Posted by TinyTotties on March 28 2009
When it comes to selecting crib bedding sets, you obviously want the very best for your child. You want the sets to be of a high quality, comfortable, soft, and durable. You also want them to look nice and complement the nursery's decor.
But sometimes, high quality is not enough. Sometimes you want exceptional quality. If this is the case, do try our crib bedding sets by Doodlefish. This extraordinary line of quality products was developed for today’s busy, yet discerning parents who look for impeccable quality with a custom look. These bedding sets feature fine fabrics with detailed craftsmanship. All of the artwork is printed on the finest canvas and features hand-painted details and embellishments.
Because each product is handcrafted in the United States, Doodlefish is able to offer parents many unique options such as custom bedding from crib to queen, window treatments and customizable artwork. Adding these elements to the nursery will pull the room’s look together and prevent different colors and patterns from clashing.
The Air Show Crib Bedding Set
Of all the beautiful handcrafted sets Doodlefish offers, my very favorite is the Air Show Crib Bedding Set. Its bold, sophisticated color combination of primary red, blue, green and yellow stripes is just perfect for little boys. It is unique, beautiful, and very modern.
The Air Show Crib Bedding Set is available as a 4-piece set that includes a crib blanket, crib bumpers, a fitted crib sheet, and a crib skirt, or as a 3-piece set that includes crib bumpers, a fitted crib sheet, and a crib skirt. It is available with or without embroidery on the bumpers.
The Amore Crib Bedding Set
For little girls, I adore the Amore Crib Bedding Set. It is a timeless classic with a modern twist. It features a gorgeous black and white damask print paired with a sweet pink and white stripe to create a sophisticated look reminiscent of fine tea parties. The pink and white gussets and bow detail on the skirt are the icing on the top of this exquisite, one-of-a-kind design.
To complete the nursery’s look, the company offers a beautiful line of accessories. The window valances are a great way to connect between the different design elements of your child’s room and create a unique, custom look. Personally, I can’t resist the Safari Valance. It is so cute and beautifully complements the Safari Crib Bedding Set without overwhelming the room.
Another favorite is the Vintage Racer Diaper Stacker. What a pretty way to hide those diapers while making sure they are always accessible!
For baby girls, you can’t go wrong with the Amore Toy Bag. It coordinates perfectly with the gorgeous Amore Crib Bedding Set and has the added benefit of helping you avoid unnecessary clutter in the nursery.
Children’s Bedding Sets
As your baby grows older, she can still enjoy the same beautiful designs by Doodlefish. There’s no need to compromise on lower-quality bedding. The company offers a complete line of children’s bedding sets, which include a duvet, a bedskirt, and one or two standard pillow shams.
Most of the crib bedding designs that you and your child love, such as the Air Show, the Baddy Frog and the Princess set, are available for children.
Since one of the best ways to help your child transition to a toddler bed is to make the new bed as similar as possible to his old crib, being able to use the same bedding designs should make your child’s transition to a toddler bed significantly smoother.
For children who are excited about moving to a bigger bed and are looking forward to new and different linens, the children’s bedding set line by Doodlefish also offers a few designs which are unique to this line and are not available in crib size, such as the cool and crisp Surfer Frog set for boys and the oh-so-cute Little Lady bedding set for girls.
Posted by TinyTotties on March 21 2009
Most parents ask themselves this question sooner or later. I know I did. Unlike other milestones such as “when should I introduce solid food,” there really is no set time for when you should move your child to a toddler bed. However, most children make the transition sometime between the ages of 1½ and 3.
credit: Jessica Merz
The best strategy: watch your child and determine if she’s ready to make the transition. For my husband and me, it was easy enough to identify the right time with both our kids. We transitioned our firstborn to a toddler bed a couple of months before her sister arrived. She was almost two years old, and the transition went smoothly. Experts suggest to make this transition at least 2 months before the new baby arrives, to allow the toddler plenty of time to adjust to the new bed and prevent feelings of jealousy over the baby taking over “her” crib.
With our second child, we thought there was no rush since we knew she would be our last child, but she had plans of her own. She started climbing out of the crib when she was just 1½! She would climb to the top of the rails, look down, then simply let her little body slide to the (thankfully carpeted) floor. Lowering the crib mattress to the very lowest position bought us a couple of months, but eventually we gave up and moved her to a toddler bed.
Although there are no set rules, once your toddler is around 3, you should definitely consider making the transition, since at that age he could be too big for a crib. In addition, if he’s potty trained, a crib will make it harder for him to use the bathroom at night.
Once you decide to go ahead, you may be in for a fight. This depends, of course, on your child’s personality. It also depends on whether she is your firstborn. While younger siblings often look forward to being just like their older siblings and moving to a “big-kid bed,” firstborns tend to become attached to their crib, especially if they sense that they are being pushed out of it in order to accommodate a new baby.
To help your child adjust to his new bed, try to make the new bed look as much as possible like your child’s old crib. It’s a good idea to place the new bed in the same spot his crib used to be. Making a big deal out of his “being a big boy” that is moving to a “big boy bed” might help, but with some kids it could actually backfire because they don’t want to be big – they desperately want to hold on to being your baby.
A small toddler bed might seem friendlier than a “big” twin bed. It’s also helpful to purchase bedding sets that are as similar as possible to his old crib bedding sets.
Purchasing Sweet Jojo Designs bedding sets will make your life easy because the company offers crib bedding sets, toddler bedding sets, and children’s bedding sets (available in twin and queen sizes) – many of them in the same designs.
The Pink Zebra Bedding Set for girls is my favorite example, because in addition to being simply gorgeous, it is identical to the pink zebra crib bedding set, which can make the transition so much easier on your little girl.
Purchasing twin or queen designs that are similar to your crib bedding sets also mean you can use the same accessories you already have, such as a lamp or a hamper.
Another beautiful style for little girls is the Pink & Chocolate Mod Dots Bedding Set. For just $89.99, you get a comforter, a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, a pillow sham, and a pillowcase. The style is very clean and ultra-modern, yet has a wonderful appeal for little girls.
For your little boy who is ready to move to a big-kid bed, try the All Star Bedding Set. It’s a fun, clean design, and again, if your child used the same design in his crib, the transition would be so much easier on him. Another great design for little boys is the Wild West Bedding Set. This design is especially fun, because it features exclusive western-themed prints such as a cowboy, a red bandanna, horseshoes and sheriff stars.
No matter what bedding you choose, just remember to be patient with your little one. It’s a big change in their world, and before you know it you’ll be wishing you could go back to the days when they were small enough to sleep in a crib.
Posted by TinyTotties on March 06 2009
Once you start looking for crib bedding sets for your child, you’ll find out there’s a huge variety out there. There’s something for everyone, from the very cheap and basic styles to elaborate and insanely expensive designs. Most of us are somewhere in the middle, looking for safe, comfortable, practical bedding sets that are reasonably priced yet offer a design that would complement the nursery and help us create a unique look.
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A good bedding set is one of the most important purchases you will be making before your baby arrives. Not only will your baby spend many hours sleeping and playing on the bedding set, but as far as the nursery’s decor goes, the crib tends to take center stage in most nurseries, and so the choice of bedding needs to be aesthetically pleasing as well.
In addition to everything else, crib bedding sets must be highly durable, since they will need to withstand many sessions in the washer and dryer.
So how exactly do you find these bedding sets? The ones that are not too expensive, yet offer beauty, durability and practicality?
Sweet Jojo Designs is your best bet when looking for that winning combination of quality and price. When I found out the company was founded and is operated by women, I wasn’t surprised at all. It made a lot of sense to me that a company who truly understands the needs of modern moms and who offers such a wonderful line of products is run by women.
The basic philosophy behind Sweet Jojo Designs, which has been in existence for almost 10 years now, is that everyone should have a selection of fun, playful, and affordable bedding designs to choose from without having to sacrifice sophistication or simplicity. Indeed, their designs are absolutely gorgeous, without ever becoming overly cutesy or kitsch-y.
The Zebra crib bedding set for baby girls is a great example – it is pretty and girly yet sophisticated and unique. At $179.99 for a 9-piece set, you’re getting a true bargain. For baby boys, a classic example of JoJo design’s simple sophistication is the Jungle Time crib bedding set.
JoJo Design’s crib bedding sets are not just perfect for parents. Kids love them too. The Little Ladybug crib bedding set, for example, is not only eye pleasing for adults, but will also provide your child with hours of fun and entertainment.
All of JoJo Design’s crib bedding ensembles come as complete 9 piece sets, the largest offered by any manufacturer. In addition to a fitted crib sheet, you’ll receive a crib comforter, a crib bumper, a crib skirt, a diaper stacker, a toy bag, a decorative pillow and 2 window valances. You can also purchase additional accessories, such as a crib mobile, separately. Having all these accessories in the same design means that decorating the nursery is effortless and there are absolutely no worries of color and designs clashing.
Many of Sweet Jojo Designs’ products are offered not only in Crib, but also in Toddler, Twin, and Full/Queen sizes. This will come in handy if you have more than one child in the same room, or if your child becomes attached to one of the designs.
If you are one of those parents who are looking for the very best in crib bedding sets, and who insist on combining high quality with great prices, Sweet Jojo Designs is the best choice for you.