This Week in Cool Things for Kids: Rattan Teacups and a Toy Subscription Deal
Editor favorites for the 12-and-under crowd.
Updated Jan 26, 2023 11:26 AM
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The Internet can be a dizzying place to navigate for parents in search of the latest and/or greatest kid stuff—which is why we like to rely on word of mouth for uncovering hidden gems in the 12-and-under category. Among the latest collaborations—ahem, Nick Cave’s textile collection with Knoll—and deals of the week our editors Slack about on a daily basis, there’s also discussion over all the cool things for kiddos we’ve encountered: a rattan tea set (yes, really!); a portable, kid-friendly version of Hatch’s multifunctional alarm clock; Amanda Jane Jones’s new graphic designs for Revival rugs; and so on. Allow this page to be your formal invite to our Domino group chat, where we’ll continue to document all of the editor-favorite kids’ products, buzzy brand collaborations, design hacks, and other children-centric nuggets occupying space inside our heads on a weekly basis.
A Nonkitschy Nightlight: Hatch Rest+ 2nd Gen
Domino’s deputy commerce editor, Samantha Weiss-Hills, has successfully gifted this nightlight to many a new parent and it’s always been a huge hit. But the latest version, she says, is even better. It comes with a charging dock, so you can take it to other rooms—and right now each purchase includes a free coverlet.
Hatch appropriately refers to the Rest+ as a “dream machine.” From an app on your phone, you can control the volume of 11-plus sounds—white noise, ocean waves, rain, and more—and even read aloud a bedtime story or start up a playlist of curated tunes, as long as you’re connected to Wi-Fi. Hatch also functions as an alarm clock, where the soft, dimmable glow during sleeping hours will warm and brighten by morning to gently signal it’s time for your little one to wake up and start their day.
Something New: Amanda Jane Jones x Revival
These fun floor coverings courtesy of graphic designer Amanda Jane Jones are set to drop tomorrow, January 26, at Revival (one of our favorite washable rug makers). While this limited-edition collection can’t be added to your laundry pile, they should still hold their own in a playroom just fine, especially the handwoven jute stripes. Made from one of the brand’s best-selling weaves, Hart is low shedding, easy to clean, and biodegradable. Did we mention it also makes for the perfect foundational layer? We’re taking cues from Jones’s own Utah home, where she places the poppy orange-red and navy stripes beneath a hand-tufted apple wool motif. The clean, colorful designs are bright and cheerful, easily transforming any space into a kid-friendly one. “We’ve had the Revival jute Hart rugs in our house for over a year and I’m hooked,” shares Jones. “The thing that makes the striped rugs most suited for a kids room is 1. They are easy to clean, 2. They don’t shed, and 3. They are durable but also soft enough to play on. We keep the apple rug by our train set—it’s been so fun to see my youngest make imaginary worlds inside the apple.”
A Good Deal: 62% Off Crate&Kids Brady Midnight Blue Book Caddy
We found this incredibly affordable storage gem hiding inside Crate&Kids’ current up to 60% off clearance sale. The hardworking piece is crafted from bent plywood and medium-density fiberboard that’s covered in your choice of midnight blue (featured above), olive (our second favorite), soft grey, or crisp white colorways. “Clean, simple, and compact,” reads the product’s description—touting its curved upper shelf as a surprising design element that feels decidedly playful. We, along with reviewers, can’t help but agree: “This is a super cute addition to any child’s room. The price is affordable and comes in a variety of color choices,” one past purchaser writes.
Toys That Double as Decor: Poppie Rattan Tea and Cake Party Set
Back at it again with another whimsical find, style editor Julia Stevens has officially dubbed this woven set as a no-brainer gift from a wicker lover. We’re putting it on your radar now since Maisonette notes these petite pieces are final sale and won’t be returning to its virtual shelves. So scoop up the handmade rattan cups and spoons for your kiddo, their friends, and their dolls to host teatime in the backyard before they’re gone. Plus when the playdate is over, these are pretty enough to leave out rather than stuffed inside a toy chest.
A Beautifully Bespoke Bed: Nidi Design Children’s Platform Drawer Storage Bed
This charming platform bed frame made not one but two appearances in a bright London new-build home tour last week. It put our home editor, Lydia Geisel, immediately on the search. All the digging led her to Nubie Kids, also located across the pond. And though the endeavor may amount to a pricey one (international shipping is available!), the fact that there are 20-plus paint and finish choices, as well as a whole assortment of drawers, pulls, and knobs make this investment worthwhile (the design team will also send a rendering to confirm it has the correct combination before building). The fact that the storage drawers are soft closing and run the entire depth of the bed seals the deal. In other words, it would be pretty hard to find a Stateside equivalent.
A Good Deal: 12% Off Lovevery Play Kits Subscription at Babylist
For development-focused playtime, editorial director of branded and talent Angela Tafoya subscribes to Lovevery. This personalized kit ships out in a box filled with two months’ worth of curated toys and gadgets (all made from organic, sustainably harvested materials rated as baby-safe) geared toward whatever stage your babe is at, along with a Play Guide that lists research-backed tips and suggested activities. All you have to do is plug in their birth date (or due date). We found it for $26 less than its usual asking price on Babylist. And if you’re an expectant mom, you can also set up your registry with Babylist for an additional free baby box—whether you’re in need of a library starter pack or bottle bundle—to double down on the deal.
An Amazon Hidden Gem: Pouf Bouclé Chair
On a quest to find the best Amazon furniture and the best Amazon kids’ products, our commerce content director, Liz Buxton, landed on this hidden gem that perfectly straddles both categories: a pouf-chair hybrid covered in cotton candy–colored bouclé. Clocking in under $200, the cutie seat is also offered in powdery white and green colorways—and can be purchased in either a small (kid-friendly) or large (adult-appropriate) size. A few happy customers installed the piece as an accent chair inside their living rooms and offices, declaring it a uniquely chic, sturdy, comfy, high-quality, and easy-to-assemble buy. “Best little-kid chair that is beautiful—and adults find it comfortable as well,” one reviewer raves.