On Our Radar: July 24, 2014

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WHO: Baby Lit’s new board books let you introduce the classics before she can even talk.
WHAT: Jane Austen and Shakespeare for the baby-set.
WHEN: Nothing says bedtime like Goodnight, Mr. Darcy.
WHERE: babylit.com

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WHO: HoneyBee Child SwingEase turns a regular old swing into a baby / toddler swing.
WHAT: The smart design also folds up so you can stash away in the diaper bag.
WHEN: 6-36 months, under 40 pounds.
WHERE: honeybeechild.com

WHO: Life In Play’s Organizer turns any handbag into a diaper bag.
WHAT: Thanks to Kickstarter, the days of having to buy a less-than-stylish diaper bag are numbered.
WHEN: Pre-order now, receive it in October.
WHERE: lifeinplaycompany.com

WHO: Polagram app allows you to order prints of photos/Instas, and they arrive super fast via the post office, so you can enjoy IRL.
WHAT: That’s. So. Meta.
WHEN: Past, present, and future become one.
WHERE: apple.com

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Step-By-Step Transition To A Big-Kid Bed

Everyone knows the cardinal rule of infant slumber – never (ever) wake a sleeping baby.

We’d like to propose an amendment: never (ever) rush the transition of that sleeping baby from their happy crib to a big-kid bed. One cannot overstate the value of a child who sleeps unstirred through the night.

How do you know when it’s time to say “buh-bye” to the crib?

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You need the crib for #2


Leave yourself plenty of time to make the transition before your new arrival makes an appearance. Too much change all at once (new sibling, new bed, new room) is never easy – no matter your age.


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Jailbreak!


If Junior is climbing his way out every night – it’s not safe to keep him behind bars any longer.

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More space, please.


While we’ve known littles who have slept in their crib until age 4, we also know not-so-littles who needed more room to spread out. You know your kid’s limbs best – trust your instincts.


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So, you’ve decided it’s time to transition. Now what?

If you purchased a convertible crib, you’re in luck. Simply convert to a toddler bed. Toddler beds use the same mattress and sheets as your crib. Most come with attachments that serve as a bed rail. All you need to add is a pillow.

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Toddler Pillows


Don’t go for extra fluffy – the smaller the better. Remember they’ve been resting their head flat on the mattress happily for quite some time.
See our picks >


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Toddler Bed Sheet Sets


Pre-packaged sets come with fitted and top sheets. Our recommendation: hold off on the top sheet until he’s got the sleeping in one place thing down. We spent the first few weeks detangling our sleeper from the unnecessary layer of fabric. See our picks >


If the crib doesn’t convert, how do you choose what’s next: a toddler bed or a twin/double?

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If space is an issue


consider a toddler bed. They’re close to the ground (in case of falls) and the abbreviated height makes purposeful departures
(i.e. midnight potty breaks) easier to accomplish. They also use the same size mattress as a crib, so there’s no need to add that to the tab. See our picks >


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However, if you have the space


to go big – do it. This will be your kiddo’s bed for the foreseeable future. For a regular bed (twin or double), you need a bed rail. Try and position the bed with one side against a wall – this will minimize sides your sleeper can slip off of. If the bed doesn’t work against a wall, you will need two rails. See our pick >


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we opted to not use rails


and lined the ground beside our kiddo’s twin bed with bean bags that we repurposed in the playroom after falling out of bed was no longer an issue.
And, of course you’ll need new sheets. Let your little help you pick the designs to get them excited about the change. Some of our favorites: Little Auggie, Mia & Finn, Dwell Studio, Unison Home, Biscuit Home.


- The Extras -

1. If you have stairs and haven’t gated them yet, now is the time. Munchkin, KidCo and Summer Infant are all reliable brands whose sites walk you through finding the right solution for your space.

2. Add a nightlight in the hallway and the bathroom, so independent littles can make their way to the bathroom in the dark. We’re drawn to these kitschy versions of a gummy bear or kitty cat. Or you could go all out (it doubles as a piece of art!) with Mr. Maria’s giant bunny.

3. Teach them when to stay in bed and when to rise with a nifty nightlight clock. It’s About Time, Nuk, KID’Sleep, Onaroo, and GoodNite Lite are all good options.

4. Don’t make any changes to their bedtime routine. Keep nightlight, sound machines, woobies, and rules consistent.

And hope for the best.

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Homepolish Nursery

We loved the concept of Homepolish as soon as we heard about it: bringing the bespoke experience of working with an interior designer down to earth by charging a reasonable hourly rate vs. a project rate plus commissions, markups, and whoknowswhat else like the traditional model entails. We weren’t the only ones who thought it sounded like a great option – W Magazine digital director Christina Caldwell partnered with Homepolish designer Morgan Colletta for her new three-bedroom apartment in New York’s West Village. Here’s a peek at the nursery and toddler’s room!

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1. Crib, Oeuf 2. Chevron Rug, Land of Nod, 3. Rocking Chair, RH Baby & Child 4. Mobile, Moulin Roty 5. Wall Decals, Jesabi 6. Stuffed Animals, Jellycat

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1. Bookcase, Oeuf 2. Framed Animal Photos, Sharon Montrose 3. Stuffed Animals, Jellycat

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1. Play Table, RH Baby & Child 2. Play Chairs, Land of Nod 3. ABC Play Mat, Giggle 4. Play Tent, House Inhabit 5. Numbers Storage Bins, Land of Nod 6. Stacking Storage Bins, RH Baby & Child

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1. Big Lego Storage Bins, Giggle 2. ABC Play Mat, Giggle

To see the whole apartment, head over to homepolish.com.

Photos Courtesy of Homepolish

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