Archive for February, 2012

Crib Sheets Galore

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Picking out colors and designs for your baby’s nursery can be so much fun. It can also be a little overwhelming. How do you pick out which color is right for you? How many crib sheets will you need?

A fun way to add an extra splash of color to your baby’s room is interchanging different crib sheet colors. For the most part, you’ll use the same crib bumper, comforter, and crib skirt as your baby grows. However, you will  change the crib sheet to clean and wash more frequently. Why not choose different coordinating colors to keep the crib fun?

For example, most of the crib collections here at Carousel Designs feature a least a couple of matching sheet options for each set. As an added bonus, because all of our products are sold A la carte, you can mix and match as many crib sheets that you like. We have hundreds of fabrics to choose from!

Just as an example, let’s use the Spa Pom Pon crib collection. The crib sheet featured in this crib bedding is the soft and beautiful  Solid Robin’s Egg Blue, but when you scroll through the additional matching pieces for this collection, you’ll see two more crib sheets: Solid Banana and Solid Ecru. Wouldn’t the creamy yellow color of our Solid Banana crib sheet change the look of the crib set?

Yes, a little color can really change the overall look of your crib bedding! Even though most of our crib bedding collections display one crib sheet color for the main photo, you can use the Nursery Designer to visualize what the other crib sheets will look like.

It’s simple – when you’re viewing the crib collection, simply select ‘Customize Now’ on the Customize it tab. This will transfer all the fabrics from entire crib collection into the Nursery Designer fabric palette. From here, you can change the color of the crib sheet all you want, including Solid Banana – which is what I choose for the picture shown above. In fact, you could continue to customize every portion of the crib collection that you desire.

Since you’ll be washing crib sheets, let’s face it – babies have a lot of bodily fluids, why not be ready with a few so you don’t have to wait on the laundry cycle. Have fun with it and choose a couple of colors. Maybe it will help to turn laundry time into an exciting time.

Which crib sheet colors are your favorites? Did you buy a few of the same color crib sheets or change it up a bit?

I Love You, Baby

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

I love you! Aren’t those wonderful words to hear?  You feel so important especially if those words are backed up with actions. That doesn’t always mean gifts. Although gifts are nice, there are many other things that can be done to put meaning behind those words I love you.

Think about your baby – what do they do to show that they love you? Certainly it’s not buying you some roses and a box of chocolates even though that would be impressive. No, the love of a baby is something so precious, so tender, that it can be called priceless.

We may think there aren’t many ways that a baby shows love, but there are actually several. I found a few online articles that detail the many expressions of baby love.

Warning – If you don’t have a baby yet, you’ll want one after reading these!

BabyCenter – In the online article 7 signs your baby loves you, it shares with us the tender feeling that a baby express through staring into your eyes, giving you a big sweet smile, and crying for attention. That actually sounds a lot like how I express myself! Don’t think of it as immaturity, think of it as innocence. Okay – I know the crying should only work for babies and toddlers.

Parenting.com – Similar to the BabyCenter article, How Babies Show Their Love, shares the genuine love babies show. It highlights different ages from 0 -12 months and shows that with each month the love grows stronger and stronger. One of my favorites was 7 MONTHS: Raises his arms to be held. Once he has the motor skills to grab for his favorite toys, he’ll start grabbing for you, too. How sweet is that? I told you, you’re going to want a baby.

Attachment ParentingBonding with Your Newborn, written by William Sears, MD., gets a bit more technical. It shares a little bit more of how mom and dad show their love to the new baby.
“Bonding allows you to transfer your life-giving love for the infant inside to caregiving love on the outside. Inside, you gave your blood; outside, you give your milk, eyes, hands, and voice–your entire self.” Dr. Sears article really shows the importance of bonding with your baby, and he provides 7 Tips For Better Bonding – it’s so, so sweet.

Return your babies love with some sweet hugs and kisses or swaddle them in a soft baby blanket like the one in our Love Birds collection. What does your little baby do that melts your heart? Share your sweet story with us.