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Updating your baby’s nursery to a more timeless, neutral space for your little one, or looking for more classic pieces that could work for more than one child? We have compiled some tips on creating an eco-friendly, modern space that will grow with your child that won’t break the bank!

Choose materials carefully. For the walls, opt for a child safe, enviromentally-safe, no or low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, such as Real Milk Paint. Paint is one of the top indoor air pollutants, and VOC’s are the toxins that off-gas into the air upon application. Most major paint manufacturers now make a no or low-VOC line of paint with a wide choice of colors, so when picking out paint, read labels carefully or ask a store associate for assistance.

We all know that the color in a space can greatly affect our mood… and our children’s mood! For young children, opt for a color scheme that promotes a healthy night’s sleep & a calm, nurturing atmosphere for play. A neutral color can help to stabilize and ground, while green is an ideal color for any space. Green is neither hot nor cool & symbolizes growth & new beginnings. Use yellow sparingly, or not at all, as yellow is the hardest color for your eye to break down.

In addition to paint, carpet is another major indoor air pollutant, so instead look for hardwood, bamboo, cork, rubber or tile options for bedroom flooring. Adding an area rug made from natural fibers adds the needed warmth you want in a bedroom, plus offers a sound deadening quality to help sound from bouncing off the floor & walls. Wool is strongly suggested as it is a self-extinguishing fiber, an added bonus. We love this ABC Classic Rug from Peurobaby, as it is ethically made from 100% raw materials and non-toxic dyes. It is also washable, which comes in handy with little ones! It is extremely lightweight and easy to pick up and move, with anti-slip underlay to ensure safety.

When adding furniture pieces to your child’s room, such as dressers or chairs, look for unfinished wood furniture, and then stain/paint with a NO VOC stain or paint. This will limit any off-gassing of toxins that a finished piece of new furniture would emit into the space. Another eco-friendly choice is to choose a recycled or upcycled item from a family member or friend. For a fun, timeless piece that blends in seamlessly with any space, the Wooden Toddler Slide from Peurobaby is perfect for indoor use, and encourages exercise, motor skills and independence! Available in a wide variety of colors, the slide is made from molded wood and finished with water-dilutable finish, free of methylpyrrolidone and free of phthalate plasticizers.

For additional play items that grow with your child, choose items that delight their imagination and encourage independent play, from a wooden kitchen to an adorable Chalkboard Ride-On Wagon! This little wagon is a favorite with my children… my now 6 year old likes to decorate it with her artwork, and my little guy likes to pull his wooden cars around in it! It wipes clean easily, too!

When choosing new linens and bedding for a neutral space, think cool colors such as blues, greens, and lavender to calm and soothe, rather than jarring, bright colors! Organic cotton blankets, sheets and pillows give your child a soft, safe place to snuggle into at night, and if possible, opt for Naturepedic, a company that makes GOTS certified organic cotton sheets, pillows, and more… all allergen-friendly, as well! We also adore Aden + Anais, who make the softest, breathable, 100% cotton muslin blankets, changing pad covers, and sleep sacks.

It can be fairly simple to makeover your child’s space to create a delightful, neutral space in which to sleep and play! When in doubt, opt for eco-friendly, natural, and classics that grow with your child.

*Peurobaby provided a sample & images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Tiny Green Mom has put together a wish list for the tiniest ones on your gift-giving list this year! From super-soft swaddle blankets and bibs to the perfect eco-minded toys for tots, these gorgeous finds for babies and toddlers will please both children and parents alike!

aden + anais high seas burpy bibs 2

aden + anais burpy bibs

For your little drooler, these incredibly soft burpy bibs from beloved eco-friendly line, aden + anais, are a must-have for any newborn! This Fall, aden + anais added 6 brand new print collections that “Mom” absolutely adores! With each washing, these bibs become softer and softer. In addition to the burpy bibs, these new classic and silky soft bamboo prints are also available in swaddles, dream blankets, & sleeping bags. https://www.adenandanais.com/new/

aden + anais high seas swaddles 2

aden + anais classic swaddles

These breathable, silky soft 100% cotton muslin swaddle blankets from aden + anais are a staple in “Mom’s” home and a necessity for new parents! The gorgeous prints and incredibly soft swaddles are wonderful not only for swaddling your sweet baby, but can be used as an impromptu nursing cover, stroller blanket, or clean place to lay baby on the floor for tummy time! https://www.adenandanais.com/new/

cloud B Hugginz Sheep

Cloud b Hugginz Musical Plushies

A sweet find for little ones, Cloud b Hugginz Musical Plushies calm and soothe baby at home or on-the-go! When baby pulls on the plush star, a soothing lullaby begins to play. These super soft, oh-so-lovable six-inch characters can be easily attached to strollers, cribs, car seats, and activity gyms by their Velcro tabs. http://cloudb.com/

jj rabbit dryBIB

jj rabbit dryBIB™

For babies that have moved onto solid feeding, jj rabbit has designed an incredible eco-conscious bib for your little one! Made from organic cotton, this practical bib is also waterproof (without the plastic!) and has a convenent catch-pocket to help keep messes to a minimum! “Mom” loves that the dryBIB™ is machine-washable as well as BPA-Free, Phthalate free, and PVC Free. It is designed for babies ages 3 – 18 months.
http://jjrabbit.com/

Numbble Rumbler Dino

Begin Again Toys Dino Nubble Rumbler

Chunky and eye-catching, this adorable wooden brontosaurus from Begin Again Toys has a tactile Nubble tummy made from natural rubber. Tiny hands will love to grasp, push and play with the Nubble Rumbler Dino, encouraging the development of both fine and large motor skills. “Mom” was thrilled to learn about this eco-company, which makes this toy from sustainably harvested rubber wood with non-toxic, child safe stains. http://www.beginagaintoys.com/

jj rabbit CUPPIES_Piglet_Milk

jj rabbit CUPPIES®

Bright and cheerful, these adorable cups make it fun for little ones to transition to a real cup! With a hidden animal at the bottom of each CUPPIES®, your child will finish their nutritious beverage every time to see their favorite friend! CUPPIES® are available in Frog, Piglet, Penguin and Rabbit. http://jjrabbit.com/

PBS Kids - Stacking Giraffe

PBS KIDS & Whole Foods Market® Earth-Friendly Toys

Classic toys for little ones, these earth-friendly toys exclusively from PBS KIDS & Whole Foods Market® inspire creativity and spark imaginative play! Made using responsibly-sourced materials, including PlanWood, which is high density fiber composite wood from rubber trees, as well as organic color pigment, and rubber wood. The xylophone & drum are tried and loved musical instruments that little ones love, and the wooden Stacking Giraffe provides hours of laughter & fun!

PBS Kids Drum

In addition to being eco-friendly, what makes these toys even more appealing this holiday season is that PBS KIDS toys are gifts that give back! Purchasing these toys ultimately gives back to the PBS mission of education for all children as 100% of profits for the supplier, PBS, goes back to their non-profit work! In addition, all PBS holiday products give 1% to Whole Kids Foundation, which helps give parents, teachers and children more tools and opportunities to eat well. http://shop.pbskids.org/

Boppy Pillow

Boppy® Bare Naked® Nursing Pillow and Positioner

For both breastfeeding and positioning, the Boppy® Bare Naked® Nursing Pillow and Positioner is the perfect item for babies from birth to one year old! This extremely versatile nursing pillow lifts baby to a more ergonomic position for comfortable breastfeeding or bottle feeding, giving relief to Mom’s arms and back. Not only for breastfeeding, the Boppy Pillow transitions to a comfortable support pillow for different stages of development such as tummy time and learning to sit. The Boppy Pillow supports baby as she grows and develops and this multi-use pillow can be used for babies up to one year old. The Original Boppy Bare Naked Pillow is the famous Boppy Nursing Pillow without a Boppy® Slipcover. “Mom” prefers the Boppy® 100% Organic Fabric Slipcover. The Boppy Pillow and Boppy Slipcovers are both machine washable for easy clean-up! http://www.boppy.com

Boppy, Shutterfly and Tiny Prints have announced an amazing offer for those who purchase an Original Boppy Pillow. Through December 1, 2015, purchase a specially marked award-winning Original Boppy Pillow (Bare Naked, Slipcovered, Heirloom and Luxe versions) and inside the package you’ll receive a coupon for a FREE $29.99 Shutterfly photo book and $20.00 towards your next order at Tiny Prints ($50 value). Perfect for capturing all of baby’s first!

*Companies generously provided samples, information and images for this article.*

classic swaddle single radiant red product

When your little ones are too young to wave a flag on the 4th of July, show their love for the good ol’ USA with gorgeous stars & stripes patterns from aden + anais! From their signature muslin swaddles to blankets, towels, and bibs, aden + anais offers so many great ways for babies and kids to welcome Independence Day.

Mom” has been a fan of this line of swaddles, blankets, bibs & burp cloths and more since her first child was born. Their breathable 100% cotton muslin swaddles, bamboo swaddles, and merino wool swaddles are a must-have for any new or expectant momma, and will quickly become a family favorite. For snuggles, naps, playtime and long rides in the car – taking along a treasured blanket from aden + anais will ensure your child is comfy and cozy, anywhere!

classic swaddle 4 pack twinkle

To provide your little one with an extra layer as they take in the fireworks for the first time this year, the various stars and stripes patterns from aden + anais will definitely add to the festivities! Easy to place over a stroller to provide a light, breathable cover or underneath tiny bottoms on the grass, the swaddles are so versatile! Available in a wide variety of patterns and designs, for the 4th of July we are especially fond of Radiant Red, Brilliant Blue or Twinkle Pink in the Classic Swaddle. You can see all of the designs and products for babies and children at aden + anais.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article.*

aden + anais daydream blanket

We are adoring this new luxurious blanket made for adults by popular children’s brand, aden+anais! They must have known that adults wanted to be wrapped up in comfort just like their precious babies! This adult-sized blanket reminds us of a coveted and well-worn security blanket, but much larger and stylish, too!

Mom” is crushing on this new find – it’s perfect for snuggling up in on chilly winter nights or worn on early mornings while drinking that first cup of tea or coffee of the day!

aden + anais is known around the world for premium swaddles, accessories, gear and bathing products designed to nurture and pamper babies – and due to popular demand by parents who covet their collection of baby-sized blankets, the brand has now expanded to pamper adults, too. The new daydream blanket features four luxurious layers of aden + anais’ signature 100% breathable cotton muslin, and it’s the perfect size for lounging on the couch with a book, or providing a little extra warmth to you & your child as you read together before bedtime. Designed in true aden + anais style, the chic and subtle graphic prints make the daydream blanket a stylish throw to enhance any home décor.

Learn more about aden + anais and their extensive line of luxe baby essentials at adenandanais.com.

*Company generosuly provided samples and images for this piece.*

Swaddling Expert and Managing Director of aden + anais offers these practical tips for swaddling your infant properly. “Swaddling babies is one of the gentlest, effective and beneficial practices for mothers and their children, helping babies to be more comfortable and to develop better sleep patterns. In summer this is critical, as the hot days and nights can prove to be an uncomfortable and unsettling time for bubs,” Paige said. To soothe and comfort your precious cherub, try using one of aden + anais’s high-quality, lightweight muslin wraps, which allows air to circulate around the baby’s body therefore regulating the baby’s body temperature while still providing comfort without the potential for baby to overheat.

How To Swaddle Your Baby Properly

By Paige Jones

STEP 1

Lay the wrap in a diamond shape and fold the top corner down to form a triangle. The point of the triangle should sit about one third of the way into the center of the wrap. Place your baby in the center of the folded area with his or her head just above the fold of the wrap. Ensure that your
baby’s shoulders are still below the fold.

STEP 2

Gently tuck your baby’s right arm up into the triangular fold of the wrap. Take the left side of the wrap and bring it across your baby’s chest. Ensure that your baby’s arm is securely under the wrap. Tuck the edge of the wrap under your baby’s body to ensure a secure swaddle.

STEP 3

Fold the bottom of the wrap up and over your baby’s feet and tuck the fabric into the top of the swaddle. It is fine to skip this step and leave the fabric loose at the bottom of the swaddle if your baby prefers more freedom of movement, as is the case for a number of older babies.

STEP 4

Finally, place your baby’s left arm up into the triangular fold of the wrap. Take the right side of the wrap and bring it across your baby’s chest. Ensure that your baby’s arm is securely under the wrap. Tuck the excess fabric of the wrap underneath your baby’s body to secure the swaddle.

*Images courtesy of aden + anais.*

NEW from aden+anais – the issie security blanket! This super-soft, muslin cotton blankie is sized just right for wee ones! Made of the same breathable material as the original aden + anais swaddling blankets, the issie is available in a selection of fresh, adorable prints for your child. This sweet blanket is sold as a set – one to keep snuggled close by and one in case of emergency, should the issie be misplaced or need a wash. What “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom loves about the issie is how it is just the right size to be held and loved by tiny hands. It can even be tucked discreetly into a pocket or purse if needed!

Priced at just $19.95, the issie can be found online at www.adenandanais.com or at select retailers.
The issie makes a wonderful baby shower gift, too!

*Company provided a samle, images and information for this review.*

A Tiny Green Mom favorite! These organic muslin swaddling blankets by aden + anais are simply divine! Light and oh-so-soft, made of breathable organic cotton that was grown free of toxic fertilizers and pesticides, the blanket was designed for sensitive skin. This oversized, versatile piece that rolls up easily can be used not only to swaddle your newborn for comfort and security, but it can be used as a stroller cover or as a blanket for playing in the park or on the beach. The aptly named “Snuggle Bug Organic” swaddler pictured here is just that – perfect for snuggling your little love bug! You can find aden + anais products online at www.adenandanais.com.

*Company sent a sample and images for this review.*