Finding the Perfect-Sized Baby Blanket for Every Stage
Finding the Perfect-Sized Baby Blanket for Every Stage
Learn about the different types of baby blankets, what to look for, and how long a baby blanket should be based on the size and needs of your little one.
As a new parent, you have so many questions - and sifting through the endless information online can get overwhelming. Even when you've watched a YouTube tutorial on how to wrap up your newborn like a baby burrito and received an avalanche of advice from every friend and family member, some subjects remain mystifying. If you're like me, you didn't know where to start when it came to baby blankets. How many do you need? What type of blanket is appropriate? What size should they be? What is the best baby blanket material? Does any of this really make that much of a difference?!
Well, the answer to the last question is yes. Having the right blankets for the job can make naps and bedtime just a little more blissful, but using the wrong blankets can be dangerous for newborn babies. Choosing a well-sized baby blanket is essential.
This article will explore different kinds of blankets, how to find the perfect size, and what to look for when you're on the hunt for a new baby blanket. If you're interested in learning more about blanket materials, like how to decide between organic cotton vs. organic muslin fabric and other questions, check out our article on the best organic materials for baby blankets.
Beginner’s baby blanket briefing
What makes a blanket a baby blanket? In short, baby blankets are typically softer, thinner, and smaller than blankets made for adults. A baby’s skin is much more delicate and sensitive than an adult’s, making softer blankets essential! The different types of baby blankets you can find for your little one are all made with babies’ comfort and growth in mind, but each is crafted for a particular stage. Take a look at the most common types of baby blankets and when they come in handy for your little one.
Preemie blankets, also known as NICU blankets, are meant to cover and comfort the smallest of us. Infants born before a pregnancy’s 37th week are considered premature and can be as small as one pound! Having a blanket that can safely hold such a small newborn is incredibly important. Preemie blankets vary in size but are usually square or rectangular (ranging from 18 by 18 inches up to 30 by 30 inches) and must be very soft to the touch to care for their especially delicate skin. Preemies may spend most of their first days or even weeks away from their parents. A preemie blanket that mom or dad has held helps babies associate the comfort of the blanket with the smell of their parents, and can even lower baby’s stress levels and promote better sleep.
A receiving blanket is a thin blanket designed in a square or rectangular shape. You'll recognize these as the sturdy cotton blankets most hospitals use to swaddle your baby when they are first born. While still soft to the touch, receiving blankets are made for durability as they'll be used for everything from swaddling to burping. There's a reason these multi-use blankets are often sold in packs! They'll follow your baby from the bassinet to the stroller to the car seat. They’re also the perfect blanket to drape over your shoulder as you bounce and pat to work out those gas bubbles. As most experienced parents will attest, keeping several receiving blankets on hand at all times, from infancy all the way up until the toddling begins, makes life much easier!
A swaddle blanket is specially designed for swaddling your baby. Swaddling, or wrapping a newborn up securely so they are unable to wiggle out of the blanket, is a technique used for a few reasons. It provides comfort and security for new babies, but it also keeps them from scratching themselves in their sleep with tiny, surprisingly sharp fingernails. Swaddle blankets are traditionally smaller than receiving blankets. They typically have two winged sides, which do the wrapping part of a baby burrito, and a triangular, rectangular, or pocketed bottom to tuck up the baby’s feet. While you can use almost any type of blanket to swaddle your tot, having a blanket designed with that purpose in mind can be quite a help in the middle of a long, restless night.
Crib blankets, sometimes called toddler blankets, are larger blankets meant for covering older kiddos who are still sleeping in cribs. This type of blanket can be made in a variety of different sizes, shapes, and fabrics. The blanket dimensions of a crib blanket are often based on the typical sizes of crib mattresses, most commonly standard size and mini. Toddlers and older children sleeping in cribs still look for the same comfort as new babies, and a comfy, specially-chosen blanket can make bedtime a little bit less stressful.
Security Blankets & Loveys
A security blanket is a special type of blanket meant to be part blanket, part soft toy. They are usually made of fleece or plush material and may even have a stuffed animal attached. Security blankets should be durable as they will likely see a great deal of use, both from snuggling infants and from active toddlers who drag them along behind everywhere they go.
Similarly, the lovey is a very small blanket, usually 13 inches square, with a plush animal head attached to one end, as though the blanket was its body. While they make fun baby shower gifts and comforting soft toys, loveys do not provide much in the way of coverage and warmth.
How long should a baby blanket be?
When it comes to baby blankets, the size of the blanket makes a big difference for comfort and durability. You want one that is big enough to keep your baby warm, but not so big that the size overwhelms them. The standard baby blanket size is 45″ by 45″ to 60,” offering versatility and long-lasting use throughout the speedy development of little ones. A blanket of this average size can be used as bedding, a floor mat, a stroller blanket, or even as a wall hanging to decorate your baby’s nursery. You can also find blanket size charts online to reference when determining the size of baby blanket and type of blanket for whatever stage your little one is in.
As much as we'd like to build a cozy, squishy nest for baby, the extra floof can create a suffocation hazard, increasing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), it is unsafe to keep blankets, soft toys, or pillows in a newborn baby's crib until they are at least 12 months of age. Likewise, when using swaddle blankets in a crib, be sure to use safe sleep practices. This includes putting a child on their back every time you lay them down, as it’s important that babies sleep on their backs. In addition, when babies are swaddled, they should be monitored to ensure they don’t roll over in their sleep. If they start rolling over while sleeping, it may be a sign that swaddling isn’t appropriate for them.
The blanket pattern can also make a difference. A blanket with a lovely crochet pattern looks beautiful and inviting, but the loose weave of a crochet baby blanket or knitted baby blanket can tangle and trap little fingers. It's best to avoid crochet in the crib until at least 12 months of age.
fawn & forest
fawn&forest's collection of organic cotton baby blankets and quilts are just the right size for your baby. Our swaddle blankets and sleep sacks soothe your little bundle of joy, keeping them comfortable and warm so you both can get a good night's rest.
Like all of our collections at fawn&forest, we've given particular care to find only the highest-quality materials, from organic cotton with an extra-soft feel to high-comfort merino wool. We choose our favorite organic baby and toddler blankets not only for their exceptional eco and organic fabrics but for durability and long-lasting comfort. Discover beautifully crafted blankets to swaddle your baby, keep them warm in their crib, and follow you on all your adventures.
Enabling Open-Ended Play for Your Preschooler
Enabling Open-Ended Play for Your Preschooler
Preschool is a time of swift and significant development for children, from learning to toss a ball to using descriptive language to tell detailed stories, and reaching each milestone is a moment of joy and wonder for you as a parent. As your child grows into a preschooler and their curiosity grows with them, you’ll feel that same sense of awe each time they discover something new.
Play at this stage of your little one’s development seems simple enough, but it’s as essential as every other area of learning. Parents quickly discover that the cardboard box from the new dryer can entertain a kiddo for a day or longer, but what other ways are there to spark your child’s imagination and problem-solving while developing their fine motor skills? That’s where open-ended play steps in!
What Is Open-Ended Play?
Open-ended play, also called free play or unstructured play, happens when your child participates in activities that don’t have a specific goal or end result. This includes the open-ended activities with the cardboard box, yes, but also creative play with toys, household items, art supplies, or even just their imagination!
The play activities in an open-ended play session can vary quite a bit, but the one thing they all have in common is that your child chooses for themselves how to spend their playtime. Without instructions or rules to follow and no predetermined way to end their activity, children use their curiosity and individuality to make their own decisions on what path to take.
Benefits of Open-Ended Play
Play time for young children can often be highly structured, especially in settings where the little ones greatly outnumber the caregivers! Activities with clear instructions that guide children to a specific conclusion or objective, like a school lesson or a science experiment, will play a large role in developing their ability to focus, follow instructions, and think ahead. Even games can take on a rigid structure with strict rules and a concrete end goal. While these close-ended activities are clearly important, unstructured learning activities are equally valuable.
Creative, open-ended play with parents or other peers helps children learn social-emotional skills like bonding, respecting others, communicating, and balancing personal emotions with the emotions of others. Imaginative play can also improve academic skills, decrease destructive behavior, improve concentration and focus, and even have a calming effect on children. This type of play time is particularly important during early childhood, with children around 2-5 years old gaining the most benefit.
Examples of Open-Ended Play for Preschoolers
Below are some examples of unstructured activities and play ideas to help you encourage open-ended play for your preschooler. The suggestions here range in complexity and can be modified for children of any age. As you read through, think about your own unique child and what might inspire or encourage them the most.
Imaginative play occurs when a child role-plays experiences that are of interest to them. There are a number of benefits imaginative play contributes to a child’s development, including growth in their creativity and thinking skills.
Support imaginative play by asking open-ended questions or offering prompts such as, “Tell me about the toy you’re using.” Open-ended prompts like this are an excellent tool for guiding a child to use their language in a situation where there is no right or wrong answer. Your child can be successful just by telling you what’s on their mind!
Beyond that, you can use pretend play toys as prompts. These toys show the simplicity of imaginative play. Only a few props are needed, like a doll buggy or field tent, to light that creative spark. Whether they like to cook and clean with a kitchen set, put on a show with a magic kit, or play dress up, there’s something for everyone. When you provide that spark, your child's imagination will burn all the brighter.
Most children’s toys you see are specifically designed plastic pieces with all the bells and whistles included. While these toys certainly play a role in your child’s creative play, more often, you spend a lot of money without receiving much educational value, as the concrete design inhibits children from expanding their play. Wooden toys, however, offer more benefits than the latest trendy toys.
While they aren’t always as flashy as plastic, battery-operated toys, one of the primary advantages of wooden toys is that they require your child to use their own imagination to play. Open-ended toys like wood building blocks, play silks, or magnetic tiles help them develop those essential fine motor skills. The possibilities contained within even a simple set of building toys are nearly limitless and allow your little one to stretch their imagination, conjuring entire worlds of their own.
Another thing to consider is that thoughtfully designed toys like those made from wood can withstand loads of use and still look brand new. Because natural toys are so durable, they can be used by multiple children in your family and still be handed down for generations after.
Art Projects and Music
Children are creative, unhindered little beings and often need little more than basic art and music supplies to design endless masterpieces. Finger paints and pint-sized musical instruments might be the first things that come to mind, but there is a much wider range of open-ended materials that can inspire artistic thought in children. Playdough, crayons, printables to color in, pom-poms, stickers, and paint brushes are a great start.
Wooden art and musical toys are amazing for a preschooler's development. Research shows that playing and learning environments featuring natural elements like wood can help a child concentrate, focus, and even calm down more effectively than ones with electronic toys. Musical toys have been shown to support everything from creativity and language development to memory and emotional intelligence.
Having an art or music area with lots of options gives your child the chance to make their own DIY art without the structure that often comes with learning a craft. It’s important that they know, you can’t mess up in art!
The sense of touch is a meaningful way your preschooler learns. While babies experience the world by putting as much of it as they can in their mouths, preschoolers use their hands to explore. Ensuring they have a safe environment to interact with is one of the challenges that every parent faces. You want your child to have the freedom to investigate while also preventing them from putting little fingers where they could get hurt.
Sensory play activities are an excellent way to achieve this. You can set up a sensory bin: a large container full of sand, uncooked rice, dried beans, or even water, to which you add household items like scoops, cups, funnels, kitchen utensils, or open-ended toys. Your kiddo can touch, pour, pinch, move and sort to their heart’s delight.
Water tables and sandboxes are also options if you have the space. This type of open-ended play gives your child the chance to learn through hands-on, tactile play, engaging their senses. Sensory bins can even have themes for different seasons and holidays!
As your child grows, they will naturally want to explore their surroundings. For preschoolers, it’s an adventure!
One option to encourage their sense of exploration and discovery is a push and ride toy. Ride-on toys have numerous benefits parents will love, from developing gross and fine motor skills to supporting critical thinking. Options with fully-functional components, like dashboards, give kiddos the chance to manipulate the materials and practice fine motor skills. And as they push themselves around, young children also get to build gross motor skills and critical thinking skills, experimenting with different surfaces while staying atop their toy. They’re the perfect explorative toys for naturally-curious preschoolers and 2-3 year-olds.
You can further feed their love of adventure with a nature walk and scavenger hunt. Take a walk with your child through a park or even your own backyard and encourage them to look for objects or creatures by using open-ended questions and prompts. You may be surprised by what they find!
Designing Spaces for Open-Ended Play with Fawn&Forest
As you design your child’s play area, focus on using the space to give them visual cues of what type of play is where. A table set-up suggests they should sit and play with small blocks, puzzles, and drawing tools. A cozy tent with soft throw pillows in one corner might suggest a place to read or play with a truck. Another corner may hold a workshop outfitted with pretend play tools or a pretend kitchen complete with the accessories needed for creative play. By setting up these separate play areas, you give boundaries while supporting their use of imagination and creativity.
Teaching your child that everything has its place will help you both maintain a safe and organized home. A good storage system in the form of shelves, cubbies, or toy boxes is essential in a child’s play area design. Find dual-purpose furniture in our collection like multi-size cubbies, perfect to let kids view play options and learn where to put their toys away, even in small spaces.
At fawn&forest, we’ve gathered our favorite modern toys for infants and kids to keep your child entertained and kick off their development through open play. You’ll also find all the furniture you need to design a safe, comfortable play space for everyone. Our focus on healthy growth and development is an essential part of what drives us, and our collection of playroom products was chosen with that same care.
Glider vs. Rocker: Choosing The Right Nursery Chair For You
Glider vs. Rocker: Choosing the Right Nursery Chair for You
The perfect nursery chair does more than simply let you create a gentle rocking motion to soothe a tired little one. Whether you use it for cuddles, breastfeeding, or storytime with your new baby or toddler, your nursery chair should offer comfort and security to you both.
Rockers and gliders have withstood the test of time with parents around the world. Still, many new parents, and those redecorating their homes, struggle to decide between a glider or a rocker. If that sounds like you, consider the benefits of each outlined here - and how a new nursery chair will fit in your home.
What Is the Difference Between a Glider and a Rocker?
Both rocking chairs and gliders can provide the swaying motion trusted to comfort a fussy baby and a worn-out new parent, but each offers a unique set of styles and benefits for your family and your home.
The arched legs of a rocker or rocking chair offer soft, limited movement from front to back, allowing you to rock your baby to sleep gently. Rocking chairs typically have a larger footprint in the room than a standard chair due to the length of the arc, as well as a more intense rocking motion.
Historically, rocking chairs were made of wood and wicker and unpadded or only lightly padded. Modern rockers, however, come in a range of well-crafted materials and unique styles to match the aesthetic of any living room or nursery with comfort and coziness.
A compact glider fits neatly in smaller spaces while offering the same comfort and aesthetic appeal as a rocker. Gliders also have a wide range of designs and styles but are most often padded for comfort. In contrast to the intense motion of the rocker, glider chairs operate on a fixed track, creating a level gliding motion.
The best nursery gliders have other features such as a recliner, a locking mechanism for the gliding track, or a functional ottoman. Additionally, modern options like swivel gliders can offer a larger range of motion when needed.
Considering Style, Space, and Function for Your Nursery Chair
Regardless of the nursery chair you choose for your space, there are important features to look for before you make your decision. When deciding on a nursery chair, consider these factors to ensure you find a piece that best matches your needs.
Comfort for You Both
The nursery chair you chose will be a place for you and your baby to relax, whether for breastfeeding, napping, or just sharing some quiet time. With that in mind, you should choose a chair that not only feels comfy, but gives you the room you need to move around, adjust a nursing pillow, or hold your baby in a position that helps them feel secure.
Look for cushioned arms, a back high enough to support your head, a seat cushioned with dense foam or springs, and that extra room to move around and get comfortable.
A proper nursery chair is built to last. You’ll want a piece of furniture that will stand up to decades of use. Look for fray-resistant upholstery that will endure months of spit-ups, spills, and squirmy infants, and easy-to-clean chairs with or without machine-washable covers. Your nursery chair should function in your home long after your babies become toddlers and the quiet of your baby’s room becomes a playroom filled with excitement and energy.
Safety and Security
Speaking of the transition from nursery to playroom, you’ll also want a chair that will be safe for little fingers and toes once your new baby becomes a not-so-little one and wants to explore every nook and cranny of the nursery. Find gliders with a locking mechanism that halts the gliding motion when the chair isn’t in use. A lock can also keep you from struggling to stand up in the middle of the night while holding your sleeping child.
Fitting Your Unique Space
Every home is unique, thoughtfully filled with furniture and decor that fits your style and space - and your nursery is no exception. The amount of space available in the nursery or set aside in your living room will be important for your decision.
Rockers typically take up more space than gliders, which tend to be more compact. However, adding extra features, like a matching ottoman so your glider can function as a recliner, may require more space. Proper measurement of the room - with at least some idea of the placement of the rest of the nursery furniture - is essential.
Modern rocking chairs and gliders often offer additional features beyond a recliner function, swivel, or footrest. Some have built-in USB ports you can use for charging your phone or plugging in a pump or white noise machine. Others feature side tables or cup holders and have adjustable options to fit your growing family. For those who are tight on space, some nursery chairs even have storage for baby gear, toys, diapers, and nursing supplies.
Finding a the Perfect Rocker or Glider
Grandma's rocking chair is still fresh in our imaginations with all the precious memories wrapped up in it. Our collection of nursery chairs combines modern comfort, durability, and elegance with that classic design we remember. We want you to love whichever rocker or glider you choose - because it will become more than just a piece of furniture. It will be an heirloom that forever holds the memories of those special moments shared between you and your little one.
If you’re looking for the simple beauty and gentle but intense movement of a rocking chair, our selection of rockers offers balanced, visually appealing silhouettes. Discover adjustable rocking chairs to ease transitions as your child grows, with modular designs like convertible bassinet placements or double seat options.
If you feel that a glider chair's smooth movement, safety features, and compact nature are a better fit, consider the stylish statement pieces and comfort-friendly glider options in our collection. Explore recliners and modern wingbacks offering smooth swaying motions, 360-degree swivels, and ottomans that perfectly complement the pieces in style and comfort.
At fawn&forest, we value not just wholesome, simple living but also modern comfort and functionality. Your baby’s nursery deserves original, unique furniture designs made from the highest quality natural materials available, and we are dedicated to bringing you only the best-in-class nursery furniture. Find pieces that will help you design your baby’s nursery to be a place of beauty, comfort, and healthy, happy development.
If you enjoyed this article, you might enjoy our tips for choosing the right baby blanket or how to make the best use of hand-me downs.
How to Make a Child's Room Safe So They Can Explore and Grow
How to Make a Child's Room Safe So They Can Explore and Grow
Home is a sanctuary for you and your family, and your child's room should be a safe space for them. Designing your child's bedroom with unique and carefully crafted decor helps create a special space for your little one while giving you peace of mind. With thoughtfully chosen products, you can make a room everyone will feel excited to spend time in.
Children's rooms are used for more than sleeping, but your child will spend a great deal of time resting in their bed. Choosing a crib or bed that feels secure can give you both a good night's sleep.
For young children transitioning from a crib to their own bed, a convertible crib or a toddler bed with security rails is essential. Many of our toddler beds pair calming colors and sturdy builds that can ease the transition to a big kid bed. We’re particularly fond of Oeuf’s 2022 Classic Toddler Bed, offering a safe, sleek design.
Bunk beds are another great choice for siblings, giving them the chance to sleep near each other.
Like any other room in the house, a color scheme defines a kid's room. Painting with soothing shades, muted hues, or colors your child loves can make their bedroom design perfect for playtime and bedtime.
Pastel blues, light greens, muted purples and pinks, and soft whites all offer tranquility and safety. You can also go with a patterned wallpaper like this favorite safari print from Ferm Living:
A secret reading nook, hiding space, or pretend play toy gives your child a place they can use to take some quiet time or enjoy imaginative play, allowing them to feel protected in their bedroom. Play tents are one of the best and most space-saving options that offer your child an area to play and feel snug. You can read more ab
Little ones will take tumbles, and the best way to prevent more tears is to lay a soft, cushioned rug on the floor. Floor coverings are especially useful in nurseries with hardwood or tile to give children floor space to comfortably play with legos, explore their bookcase, or cuddle with a favorite stuffed animal. Try a colorful option like this Monstera leaf-shaped rug from Lorena Canals, perfect for your nature lover.
There are a million and one ways to incorporate calming lighting into your bedroom ideas. From nightlights that make your bedtime routine less stressful to overhead lighting that helps your little one wake up in the morning, adding extra light can make a room feel secure for you and your child.
Making your child's bedroom safe isn't just about baby proofing. It's also about developing an interior design that matches their personality. Including art like mobiles, wall art, and home décor that fits their interests is a thoughtful way to ensure your child feels safe and at home in their own room.
Adding a comfortable chair for you to use during read-alouds, cuddles before bed, or visits during playtime reminds your child that you're always nearby. Rockers like our Babyletto Kiwi Electronic Recliner let you spend time in your child's room without needing to crouch on the floor.
A relaxing chair also gives other family members a place to come play or read with your little one. As their love of reading develops, older children can even enjoy the chair as their own reading nook.
When your child's bedroom also doubles as a place for play, including opportunities for creativity is essential. Whether it's a chalkboard for drawing, a tub of clay for modeling, or a box of dress-ups, giving your child the chance to express themselves can make their room feel even safer.
Furnish Your Child's Room with Natural, Sustainable ProductsAt fawn&forest, we choose our product collections based on safety and quality. Explore our selection of furniture, décor, and other nursery products to design a secure space for your child to safely play, sleep, explore, and grow.
Well-Designed Play Areas
Children go from crawling to walking to dancing, jumping, and building; and it all happens so quickly! They need a space where they can experience active play but also enjoy quiet play. A well-designed play area gives boundaries while providing space for independent and peer play.
A Place to Sit and Play
An essential part of a play area is a place for kids to sit and play independently or with a friend. The P’kolino Little Modern Table and Chairs is perfect for this. With built-in storage, a chalkboard on one side, and moveable dividers, this set is the perfect addition to your playroom design.
A Place For Creative Play
A well-designed play area will give children visual cues of what type of play is where. A table set up suggests one should sit and play with small blocks, puzzles, and drawing tools. A cozy tent in a corner with throw pillows might suggest a place to read or play with a truck. Another corner may hold a workshop outfitted with pretend play tools or a pretend kitchen complete with the accessories needed for creative play. By setting up these separate areas of play, you help give boundaries while letting them using their imaginations.
Everything In Its Place
Everything has a place and teaching that at a young age will help in the later years. A good storage system in the form of shelves, cubbies, or toy boxes is essential in a child’s play area design. The Oeuf Mini Library allows easy access and high function and is perfect for those looking for a larger piece of furniture with a duel purpose. The Oeuf Toy Store, on the other hand, is perfect for small spaces. With multiple sized cubbies, this is the perfect shelf for kids to learn to help to pick up since they can easily see where everything goes.
At fawn+forest, the growth and development of children is an essential part of what drives us and our collection of playroom essentials were chosen with that same care.
Pretend Play: Essential to Growth
Experimenting with the world around us and learning about the power of language is essential to growth and pretend play is a great way to let children explore both. When children are prompted to use their imagination, their creativity is endless and the options know no boundaries.
Play Kitchens For Creative Fun
Allow children to explore the world as a chef in their own pretend play kitchen. Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen is a great addition to a playroom. Expertly crafted by Amish artisans in the USA from sustainable Baltic birch and solid North American maple, this play kitchen is designed to last for generations to come and provide for endless hours of pretend play fun.
Create an entire environment for your budding chef with the matching Milton & Goose Refrigerator, pantry items, and kitchen accessories. These items allow kids to use their imagination and creativity as they cook up their (and your) favorite foods, organize their shelves, and stock their pantry. Creative pretend play at its best with a splash of sharing thrown in for good measure - a win-win!
Outside Fun for Pretend Play
Indoor pretend play is fun but sometimes you need to get outside and explore. The Baghera Tractor and Trailer allow for hours of fun and creative play outdoors. This metal pedal tractor pulls an open-air trailer, allowing toddlers and young children up to the age of six the ability to pretend play as far as their imagination will take them. From collecting sticks to build their hut on the homestead to farming the land for their lads, the possibilities are only as limited as their imagination.
At fawn+forest, we’re constantly looking for toys that spark the imagination and build on a child’s natural creative spirit. We invite you to browse our collection of personally selected toys here.
Baby's Best Fit: Regular or Convertible Crib to Toddler Bed
Baby's Best Fit: Regular or Convertible Crib to Toddler Bed
Whether you're upgrading your toddler's car seat to a booster, moving to a double stroller, or trying bigger clothes, it seems like there's always a new necessity for your growing family. One of those necessities: your little one's bed.
Your child will spend so much time in their crib, making memories, dreaming, and getting much-needed rest. With such an important place in your child’s life, their bed needs to match the speedy growth they go through, not to mention your style.
Parents often have to decide between buying a new children's bed upon each transition or buying a single convertible bed that adapts to their child's growth. If you're wondering which choice will work for your family, learn about our favorite options and how you can find one to best fit your needs.
Buying New as Baby Grows
Some parents choose to buy new furniture as their baby grows rather than selecting adjustable options. Families with multiple kiddos might prefer to buy new because they can reuse furniture as the younger children grow into what the oldest sibling has outgrown. Not only is this practice economical, younger siblings often love "moving up" into their older brother's or sister's toddler bed or twin bed.
However, because there are so many phases your little ones will go through, buying new furniture for each transition can be expensive and time-consuming. Imagine doing the research to find a safe, affordable, and high-quality piece of furniture every few years! On top of juggling young children, it can be another hassle you don't need. Instead, choosing convertible beds can take the pressure off and make bedtime less stressful during those delicate transitional periods for your little one.
The features your child needs when they're young change almost as fast as their favorite foods. Infants and little ones need changing tables, bassinets, and bed rails, but your older child only needs a toddler bed or a twin bed and some cozy sheets.
Making sure you have the right furniture on hand helps ease transitions and save on baby expenses. But with that, there are tons of options for you to choose from. Explore some of the modern and customizable children's furniture you can find to fit your family's needs.
Making sure your child feels safe is one of the most critical parts of bedtime. Sleeping with a favorite stuffed animal or drifting off to starry night lights or ocean sounds can make bedtime a little easier, but the right frame can also help. Removable features like guardrails, toddler rails, or a pillowy headboard or footboard can make a standard toddler or twin bed feel secure like a crib. If your child is transitioning from a crib to a big-kid bed, adding items like these can make it more comfortable until they feel safe in their new digs.
Convertible cribs come in different sizes and shapes to meet your family's needs. With adjustable mattress positions, you can get years of use out of a durable crib made to last.
- 3-in-1 Convertible Crib: Getting a 3-in-1 crib means you can use the same piece from the time your child is an infant until they grow big enough for a toddler bed and daybed.
- 4-in-1 Convertible Crib: A 4-in-1 convertible baby crib transitions from a standard crib to a toddler bed with guardrails, a daybed, or a regular-sized bed.
- 5-in-1 Convertible Crib: These cribs transition from full-sized crib to toddler bed with safety rail, day bed, sofa, and full bed.
- 6-in-1 Convertible Crib: A 6-in-1 offers every option of a 5-in-1 with the additional facility to use as a full-sized bed with or without a footboard.
Whatever model you decide on, read up on whether you'll need to buy additional tools or mattresses. Some kids' beds come with toddler bed conversion kits or differently-sized crib mattresses included, while others require you to to buy those items separately.
How to Choose the Right Crib for Your Family
Whatever you decide - standard crib or convertible - you'll need to look at the other features, style, quality, and safety of your future crib.
Safety is your first priority when it comes to your little one. When deciding on a new crib for the sweetest slumber, make sure you investigate its safety certifications. All cribs must be made according to standards from the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). You'll also find Greenguard Gold Certified cribs that identify them as safe from specific chemical emissions.
Finding a crib that matches your family's needs means looking for one that will help you in the tricky transition periods your child will go through. From mini cribs that can be quickly stored when your child outgrows them to cribs with adjustable mattress heights, your choice should make life easier. Along with that, the functionality of your crib doesn't only include its ability to grow with your little sprout. You can also find cribs that offer additional features, like add-on changers, removable slats, side drawers, and hidden storage.
If you select a convertible crib, the piece will rest in your child's room for years. That means the style you pick should be timeless. Explore which colors best fit your home, from dark espressos to bright pine woods. Decide between clean-lined mid-century styles and intricate traditional designs, acrylics, and metals. At fawn&forest, you'll discover a collection of unique convertible crib styles to fit the peace of your child's room. Find cribs from brands like Babyletto, DaVinci Baby, Oeuf, and more, each made with high-quality materials like New Zealand pine, non-toxic finishes, and offering clean lines to match your personal style.
Finding an Heirloom Bed for an Heirloom Baby from fawn&forest
Your child's bed is an important space for cuddles, stories, and special moments. The right nursery furniture can make your baby’s room a sanctuary they'll feel comfortable and safe in well past their infancy. Whether you're interested in convertible or non-convertible options, at fawn&forest, you’ll find a selection of sleek, sustainable, and durable beds to pass down from generation to generation.
Simple Decor for Babies Nursery
Choosing the decor for a baby’s nursery generally starts with choosing a color scheme, deciding on a nursery theme (or choosing to forgo the theme altogether) and deciding what type of decorations and art you want to include. Browsing quality baby nursery art and decor is a great place to start when deciding how to decorate a nursery.
Start With a Color And/Or Theme
Animals, nature, sea life, and the alphabet are just a handful of themes that people consider when they are choosing decor for babies’ nursery. Starting with a color scheme or theme will make it easier for you to narrow down favorites when looking for art for a nursery wall or rugs for the nursery floor.
Color schemes can be happy and bright, calming pastels, an eccentric mix, or contrasting colors for brain development. The colors and theme that you choose should be pleasing to the eye, create a sense of peace for you and baby, and make you smile. If you achieve those essentials, you’re off to a great start in decorating your baby’s nursery.
Baby Nursery Art and Decor
The space that you create for a baby is a space that they will spend time in, exploring the world around them. For babies, it starts with their eyes so choose eye-catching decor and art that inspires creativity. At fawn+forest, our art and decor are sustainability sourced so you can rest in the knowledge that you truly are providing the best for your baby. From what you choose to hang on the walls to the mobile above their crib, the decor in the baby room is an integral part of babies’ development. Choose items that add to the style and don’t appear to clutter a space. You also want to choose items that can grow with baby. Take this Ferm Living ABC Wallhanging Art as an example. A perfect decor item for a nursery, but also great for a toddler learning the alphabet a couple of years down the road.
Healthy No-Bake Granola Bites
It’s safe to say that if you are a mom, there are times you feel that your nonstop job is feeding your kids. Food is fuel. Your children require natural, healthy food to keep up their energy, grow and develop. It’s easy to see how the task of feeding them can feel like an overwhelming responsibility. Providing quality, healthy foods and skipping things that are simply empty calories does not have to be hard though.
Healthy, no-bake granola bites are a fantastic healthy snack for your children. Whether you are on the go and need a snack, or are simply looking for a fast, easy idea for something you can make for your kids, this recipe is the perfect solution.
They take minutes to make, and you can freeze them and have them on hand whenever the need for a quick nutritious snack arises.
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup ground flaxseed
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup mini chocolate chips
2/3 cup locally sourced honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until ingredients are well mixed.
- Using a cookie scoop make rounded balls about the size of a tablespoon and place onto a parchment-lined cooking sheet.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours and your snacks are ready!
Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to a week, or if you want to keep them longer, you can freeze them for up to several months.
You could use whole grain oats, but pulse them in a food processor a few times first. If not you may need to add a little extra peanut butter or honey to the mixture to help them stick together.
Choosing The Right Baby Stroller Is A Breeze WIth Fawn&Forest
A Buying Guide for Picking the Right Stroller
Learn what to do when picking a baby stroller for your little one’s first year and beyond. Our buying guide goes over common stroller types and add-ons.
A baby stroller is perhaps the most substantial piece of baby gear that will be purchased for your child. There are many considerations to take into account when choosing the perfect stroller. First, you need to consider where you live and what types of daily activities you will be participating in. For instance, do you like to go on mini-weekend adventures and travel? Do you need something that is easy to open and close during your endless daily errands? Your activities play a big part in determining the type of stroller you should choose for your little one.
If you are a new parent, it is easy to underestimate the value of a light weight, easy to fold baby stroller. If this is your first time buying a stroller, don’t be afraid to pick one that exceeds your basic expectations of what a stroller should do. Simping on features will, inevitably, lead to regret. Here are a few features we recommend you look for.
An adjustable handlebar that can lengthen for your comfort or one-hand fold functionality that allows you to break the stroller down while holding a diaper bag and/or a squirming baby will help you adapt to the inevitable unforseen situations you will find yourself in.
A stroller with a storage basket can be a lifesaver, especially for long outings like spending the day at an event or a theme park. You’ll be surprised at how handy storage can be. We use our stroller to pack blankets, food, toys, and dozens of other things. Most of the time, it’s much easier to let the stroller do the heavy lifting than to add a backpack or shoulder bag.
Bells & Whistles
Not every feature will be useful to you as a parent. Then again, if you’re a first-time parent, it can be tough to know which add-ons you’ll need. Cup holders are fairly universal. Freeing up a hand is always helpful when caring for little ones. Another fairly common feature is a canopy that acts as a sunshade in the heat or a rain cover in the event of inclement weather.
Types of Strollers
There are several different stroller types out there, and it’s unlikely you’ll have the opportunity to borrow a niece or nephew and test drive them all before day one. However, if you take a close look at your current lifestyle, you may have an idea of what your stroller needs might be for your first year and beyond!
A full-size stroller covers all the basics. They will typically have a stronger frame, swivel wheels for maneuverability, a footrest for you, and a reclining seat for the baby. These strollers tend to have larger wheels to handle rough terrain like dirt trails or sandy playgrounds and may even feature shock-absorbing for uneven terrain. This can help to reduce the chance of waking a sleeping baby when going over a curb.
Even if this is not the kind of stroller you want to use as your primary stroller, having an extra lightweight travel stroller or umbrella stroller, is usually a good idea. These lightweight strollers, not much more than a stroller frame and canvas seat, fold down to a manageable size, ideal for public transportation or an overpacked car. The tradeoff for these strollers is that they have minimal features, can only be used on hard smooth surfaces, and have a lower weight limit.
Do you want to take your baby on regular runs around your neighborhood? If so, a jogging stroller might be a good choice. A jogger usually has a single front wheel, hand brake, air-filled tires, safety harness, and a suspension system to ensure a smooth ride for you and your baby.
A travel system is more than just a single stroller. Rather, as the name suggests, it’s a combo system that not only grows with your baby’s rolling needs but also their car seat needs. A high-quality travel system will include an infant car seat, complete with a five-point harness, that functions as a bassinet style car seat carrier. The bassinet can be clipped into a car seat adapter or attached to the stroller frame.
When you think about double strollers, you may be picturing side-by-side stroller seats holding twins. While this may be true of basic models, the best double strollers have the seating in tandem (one in front and the other behind), and can accommodate both your new baby and an older child. Many of them are convertible strollers with a range of options like having an infant carrier on the front and a seat with a platform that a toddler can climb in and out of as the mood strikes them.
Choosing the Right Baby Stroller is a Breeze with fawn & forest
Whether you are looking for something lightweight, something that can withstand high-intensity activity, or extra room for your growing family, we’ve taken every need into consideration in order to offer you the broadest range of safe, quality strollers to meet your needs.
We have carefully chosen our collection of strollers to meet your needs, provide ultimate versatility and take precedence in overall safety with a collection of accessories to make life easier.
If you are in search of the perfect baby stroller but aren’t sure where to begin, contact us anytime. Our team of dedicated customer service representatives is here to answer all your questions, helping you make the decision that best suits your needs and ensuring your purchase will exceed all your needs and expectations.