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.
Like the whole (female?) world, I am getting sucked into Pinterest more each day: it's very beguiling to have beautiful products floated in front of your eyes, sourced by like-minded souls all around the globe.
Now, by the time I've seen stuff on there, I'm aware that half Babygadget's readership probably has, too, so I've mostly held off from featuring them... but these bedcovers were just too great to skip.
From Aussie company Bedtoppings, each set has real humour and charm about it, as you can see. As well as the chocolate and pencil set shown (pencils currently out of stock), there is a sardine tin and a garden.
In Aus, it seems duvets are known as 'doonas': Designer and business owner Sophie Farquhar always dreamt of sleeping on a piece of toast with a buttered sheet and tin spaghetti doona. We have to admire that kind of ambition.
That pencil crayons motif is high on my wishlist - someone give us all a shout when it's back in stock!
Babygadget's love of toy food is known far and wide, but anything that also encourage imaginative play with that food is welcome in our books! Now you know what to do with that wooden spud and those felt marshmallows - get toasting on this fabulously lifelike toy campfire from Hopewell Creek.
Just check out the detail on those logs. They're all handmade by a (very youthful, judging by her profile pic) grandma, and the fire is CAD $95 while the logs are $27 for the set.
Every now and then there comes the chance to scare the living daylights out of your kid. I mean, buy into a genuinely different toy-cum-artwork. The choice is your which view you take: I'm equally bemused and fascinated by Petithood's Pigmée dolls.
Fashioned out of second-hand sheets, and faceless, they are - I admit - the kind of doll you can quite see a small child getting very attached to. They're also redolent of times so poor that parents couldn't afford to buy their child a proper doll.
Perhaps the answer is to give them with fabric pens and invite the child to create their own dolly, if that's not sacrilege. With prices starting at 42 €, that's also quite a pricey project.
Ferm Living are making a real name for themselves with kids' wallpaper that's strikingly different from anything you'll find with the major brands.
I'd be seriously happy living with any one of their children's designs, but this design, The Village, actually makes me gasp with joy.
Always a sucker for little houses, I go extra wild for nostalgic colour combos - so for me, this has it all. But as with all exceptional wall-hangings, you do have to pay for individuality: Euro 67.50 (approx US $93) per roll, in this case.
Now this is definitely a set that is more about pleasing Pantone-lovin' parents than appealing to babies with cutesy characters or pretty patterns. I have to say that the Thinkbaby products, with their bold orange theme and their in-your-face branding, really appeal to the design-lover in me, and none more so than on the solid-coloured bento set.
The set includes two bowls, a mug, fork and spoon, plus an airtight box, all in the non-toxic, non-animal-tested materials that Thinkbaby were founded on. And if you're not quite as keen on orange as I am, the set also comes in a stylish royal blue as well.
Take vinyl-covered foam triangles, cover them in magnets, add children and then stand back. The result? Free form play, resulting in houses, mats, precariously teetering sculptures, tents... whatever the kids can put together.
You can see such goings-on in the 'gallery' section of the TukLuk websitee, where individual pieces can also be purchased. They're not cheap, though, so this is perhaps a better purchase for a nursery or playgroup than for home play. Looks like it's more fun when there are lots of kids to join in, anyway.
Where's Waldo-style books (published as Where's Wally? here in the UK) are fabulous for keeping kids quiet and entertained, and I can't be the only one who thinks so, because there's a proliferation of that kind of thing on the market at the moment.
But what if you're a design-loving parent who winces slightly at some of those brash pages? Step up Delphine Chedru, whose Spot It book has been so successful that it's spawned a sequel, Spot It Again.
The drawings are beautiful; there are clues and flaps to open, bright colours - basically a lot for a young one and their parent to enjoy. Both volumes can currently be bought together at the price of $17.64 on Amazon.
With the exception of a couple of dresses, all of its garments are completely unisex, and it doesn't hurt that they're totally adorable, too. Dungarees, tops, smocks, leggings, pyjamas and jumpers are all on offer.
We have a thing about moles just now, so the all-over print of British animals is a particular favourite. The stripy leggings and tops do a great job of being both bright and unisex - it's so funny how some colours are ok for boys and others just aren't, but Tootsa MacGinty pull it off.
Also love this smiley face sweatshirt, available in a choice of three colours.
Tootsa MacGinty will ship worldwide and each garment costs in the region of £25.00.