Bargain Nursery Ideas

January 282013

Do you want to spend a fortune on your nursery or are you satisfied with a cheaper but still stylish and chic lookalike? We’ve bought and received second hand furniture and we’re entirely satisfied with it. They look really good, my son’s IKEA bed has been used for 3 months by another couple who moved away and sold up everything. We got this beautiful bed and mattress for peanuts. There’s nothing wrong with it, our son sleeps well in it too.

Just have a look at these stylish beds and check out the review made by

Splurge: Oeuf Classic Crib, $920 (left)

Steal: Baby Mod Olivia 3-in-1 Crib, $299.88(right)

We’re major fans of the Oeuf brand and the married designers behind it, Sophie Demenge and Michael Ryan. This sleek crib comes in birch ($890) and walnut, offers three positions for the mattress, and converts to a toddler bed (with the additional purchase of the conversion kit, $240). Perhaps most importantly, it’s simply beautiful and well-made.

If you love the look of the Oeuf crib but can’t swing the price, this Baby Mod crib is a close (and much cheaper) alternative. It offers four-level mattress positioning and converts into a daybed or toddler bed using the guard rail conversion kit that’s included.

Oeuf Classic Crib from babygeared, $920

Baby Mod Olivia Crib, $299.88

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Mothers and sons photos

January 222013

This article made me cry. It was almost 9 month ago when I gave birth to my son and looking at these pictures made me really emotional. I always wanted a boy and I got one :)  Jessica Ashley who wrote this post has a son as well and she asked her readers to send photos of themselves ans their sons. I think it was a brilliant idea.

She writes:

I’d always imagined myself as a mother of many girls. Once that boy was in my arms, once I whispered my hellos, there was no space left for any other vision of motherhood.

I’m the girliest of girly girls. Loving and raising this boy has taught me volumes that far exceed the number of pages in What to Expect — on Star Wars and funky smells and manhood and Lego and costumes and itty-bitty boxer briefs and how to make balls (yes, those balls) make sense to a small child.

All of that cannot be covered in all the books in the world. But much of it can be captured in one simple photograph. I asked mothers to send me their favorite photos with their sons and to tell me why that single sweet, silly, momentous or everyday snapshot means so much to them.

Just take a look at these great photos, I love them:

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Educational baby toys

January 152013

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My son is 8 month old and he love playing with basically anything. We bought him different educational toys from Fisher Price and Lamaze baby toys and I find them quite good. Although it’s not easy to choose because there’s a huge selection in the market when it comes to educational baby toys.

I found a good, well-written and short article about this topic. I have to emphasize short because I don’t have much spare time to read at the moment :)

Wooden baby toys

Blocks will always be a solid toy for baby, but today, much research and psychological study goes into developing baby toys. There’s a reason for the colours, the sounds, the lights, the materials and the shape. To choose the best toys for baby, follow these simple steps:

  • Check for sharp edges or rough surfaces as they can cause cuts and splinters.
  • Buy washable, non breakable toys for babies.
  • Anything small enough to fit into a 35mm film canister can choke a child under three.
  • Be wary of toys that make loud noises as they can be harmful to hearing. Particularly toys which are held against the ear, such as walkie talkies and toy mobile phones.
  • Buy for your baby’s age, not six months ahead.
  • Look for toys that grow with baby as she moves through the lying, sitting and standing phases.

I think these tips are pretty helpful and it’s important to bear them in mind.


Small babies just love a playmat. The containment of the mat, with its sides and the gym above, keeps baby feeling safe and secure. They can only see a few centimetres in front of them so they need to feel cocooned, and a playmat does this job well, while at the same time introducing enough stimulation to keep him satisfied. Baby will use a playmat until about 9 months old, so it’s worth investing in a good one.

I agree my son loves his playmat too. It stimulates him and he loves lying on it.

Car, cot and pram toys

As baby starts to reach out to touch things, he’ll need a well positioned and secured dangly toy to help with the development of his motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

We have some pram toys and they can be very entertaining and useful too. It’s worth to buy them.


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