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10 Must-Have Items for Your Baby Registry

Posted by Joy Hart on

By Leah Eagle

One of the truly fun things you get to do during your pregnancy is to create your baby registry.

Registries have changed a lot over the years. You can now choose to create one at physical stores or online (or both!).There are also sites like Babylist.com where you can choose products and it will show what stores they are available and keep track of it all in one spot. 

As you've probably seen, there are so many baby products out there to choose from. There are some items that you really need and some that you really don’t. Olli+Lime has done the research and compiled a list of the top 10 products to add to your registry. 

1. Diapers (and wipes too!)

There is no limit on how many diapers you’ll need for your baby. They go a lot, and newborns will go through as many as 10 to 12 diapers each day. Depending on how quickly your baby grows, you may or may not be in the newborn size for very long. Make sure to register for a variety of sizes, including 1’s and 2’s so you can have them on hand when you’re ready to move to the next size. As for the brand, you’ll have to figure out what works best for you and your baby, which may take some time. However, one of the most popular ones for newborns are Pampers Swaddlers. And don’t forget to add wipes too. They may be the item you go through the fastest!

2. Sophie the Giraffe Teether

Sophie is a natural teether that originated in France over 60 years ago, but she is still as popular as ever. It’s not only an adorable giraffe, but is made from 100% natural rubber (rather than plastic) and is a perfect size and shape for babies to hold. They can also chew any part of this toy, but the ears, horns, and feet are made with thicker rubber for extra gnaw-ability. Sophie also squeaks when you squeeze her. Cleaning is easy with a damp cloth. To prevent trapped moisture inside Sophie, just cover the squeaker hole while cleaning. She may just become your baby’s first bestie!

3. Organic Burp Cloths

Burp cloths are not only great for putting on your shoulder after you feed your baby, they can also come in handy to wipe their mouths during feedings, runny noses, drool or come in clutch when messes happen. It’s good to keep several on hand so you’ll always have a clean one nearby. You’ll want to not only have them at home, but also on the go, so make sure to pack them in your diaper bag when taking your baby out. Clean burp cloths are a must to have ready on the daily.

4. Boppy Nursing Pillow + Cover

Not only does this nursing pillow help provide support feeding (both breast and bottle)​​ it can be used for things beyond feeding time. It can multitask as babies grow through their first year. Other uses include: propping (3 months+); tummy time (6 months+); and sitting support (9 months+).

It’s also a good idea to register for multiple covers, so you can always make sure there is a clean one ready to go.

The Boppy is completely machine washable, including the pillow, the pillow cover and the slipcover.

5. Sleepsack Swaddle

If you’ve never swaddled a baby before– it can be a harder task than you may think. Luckily, advances have been made in this category and there are now

SleepSack Swaddles have made the process a whole lot easier. They have all of the  benefits of a traditional swaddle, but in a much simpler and foolproof design. Swaddling is basically wrapping a blanket securely around your baby so that they are unable to wriggle out and interrupt their sleep. There are options in the Sleepsack Swaddle to place your baby with their arms in, hands-to-face, or with one or both arms out. inverted zipper to make middle-of-the-night diaper changes easy breezy. Just unzip, change and put them back to sleep; no need to unswaddle.

6. Baby Carrier

If you want to keep your baby close to you for extended periods of time, there are plenty of baby carriers on the market to choose from. Newborns as small as 7 pounds can be safely worn in a carrier, and most can hold up to 30 pounds, so these can be a good investment on your registry. Carriers allow parents to do other things while still keeping the baby close. Other options of wearables include wraps, slings and backpacks. Benefits of baby wearing include closeness and attachment with your baby, providing them with a safe and secure environment and being able to do tasks while still holding them.

7. A sound machine

Sound machines have come a long way and don’t provide only white noise these days. They are available with features including a nightlight, sounds and songs that can be downloaded to your phone. It combines all of the devices that you need into one easy-to-use device. It can also provide a soft light for midnight newborn feeding sessions. As your children grow, it offers wind down stories for preschoolers and a wake up function for older children. Hatch is one of the most popular brands, and parents can control all the functions by using an app on their phone.

8. An activity gym/playmat

These can provide your baby entertainment from tummy time to sitting up and beyond. Babies get visual stimulation from all the different items included that they can look at and also tactile stimulation with the toys they can touch. Both can encourage your baby to explore and learn. They can also teach play skills to allow them to engage their curiosity. The padded surface provides a cozy spot for your little one to spend some playtime or supervised tummy time each day.

9. A bathtub or bath seat

While many of us may have grown up getting bathed in the kitchen sink, there are now a plethora of baby bathtubs available. Some babies love bath time, some are indifferent and others just don’t care for it. Figure out the bathing routine that works best and make it as easy and relaxing as possible for your baby. There are sink inserts that can turn your sink into a mini bathtub. Basin tubs are standalone tubs that can be placed in the bathtub or sat on the counter. Bath supports let your baby be in a reclined position. Most baby bathtubs have a newborn portion that can be removed and be used as your baby grows. While you’re adding these to your registry, make sure to also put in for some baby bath, baby shampoo, wash cloths and hooded towels!

10. Gift cards

For people who still don’t know what to get as a gift, make sure to include gift cards on your registry too. This way, you can buy whatever you want, or buy items you didn’t receive from your registry. They’re also good to have on hand when you need to make trips to the store to replenish your stock.

Make sure to register for items in a variety of price ranges. While friends and co-workers may spend around $25-$50, family will likely want to spend more, so make sure there are plenty of options to choose from! 

Did you know all Olli+Lime products can be added to your registry via Babylist.com? Simply open up the product listing and click "Add to Babylist" to get started! 

Read more

10 Must-Have Items for Your Baby Registry

Posted by Joy Hart on

By Leah Eagle

One of the truly fun things you get to do during your pregnancy is to create your baby registry.

Registries have changed a lot over the years. You can now choose to create one at physical stores or online (or both!).There are also sites like Babylist.com where you can choose products and it will show what stores they are available and keep track of it all in one spot. 

As you've probably seen, there are so many baby products out there to choose from. There are some items that you really need and some that you really don’t. Olli+Lime has done the research and compiled a list of the top 10 products to add to your registry. 

1. Diapers (and wipes too!)

There is no limit on how many diapers you’ll need for your baby. They go a lot, and newborns will go through as many as 10 to 12 diapers each day. Depending on how quickly your baby grows, you may or may not be in the newborn size for very long. Make sure to register for a variety of sizes, including 1’s and 2’s so you can have them on hand when you’re ready to move to the next size. As for the brand, you’ll have to figure out what works best for you and your baby, which may take some time. However, one of the most popular ones for newborns are Pampers Swaddlers. And don’t forget to add wipes too. They may be the item you go through the fastest!

2. Sophie the Giraffe Teether

Sophie is a natural teether that originated in France over 60 years ago, but she is still as popular as ever. It’s not only an adorable giraffe, but is made from 100% natural rubber (rather than plastic) and is a perfect size and shape for babies to hold. They can also chew any part of this toy, but the ears, horns, and feet are made with thicker rubber for extra gnaw-ability. Sophie also squeaks when you squeeze her. Cleaning is easy with a damp cloth. To prevent trapped moisture inside Sophie, just cover the squeaker hole while cleaning. She may just become your baby’s first bestie!

3. Organic Burp Cloths

Burp cloths are not only great for putting on your shoulder after you feed your baby, they can also come in handy to wipe their mouths during feedings, runny noses, drool or come in clutch when messes happen. It’s good to keep several on hand so you’ll always have a clean one nearby. You’ll want to not only have them at home, but also on the go, so make sure to pack them in your diaper bag when taking your baby out. Clean burp cloths are a must to have ready on the daily.

4. Boppy Nursing Pillow + Cover

Not only does this nursing pillow help provide support feeding (both breast and bottle)​​ it can be used for things beyond feeding time. It can multitask as babies grow through their first year. Other uses include: propping (3 months+); tummy time (6 months+); and sitting support (9 months+).

It’s also a good idea to register for multiple covers, so you can always make sure there is a clean one ready to go.

The Boppy is completely machine washable, including the pillow, the pillow cover and the slipcover.

5. Sleepsack Swaddle

If you’ve never swaddled a baby before– it can be a harder task than you may think. Luckily, advances have been made in this category and there are now

SleepSack Swaddles have made the process a whole lot easier. They have all of the  benefits of a traditional swaddle, but in a much simpler and foolproof design. Swaddling is basically wrapping a blanket securely around your baby so that they are unable to wriggle out and interrupt their sleep. There are options in the Sleepsack Swaddle to place your baby with their arms in, hands-to-face, or with one or both arms out. inverted zipper to make middle-of-the-night diaper changes easy breezy. Just unzip, change and put them back to sleep; no need to unswaddle.

6. Baby Carrier

If you want to keep your baby close to you for extended periods of time, there are plenty of baby carriers on the market to choose from. Newborns as small as 7 pounds can be safely worn in a carrier, and most can hold up to 30 pounds, so these can be a good investment on your registry. Carriers allow parents to do other things while still keeping the baby close. Other options of wearables include wraps, slings and backpacks. Benefits of baby wearing include closeness and attachment with your baby, providing them with a safe and secure environment and being able to do tasks while still holding them.

7. A sound machine

Sound machines have come a long way and don’t provide only white noise these days. They are available with features including a nightlight, sounds and songs that can be downloaded to your phone. It combines all of the devices that you need into one easy-to-use device. It can also provide a soft light for midnight newborn feeding sessions. As your children grow, it offers wind down stories for preschoolers and a wake up function for older children. Hatch is one of the most popular brands, and parents can control all the functions by using an app on their phone.

8. An activity gym/playmat

These can provide your baby entertainment from tummy time to sitting up and beyond. Babies get visual stimulation from all the different items included that they can look at and also tactile stimulation with the toys they can touch. Both can encourage your baby to explore and learn. They can also teach play skills to allow them to engage their curiosity. The padded surface provides a cozy spot for your little one to spend some playtime or supervised tummy time each day.

9. A bathtub or bath seat

While many of us may have grown up getting bathed in the kitchen sink, there are now a plethora of baby bathtubs available. Some babies love bath time, some are indifferent and others just don’t care for it. Figure out the bathing routine that works best and make it as easy and relaxing as possible for your baby. There are sink inserts that can turn your sink into a mini bathtub. Basin tubs are standalone tubs that can be placed in the bathtub or sat on the counter. Bath supports let your baby be in a reclined position. Most baby bathtubs have a newborn portion that can be removed and be used as your baby grows. While you’re adding these to your registry, make sure to also put in for some baby bath, baby shampoo, wash cloths and hooded towels!

10. Gift cards

For people who still don’t know what to get as a gift, make sure to include gift cards on your registry too. This way, you can buy whatever you want, or buy items you didn’t receive from your registry. They’re also good to have on hand when you need to make trips to the store to replenish your stock.

Make sure to register for items in a variety of price ranges. While friends and co-workers may spend around $25-$50, family will likely want to spend more, so make sure there are plenty of options to choose from! 

Did you know all Olli+Lime products can be added to your registry via Babylist.com? Simply open up the product listing and click "Add to Babylist" to get started! 

Read more


6 Nursery Essentials that grow with your Baby

Posted by Rom van der Zee on

Pillow - Decor & Flexibility are Key. 

Select your design with transition in mind. A great pillow transcends the singular room and has the flexibility to fit in any room. Choose fashions that are neutral & work within Home Décor. Make sure that the size is small enough to be safe for baby but large enough to fit on a couch or into that toddler bed. And finally—for the greatest flexibility, make sure it has a pillow cover which provides the ultimate transitional opportunities.

For safety purposes always remove decorative  pillows from your baby’s crib prior to nap or bedtime.

 

OLLI+LIME Twig Pillow

 

Blankets – Buy Large.

Large blankets aren’t ideal in the crib at first, but they are ideal for tummy time and “hang out” on the floor time. They also have the added benefit of transitioning into the toddler room adding comfort to the new big boy or big girl bed. Larger blankets are also luxuriously decadent for Sunday snuggle time on the couch for you and your baby!

OLLI+LIME Weave Blanket

 

Shelves – Pick Simplicity and Mobility.

One thing that is true within any nursery is the need for space. Simple, easy to install shelves provide quick and easy storage and decoration solutions while decluttering and providing places for your nursery décor to set. When selecting shelves choose neutral colors that work in the balance of your house as well as those that will fit as a transitional piece within a toddler room. Once its job is done in the toddler room, it can move into your “dining/bar area” – see below “dressers” for how this dining/bar area comes to life.

BabyLetto Dottie Book Shelve System

 

Dressers – Yes They Can Grow Too!

OK….so not every solution is inexpensive, and your nursery dresser may just fit into this category, knowing that this firm structure has the greatest need and likelihood of spanning the test of time. Select a dresser that is made from solid materials that also meets your own personal home style, the solid material will give you the option to refinish the piece down the road. Also find one that gives you solutions that meet your needs such as doubling as your changing table or storing your diapers during the baby years and holding those favorite toys and stuffies in the toddler years. This piece can transition into your dining room as storage for glassware and potential move into that earned and greatly needed “bar space” (hint: read “shelves” section above for complete bar design solution)

Babyletto Palma WB Dresser

 

Rugs – Mobile Luxury

Nothing transforms a room more quickly or easily than a rug. Selecting a luxe rug not only dresses up any nursery, it also provides instant comfort during those middle of the night moments. Choose rugs that complement your nursery while adding a smidge of design or color that can carry throughout your home. Select a size that is compact enough that it still fits when you transition into a Toddler room as well as meeting a need next to your favorite lounge chair within your home.

Kroma Carpets Light Grey Round Rug

 

Wall Décor – Customization is Timeless

Who doesn’t like looking back on baby photos or moments that have defined their life? Selecting customized timeless pieces are a great way to capture those time capsule moments that never get old. Just as appropriate and meaningful when your kiddo is a baby to when they head out of the home, selecting those pieces that timestamp the early days will stand the test of time within their room and your household over the generations.

OLLI+LIME Modern Birthday Wall-Art

 

 

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6 Nursery Essentials that grow with your Baby

Posted by Rom van der Zee on

Pillow - Decor & Flexibility are Key. 

Select your design with transition in mind. A great pillow transcends the singular room and has the flexibility to fit in any room. Choose fashions that are neutral & work within Home Décor. Make sure that the size is small enough to be safe for baby but large enough to fit on a couch or into that toddler bed. And finally—for the greatest flexibility, make sure it has a pillow cover which provides the ultimate transitional opportunities.

For safety purposes always remove decorative  pillows from your baby’s crib prior to nap or bedtime.

 

OLLI+LIME Twig Pillow

 

Blankets – Buy Large.

Large blankets aren’t ideal in the crib at first, but they are ideal for tummy time and “hang out” on the floor time. They also have the added benefit of transitioning into the toddler room adding comfort to the new big boy or big girl bed. Larger blankets are also luxuriously decadent for Sunday snuggle time on the couch for you and your baby!

OLLI+LIME Weave Blanket

 

Shelves – Pick Simplicity and Mobility.

One thing that is true within any nursery is the need for space. Simple, easy to install shelves provide quick and easy storage and decoration solutions while decluttering and providing places for your nursery décor to set. When selecting shelves choose neutral colors that work in the balance of your house as well as those that will fit as a transitional piece within a toddler room. Once its job is done in the toddler room, it can move into your “dining/bar area” – see below “dressers” for how this dining/bar area comes to life.

BabyLetto Dottie Book Shelve System

 

Dressers – Yes They Can Grow Too!

OK….so not every solution is inexpensive, and your nursery dresser may just fit into this category, knowing that this firm structure has the greatest need and likelihood of spanning the test of time. Select a dresser that is made from solid materials that also meets your own personal home style, the solid material will give you the option to refinish the piece down the road. Also find one that gives you solutions that meet your needs such as doubling as your changing table or storing your diapers during the baby years and holding those favorite toys and stuffies in the toddler years. This piece can transition into your dining room as storage for glassware and potential move into that earned and greatly needed “bar space” (hint: read “shelves” section above for complete bar design solution)

Babyletto Palma WB Dresser

 

Rugs – Mobile Luxury

Nothing transforms a room more quickly or easily than a rug. Selecting a luxe rug not only dresses up any nursery, it also provides instant comfort during those middle of the night moments. Choose rugs that complement your nursery while adding a smidge of design or color that can carry throughout your home. Select a size that is compact enough that it still fits when you transition into a Toddler room as well as meeting a need next to your favorite lounge chair within your home.

Kroma Carpets Light Grey Round Rug

 

Wall Décor – Customization is Timeless

Who doesn’t like looking back on baby photos or moments that have defined their life? Selecting customized timeless pieces are a great way to capture those time capsule moments that never get old. Just as appropriate and meaningful when your kiddo is a baby to when they head out of the home, selecting those pieces that timestamp the early days will stand the test of time within their room and your household over the generations.

OLLI+LIME Modern Birthday Wall-Art

 

 

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Black and White Nursery Art. Simply Modern!

Posted by Rom van der Zee on

By Rom V. on behalf of OLLI+LIME
Whether an atmospheric watercolor, contemporary print or lovingly crafted sketch, black and white art stands out. It will be a great addition to any room in your house, starting from your living room, all the way to your baby nursery design. Without the distraction of color, the subject of black and white pictures will take center stage. This is why the artist's message and emotions shine through the black and white and images.
Black & white art prints are one of the most popular styles for your home. Through this blog you will discover the classic monochrome black and white art prints in a collection that captures the sleek and stylish essence of the black and white contrast. This is a theme that you can enjoy in every room in your house.
In this blog post we will look at what makes black and white such a great wall art choice and why you should consider it for your home.
First of all, black and white images rely on a number of factors to make an image work:
  • lighting - making sure the image is properly lit helps with the definition of the subject
  • shadow - in the same way, having well defined shadow adds real depth
  • contrast - the interplay between the two helps define the image and give it real punch
In our art prints collection, the beautiful black and white pieces that we offer will take all of those aspects to the heart and will give you plenty of brilliant black and white wall art choices.Let's take a few examples of how black and white wall art can be so effective in your home.
 
Black and white wall art for your baby nursery:
Our wall art is designed with the thought of modern parents and children it mind. The beauty of using black and white wall art is its flexibility. Our art prints use a seamless base of neutral colors, so that you can boldly add our own favorite colors to your baby nursery. Our black and white wall art will liven up the layout of any room while also balancing the color tone of the entire space.
In this way the colors throughout the space that you are decorating will be contrasting, but not overwhelming or contradictory. Your baby will enjoy learning about new shapes from the wall art that decorates their room, and you as a parent will love the décor they provide.
With black and while art pieces you will no longer have to worry about color coordination in any space. No matter what type of our wall art you choose, such as abstract images, lines and portraits, it will work perfectly with the proportions of the space, giving it a sense of cheerful and organized energy.
You can use our wall art in your baby nursery design, or throughout your home.
 
Inspirational black and white wall art:
Black and white have endless combinations. No matter what type of color you choose to pair with, it almost always works. This is a classic combination that never goes out of style. You will notice that it comes with a sense of nostalgia, as if going back to the silent film era, freezing art and images in a moment.
If you choose to decorate any a room in this way you will notice that your wall art adds layers to space. Inspirational wall art will add harmony to the room batter than other styles of decorating. This is classic color combination that will always be a staple of interior design.
 
Black and white wall decals:
Designed to fit your baby nursery, but more than welcome in any room of your house, our wall decals have carefully chosen patterns.
While the black and white color scheme adds no other colors, it will provide a striking addition to an all-neutral space. These wall decals will strike the perfect balance, providing a visual impact that anchors the room without overpowering the soft tones and different textures.
Our patterns are interesting, but not overpowering, and you can place then in your home with confidence, without fear that they might be too busy for the eyes.
 
Black and white in your home décor:
Some styles can sometimes seem almost impossible to accomplish in a home. Like how do you achieve modern eclectic? The answer lies in miscellaneous home decor. Our wall art goes perfect with this eclectic mix of rugs and pillows. Add in some woven pieces and your house will be a modern marvel.
Using black and white will clean things up for the eye and leave you free to add your colors to the other decorative elements. If you want to add a more personal touch, you can take some digital photographs yourself and put a black and white filter on them to give them a vintage vibe. Place a few patterned pillows on your sofa that will match the black and white of the photographs and your design will be complete.

Read more

Black and White Nursery Art. Simply Modern!

Posted by Rom van der Zee on

By Rom V. on behalf of OLLI+LIME
Whether an atmospheric watercolor, contemporary print or lovingly crafted sketch, black and white art stands out. It will be a great addition to any room in your house, starting from your living room, all the way to your baby nursery design. Without the distraction of color, the subject of black and white pictures will take center stage. This is why the artist's message and emotions shine through the black and white and images.
Black & white art prints are one of the most popular styles for your home. Through this blog you will discover the classic monochrome black and white art prints in a collection that captures the sleek and stylish essence of the black and white contrast. This is a theme that you can enjoy in every room in your house.
In this blog post we will look at what makes black and white such a great wall art choice and why you should consider it for your home.
First of all, black and white images rely on a number of factors to make an image work:
  • lighting - making sure the image is properly lit helps with the definition of the subject
  • shadow - in the same way, having well defined shadow adds real depth
  • contrast - the interplay between the two helps define the image and give it real punch
In our art prints collection, the beautiful black and white pieces that we offer will take all of those aspects to the heart and will give you plenty of brilliant black and white wall art choices.Let's take a few examples of how black and white wall art can be so effective in your home.
 
Black and white wall art for your baby nursery:
Our wall art is designed with the thought of modern parents and children it mind. The beauty of using black and white wall art is its flexibility. Our art prints use a seamless base of neutral colors, so that you can boldly add our own favorite colors to your baby nursery. Our black and white wall art will liven up the layout of any room while also balancing the color tone of the entire space.
In this way the colors throughout the space that you are decorating will be contrasting, but not overwhelming or contradictory. Your baby will enjoy learning about new shapes from the wall art that decorates their room, and you as a parent will love the décor they provide.
With black and while art pieces you will no longer have to worry about color coordination in any space. No matter what type of our wall art you choose, such as abstract images, lines and portraits, it will work perfectly with the proportions of the space, giving it a sense of cheerful and organized energy.
You can use our wall art in your baby nursery design, or throughout your home.
 
Inspirational black and white wall art:
Black and white have endless combinations. No matter what type of color you choose to pair with, it almost always works. This is a classic combination that never goes out of style. You will notice that it comes with a sense of nostalgia, as if going back to the silent film era, freezing art and images in a moment.
If you choose to decorate any a room in this way you will notice that your wall art adds layers to space. Inspirational wall art will add harmony to the room batter than other styles of decorating. This is classic color combination that will always be a staple of interior design.
 
Black and white wall decals:
Designed to fit your baby nursery, but more than welcome in any room of your house, our wall decals have carefully chosen patterns.
While the black and white color scheme adds no other colors, it will provide a striking addition to an all-neutral space. These wall decals will strike the perfect balance, providing a visual impact that anchors the room without overpowering the soft tones and different textures.
Our patterns are interesting, but not overpowering, and you can place then in your home with confidence, without fear that they might be too busy for the eyes.
 
Black and white in your home décor:
Some styles can sometimes seem almost impossible to accomplish in a home. Like how do you achieve modern eclectic? The answer lies in miscellaneous home decor. Our wall art goes perfect with this eclectic mix of rugs and pillows. Add in some woven pieces and your house will be a modern marvel.
Using black and white will clean things up for the eye and leave you free to add your colors to the other decorative elements. If you want to add a more personal touch, you can take some digital photographs yourself and put a black and white filter on them to give them a vintage vibe. Place a few patterned pillows on your sofa that will match the black and white of the photographs and your design will be complete.

Read more


Outdoor Style in the Nursery

Posted by Rom van der Zee on