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Height charts

Do these have an ‘official’ name? I’m not entirely sure! Growth charts sounds a bit NHS and conjures up pictures of the Red Book and health visitors… *shudders at the memory*. But height chart sounds a bit formal somehow. Anyway, whatever they’re called, they’re the sort of thing that you might not bother with, then you turn around and your toddler is eight and you wish you could look back and remember how little and cute they once were. So, in short, well worth investing in.

We use a vintage dressmakers’ yard which belonged to Daphne’s late grandmother which we’ve attached to the wall in Daph’s room to keep track of her height. It’s actually amazing how much she’s grown when she was such a teeny tiny little thing (if you haven’t read my baby blog, you won’t know this, but she was just over 5 lb when she was born). Despite her diminutive start in life, she’s one of the tallest among her peers now!

But back to today’s post. Three of the best height/growth/measuring charts. Whatever you wanna call ’em. Here are my faves…

This beauty from Lovestruck Interiors was the inspiration for today’s post – I absolutely love it – not least because it can be personalised too with family names or messages. Made from softwood, with planed and chamfered edges in the same shape as a vintage ruler, there are five colours available – Aged Oak (dark), Mid Oak (light), Washed White, Pale Grey & Putty.

Next up is the beautiful Hagelens Feather Growth Chart from Scandiborn. Beautifully carved from oak veneer, it’s a really stunning piece in its own right, perfect for adding some subtle decor to a nursery or child’s room. It’s super easy to hang with double-sided tape, and you can take it with you when you move.

Last up, for those who want something a little more colourful, then take a look at the range of wall sticker height charts from Inkmill Vinyl. There are lots of different designs available, but this cheerful giraffe caught my eye. Easy to apply and easy to remove (without damaging walls), the stickers are available in wide a range of colours, meaning you can find the perfect one for you.

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Now, I’m aware that lightboxes have become a little bit of an interiors cliche, because they’ve been EVERYWHERE for the past couple of years. Particularly the DIY letter types that you can customise with your own thoughts/shopping lists/mantras. They’re cute but they’ve become a little too ubiquitous methinks.

Daphne has four different sources of lighting in her room, plus a Gro Clock, so sadly I’m not sure we can squeeze anything else in. However, I am thinking of swapping her rather boring nightlight for one of these fun designs – if I can decide which…

Despite suffering a little from over-exposure, lightboxes are still a really fun way to add lighting to a kids’ room, and there are some really fab designs out there. As I’ve probably said a thousand times, I’m a sucker for quirky lighting and I love the fact that in a child’s room, you’ve basically got carte blanche to go a bit mad. Lightboxes are a really affordable way of doing this, and in today’s post I wanted to think outside the box (sorry, couldn’t resist) and go for something different. So, here are my top three lightboxes, if you’re looking for something a little more unusual (and can’t think what to spell out yourself!)…

I was sent a press release from Sgt Smith about their quirky personalised dinosaur lightboxes, and couldn’t resist them. There are a choice of colours available, and you can add your child’s ‘dinosaur’ name to the design. Handmade in Huddersfield, each lightbox has a wired electrical connection, and is designed to sit on a flat surface, providing a soft sidelight.

On another scale entirely, how amazing is this lightbox? From Oakdene Designs, it depicts Planet Earth in all its glory, and is probably designed for grown ups, but I think older children would love it. There’s also a moon version available. Very cool for any budding astronauts out there…

Last but not least, another beauty by A Little Lovely Company. The Lightbox Frame from This Modern Life is an interchangeable poster frame with LED lights behind, meaning you can change the look as often as you like. There are lots of sets of posters available – from cute animals like this little panda to inspirational sayings. It’s perfect for little kids who can get involved and choose which poster to display, but there are also some adorable nursery-themed posters available, so it works well as a nightlight too. It’s also currently half price – bonus!

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Space-saving cots

They always say that there’s never a good time to have a baby, and that you’re never ready for it, no matter how much you try to prepare. I think this must be true; it certainly was for me, because when I got pregnant we were living in a one-and-a-half bedroom flat that was already jammed to the rafters with stuff.

When I say half bedroom, I’m not exaggerating, it was tiny. We quickly realised that we didn’t have space for a full-size cot – most of them are around 150cm long. So we set about researching more compact versions.

Since I got pregnant (two and a half years ago now!) the market for compact cots seems to have picked up, but there wasn’t a great amount of choice available when we were looking, and the ones we did find were mostly very boring or flimsy-looking.

So I hope today’s post will be useful to urban parents who are struggling to find a way to squeeze a cot into their home office/spare bedroom/laundry drying room/dumping ground. Here are my top three space-saving cots – all of which also grow with your child, making them good investments too.

First up is the Stokke Sleepi, and this was without doubt the cot I most wanted when I found out I was pregnant.

It’s the most versatile of the three, going from teeny tiny Moses-basket-like to full blown toddler bed. As always, Stokke just get it right when it comes to timeless kids’ design. I also love the fact you can have it on castors, making it easy to move around. The only reason we didn’t go for this cot was that it’s quite pricey.

Next up, an old favourite. I’ve talked about the Mokee mini cot loads already, but I just think it’s so brilliant. And in case you’re new here (hi!), it’s the cot we actually chose for Daphne. We went for it in the end as we liked its simplicity and amazing price tag, plus the fact that it can be converted to a toddler bed.

It was very easy to put together and I love its airy open feel. The hardest bit was choosing which colour to go for – as we were moving house, we went for the neutral white and wood one, but I love all the coloured versions too, especially the stony teal colour pictured. Mokee have heaps of good-value accessories available too, including a nifty storage drawer for underneath, and some great cot-top changing mats.

Last but not least, is the very stylish cot by Danish designers Leander, available from Nubie. I really love the curved sides of this cot – it looks so cosy and stylish, and the fact that there are no awkward edges for kids to bump their heads or limbs on.

It’s another bed that will grow and grow and grow with your child, meaning they can use it until they are at least six. There are matching cot bumpers available too, and it comes in four different colours.

Which one do you like best?

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Interactive rugs

Oh I do love a multifunctional product! And today’s post shares three of them that are so nifty, I’d like to have them all myself, if only we had the space…

On that note, we don’t have a rug in Daphne’s room. We did have, but she had a habit of puking on it, as babies do, so we decided to take it out until she’s a bit bigger. It’s pretty enough (pink and white stripes with pompoms – less twee than it sounds I promise!) but now I’ve seen these genius designs, I suspect I will be upgrading hers to something far more versatile.

So yes, onto our interactive rugs. No, not rugs that have computer games embedded into them, but something rather more old-fashioned and very definitely better! Rugs that teach, provide entertainment, as well as a welcome softness for poor old mum and dad’s knees.

Starting with the gorgeous On the Road design from Great Little Trading Company. Like all their products, it’s amazing quality with a wonderful thick pile wool and generous sizing. Just perfect for creating mini towns in playrooms and bedrooms across the country. I also think the grey background makes the whole thing infinitely more stylish than the many similar but slightly garish designs out there.

Next up is the beautiful Oyoy World rug from Scandiborn.  I love this design because it’s perfect as a playmat for when your child is a tiny baby, and yet it grows with them, helping to teach them about the world and all the various continents. I particularly love the little animal details on each – although I think Daphne will be a little disappointed not to see a cat on the UK!

And finally, something for the minimalist lovers among you! The Hopscotch rug from This Modern Life is by Scandi designers Kaos and is sure to provide hours of fun. There are lots of hopscotch rugs out there but I love the simplicity and lightweight of this one – it can be rolled up and used outside for warmer days, and it’s not so ‘childish’ that you couldn’t have it in a hallway or kitchen, either. Who knows, you may find yourself playing too!

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Designer dolls houses

I’ll admit this post is a bit of gratuitous design celebration. More for the grown ups than the kids. But I couldn’t resist sharing these little beauties with you, as I stumbled across them all quite accidentally within a week. It was like the gods were talking to me or something. Unfortunately, one of these products seems to be sold out all over the world (although you may find one on eBay if you’re lucky) and another is so new it’s not even on sale yet. But still, it’s Thursday, we all deserve a little design escapism at the end of a long week, right?

I love dolls houses – I had three as a kid. Two were from the 5300 Playmobil collection, which are apparently now very covetable as they no longer make them. I also had one that my dad built by hand – it was huge, and beautiful, with perfectly wallpapered rooms and parquet flooring. It was more for looking at than playing with, and I suspect my dad enjoyed making it as much as I enjoyed buying all the bits for it, so it was win win really.

I’m fairly confident that you don’t need to have kids to have one of these dolls houses in your home – in fact, it may be sensible to keep the little ones well away from them. Although less fun. And who knows, if you do let them loose, perhaps you’ll be fostering a taste for design classics, which can be no bad thing.

Let’s start with the dolls house you can’t actually buy shall we? Just because it’s a thing of beauty.

From Danish brand Minimii, this dolls house is a perfect copy of Arne Jacobsen’s own villa at Gotfred Rodes Vej 2 in Charlottenlund built in 1929. Fully licensed and approved by the descendants of Arne Jacobsen, the house features three detachable fronts so you can easily get in there and play. It’s more like a mini architectural model than anything else, but I want one. Sadly this design is no longer available, but Minimii also make miniature designer furniture, so you can buy teeny Egg chairs and more from their online shop.

Now onto the design that inspired this post. Not yet on sale but announced at the recent Milan Furniture Fair, this ultra-minimal design is part of Kartell‘s children’s range (along with the mini Ghost chairs that I featured recently). The signature moulded plastic designs come in a range of transparent colours including luminous green and pink. They don’t have to be used as dolls houses either – they would make quite a nifty little shelving unit, with plenty of room to store books and small objects.

To compensate for the Arne Jacobsen house which you can’t actually buy, here’s another uber cool design by Sirch that you can actually have in your home. (I will change this category to five of the best at some point I promise – having real trouble sticking to just three each time!). I’m even more convinced that this one is more for the adults than the kids – you can even add a swimming pool for goodness’ sake! It’s such a beautiful piece – a mini piece of artwork even, and I think it’s the sort of thing that you could keep in your home long after your children have grown up, and not seem like a weirdo. There are also matching furniture sets available. You can find it at Scandiborn.

Last but not least, the perhaps most sensible option of the lot – the Miniature Funkis House from Ferm Living. It can be hung on a wall or stood on the floor, and again, can double up as shelving, although I would prefer to use it as a house personally. It’s made from plywood (of course!) and comes fully assembled and ready to go. Available at Lullabuy.