Welcome to Baby Week on NKT, everyone! This week, I will be focusing on the latest and greatest on baby gear. Stay tuned for my picks for the most notable baby items for modern families.
Outfitting small spaces often demands creativity while combining functionality, especially when babies are added to the mix. But just because a space is small, doesn’t mean you have to forget style.
Cribs, perhaps one of the most pertinent elements of baby’s nursery, monopolize a lot of space. In some cases, families don’t have the space for a full-sized crib, or perhaps, have the need for a secondary crib. Earlier this year, bloom debuted its alma crib, a compact, modern, stylish, yet functional solution for space-strived families.
The alma, which comes in a palette of vibrant colors and touts clean, straight lines, needs no assembly, as it opens and collapses with ease. Described to be as wide as a standard dresser, the Alma is small enough (37x20x33″) to be used an an alternative for co-sleepers, bassinets, mini-cribs or even pack-and-plays. After use, the Alma can be closed and stored to maximize space.
The alma, like other bloom products complies with all CPSIA requirements, and is a sustainable option for baby gear. According to bloom, alma is crafted from solid birch wood from certified sustainable wood forests. The wood is independently tested to be free of wood PCP and other toxic wood preservatives. The finishes and bedding textiles are lead free, phthalate free, PVC free, heavy metal free, and AZO dye free. For me, sustainability is a huge selling point.
I love that bloom was founded by four dads who sought to bring contemporary design and intelligent innovation to a range of baby products. bloom’s simple, clean, but innovative products are head-turners and among some of my favorite high-end baby gear.
Just like many urban dwelling families, we know the lack of space predicament quite well. It might be shocking to those who aren’t used to it, but we’ve managed to coexist in our 1br railroad apartment just fine, thanks to intuitive baby gear and furniture that gives us room to breathe. Before we opted for our Stokke Sleepi, we were leaning towards investing in a mini-crib for our closet nursery. We were disappointed at the lack of options for durable, safe and modern mini cribs. Had the alma been out a few years ago, we could have totally gone this route. I love the idea of being able to store the crib when it’s not in use, yet not having to sacrifice modern design for function and convenience. I’ve always been a big fan of bloom products, but somewhat deterred by the price tags. Though the alma wouldn’t have lasted for us as long since we have a taller kid, this crib is certainly a viable solution for families who crave space, portability and sleek designs.
The alma can be found at retailers such as giggle and retails for $400. By the way, I love giggle’s Q&A feature on their site. Great consumer interaction!
The mattress and bedding are all sold separately, and can also be found at giggle.