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Entries in Nursery Decor (10)

Wednesday
May022012

ZAZA Baby Hammock, Toddler Swing | Product Review

 

When our ZAZA baby hammock arrived at our house, I knew lots of things about it. I knew it was handmade in Israel by a wonderful woman named Robyn, I knew the fabrics used to create the baby hammock + toddler swing were upcycled, frequently vintage and I knew that it was a versatile product that could either be positioned to create a baby hammock, or you could switch it up and make it a comfy swing for a child. I also knew it was a product that The Beast would love. It was just one of those products that I knew would fit in with our family, and who our son is as a tiny human being.

What I didn't expect was how quickly the ZAZA baby hammock and toddler swing would become his everything.

When I say his everything, I mean it. 

Seriously.

It is the place he goes when he isn't feeling well (okay seriously, the worst picture of us EVER, but he was so, so, so, sick with a 104+ degree temperature and all he wanted to do was bounce in his hammock. Yes I said bounce. The bounce kit consists of two huge elastic bungee loops to make the baby hammock + Toddler Swing bounce. By far the greatest ad on ever!) 

It is his snack fort

It is his reading nook

It is the place he goes when he feels the world getting away from him and he needs a happy to cancel it all out (AKA he is mad that he wasn't allowed to do something he wanted to and feels the need to cry about it).  

Don't worry, that is a happy scream! No, really. It is. 

It truly is his space. We live in a nice cozy 900 sq. ft. house, and while our living room is basically his play room, the hammock has really carved out a safe spot that is really, truly,  just his, and when company comes over, if the hammock is hanging up in our living room we just take down the two carabineer and toss it in a closet. 

I could keep blabbing on and on about this product, because it is such a big part of our household, but, I will end it here with a few important things.  

One thing I really, really appreciate about the hammock? The versatility.
If you didn't notice, all the pictures thus far were taken indoors. That is because we (using this term loosely here folks.  I did nothing) installed two really simple eyelet screws into our ceiling so the ZAZA Baby Hammock and Toddler is able to be used indoors. However, since the kit comes with the complete set up for hanging it up in a tree, we just grab the hammock, toss the ropes around the tree (or any other anchor spot), click in the carabineer and we are good to go in 25 seconds, tops. There is no permanent instillation required for the outdoors because Robyn had the foresight to make it easy to set up, and easy to take down. You could even throw it up for a nap at the park. Check out this quick 60 second video that shows you how to set up your ZAZA hammock outside.

 

One thing you should plan on? Having an extra pillow handy
Kids are little, and seats are deep.  To ensure that The Beast is propped up and happy, we almost always end up tossing a pillow in the bottom of the hammock. It also helps when he is napping to support his body.

One thing that isn't lame? Dude, the bounce kit.
A pretty simple thought, but the bounce kit has been one of The Beast's favorite things about the hammock. He loves to sit and bounce, and have us bounce him to sleep - or as he says. "Bow, Bow?". 

One thing I find really interesting? Did you know that indoor hammocks and swings are often used for children with sensory processing disorders and children with Autism? I didn't. 
The Beast doesn't have any sensory processing disorders, and he isn't autistic, but I had no idea that indoor hammocks and swings were used for sensory integration therapy until I started looking into hammocks for The Beast.   

Also, if you are interested in how to hang up an indoor hammock or swing in your house, my husband is putting together a tutorial on how to do it, and I should have it up next week!  

Monday
Mar192012

Way Too Cute | Personalized Throw Pillow

I don't think The Beast owns a single personalized anything. This has me thinking we should change that....

Personalized Throw Pillow by Sara Tams

Wednesday
Jan182012

Cloth Crib Protector | Reader Request

How much wood could an Oliviachuck, chuck, if an Olivia could chuck wood?

Apparently, a whole hell of a lot of wood, because my fantastic friend Morgan sent me a text message asking if I knew of any good non-plastic crib protectors as her daughter Olivia (pictured above with The Beast) had developed a taste for her furniture 

....and do I ever!  

Okay, first things first. What the heck is a Crib Rail Protector?  It is a barrier that goes between the rail of the crib and your child's mouth, because, apparently some kids find crib railings delicious!  The Beast is a lot of things, but he has never been a chewer so I don't have much experience in this department. 

What I will say though, is that after poking around the internets, there seems to be three options for a person who wants to obtain a cloth crib railing. 

Option A - Go the handmade route

Pros:

  • Etsy has some really fun choices
  • There is often with the choice to customize the dimensions/fabric/ties of your order
  • Your purchase makes a difference to a small business

Cons:

  • The cost can be a bit high. There is a reason for it, and a good one, but that doesn't mean that it is always an affordable option 

 

Padded Cloth Crib Rail Protector by Bella Bambino LLC -  3 panels, $75
Crib Teething Guard by Kim Schere's Korner - 1 panel, $40

Option B - Hit up amazon

Pro:

  • The prices are much easier on the bank account 
  • I am sure that they get the job done
  • I am really liking the natural color on the right. Nice and simple. I love me some simple.

Cons:

  • It looks like they only sell single panels for the front, so there isn't the option to customize it for all three sides (if The Beast did chew, I know he would be chewing on the right side of his crib, the side that is closest to the door).


Trend-Lab Crib Wrap Rail Guard for Long Rail, Brown Fleece by Trend-Lab - 1 panel,  $22
Trend Lab Long Narrow Cribwrap Rail Cover, Natural by Trend Lab - 1 panel, $18

Option C - Make it yourself

Pro:

  • You get exactly what you want and how you want it.
  • Customized, but you still have control over the cost
  • It would match perfectly/be organic/be soft...or whatever your cause is. It would suit you perfectly

Cons:

  • You have to know how to sew
  • You have to be willing to sew with out cussing and throwing a sewing machine through your window while yelling explicatives
  • Sometimes, it is just easier to buy stuff

 

(pictured) How to make a cloth crib rail tutorial by Baby Rabies

Here is another tutorial on how to make your own fabric crib rail protector to check out. It is lacking in the step by step pictures, which is important to me, but I would venture to guess a serious sewer would have no issues. 

Parents, have you been there? Any suggestions for my friend Morgan?

 

Friday
Dec022011

A Quiet Place | Boys Reading Nook

1950's Vintage Children's Books from Little Red Polka Dots

Charlotte snickers at me when I say that our home is small (because her home is smaller)- but if we ignore her snickering in the background, then I will freely announce that we have a TINY home and mean it. 

It might be small and always messy but, we love our little home and continue to make the most of it. The boy's play kitchen we made for The Beast was a small part of that, and now our focus is on creating a teeny, tiny little nook (which is being gracious to the 1 ft by 1 ft square I am referring to) for our little bookworm. He has an area in his room where we can read as a family before bed - but you can a kid have too many little places to hide out? 

Not to ruin your thoughts -  but the answer is no. 

Some ideas: 


Upcycled Floor Pillow by Little Miss Loolies 

Floor Cushion by Terra Cotta Home

Child Quietly Reading Print by Little Place


Dragon Art Print by Let's All Make Believe 


Astronaut Boy and Robot Dog by Lets All Make Believe 


Owly Pocket Pillow by Made In A Tree House (the owl has a giant pocket on the back)

....or I could just be lazy and throw this up in a corner. 

Ikea Hanging Chair - Ekorre

Do your kids have a quiet spot in your home that they claim as their own? 

Thursday
Dec012011

I Love Lamp | Constellation Lampshade

Works for me! 
 Constellation Lampshade by Eclu