While I was in Ethiopia last week, Bee slept through the night every. single. night. For those keeping score at home, that’s seven nights in a row, something she’s never done in her entire life. (Except for when she’s in the womb, maybe? Can’t be sure.) Anyway, of course it didn’t stick. The very moment mama walked in the door with bags in tow, she was up to her old tricks of waking up multiple times to host crib dance parties at midnight. She knows she’s got a sucker in me, that’s for sure.
If you’ve read this site for more than four minutes, you’ll know that there’s a very special place in my heart (and Bee’s toy chest) for multi-purpose products that can grow from the baby stage to todderdom and beyond. So of course, I was pleased to receive a note from Elisabeth announcing a shop update were I spotted the cleverest blanket of all: Bu! Blankets.
There’s an old English proverb that states “Necessity is the mother of invention.” And in today’s age where it’s never been easier to dream, invent and do, there’s another “mother of invention”: mothers themselves. Take architect Michaela Weiss Kirchner Barfod of Denmark’s newest kid-driven company, Fabelab. Barfod created her company during her baby’s nap times (you’ve heard this story before, right?) to encompass children’s products that encourage storytelling and function. And with the launch of her debut product, The Playful Bird, I’d say she’s well on her way.
I’ve mentioned on Twitter a few times that Bee sleeps through the night, and a few of you have asked for tips on how this miraculous event has occurred. I will say that this is the one area Bee has always excelled in, as she started sleeping through the night at six weeks. (My theory is that she burned up all of her energy screaming at us during the daytime, so she really had no choice but to crash at night.) I will also say what everyone says: every baby is different, so do what you will with these tips. They’ve helped tremendously for us, so I can only hope they’ll do the same for you!:
Oh man; I love love love when readers send in links to awesome places I haven’t yet seen. Hat tip to Megan for introducing me to Petit Pan, which is basically a shop for everything your littles need after 6pm: bedding, bath time robes, kimonos, booties and sleep sacks. How great are these patterns? (I’m eyeing those turquoise booties for Bee!)
LINK: PETIT PAN
p.s. Speaking of sleep sacks, I just discovered them! We swaddled Bee in the Miracle Blanket (which I couldn’t love more), but she started breaking free like a bat on a mission once she turned 3 months old. We picked up this sleep sack a few nights ago and she’s back to sleeping 11 hours straight! I’m going to buy her a pony.
I’ve got cribs on the brain (Bee slept 12 hours straight last night!), and after a bit of hunting, I’m amazed at this smart design. The Rocky from Jall & Tofta is a crib that grows as your wee one does. Perfect for transforming into a big boy/girl bed, or even smart seating for a playroom. So genius, right?
Tip: their magic baby mobiles are darling, as well!
LINK: JALL AND TOFTA
I’ve got a ways to go before it’s time to buy child’s bedding, but how adorable is this paper doll bedding for a little girl’s room? I’m in love!
Purchase this sweet little set for $73 at Rafa Kids.
Los Angeles-based artist Kim Baise creates the most magically detailed nursery mobiles using papier mache and found objects from her daily walks. My favorite? Mobile Home on the Range ($75) , a Western-inspired creation for your favorite tiny cowboy (or cowgirl!).
(Psst: Speaking of nursery decor, enjoy my DIY toy chest on HGTV.com today!)
Every now and then, I’ll stumble upon an image that so perfectly encapsulates everything I want my future kids to enjoy: creativity, daydreams and imagination. Etsy seller Colette Bream‘s styling is as genius as it is inspiring – how badly do you want to hop into a teeny bed and stargaze with your little one?