Last week, the biggest names in baby and toddler flocked to Kentucky for the ABC Kids Show, the largest North American Trade Show for children’s gear, furniture, clothing and toys. With almost a million square feet of new and inventive products, I had a lot of ground to cover.
Wandering through aisle after aisle, it was obvious that these days, cheery colours, thoughtful design, attention to detail, and multi-purpose products are leading the way in the baby realm. Eco-consciousness is also a growing trend, and Canadian-made items (hooray Canada!) are making a huge impact – especially in furniture. Plus, thanks to companies raising the bar on prints and patterns, with Dwell Studio leading the charge, outfitting for baby has become more chic and stylish than ever before.
Out of all the furnishings, gear and decor, here are the top 10 that caught my eye.
Nurseryworks’ Tree Bookcase can hold up to 100 books and can securely fasten to your nursery wall.
Franklin & Ben
Franklin & Ben’s Arlington Crib is traditional, classic and timeless. Made with solid American poplar hardwood and birch veneer panels. This three-in-one crib is fully convertible.
Dutailier’s Pomelo Baby crib is made in Canada, is eco-responsible and 100% wood. With modern looks and clean lines, their cribs are also practical. This one does double duty as it converts into a single bed.
Oeuf’s Perch Bunk Bed is crafted in Europe with minimal environmental impact. Elegant and compact, it is ideal for smaller spaces. The versatile Perch easily separates into a loft bed and a standalone twin, giving many configuration options.
Charlie Banana’s line of modern cloth diapers are rapidly gaining popularity. I love their wide range of vibrant colours, cute prints and even a Fashion Collection collaboration with designer Matthew Langille.
Nurseryworks’ District Crib is made in Los Angeles from 100% reclaimed wood, If that wasn’t enough, it also converts into a desk.
Monte’s Dorma twin bed is handcrafted in Toronto and made with LEED certified woods, recycled leather, and a substantial effort to minimize the ecological impact of manufacturing. Plus, this bed will last through to teen years.
Skip*Hop’s Complete Sheet™ bumper-free crib bedding features bold graphics for a fun look and comes with repositionable wall decals.
Wee Gallery’s animals are made of high-contrast repeating patterns to stimulate visual development in infants. Their art cards are created from bold, whimsical, hand-painted originals that cater to a baby’s visual strengths. Perfect for framing.
Blooming Bath was one of the most talked about items at this years show. This cute, cuddly and super soft bathtub fits any sink or tub and doubles as a cushy play mat.