If you love the look of handpainted murals, but don’t have an artistic bone in your body, check out the Surface Inspired Etsy shop.
Surface Inspired specializes in decals for kids rooms and nurseries, although some of the designs could be adapted to fit in other rooms of your home.
My favorite decals are the nursery decals that can be personalized with your child’s name, such as the cherry blossom tree decal in this post. If you have a nursery with large enough walls, this would be an awesome way to create a distinctive focal point for the room.
You can also choose custom colors for many of the decal designs that are offered, so you can make sure everything perfectly matches the rest of the room.
If you are decorating a nursery, but haven’t decided on your baby’s name yet, you can order a decal and have the name portion sent to you at a later date. My husband and I didn’t pick out a name for our son until about two weeks before he was born, so I think this is a great service for expectant parents.
The decals from Surface Inspired come in multiple pieces so they are easy to install. They are made of matte vinyl to give the appearance of being painted directly onto your wall. They are all supposed to be fully removable, but I wouldn’t count on being able to reposition them too many times. In my experience, decals never remove as cleanly as advertised.
Surface Inspired in based in Vancouver. The shop has been selling on Etsy since 2010 and has a 100% positive feedback rating with over 10,000 sales.
Photo credit: Surface Inspired
If you travel frequently with your child, the Totseat from Svan is a wonderful idea. It’s a fabric sling that attaches to the adult sized chair of your choice to make safe place for a baby or toddler to sit.
The Totseat uses a 3-point adjustable safety harness and fastens securely with a clip. It is designed to fit babies from 8 months through 30 months, although the manufacturer is very clear in stating that babies should never be left in the Totseat unattended.
When you’re finished using the Totseat, you can just fold it up and stick it in your diaper bag. It comes with its own carrying pouch to make it easy to take with you. The seat is machine washable for easy cleaning.
The Totseat is available in six different colors and patterns. It can be purchased on the Svan website for $35.
I would have loved to have had a gadget like this when my son was little. We didn’t eat out much because I didn’t trust him not to make a fuss in a restaurant. But, we’d frequently visit older relatives who didn’t have high chairs handy.
Having a Totseat in the diaper bag would have made it much easier to relax and enjoy meals with our extended family.
Even though the Totseat appears to made for traveling, it might be a good alternative to a traditional high chair if you live in an apartment or small home with minimal space for baby gear.
What do you think of the Totseat? Is this something you’d be interested in using with your baby?
Photo credit: Totseat
Most of the nursing necklaces I’ve seen have struck me as ugly and not something any sane adult woman would want to be seen wearing. But, I actually really like the different colors and styles of necklaces in Kangaroo Care Etsy shop. At first glance, I wouldn’t assume that these were for nursing moms.
The necklaces are made with crocheted covers and juniper wood, oak wood, or apple wood beads. There are lots of different colors and styles to choose from, including neutral earth tone necklaces as well as bright rainbow colored necklaces. They’re not exactly appropriate for the office, but they all look cute enough to wear with most of your casual outfits.
All of the Kangaroo Care necklaces are 100% natural, vegan, and eco-friendly. They are made with colors and textures that invite baby to look, touch, and explore. They are completely safe for your child to chew on, although you should never leave your baby unattended with the necklace.
Prices for the Kangaroo Care necklaces vary depending upon the style you select and how many beads are used in the necklace. The cheapest necklaces are $12 and the most expensive ones are $29. So, this would be a very affordable baby shower gift idea for a nursing mom.
Kangaroo Care has been selling on Etsy since 2011 and has had over 8,000 sales. The owner of the shop lives in Estonia, but the shipping fees to the United States and Canada are still very reasonable.
Did you use nursing necklaces with your baby? If so, what do you think of the necklaces in the Kangaroo Care Etsy shop?
Photo credit: Kangaroo Care
Although I love the Monsters, Inc. movie, it wouldn’t have occurred to to use this as inspiration for a boy’s nursery theme. Yet, somehow, I think this adorable Kids Line bedding set from the Toys R Us website works.
Even though most of us would think of monsters as too scary for a baby’s nursery, it’s hard to interpret this set as anything but cute and cuddly.
The bedding is cute and colorful, with lots of different textures for baby to enjoy. I would have personally gone with a darker color for the comforter background since I had trouble with my son’s light colored nursery bedding staining easily, but overall I think it’s a nice departure from the traditional sports-themed nursery options for boys.
I also like that it’s not immediately obvious that it’s based on licensed Disney Pixar characters. I had to look twice before my brain registered the blue monster as Sulley.
The Monsters, Inc. four piece crib bedding set sells for $159.99. It includes:
Other Monsters, Inc. nursery decor items on the Toys R Us website include:
What do you think? Would you consider a Monsters, Inc. themed nursery for your little boy or would you prefer a more traditional nursery theme?
Photo credit: Toys R Us
If you love getting packages in the mail and enjoy checking out cool new baby products, check out Citrus Lane.
Citrus Lane boxes are for kids from birth to three years of age. You can choose your child’s age level when you sign up so that the surprises each month are things you can enjoy right away. Read more…
Since it’s impossible to hold on to your baby all day long, a good baby seat is a must if you have a little one at home. If you’re looking for a seat that can grow with your child, the Baby Snug seat from Mamas & Papas is a great choice.
The Baby Snug seat is designed to be used with children ages 3 months to 18 months. You start off using the seat with the colored insert, then remove the insert to create a bigger seat that your baby can enjoy after his first birthday. The seat can be used with or without the tray, which gives you even more flexibility. Read more…
If you’re expecting a little one soon, take a look at the Jamboree collection from Mamas & Papas. A favorite baby brand in Great Britain, Mamas & Papas recently started making their stuff available to customers in the US.
The Jamboree collection is a modern take on the traditional circus nursery theme. The colors are slightly muted, but the design incorporates lots of different textures for added visual appeal. The bedding set, for example, features hand quilting, intricate embroidery, and colorful appliques. Read more…
I’m past the stage of needing baby quilts, but I would have loved to have had this quilt to display in my son’s nursery.
The 100 Good Wishes baby quilt is based on a custom from China. The 100 Wishes Quilt or Bai Jia Bei is made when your friends each contribute a decorated quilt square as a show of love for the new baby. The squares are then sewn together into a quilt that becomes a family heirloom that is passed down from generation to generation. Read more…
When my son was born, we tried our hardest to decorate the nursery with items that could easily be repurposed as he got older.
For example, instead of a changing table, we had a dresser with a cloth changing pad on top of it. Instead of a toy box with cartoon characters on it, I picked up bright plastic bins in different shades of blue that we’re still using eight years later. Read more…