The combination play yard/travel crib is one of the most ubiquitous items in new parents' homes. Unfortunately, they're usually unbelievably complicated to open and close — and don't try to transport it to grandma's house unless you've been lifting weights, as they usually weigh a ton. Thankfully, a new generation of travel cribs are lighter, less expensive, and easier to assemble than ever before. We've rounded up five of our favorites, so go ahead and book that camping trip or visit with family; your tot will rest comfortably in any of these finds, and your back won't be in pain for the trip home!
Decorating a nursery can be a bit of a challenge when keeping baby's gender a surprise. Instead of sticking with basic brown, add a pop of color to your lil's nursery with a vibrantly colored crib! These cribs fit with any nursery theme and are anything but boring. From modern design to classic curves, click through for colorful and fun unisex cribs perfect for any tot.
When you first have a baby, it's hard not to get swept up in the joy and excitement, and going overboard on purchases is usually a given. Granted, there are many items your baby doesn't really need, but there are a handful of products that are best to buy new. Here's what you should refrain from borrowing, or from buying used or secondhand to keep your baby happy, healthy, and most of all, safe!
- Car Seats: I know a car seat may be the last thing you want to buy new for your baby, but here's why you should: car-seat designs are constantly changing and evolving. Older car seats may have been recalled (many are), or maybe it was in a crash or has missing parts. Even if a secondhand car seat looks perfectly fine, you don't want to take the chance and put the safety of your baby in jeopardy.
Sleep is for the green. People want to be eco-friendly, but at what price? The Nook Pebble Mattress ($610) is ergonomically-designed to provide a comfortable, non-toxic sleep environment for baby's first few years. The 100 percent natural latex core eliminates the need for the usual metal springs and plastics, and a wool fabric weave is said to help facilitate the flow of oxygen in and around a sleeping tot – helping them sleep longer and deeper.
The sleep system's unique, washable Pebble Wrap serves as both a mattress pad and crib sheet with a eucalyptus-infused cotton that eliminates odors and repels fluids, dust mites, and other nursery pathogens. Modern nursery items like these are incredible and on lots of mama's wish lists, but how many parents can actually afford them?
Given the short amount of time that a baby uses most products, it makes sense that some companies design baby gear that also grows with them. Made from eco-friendly bamboo, the Castor & Chouca Hop! Bassinet-Trolley ($415) is a bassinet with plexiglass sides to easily view baby without having to peer over the top. When the lil one has outgrown the newborn bed, the item can be used as a toy box.
Would you seek out the Hop! Bassinet-Trolley, or is it trying too hard to be multi-functional?