I didn't do much searching around for my first crib, instead picking up a relatively affordable, simple style from a major retailer. Oh, if I had known then what I know now! Today's crib market is full of modern, stylish, sleek, and just-plain-cool options, with new introductions constantly adding to the baby-bed awesomeness. Five new cribs from Oeuf, Babyletto, Nurseryworks, Dutailier, and DaVinci Baby have me rethinking using my old crib for any future children. Who wants boring when you can have a crib that's this extraordinary?! Keep clicking to check them all out!
You're ready to retire your crib for good, but what to do with that once-so-important piece of furniture? Don't just put stash it in the basement — repurpose it! Yes, you'll have to be a bit crafty to pull these awesome ideas off (I'd consider hiring someone to help with a few of them), but the result is totally worth it. Not only can you feel great about a new, totally customized piece of furniture, you can also pat yourself on the back for being eco-friendly!
Create a chic and calming mood with nursery furniture sets that are hip and modern. With favorites from Babyletto and Oeuf, these cool baby-room furniture collections are ready to turn any nursery into the coolest room in the house. Going with a nursery set — rather than mixing and matching pieces — instantly transforms any room without worrying about whether the pieces go together. Pick up cool crib bedding, and you're ready for baby. Click through to find the perfect collection for your new baby.
There are small nursery spaces, and then there are homes where there's literally no room for baby. Since savvy parents will stop at nothing to accommodate their kids in spaces that are not only functional, but also high in design, we've uncovered seven great nurseries that were converted from closets. Read on and be inspired!
Restoration Hardware Baby & Child never fails to amaze us with its sophisticated, yet kid-appropriate designs, but the furnishings heavyweight has seriously outdone itself this Spring. From the Collette crib, featuring tufted linen sides and a design inspired by Louis XV antiques, to the neoclassic, French gray Emelia Twin-Over-Twin bunk bed with fluted sides and feet, carved floral accents, and a must-add trundle, these pieces will make you want to be a kid again — just for the bedroom. Keep reading for some of the new room designs and furnishings we're loving the most.
The crib is the centerpiece of a lil one's nursery, or is it? According to the Montessori educational philosophy, a mattress placed directly on the floor (of a child-safe room) is the ideal place for a lil one to sleep — the thought being that once the tot can crawl, he can play with the items in his room — meaning the crib has no place in the nursery.
One mama is sharing her adventures in trying to "floor sleep" train her 8-month-old tot. On Tall Tara, Tara shares images and insight into her son's adjustment to the unusual sleeping arrangement — five months into the "experiment" she says he wakes up on the bed approximately 95 percent of the time (though nap time is a whole other story!), while other times he can be found just resting his head on the mattress, or completely on the floor.
Would you consider ditching the crib and relying on a floor bed?
Photos courtesy of: Tall Tara
For the love of all things gray! We can't get enough of the gray trend in nurseries, and we know you can't either. Mamas have increasingly been turning to all shades of gray when it comes to painting the nursery walls, but if you feel like you just don't want to commit to something so bold, why not add a little gray to your baby room decor with a modern gray crib?
- Simple: The Modena 3-in-1 Fixed Side Crib by Baby Mod in Cool Grey ($200) is made of sustainable pine wood, featuring clean lines and simple forms. A perfect — and affordable — fit for a modern nursery!
- Swank: The ever-popular Oeuf Sparrow Crib in Gray ($730) is expertly crafted in Europe from solid birch. It's got the design that mamas love with a gray finish. It's a minimalist's dream come true!
Which do you prefer?
Bumpers begone! The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated their sleep guidelines, officially advocating against the use of crib bumpers for the first time. According to the new findings, bumper pads unequivocally should not be used in cribs because the pads don't prevent injuries, but can cause suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment. Bumpers have been falling out of favor within the medical community for the last several years, with antibumper sentiment gaining major momentum stemming from an article in the September 2007 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics, Deaths and Injuries Attributed to Infant Crib Bumper Pads, and this new AAP report SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations For a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment will likely be the final nail in bumpers' coffin.
Mention the word gray and most people think of a gloomy day filled with dark skies and rain. The moody color does have a tendency to evoke dark thoughts, but when it is put on a spectrum and paired with lighter colors then it can create an elegant nursery that is right on trend this season. We first spotted the emergence of gray nurseries in the Fall Restoration Hardware catalog, and now it is popping up everywhere! Take a look at some fun ways to add the modern color to a baby's room to help convey warmth throughout the year.
Clockwise from top left: Dwell Studio Cars Wallpaper ($6 per sqaure foot), Flensted Mobile Olephants ($42), Olena Boyko Pebble Silk Dupioni Bassinet Set ($924), Ikea Ludde Sheepskin Rug ($40), Restoration Hardware Weathered Rattan Hamper ($119), Benjamin Moore Thundercloud Gray ($53), Bloom Baby Alma Papa Crib ($700), Fatboy Original Beanbag ($239), Olio Sticks Three-Piece Crib Set ($399).
The design of an heirloom wrought iron crib evokes nostalgia and is the preferred crib choice for parents that want to create a luxurious nursery — like Jennifer Lopez. These cribs are expertly crafted and can either feature very intricate details or be sleek and modern. An heirloom wrought iron crib with a simple yet versatile design can make a big statement in a nursery and can be used — and loved — for generations! We've found two such cribs at two very different prices. Take a look and tell us which you prefer.
- Simple: Bratt Decor's Joy Baby Crib ($495) is part of the brand's lower-priced collection, Stephen Bauer Baby. Its geometrical circles and satin finish make this affordable alternative a fresh pick for either a traditional or modern nursery.
- Swank: RH Baby & Child's Milbrook Iron Crib ($849) has a nostalgic design inspired by an antique. The vintage white finish with distressed details gives the crib a timeworn look.