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Choosing The Right Blanket For Your Baby

by Kari Weingart

During the first few months of their life, your baby is going to be spending a lot of time sleeping. Because of this, choosing the right baby blanket is so important. The right baby blanket not only ensures their comfort, but also their security. To help you make this selection, here are some common factors to keep in mind as you think about which blanket to buy.

Choose Your Blanket Material Carefully

A baby blanket should be made out of materials that are gentle on sensitive skin and breathable to make sleep comfortable. The best way to do this is to think “Cotton”. Look for organic cotton and avoid synthetic materials.

You also want to make sure that you are buying a blanket that is appropriate to the season. You’ll want to have a heavier blanket for winter and a lighter one for summer. When you do purchase a heavier blanket for winter, do not get a quilt or one that is soft and heavy. These can contribute to SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. 

Remember, Safety First

Safety is absolutely essential when thinking about baby blankets. It might seem obvious, but definitely avoid blankets that have loose tassels, fringes, or ribbons. Your baby could get tangled in those and that could result in a choking hazard.  

Ferm Living makes some very safe, visually appealing all-natural blankets that are some of our all-time favorite blankets.

Think About The Size Of The Blanket

When it comes to baby blankets, size is important. You want one that is big enough to keep your baby warm, but not so big that the size overwhelms them. A standard baby blanket size is 45″ by 45″ to 60″. A blanket this size has lots of versatility. It can be used as bedding, a floor mat, or even hung on the wall to decorate your baby’s nursery.



Nursery Works Is At The Intersection Of Cutting Edge And Ultra-Chic

by Kari Weingart

When it comes to shopping for nursery furniture, it’s easy to see how one may feel that there simply isn’t the quality in the industry that adult bedroom furniture exhibits. Nursery furniture, by definition, is temporary furniture. Your baby will outgrow it (rather quickly in the grand scheme of things), and you will be upgrading your child’s room in a short span of time. Because of these factors, many nursery furniture manufacturing companies choose to go the easy route, cutting corners and producing furniture with a lack of inspiration.

Nursery Works is the exception to this rule. Nursery Works is a purveyor of cutting-edge juvenile products. Created for the ultra-chic, Nursery Works aims to bring high design into the nursery.

Their designers work in close collaboration with highly skilled American craftspeople to build each piece. Their products are made in low production runs which allows them to use methods and materials that would be unavailable in typical mass production. This quality can be easily seen. Many of their solid wood cribs, for instance, are bench-made in small local shops in the United States.

They take pride in presenting new materials to the children’s industry that raise the bar in design, quality, and functionality. With every product they make, they strive to find new materials and processes. Of particular importance to them is using the highest quality non-toxic, recyclable acrylic, CNC-milled maple, 24K gold-plated aluminum, custom marble/granite and powder-coated stainless steel materials.

When you are choosing furniture for your baby’s nursery, you deserve original, unique furniture designs made from the highest quality, natural materials available on the market. Nursery Works is dedicated to their craft and pledges to bring you only best in class nursery furniture that will make your baby’s nursery look one of a kind and ensure their healthy, happy development.


Why Your Baby's Crib Has To Have A Natural Crib Mattress

by Kari Weingart

It would seem logical to assume that a new crib mattress would be safer than an old one. After all, as years go by, we continue to regulate more and more. There is even a certification for crib mattresses, so how could they be less safe? The truth is they are.

You would think that since crib mattresses are regulated and certified by a giant safety seal they would be safe. That's not entirely true. 

The University of Texas did a study and found that

  • New crib mattresses release about 4x as many VOCs (organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature.) as old crib mattresses.
  • Body heat increases emissions.
  • Toxic chemical emissions are strongest in the sleeping infant’s immediate breathing zone.

Part of the cause of the problem is the manufacturers. Manufactures want to make as much profit as possible, manufacturing as much product as possible, so as long as it passes government regulations, they feel they’ve done their jobs. The real problem though is that the regulations are not very strict.

So why should you buy an organic crib mattress? Is a healthy crib mattress necessary for your baby's health? In short, yes.

Here are just a few of the unhealthy components found in a standard crib mattress. 

Why You Should Get A Natural Crib Mattress

1) Brominated Fire Retardants

These fire-retardant materials are cause for concern wherever children may come in contact with them. This applies to sofas and any other soft furniture where they may be present, as well.

Countries in Europe have banned harmful chemicals like flame retardants entirely. These retardants get stored in the human body with every exposure, making them bioaccumulative (the gradual accumulation of substances, such as pesticides, or other chemicals in your body).

In experiments with mice, PBDE's lead to problems with the thyroid, developmental problems with learning and motor skills, and cancer.

PDBE's are in numerous places such as televisions, computers, carpets, and couches, so it is worthy of taking note of this and whenever possible trying to limit your exposure.

Non-Natural Crib Mattresses Use Cheap Glues

Why do you want to avoid cheap glue? Simply put, cheap glues contain a number of harmful chemicals that are toxic to children, and standard crib mattresses contain a disproportionate amount of these glues to keep it firm and rigid.

Non-Natural Crib Mattresses Have Polyester Fabrics

Fabrics and batting in crib mattresses are often made with polyester. Polyester can cause respiratory tract irritation and severe skin rashes. 


It's not hype, buying an organic crib mattress could be one of the most important purchases you'll ever make for your baby or child to ensure their safety while they sleep.

An organic crib mattress helps increase blood flow and relieve pressure so your baby can get a good night’s sleep. Organic baby crib mattresses are made with non-toxic materials so your baby will avoid sleep interruptions due to exposure to chemically treated fabrics.




Nurturing Spaces Challenge

by Summer Robertson

Nurturing Spaces Challenge — fawn&forest

NURTURING SPACES CHALLENGE — Learn how to create clutter free spaces that nurtures the imagination and well being of your children.

This 5 day challenge will not only help you gain control over the clutter, mess & mayhem but will inspire you to create that ideal, beautifully nurturing space for your children that you envision.

+   How to effectively assess the mess & understand your children's needs
+   My favorite method for gathering, sorting & purging excess.
+   Tips for cleaning & simplifying your space.
+   Inspiring ideas on how to follow your children's cues to create nurturing spaces they need.
+   How to keep the space tidy, the imagination flowing & the magic of childhood growing.

    Sign up now!

    opening soon! fawn&forest brick & mortar shop

    by Summer Robertson

    This year fawn&forest is turning 10! To celebrate we're opening a brick & mortar shop in our little county town of Yamhill, located about an hour outside of Portland, Oregon.  We're in a unique area, Oregon's wine country and in one of Yamhill's original brick buildings from the 1800's. 

    Yamhill was the little country town Beverly Cleary grew up in (her childhood house is just down the street from the shop!) and this area is rich in  so much amazing pioneer history. My desire for fawn&forest is to evoke that feeling of a mercantile from yesteryear that speaks more about quality & essentials of family life than flashy brand names —filled with curiosity and the simplicity of a thoughtful life. 

    The storefront is currently but a small wonderful stack of essentials. There is so much to be done & purchased yet I am enjoying the process, slow and intentional #fawnandforest

    I'll be posting our progress on instragram, so be sure to follow along — @fawnandforest

    travel little one, girls' room

    by Danny Q Robertson

    In the midst of all the goodness of Christmas .. the gingerbread making and stringing of cranberries, the midnight online shopping and evergreen wreath making ... I look forward to the new year. When the house gets tidied up, the Holiday decor is put away and everything gets reorganized. Fresh starts and fresh ideas.

    I met Claudi of Travel Little One on instagram and became inspired with her girls' room that she shared on her blog. A bit of old, a bit of new. Texture and color and lovely simplicity. I'm excited to refresh my little one's room come the new year.

    Be sure to see the full room tour and follow Claudi on Instagram as well.