Stylish Toys & Gear: Versatile, Educational and Safe Options for Babies 1–18 Months

Janette Crawford, Writer & Stylist

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5 Videos (1h 4m)
    • Define your baby style

      12:15
    • Play gear

      16:20
    • Feeding gear

      14:52
    • Toys by stage

      14:17
    • Toys by brand

      6:45

About This Class

Baby products can be overwhelming. The brands are all new to you, you're not sure what's essential and what's "marketing," and mainstream products seem to be covered in color palettes and characters that would otherwise have no place in your life. I'll help you identify the products you really need… that fit your style. 

Who it's for

New parents (before or after baby comes) who are interested in versatile, high-style baby items. This class focuses on items you'll be interested in after baby has arrived—a step beyond newborn essentials. (If you've searched keywords like "brain development toys for newborns" on your smartphone while breastfeeding, this class is for you!)

What we'll cover

Developmental toys for all stages, play gyms, bouncers, walkers, swings, high chairs, feeding utensils, playards, bath toys, stuffed animals and more. I'll share a look at some of my favorite brands and resources. I love toys and gear that can grow with a child, so my picks focus on versatility and economy. Options for all budgets. 

For example... You could buy a high-end convertible high chair (like I did), or you could opt for an IKEA high chair that you'll use for 12–18 months and then transition to a booster seat. If I'd done this, I would have saved $250+ and wouldn't have a fifth—and mismatched—seat to fit at my table. 

What you get

- Three video lessons: one to define your baby style, and two that present stylish options for toys and play gear 

- Q&A forum where you can ask me and fellow students anything 

- At the end, a clear vision of your baby style and what play things to buy for your baby's first 18 months, defined in your well-edited Pinterest board 

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This class helped me organize my plan both for decorating our nursery, and for registering for toys that would work in our home (and not take over it!). I've already used the color palette from my project several times, and really appreciate the tips on brands and resources for shopping for gear.

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Janette Crawford

Writer & Stylist

Janette Crawford is the founder of Sun + Dotter, a baby & maternity curation & styling service in San Francisco. She also maintains Fashion Loves People, a blog she started in 2007 about ethical fashion for women, home and baby, and where she runs an online pop-up shop of beautiful baby items. She was a member of the founding team at Storenvy, a San Francisco startup that powers online storefronts for creative businesses.

Janette's writing and style have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Refinery29, DesignSponge, Apartment Therapy, LeanIn.org and more. She has spoken at Alt Summit, Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs, Texas Style Council and PRNews' Facebook Conference.

Her daughter, Vivian Sunshine, was born in 2011. She's learned since then that babies really don't need the flashy, minxy products that mainstream baby retailers have to offer, and products like wooden Montessori toys are better for them all around. Good news for all of us!

Read Janette's story of how having a baby went from awful to amazing, also published in Cosmo: http://leanin.org/stories/janette-crawford

Janette's Fashion Loves People pop-up shop: http://store.fashionlovespeople.com

A peek at Janette's maternity and home style on Refinery29: http://refinery29.com/maternity-fashion-tips

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