If your newborn came home from the hospital and went directly into a crib happily, you're one of the lucky — or brave — ones. For most new parents, it's not that easy to get your wee one into a big crib out of mama's sight line. For many, the perfect compromise between co-sleeping and a full-size crib in the nursery is a bassinet you can fit in your own bedroom for those first few (or, if you're like me, almost six) months of your baby's life. Last month, Stokke introduced the new sleek looking Bounce 'n' Sleep, which transitions from a bouncer to a bed, but the options don't stop there. If you want to keep your bedroom's cool factor up during your baby's short stay, pick up one of the following modern bassinets, sweet enough for baby and stylish enough for you.
See how far you can stretch that dollar. New parents spend a lot of dough on products that are typically designed to last a matter of months. Some manufacturers are aware of the frustration parents feel when their lil ones outgrow the crib, high chair, or swing that they spent their hard-earned money on, and are designing items that evolve as the children grow. From infant recliners that convert into high chairs to changing tables that turn into homework desks, check out six items that will stay in your home for more than one year and can be used for multiple children.
Getting a reservation at Nobu or the Waverly Inn may leave mainstream mamas dining at local eateries, but there's hardly a velvet rope when it comes to a child's dining spot. Even Alexander Schreiber seems to eat like the rest of our tots — in a high chair.
Sure his seating may be on the nicer side, but it's not gold plated or bedazzled with diamonds. Instead, his glamorous mama Naomi Watts picked up a Stokke Tripp Trapp for his eating pleasure. Having seen the chair in action, it's a pretty nifty contraption — the adjustable height and footrest allow a child to grow with it. Unlike many other high chairs, the Tripp Trapp lacks the bulky plastic parts, making it eye candy instead of an eye sore, especially when pulling it up to your dining room table.
If Jane Jetson was your role model growing up, the Stokke Xplory ($1200) may be for you. Though the Orbit Baby title probably suits the space lady better, the Xplory is a suitable choice for the futuristic fashionista.
The innovative design allows parents to push their tots at a higher level via telescoping capabilities, or lower depending on preference, making it less of a back bender for the pusher and a better view for the babe. And, common to many other brands, the Xplory allows for forward or rear-facing positioning.