Bath Time Struggles Begone!

Bathing your little one has just become easier than ever with the Stokke Flexi Bath! Gone are the days of bulky bathtubs taking up the entire closet. Say goodbye to struggling with the tub in one hand and a wiggly little one in the other. It is time to say hello to the space saving, affordable, and transportable Flexi Bath.

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City living brings about an exciting lifestyle but it is not without challenges – space is a rare commodity and families have to get creative with storage. That is where the Flexi Bath steps up to the plate! Storing with ease, the bath folds completely flat and can sneak into the tightest of spaces when not in use. Weighing in at a mere two pounds, you will never struggle to haul it around like those traditional tubs. Tuck it under your arm, grab some rubber ducks and you and baby are good to go!

What’s even better is that it is the ideal substitute for homes that don’t have a traditional bathtub. Stand-alone shower stalls have met their match! No more struggling to wash a wiggly toddler in a kitchen sink because now your child’s bath can take place anywhere and everywhere with ease.

Have you ever witnessed a total meltdown from a toddler who has outgrown their infant tub but is not quite ready to tackle the big kids full bath? It’s not a pretty sight. The Flexi Bath provides a safe and secure bathing tub for children who are leery of moving up to the full bath. With the addition of the newborn support, sold separately, this will be a great option for children birth-4 years.

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Let’s talk about the newborn support for a quick minute. How many times have you tried to bathe a newborn in an awkward shaped tub, making sure they are comfortable, above water, and not slipping and sliding everywhere? Too many times to count, I’m assuming. This insert clips right in and provides not only a safe place for your newborn, but the molded bottom of the insert provides a comfortable seat that will be like a trip to the spa for your little one. You can’t go wrong with this add-on to ensure a perfect bathing experience for the first few months of your infant’s life!

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As Minnesotans, being on the road and staying outdoors is second nature. The Flexi Bath is going to be your perfect solution for keeping your little ones clean without the hassle during weekends at the cabin, camping, and road trips. No more fearing the dirt and grime that somehow ends up covering every inch of your child – you can sit back and enjoy their laughter knowing all you have to do is grab your Flexi Bath and wipe them down! Don’t forget about the four-legged members of your family, either. The tub doesn’t stop at just children – your dog can roll around in the mud and still end the night clean as a whistle without the hassle of hosing him down or throwing him in the lake!

Don’t struggle one more minute with bulky tubs! Whatever your need may be – the Flexi Bath has an easy solution for you. Grab yours today and find a newfound appreciation, and perhaps a little bit of your long lost patience, for bath time.

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Golden Raspberry – Baby Grand’s Latest Nursery Design

Baby Grand would love to help design your nursery, child space or playroom. We are well-versed in nursery and child decor and love to work on style boards to help attain the room of your (and your child’s) dreams. This latest installment is for a chic, sophisticated little girl.

Please contact katie@babyongrand.com to schedule a complimentary design consultation.

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Spotted! VS Model Alessandra Ambrosio loves Baby Jogger

Victoria Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio used Instagram to share photos of her children Anja, 4, and Noah, 9 months. She wrote: “Going for a ride on the new double stroller!!! Love it!!

We love the Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller in the Green/Gray Combo. It’s a perfect gender neutral color combo, yet bright enough to be spotted while out an about. We also love it’s more adventurous counterpart, the City Mini GT Double Stroller, which has rubber tires, hand break and an adjustable handlebar.

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NEW! Nuna Leaf Curve

Nuna has established themselves as a pioneer in the baby industry — redesigning and reinvigorating products such as the pack-n-play, car seat and bouncer for the modern family. The Nuna Leaf is one of my favorites, and now they’ve redesigned this award-winning design into the Nuna Leaf Curv featuring a sleek, contemporary curvy base. Whether you like the look of the original Leaf or the new Leaf Curv, both will keep your baby happily swaying in style.

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I love the super smooth glide that naturally sways baby back and forth — resembling a leaf falling through the air or the natural motion of mom! Pediatricians have always been a huge supporter of non-motorized baby bouncers, and we think they’d love the Nuna Leaf for this reason as well. Without any use of batteries or plugs, the Nuna Leaf Curv moves from side to side in silence and will hold the motion for over 2 whole minutes. It has a super chic, contemporary design that you won’t mind leaving in your living room and it evolves into use for a big kid (up to 130 pounds!) Nuna also cares about the materials they put into their products making sure the plush, cushy seat is made of baby certified Oeko-Tex fabric. It also has an organic cotton insert that is light and super soft. A product you can feel good about and leave it out next time you’re holding a cocktail party!

NEW! Million Dollar Baby Classic – back to its roots!

I was thrilled at the ABC Baby Expo back in October to see Million Dollar Baby bringing their brand back to their 1990 roots — a celebration of classic design, heritage and value. Their new collections are branded Million Dollar Baby Classic.

I was blown away by the beautiful Arcadia 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with matching Arcadia 6 Drawer Double Dresser. Featuring a linen panel headboard that can be easily reupholstered and customized with any fabric of your choosing, I know all our design conscious customers will love this option. Arcadia will be offered in Dove White.

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My next favorite in the Million Dollar Baby Classic line, is the mix-and-match Louis and the Foothill Collections. Their case pieces can be used interchangeably depending on your aesthetic and the revamped grey tones are amazing. Louis 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is offered in Manor Grey (my favorite new stain), Espresso and Avon Grey while the Foothill 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is offered in Espresso and Weathered Grey. I love how classically simple both collections are and know they will be a crowd favorite.

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mdbcslider_louis1-1I also loved the Tillen 4-in-1 Convertible Crib. Tillen is bold and strong, and features a beautiful recessed back panel and sturdy squared feet. It’s four inch thick posts are countered with delicate moldings and detail. Tillen is offered in Dark Espresso and Washed Grey.

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NEW! Young America Built to Grow Lyric Crib + Crosspointe Collection

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Simple, warm and familiar, the new Young America Built to Grow Lyric Crib is a part of the Crosspointe collection creating a stunning nursery that will grow with your child. Crisp, linear moldings, fine joinery and classic finish details are crafted from kiln-dried North American hardwoods and maple veneers. Crosspointe case pieces feature beautiful standard brushed nickel knobs which create the perfect complement.

We love Young America because it’s one of the only furniture lines Made in the USA and Greenguard Certified meeting and exceeding quality and safety standards— giving you piece of mind. With great prices and a backbone like that, why would you buy anything else for your precious little one?

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Uncle Goose Wooden Blocks

Uncle Goose blocks are reminiscent of the blocks my siblings and I had growing up. True wooden blocks, made from replenishable Michigan grown, Kiln-dried Basswood, hand carved in the United States using non-toxic, child-safe inks. As a retailer, we know hand-manufacturing toy blocks in the United States, Grand Rapids, MI to be exact, is passe. Most of the toy selections we see on the market, especially blocks, are made in China and do not come close to the quality control of Uncle Goose. They also create unique blocks such as Language Blocks (shown below in Chinese), Braille Special Needs Blocks and their two new design partnerships with House Inc and Invisible Creatures Blocks.

Baby Grand is thrilled to bring their wide selection of high-quality blocks to all our customer in Minnesota and beyond! If interested in their language, special needs or exclusive partnerships, inquire with the store (952-912-1010) Shop Uncle Goose

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Glenna Jean’s NEW Bedding Collections

Glenna Jean’s brand new Fall 2013 Bedding Collections are right on trend, and in my opinion, the perfect blend of trend popping colors and themes constructed with timeless fabrics such as polka dots, houndstooth, velours and velvets.

A family business for over 35 years, I’m in awe of Glenna Jean’s construction of each bedding piece and accessory. I’m especially drawn to the way they pull collections together with their extensive swatch of fabrics. Each collection can be comprised of cut velvets, corduroys, jacquards, dupioni, woven cottons, embroideries and trimmings. Definitely a crib bedding manufacturer you need to see and feel in person. Pictures do not do cut velvet and brushed velour justice. Still made in the USA, we cannot wait to bring in these five collections to our store starting in November. Which crib bedding set is your favorite? Shop Glenna Jean here.

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Inside Scoop: Diono @ABCShow13

Diono has really only undergone one major style difference in the last few years and that was the design change that happened when they changed over from being branded as Sunshine Kids to Diono. Now, they have finally redesigned their primary car seats and boosters in a sleek, new way. New colors, fabrics, names, and weight / height limits make them nicer than the current models.

The R100 will be replaced by the Olympia, the R120 by the Pacifica and the RXT by the Ranier. All seats have deeper side wells as well as a 50 pound rear facing weight capacity on the Pacifica and Ranier and a 45lbs rear facing weight capacity on the Olympia. The two upper end models also go to 90 pounds in forward facing harness as well as 70 pounds forward facing harness limit on the Olympia. The latches still hold up to 80lbs and you can still fit 3 across a back seat as the seat has not become any wider. The new fabrics feel much better and all three versions have both black and gray options which are neutral and work well in all cars.

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Two other new seats have replaced older seats. The Solana replaces the Santa Fe as Diono’s backless booster option and it looks less clunky and much cleaner. It will retail somewhere around $39 and come in a gray and black as well as a gray and pink option. The other fixed back booster which used to be the Monterey has been replaced by the Cambria. The Monterey had expandable shoulders and the option to have the back removed, and the Cambria has neither option. However, due to the redesign you do not need the expanding shoulders and based on the lower price point (Cambria for $99 and Monterey for $149), the Cambria seems like a good option for the price. Both models still have latch to keep the seats secure and two cup holders as well to keep those older children happy. It’s nice to see a more modern and cleaner Diono for 2014.

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