Pin-spiration: Paper Lanterns for the nursery

Pinterest has emerged as an invaluable tool for easy organization of the decorative elements of your nursery, party planning, and baby registry lists. We have pinboards filled with our favorite nursery trends, DIY nursery decor, nursery themes and color palettes, paint colors, furniture trends, baby shower ideas, baby registry inspiration, and so much more. The paper lantern trend has picked up steam and cannot be missed when perusing Pinterest for nursery inspiration.

Paper lanterns are an affordable and adorable alternative to a traditional mobile in your baby’s room. Strung up in a cluster above the crib, changing table, or glider, colorful paper lanterns make a big impact as nursery decor and a fun focal point for your new baby.

Papre Lanterns as nursery decor available at Baby Go Round in Hampton Falls, NH
(above crib available here, above changer available here)

Paper lanterns in the nursery, with Liberty Like crib
(similar crib as above available here)

paper lanterns and gilder available at Baby Go Round
(similar glider as above available here)

We love the idea of infusing your room with strong pops of color by way of affordable paper lanterns. Not only are they easy on the wallet, they are an unexpected and whimsical surprise in the nursery. You may not want to commit to (Pantone color of the year) tangerine on your walls as a paint color, but a soft gray wall with paper lanterns in shades of tangerine can infuse your room with color without committing to it long-term (saving yourself from re-painting)…and for under $10 you can add in Turquoise, Pink, Grassy Green, or whatever color matches you decor.

papaer lanterns and chevron and dots

Paper Lanterns and stripes

pretty girl nursery paper lanterns pink

Paper lanterns also make festive and incredibly versatile party decor. Add a little embellishment (or in some cases a lot) and your lanterns can transform into a beloved character or centerpiece for your birthday party or shower.

paper lantern birthday party decor

creative butterfly themed decor paper lantern

add a bunting flag banner to your paper lantern

At Baby Go Round we are so taken with this trend that we are now carrying fabulously affordable paper lanterns in many sizes, shapes, and a yummy array or colors perfect for your nursery and party decor. Looking for a certain shade? If we don’t have it (we should, we ordered a large assortment of colors) we are only two days out for a special order just to your specifications, with around 50 shades to choose from we should be able to match your decor perfectly. Planning a baby shower and need lanterns in bulk (usually over 12)? Let us know, we can offer a bulk rate for larger orders.

If you are on Pinterest you can follow Cindy and Jess at Baby Go Round for all the latest in nursery trends. Not pinning yet? Leave a comment with your email address and we’ll send you an invite.

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Kokopax City Carrier: a lightweight, portable, durable, comfortable, stylish, easy baby carrier.

Kokopax City Carrier review

Andrea and Vivien showing just how great one can look in a Kokopax carrier! (photo and adorable little girl courtesy of taraphotography.com )

Here’s the scenario: Say you are looking for a carrier for the summer (Oh, you are? Perfect, you should keep reading). You want a backpack, but you are pretty sure you don’t need all the features (or weight, or size) of the heavy duty hiking backpacks available at sporting good stores. Your child is getting a little older (say 6-9 months plus) and you are really hoping for a carrier that you can use this summer that won’t over heat you both. You have loved the soft-structured carrier (Bjorn, etc.) or wrap (Moby, K’Tan, etc.) that you have been using, but you feel like your kiddo wants a better view, more mobility, and may love riding on your back. You want something light and easy…EASY! Lastly, you don’t want to spend a fortune.

The perfect carrier for you: the Kokopax City Carrier.

Really!

Lightweight:
-2.7 lbs! You read that right…under 3 lbs.

Portable:
-powder coated aluminum frame
-really easy to load (even for dads…no offense dads)
-fits in airline overhead bins
-makes a great every day baby backpack that is great for indoors and outdoors!

Durable:
-did I mention the powder coated aluminum frame?
-made with durable, easy-to-clean fabric
-certified by the JPMA to the ASTM F2549-09 Frame Child Carrier standard

Comfortable:
-positions baby at eye-level for 360 degree world view
-comfortable shoulder straps
-adjustable frame to fit individual user
-padded waist support
-5-pt. safety harness
-for use from 6 months to 2 years (or up to 35 pounds)

Stylish:
-did you see that picture of Andrea up there? This carrier looks great!
-available in fabulous prints like: Taffy (shown above), Hoot, and Hopscotch.

EASY:
-kickstand for easy loading
-handy storage pocket with Velcro closure
-Buckle them in and put them on like a backpack, very easy to do by yourself

The Kokopax City Carrier is well priced, to boot! The Kokopax City Carrier is $99.99 at Baby Go Round online or in store.

***I personally use this carrier for my kiddos. When I am heading to Todd Farm in Rowley for a Sunday morning of looking for antique treasures with my kids this is the carrier I grab. I can put it on myself, it is much more convenient than pushing a big stroller through the crowds of people, the size is manageable and super lightweight, and my son gets a bird’s eye view of all the goings on. It is also my top pick at the Topsfield Fair and at the lake. I love that I can take the backpack off and use the kick-stand to stand it and Henry on the ground while I set myself up (load the car or get out the blanket)…I’m hands-free and he is safe and sound. I love, love, love it…and so does my 6’4 husband. He grabs it when we are doing less activity than what requires the use of our Kelty hiking backpack (which, to be perfectly honest, is always). It fits him well and he likes that it does not overheat him or Henry, which was an issue with our Ergo in the summer.***

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Naked: a new, foldable, hang-able baby bathtub by Boon

Introducing the innovative new “Naked”, a collapsible baby/toddler bathtub by Boon.  Boon, Inc. is the manufacturer of beloved baby products like the Grass drying rack and the Stash organizer.  Boon is known designing products to make the new parents life simpler and much more stylish.  Their latest release, the “Naked” tub, merges modern design with utility in true Boon fashion.

Boon Naked foldable, hangable bathtub

Boon's Naked Tub, a new registry classic

The Naked’s unique design allows for the tub to be adjustable to fit a tiny baby or a big kid equally well.  My favorite feature is the Naked’s ability to be collapsed flat and hung (by its built in hook) to dry.  Most baby bathtubs are big and plastic, begging the question “Where am I putting this thing?”.  The Boon Naked can just be folded flat and hung out of the way on the shower curtain rod…genius.

The folks at Boon can do a much better job describing it than I can.  Check out this video (be sure to notice Boon’s awesome trade show booth…those walls are made of Grass drying racks!):

…and now for the details:
Provides two support positions for stages newborn to toddler
Collapsible design and hook make storing easy
Recline position cradles newborn, which helps keep their head above water
Fully-expanded basin accommodates infants and toddlers
Rotating support brace for quick and secure positioning
Simple, one piece design makes transitioning between stages easy without losing parts
Drain plug for quick, complete water drainage
Slim profile for easy storage
BpA-free, Phthalate-free and PVC-free
Ages: Birth to 18 months
Dimensions: 18.25″ x 33″ x 6.5″

The Boon Naked is available at Baby Go Round in store and online in Blue and Green for $59.99.

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Lullaby Earth- the new, affordable, non-toxic crib mattress (by the makers of Naturepedic)

Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight Crib Mattress

Lullaby Earth is a new name in the baby crib mattress field, the name may be new but the company is not.  Lullaby Earth mattresses are designed and built by the same folks who revolutionized the non-toxic baby mattress market with the launch of Naturepedic.  Naturepedic mattresses (and now Lullaby Earth Mattresses) are beloved by parents, retailers, the Baby Bargains book, Consumer Reports, countless parenting research websites and eco-watchdogs (like Healthy Child, Healthy World), and are Grean Guard Certified.

Every parent wants to provide the safest, most non-toxic sleeping environment for their child.  There is one roadblock for many parents to choosing these high end products:  the high end price tag that comes with them. Lullaby Earth was created to knock down that roadblock and give parents with all budgets the tools to build a safer, more non-toxic nursery.

Lullaby Earth crib mattresses are super lightweight, made with food-grade PE foam. They are also waterproofed using the same PE material, just like Naturepedic Mattresses. Basically, the Lullaby Earth line of mattresses is like the Naturepedic Lightweight but made without Organic Cotton…and about $100 less expensive.

Lullaby Earth mattresses are the only on the market which are 100% recyclable, how’s that for eco-friendly?

Available in two styles: Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight Mattress ($159.00)and Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight 2-Stage ($199.99) With FREE Shipping from Baby Go Round!p

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50% OFF… and buy 2 get 1 free? what a deal! Hurry in store soon for the best selection of kids clothing on the seacoast at unbeatable prices!

It’s that time of year again…the (always amazing) 50% OFF corner at Baby Go Round has just been re-stocked with a huge selection of some of the best brands in baby and kids clothing, as well as a great selection of gifts and gear and more!

50% OFF corner at Baby Go Round in Tax Free, NH.  Baby Clothes, Kids Clothes, Baby Gear, Baby Gifts on sale now.

Lots of clothing styles for boys and girls up to size 4T, adorable hats, Diaper Bags (GoGaga, Petunia, JJCole), stroller accessories, select styles of Angel Dear lovies, and even a 2011 Cybex baby carrier (only 1 available) and so much more.  Our selection of styles and sizes is great now, but hurry in as they will go fast!

Buy 2, Get 1 free sale at Baby Go Round in Tax Free Nh in Gear Gifts and more

Great deals on adorable clothing and outerwear from LeTop, CR Kids, CR Sport, Mulberribush, Love U Lots, Widgeon, Claver/Luigi, Mini Classix, Mini Basix, and more.  Favorite sweaters from Acvisa and warm and cozy fleece from Corky and Company are discounted, too!

50% off and Buy 2 Get 1 Free through February 18thBoys and Girls clothing 50% Off and Buy 2 get 1 free at Baby Go Round in Tax Free NHAs a special offer: If you buy 2 items from our 50% OFF corner you can have a 3rd item for FREE!!! (of equal of lesser value). Just mention the code “3rd for free”…special offer available through Saturday, February 18th.

This is a great time to stock up on baby gifts of buy ahead for next Fall!   At these prices I don’t think you could get a better deal on the racks at the discount stores or online…and we’ll even wrap them for you and you get to feel great about supporting a local business!  It doesn’t get much better than that.

This sale is valid in store only at Baby Go Round in Tax Free Hampton Falls, NH.  You can also reach us by phone at 603.926.2255 or email at info@babygoroundinc.com for additional information.

Happy Shopping!

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Plush with a purpose: Introducing the New! Tranquil Turtle with Light and Sound

Cloud B, the maker of such gift-registry favorites as the Twilight Turtle and the Sleep Sheep, has launched a new collection of “plush with a purpose”.  All CloudB Plush have additional value added to just being super cute.  The newest member of the Cloud B family is the Tranquil Turtle.

Tranquil Turtle by CloudB, ocean lights and sounds

Tranquil Turtle is the debut product from the new Tranquil Lagoon collection by Cloud B.   Tranquil Turtle is a patent-pending design, which projects a realistic, moving underwater effect to help soothe parents and children. Tranquil Turtle is also the first Cloud B product to incorporate both the senses of sight and sound. Users will be able to select between a soothing melody or a calming white noise, while relaxing to the tranquil underwater projection.

In short, the Tranquil Turtle turns your baby’s nursery into an under water dream with the sounds of surf and the sight of gently rolling water.  Did I mention that it is cute, too?  It is, and it is available in Turquoise or Purple in store and online at babygoroundinc.com.  Oh yeah, it comes with batteries too.

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Baby Registry Must Have: Aden and Anais Muslin fitted Crib Sheets available in February

Aden and Anais muslin swaddling wraps are a must have item on any baby registry.  These large, soft, lightweight muslin wraps were an everyday staple in my household when my sons were small.  The four-packs of wraps have become my go-to shower gift, along with a Sophie giraffe, for friends and family.  My four year old loves to snuggle with the dream blanket and we swaddle our one-year old up in the bath towel most days after his bath.   My point is, I just love Aden and Anais products.

We were over the moon when we learned at the ABC expo in September that Aden and Anais would be releasing muslin crib sheets.  The only let down was that they didn’t have any sort of definitive date for release.

Aden and Anais Crib Sheets in stores in February!  $29.95 for traditonal cotton muslin, $39.95 for organic cotton muslin.

***Click to enlarge***Aden and Anais Crib Sheets in stores in February! $29.95 for traditonal cotton muslin, $39.95 for organic cotton muslin.

We are thrilled to announce that we are one step closer to being able to offer these sheets to our customers.  Aden and Anais has announced that their line of crib sheets will debut in store in February!  The crib sheets will be available in prints and solids as well as in organic and traditional cotton.  The prices for the sheets will be $29.95 for the traditional cotton muslin and $39.95 for Organic Cotton Muslin.

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Toys and gifts for baby and mama-to-be for under your tree. A Gift Guide from baby go round

Christmas shopping season is in full swing.  The malls and outlets are crowded and we are fast approaching the last day to order online without paying expedited shipping fees.  Baby Go Round is stocked with great gifts and toys for the little ones and mamas-to-be on your list.  Gift wrapping is always complimentary.  Pass the bull-horn…that’s right, I said F-R-E-E!  You can’t find that at the mall…heck, I couldn’t even get anyone to give me boxes at the mall or outlets (except for Kittery Trading Post, which is a local business).

Here is a guide to some of our favorite gifts at Baby Go Round this year:

New Baby Gifts-the gift of snuggles.  Aden and Anais Dream Blanket, Cordy Roy Rhino by Jelly Cat, Cloud B Twilight Turtle

Gifts from left to right: Cloud B Twilight Turtle, Aden and Anais Dream Blanket, Jelly Cat Cordy Roy Rhino

Bath Toy Gifts for Christmas at Baby Go Round

Gifts from left to right: Skip Hop Octopus Ring Toss, Skip Hop Dunck bath cups (my favorite), Skip Hop Island Play Set

Gifts for the girls Baby Go Round Holiday 2011

Gifts for girls from left to right: Hoohobbers Doll Sized Moses Basket, Trumpette Howdy Bouncy Cow Pink, Chicco Pink Doll Carriage

Oball Gifts for the Blog

Awesome OBall Gifts from left to right: OBALL Rainstick, OBALL Roller, OBALL Bat and Ball

Pkolino Gifts for Blog

Play seating, Toys and Decor Left to Right: P'kolino Stacker Toy, P'Kolino Little Reader Chairs (can be embroidered, in time for Christmas!), P'Kolino Safari Table and Chair Set

Gifts for the Mama to be in store

Gifts for the Mama to be left to right: Nancy Tillman's new Baby Journal "The Wonder of You", Chewbeads Hudson and Jane Teething Necklaces, Hooter Hiders Nursing Covers

Jonathan Adler (heart) Skip Hop for the Mama to Be

For the design loving Mama To Be: Jonathan Adler (heart) Skip Hop in Chevron and Nixon Prints...Duo, Dash, and Pronto available. Designed for Mom, organized for baby.

These are just some of our favorites for under the tree, but as always there is so much more in store.  Stop in today (or Tomorrow, or the next day, etc. until 1 PM on Christmas Eve) for some holiday cheer, local shopping, and free gift wrapping.

Through Christmas we are offering 25% OFF all clothing, 20% OFF all in stock toys, and 15% off all feeding products!

Our holiday hours are: Christmas Eve (Sat.) open until 1pm, Closed Christmas Day (Sunday), Closed December 26 (Monday).  We will reopen for Regular Business Hours on Tuesday, Dec. 27th.

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Cybex 2.Go: My new favorite baby carrier

I’m just going to say it:  I think the Cybex 2.Go is the holy grail of soft-structured baby carriers. I think, you think I’m overstating it….but let me tell you, I’m not.  This carrier is the best. Best part: My customers agree.
Can you use an Ergo Baby with the child facing out on front? Can you use a Baby Bjorn on your back?

The 2.Go carrier has taken on a cult-like following at our store (well, that might be exaggerating a little, but it is very popular). I have women coming in regularly asking for the Cybex carrier that their friend bought from us, that their sister told them about, that their college room mate swears by (you know who you are).  It’s like our little secret.

Just what makes this carrier so special? It has the same functions as the bjorn (starts from infancy, carry facing in on the front, carry facing out on the front,) AND the same functions of the Ergo Baby Carrier (spread-squat positioning, carry on the front facing in, carry on the hip, carry on your back, weight up to 44 lbs). Can you carry your baby facing forward with the Ergo Baby Carrier? No, well you can with the Cybex 2.Go. Let me state it simply: this carrier does everything a Baby Bjorn can do and everything an Ergo Baby Carrier can do…with some extra features like a removable sucking pad included, easy adjust straps, German engineering and design, and it’s totally machine washable!
Cybex 2.Go Carrying Positions
We carry lots of carriers in our store and we are very hands on when helping customers decide which carrier is right for their family.  For a long time we had heard “We love the Ergo BUT we wish that the baby could face forward…BUT we wish that you didn’t need to buy an infant insert to use it from infancy…I guess we’ll just buy the Baby Bjorn and the Ergo.” Sigh.  We also would hear of women complaining that as their baby got a little older they loved the facing out on front position of the Bjorn but did not love the support it provided for them and that the Bjorn only help kids who weigh up to the mid-twenties…those same customers would end up transitioning from the Bjorn to the Ergo Baby.

Now, I’m sincerely not knocking either of those brands or types of carrier, we have and do still carry these brands in our store and think they are rock-stars in the field.  There is a reason that almost anyone you know with kids has a Baby Bjorn, they make a great carrier.  Ergo Baby makes a fabulous line of carriers and really trail blazed this segment of the soft-structured carrier market.  They, too, make a top of the line product.  In fact, I own a well-loved Ergo Baby Carrier myself.

The simple fact is if you are buying both the Ergo and Bjorn new you are spending well north of $200.00 to do so.  The Cybex 2.Go Carrier gives you the option to buy just 1 great quality carrier to get all the function of 2, for $109.00 without giving anything up (feature-wise that is).  That just makes good (dollars and) sense to me.

You can check out the Cybex 2.Go Carrier at babygoroundinc.com or in store anytime at Baby Go Round in Hampton Falls, NH.

Cybex Carrier is Dad Friendly

Dad love the Cybex 2.Go too! The styling is sleek and sporty, and the straps and support fit Dads of many sizes comfortably.

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Small Business Saturday, November 26th: Shop Local for great deals on baby furniture, strollers, and more!!

Small Business Saturday Sale!! Baby Go Round, Baby Furniture, Strollers, Baby Furniture in NH, Baby Furniture SaleBaby Go Round, Inc. is celebrating American Express Small Business Saturday in a big way.  If you are in the market for baby furniture, baby gear, clothing, nursery gliders and prefer shopping in an independent, family-owned store (with all the great perks that come along with it!) than this is the event for you!  Did you know that Baby Go Round was voted by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire Magazine as the Best Place in New Hampshire to buy Baby Furniture?  That’s right!  Come on in, you’ll be in great hands.

Black Friday is for the big guys, the BIG SAVINGS at Baby Go Round are happening on Saturday, November 26th from 10 AM- 5 PM.  We appreciate our customers who choose to “shop local” and we plan to show it with a line-up of great deals on quality baby furniture, baby gear, and so much more!!

Here is a sneak peek of the FABULOUS offers from a few manufacturers of better baby products:

Baby's DReam Furniture On Sale at Baby Go Round in Tax Free NHBABY’S DREAM AND COCOON FURNITURE:  FREE ADULT CONVERSION RAILS with the purchase of a Crib and 2 Cases (of your choice)*

Bonavita Baby Furniture On Sale at Baby Go Round in Tax Free NHBONAVITA FURNITURE:  10% OFF ALL ORDERS, no minimums!*

Pali Baby Furniture on sale at Baby Go Round in Hampton Falls, NH Tax Free

PALI FURNITURE:  FREE TODDLER GUARD RAIL (with the purchase of a crib and case) FREE ADULT RAILS (with the purchase of a crib and 2 cases).  Torino, Volterra, Salerno, and Gala $999.00 package deals available for a crib and double dresser.*

Best Chairs Storytime series gliders on sale in Tax Free NHBEST CHAIRS STORYTIME SERIES GLIDERS:  10% OFF ALL ORDERS*

UPPA BABY VISTA 2011:  SALE PRICE $499.99 Reg. Price $679.99. Limited Colors available.*

BABY JOGGER: 15% OFF ALL IN STOCK STROLLERS. City Mini $199.99 (Reg. $239.99), City Select $424.99(Reg. $499.99), City Summit $339.99 (Reg. $399.99) Limited colors available.*

BABY CARRIERS:  15% OFF ALL IN STOCK BABY CARRIERS:  From brands like Ergo Baby Carrier, Boba, Moby Wrap, Baby K’Tan, Britax, and More!!*

ADORABLE KIDS CLOTHING, OUTERWEAR AND LAYETTE: 25% OFF ALL IN STOCK CLOTHING :  Brands like Le Top, Zutano, Widgeon, Corky Coats, Kissy Kissy, Miniclassix, and so much more!*

15% OFF ALL IN STOCK BATH, STORAGE, AND FEEDING PRODUCTS!!: Brands like Skip Hop, Boon, 3 Sprouts, JJ Cole, and More!

So if you are in the market for Baby Furniture or Baby Gear and you live in Maine, Massachusetts, or New Hampshire, this is a great weekend to give local a shot.  Be sure to stop in at Baby Go Round on Saturday, November 26th, Small Business Saturday, to support your local, family owned baby store and to take advantage of these amazing deals!! (oh yeah, we’re Tax Free in New Hampshire, too!!)

Baby Go Round, Baby Furniture and Baby Gear in Tax Free New Hampshire, NH

If you haven’t heard about Small Business Saturday: American Express values small businesses and the customers who support them. One Saturday a year will reward customers who do too with a $25 credit on their account for shopping with participating small businesses.  You can get more information about the program here and here.

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