Here's the final one of my delicious bed finds for kids - and actually my final Babygadget post, after five solid years of weekly updates. Sadly, now that my daughter cannot be described as a baby by any stretch of the imagination, and now that the full-time job is taking so much of my headspace, I've decided to call it a day.
The Castello bed is an Italian piece which I found via London store Go Modern.
It's essentially attractive, though my personal preference is not for the pastel peach colour, and I must say that I find the hanging curtains just a little reminiscent of the entrance to a cold storage area. But there is much to like, from the shape to the sturdy steps.
At £1,300, this would be another 'dream on' piece for me, but then so many that I've featured on Babygadget over the years have been. It's nice to know they're all archived in one place for those who might appreciate them.
I'll miss scouring the web for finds like this - well, I'm sure I'll still find myself indulging occasionally. And I'll be sure to pop back to Babygadget to see what my co-writers have discovered, too.
So yeah, in my hunt for a bed for Tabitha (solved in the end by some diligent eBay sniping, yay), I indulged myself a little and took a peek at some of the high-end stuff. The stuff we could never afford.
What do you think of this little set-up? It's from an Italian place known as Dear Kids. They do the most desirable, solid furniture in the sorts of colours that only the Europeans ever seem to produce with any consistency, and they also sell what they call 'settings', ie an interior for an entire room.
I'm not sure how safe that rail would be for a young child, but for the older kid it's great touch: it can, of course be customised to the name of choice. I'm really liking the wheels on the bed, and the storage within the steps.
Talking of storage, who wouldn't die for a chest like this? I don't even have to look at the price though: we can't afford the space, never mind the Euros. There's lots more on the website, if you fancy a bit more fantasising.
Now that's planning ahead: you can start off with a little crib on wheels - which, like a moses basket you can transport with you from room to room - and when your child is old enough, it becomes a toy. Genius!
There are two versions, the cradle which becomes a push-pram (the hood comes in many choices of colour) and the crib which just becomes a cart for toys, I guess.
From Made by Midas. Visit their website if you have a few spare moments - I wouldn't want all websites to be like this, but it's quite good fun.
I've been searching for a bed for my 6 year-old daughter recently; my failed Google searches are all to your benefit. Seems there are some beeyootiful cribs and cots out there these days; beds, not so much. Not within our price band, anyway.
This whimsical piece is Nina's House by Dave Keune, apparently created out of the need for a separate space for a newborn, without having to renovate or move the house entirely.
So it was designed for those with limited space - as well as the cot, the unit contains a changing station and drawers which, niftily, you can open with the nudge of a knee.
It's gorgeous, and after babyhood I am sure would be pretty easy to change into a playhouse - but it isn't cheap. Which makes me wonder - how many people can afford a cool €1,500 (reduced to €1,250 at the time of writing), but still have a house with limited space...? Oh well, I suppose we can always do with more space, no matter how much we have.
We've featured a variety of furniture that 'grows with baby' in the past - here's another goodie. The Rocky (cue Eye of the Tiger?) starts as a rockable crib, graduates into a proper cot, and then goes on to last through the toddler bed era - not a bad lifecycle for a single piece of furniture - and it's good-looking, too.
No price given yet, but this is due to be available from the end of Sept 2011... oh wait - that's now! Run to your email.
A high chair can be both a money and a space commitment, so it makes good sense to have one that's disposable - for holidays, for the grandparents' house, or as a temporary solution while you decide just which of the more robust designs you are going to invest in.
No, that tray isn't going to stand up to prolonged exposure to spaghetti sauce; yes, those legs will eventually bow under the weight of your growing toddler - but for those times when you need a high chair for now, the Belkiz Foldaway could well be the answer.
At the moment, that answer is only available to Aussies, where the Foldaway is exclusively stocked at a price of around AUS$ 40, or visitors to Australia, who can pick one up as part of an eco-promotion with rental firm Europcar. Apparently, though, there are plans to launch in Europe before the end of this year, so watch this space.
This jolly pouf reminds me of summer. Perhaps that's because the blue and white stripes have a nautical appeal. But it also looks like a notebook so it reminds me of going back to school. Whatever the season, this over-sized cushion by veteran Dutch toy maker Anne Claire Petit would be a great seat or accent in any child's room. I guess that makes it the perfect any time pouf!
Browsing the high design websites is a rewarding, if expensive hobby for design-minded parents. Such sites don't always have a kids' section, and when they do, they don't always put all the fun stuff in there (fair enough; I guess adults want to have fun sometimes too).
Come on, though, what kid isn't going to go totally nuts over the Harry Rocking stool? Is it a dog? Is it a horse? Or is it just an adorable, snuggly, soft rocking stool?
Created by Kenneth Cobonpue, it does have a rather harsh price tag of $835. Like I say, an expensive hobby - but fun.
Now this is the sort of stuff Babygadget was made for: in fact, since Cherner designed this table in 2007, I'm slightly amazed that we haven't already featured it.
Simple, robust build, a bold pop of colour, and a funky storage pod in the middle - its name may suggest it's not the done thing, but if we had the space we'd be investing in the Cherner classroom table for the home.
$600 from Switch Modern seems like a good deal to us.
Fatboy, the company who made beanbags cool again, and then turned their sights to hammocks, have another product to flog - the ottoman.
Not a piece of furniture one immediately associates with lounging about: perhaps they have a stealth plan to slowly improve the posture of our nation. Next they will bring out a dining chair and finally one of those stool devices you sit on if you suffer from a bad back.
They have not forgotten the sense of fun, though, thank goodness. If you've the money for a good number of these pieces, they fit together in sinuous curves. As they are effectively like a giant set of blocks, rearranging them will keep the kids happy for hours.