 have been replaced by trendy designs such as clouds, stars, mustaches, zig-zag and dip & dye. New are the designs Flamingo and the beastly funny Animal blankets. All available in beautiful pastels or spicy colors!