Shopping for special moms-to-be and children in your life? Check off your list at Newport Cottages Fashion Island!
1. Melissa & Doug 6ft Giraffe 2. Newport Cottages High Chair 3. Blabla dolls 4. Bunk Beds for boys and girls 5. Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets 6. Jelly Cat stuffed animals 7. Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bags 8. Melissa & Doug Trunki 9. Oopsy Daisy Night Lights 10. Baby Legs
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Thank you to all those who attended our Celebration of Hope last Friday October 28th! We could not have done it without our lovely co-hosts Little Crown Interiors and Full Spectrum Photography, our sponsors Dress My Party, Cameron Hughes Wines, Project Nursery, The Zen Mom and Brenes Sound and our contributors Arbonne, Cakewalk Desserts, In Stitches, Melissa & Doug, Momma’s Makin’ Money, Oopsy Daisy, OpenSky, Party Lite, Prego Ristorante, Wrapadoo and Zarbee’s. Thank you especially to our gracious guest-of-honor Laila Ali. We hope everyone had as wonderful a time as we did.
If you are in the area, please join us Friday October 28th from 5pm to 7pm at Newport Cottages Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California for a Celebration of Hope benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We are thrilled that celebrity mom and Hope crib owner Laila Ali will be joining us for this special event hosted by Newport Cottages and Little Crown Interiors and sponsored by Project Nursery and Cameron Hughes Wines. The first 50 attendees to make a donation for breast cancer research will receive a glamorous gift bag! We hope to see you there!
If you didn’t have a bunk bed as a kid, didn’t you wish you had one? Every kid loves bunk beds. It is generally recommended that a child should be at least 6 years old before he or she sleeps in a bunk bed. Your child should be able to climb in and out easily on his or her own. Our bunk beds can be set up as a pair of twin beds until your child is ready. Don’t set them up if there are younger siblings not allowed on them. It’s just mean and they’ll find a way up there anyway. Newport Cottages bunk beds can accommodate a trundle, maximizing sleeping space. Our bunks also allow enough space for an average height adult to sit on the bottom bunk with their child—great for story time!
Some parents choose to forgo the toddler bed altogether. If you’d rather put your toddler straight into a “big kid bed”, you’ve got a multitude of options. A twin bed is the classic first choice. Many kids stay in a twin bed until they are ready to go to college. A trundle can be added for additional sleeping space for guests. For a toddler transitioning into the big bed, you might consider starting him out on the trundle or pulling out the trundle at night so if he rolls out of bed, he rolls onto another bed. If space allows, a full or queen sized bed is a good option. Just be sure to allow enough play space in the room. Either of these sizes carries through the teen years easily. For reference, a full bed is about the same length as a twin. A standard twin mattress measures 39×75, a full measures 53×74 and a queen measures 60×80. A headboard only or open foot style bed like our Turned Post Bed works well in a smaller child’s room. Footboards can sometimes seem to cut off the space in a room. Any of our beds can be ordered headboard only for 60% of the retail price.
So, your sweet little baby has crawled out of the crib—what next? No matter your baby’s age, if he or she will not stay in the crib, it’s time to transition your Newport Cottages crib to a toddler bed. All of our cribs convert to toddler beds very easily. Your mattress support should already be adjusted to the lowest level by this time. Simply take off one or both of the side gates and your crib is now a little bed! If rolling out is a concern, a toddler rail kit can be purchased for $150.
For added safety and support, and in keeping with our all wood philosophy, we’ve upgraded our mattress support system to a solid wood platform. This new platform supports your crib mattress more evenly than the traditional metal spring system. The wood support is just like the bunky boards used on our bunk beds. When you are ready to convert your crib to a toddler bed, simply remove one or both side gates, remove the Y-brackets from the support and lower the support onto the crib’s stabilizer bars. A toddler guard rail can be purchased separately.
Last week, Chicago made big baby safety news by becoming the first city in the U.S. to ban the sale of crib bumpers. Crib bumpers were originally introduced to keep babies from getting their heads or other limbs stuck in the crib slats before federal regulations required slats to be closer together. According to the Juvenile Products Manufacturer’s Association (JPMA) and, as recommended by the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP),
If bumper pads are used, remove them when the baby begins to stand so that they can’t be used as a step. Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, soft or pillow-like bumpers, stuffed toys and other soft products from the crib.
In general, if you plan to use crib bumpers, it is recommended that you use flat bumpers that attach securely around the inside of the crib, rather than thick, pillow-like bumpers.
What do you think? Do you use or plan to use crib bumpers? Do you think they should be banned altogether or should parents be able to choose? What does your pediatrician recommend?