There’s a Good Reason to order Harbor Town and Mix Now
If you’ve been considering a purchase from either of these collections, including the Built to Grow Encore Crib and Kudos Crib and you must place your orders with your Young America retailer or online before October 4, 2013. After that date, it’s good night Mix and Harbor Town.
Protect your Baby’s Health with an Organic Crib Mattress
Young America cribs are GREENGUARD certified to protect babies from exposure to potentially harsh chemicals. Cribs that are not GREENGUARD certified or crib mattresses not certified “Organic” may “off-gas” and be unhealthy for a baby.
The term “Off-gassing" refers to the evaporation of synthetic compounds used in manufacturing products, from cars to computers and toys to tennis balls and cribs and other home furnishings. Two identifiable types of off-gases are the “new car” and “new carpet” smells, but they can be odorless too.
What are the Health Risks of off-gassing?
Exposure to or inhalation of these airborne gases may cause asthma, coughing, rash, hives, watery eyes and compromised immunity. To avoid the health risks of off-gassing, we recommend pairing a Young America crib with an organic crib mattress to ensure a pollutant-free nursery and indoor environment. You will also want to be mindful of other elements in a baby’s living space, including carpets, wall paint and even toys.
What is an Organic Crib Mattress?
Mattresses made with organic, non-toxic materials, without conventional chemicals (ie: formaldehyde, polyvinyl chloride or PVC) and meet strict standards. The mattresses are, of course, not 100% organic as 1) they are not an agricultural products and 2) you probably do not want a biodegradable mattress, but they are made with the highest percentage of non-toxic materials available and meet strict standards for health and safety.
Why Choose an Organic Crib Mattress?
Parents and physicians recommend an organic crib mattress as an important way to avoid unnecessary exposure to the off-gassing of toxic chemicals.
What are the Certification Standards for an Organic Mattress?
Organic mattresses, like other certified products made with organic fiber and textiles, are certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The largest U.S. GOTS approved certifier is Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO).
In particular, the GOTS standard requires that all fiber and fabrics, with limited exceptions, must be made from certified materials that meet the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) standard and are processed in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
All other components (such as innersprings, fire protection, etc.) must meet stringent Federal standards for health and safety.
Are Mattresses labeled “Eco” or “Green” good too? Not really.
"Eco" and "Green" are not regulated terms and can be misleading. For example, plant-derived or soybean foam used in many eco mattresses are vastly petroleum/chemical-based and not really made of soybeans. Likewise, bamboo fabric found in eco models is typically made using environmentally-toxic chemicals with no trace of bamboo plant in the finished product. Many of these eco materials may sound enticing, but are not truly natural or green and are certainly not focused on eliminating harmful chemicals.
Where to Buy an Organic Crib Mattress?
We recommend two companies as organic crib mattress sources - made in USA - as healthy companions to our GREENGUARD certified Young America cribs:
Naturpedic and Colgate mattresses are broadly distributed or may be ordered directly via their websites. FMI contact a Young America Signature Shop or retailer in your area: Young America Store Locator
Child Safety is in The Details
With its Made in America quality and safety, its design innovation, and incomparable styling and finish detail, Young America helps you create environments that are inspiring, safe, nurturing and healthy for your child. It is in these spaces your child will wonder, create, grow and ultimately become whatever he or she is meant to be. View all Young America Cribs
Style Tips: Back-to-School
What goes around comes around in kid’s styles, often with a fresh new twist. We’ve been on the look-out for simple ideas and trends for this back-to-school season… watching our own kids + their friends gives us clues for kids, from toddler to teen.
Here are a couple of our style observations on accessories…
The All-American bandana is back! For girls, the fashion bandana is mixed with a fun bun, like these…
image via weheartit
For boys, we found this sweet spin on bandana charm via etsy…
These hip bandana trends work especially well when paired with denim, always an American classic.
Another style to watch in kid’s fashion is knit beanies, for both both boys and girls alike. Here are a few images of inspiration…
image via etsy
images via pinterest
We love this look with the pop of red and the classic high-top converse…and the always-right-for-Fall plaid print …
image via fashiondivadesign
Enjoy getting your kids ready to head back to school in style! Let us know the kid fashions you’ve spied recently.
Teen Vogue My Room Makeover: Abigail Dresser
We’re excited to have an Abigail Double Dresser in French White included in Teen Vogue magazine’s brand new web series "My Room Makeover". Teen Vogue interior design gurus give a bedroom the total chic treatment. Over the course of four episodes, you’ll meet the lucky girl, watch the makeover in-progress, see the satisfying reveal, and get tons of DIY tips to transform your own space. The first room belongs to Victoria Shaffer, daughter of Paul Shaffer from The Late Show with David Letterman.
Abigail Double Dresser shown in French White, just one of 19 paint and wood tone finish choices. Available in Vintage Weathered or Standard finish techniques. View the entire Young America Abigail Collection online.
Back to School means Back to Organization
Back to School is about a fresh start. Brand new tools. A time to get organized. We are probably not the only ones who enjoy shopping for crisp, colorful binders and composition books… sharpening stacks of #2’s …preparing children for the new year and organizing their living spaces for the school year. Where to begin?
Here’s one way to organize a girl’s bedroom: build a study and storage space that fits your space and style. Shown above: Young America Dana Writing Desk combined with two Dana Door Bookcases, a Dana Storage Hutch and a Bailey Banker Chair.
A Newberry Bookcase Bed (below) paired with two Dana Low Bookcases creates an attractive, practical space for the (many) things that may otherwise end up on the floor, under the bed or who-knows-where…
Mixed and matched, Dana furniture styles are space-saving, versatile and blend easily with Young America collections and styles you may already have in your home. Perfect for a child’s bedroom in your choice of paint finishes and wood tones.
Young America Dana study and storage ideas to help organize a modern boy’s room too.
Cubbies, bins, drawers and doors provide space to stow and display everything.
shown above: Dana Writing Desk and Dana Large Console (top with monitor/tv) with two Dana Door Bookcases, Dana Storage Hutches and Bailey Banker Chairs. A Newberry Bookcase Bed (below) is flanked with Dana Low Bookcases for a cozy library effect.
Here are some other fun ideas we’ve found while looking around online…
image via Ikea
How about stacks of colorful organization? Just a little paint & imagination goes a long way. Having ample storage is key, whether in boxes, bins, baskets or jars.
image via bellamumma
Task lighting is another essential. We found a current source for some colorful desk lamps at apartmenttherapy…
…and another fun idea for creating order in your study space, using a peg board to display artwork or assignments…
image via momodesign
For other good organization and decorating ideas for your kids’ rooms and study spaces: click here.
DIY Craft idea: Paper Plane Mobile with Maps
Paper planes! They are magical and bring us back to our childhood. This DIY project gives a nod to nostalgia with a fresh new take on paper planes… a way to recycle and re-purpose otherwise wasted materials: maps. Our paper planes are made with re-purposed Atlas pages. To create this look, search your home for old maps or look for vintage maps on ebay or a local antique shop for an especially nostalgic look. The colors, graphic details and reference to travel make maps the perfect medium for paper planes.
When starting your own DIY paper plane craft project, you can select the map pages with your child…choosing maps of special places you’ve traveled to…or places you dream to go.
Once we created a variety of paper aircraft, we strung them together with fishing line. You may choose to display planes against the wall as a piece of art too, like we did for our All Seasons Design Guide…
Or, as streamers in a window…
For our Young America showroom we created a mobile using a plane propeller from Authentic Models as the base and hung our paper plane garlands from it. We especially love the natural movement mobiles create. What do you think?
Happy paper plane-making! Whether you choose to decorate with them or just PLAY!