Baby Boxes vs. Moses Baskets

Baby boxes are gaining popularity in the United States, after wide spread use in Finland.  The boxes are believed to be one of the reasons why Finland has such a low rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.   

Some regulatory agencies advise caution, as discussed in this article from the NY Times - Put Your Baby In A Box - Some Experts Advise Caution.  

While we do not know about Baby Boxes, we do know about Moses Baskets.   Moses Baskets are stylish, comfortable, more durable than a cardboard box and adaptable for after the baby outgrows the basket.  Our customers tell us Moses Baskets make perfect gifts. For your next baby shower, fill a basket with essentials - the new parents will be grateful.      

Which do you prefer?  A box or a Moses Basket?

Blogs for Babies and Kids

Baby blogs are an excellent way to get advice and find product recommendations.  Babyccino is one such blog that does an outstanding job in presenting information for parents and their supporters.  

The site is colorful, classic - but with a nice contemporary feeling and it is international.  

Babyccino featured our Moses Basket in December 2016 as a baby essential.  This single listing has been viewed by countless parents.  

Becoming a new parent can be quite a challenge - so many things to think about, decide, buy and prepare.  Babyccino hopes to make this easier for parents by sharing first hand information about babies, children and products.  

What is your favorite Baby/Kids Blog?   


Best Playmat Trick!

If you intend for your playmat to stay in one place, as opposed to taking it apart each time you use it, here is a great trick!  

Assemble the playmat and tape the seams of the back side - turn it right side up.  Packing tape or duct tape can be used to keep the pieces together.  This avoids any potential shifting.

If you are using the playmats in a higher traffic area or have an especially active toddler, having the playmat pieces affixed to each other can be useful.  Businesses who use the playmats should definitely try this.  

What are your playmat tips? 


Tadpoles playmats are more than just a protective surface.  Our playmats come in a variety of colors, from neutral to bright primaries.  They can be helpful in stimulating a child with bright colors or provide a muted surface.  Wood grain and solid color playmats are favorites with everyone from home hobbiests to small businesses looking for a cushioned work surface for employees.  

Playmats are not just used by children and adults, but we also have many customers who buy them for their pets.  The paw print pattern is a favorite of pet owners, who want to provide a soft surface for their furry friends.  

For children the ABC playmats are also educational - learning and play go hand in hand. From dinosaurs, to trucks, trains, planes, elephants, teddy bears, hearts, and stars - we have a wide selection of fun graphics for your child.  

No matter what playmat you select, you can be assured it is safe.  Our playmats meet all guidelines and requirements.  See our certificates if you have a specific question - found on the home page.

Let's play! 

Moses Baskets

Tadpoles Moses Basket Cable Knit NaturalTadpoles Moses Basket Cable Knit NaturalTadpoles Moses Baskets are timeless, with similar baskets having been used for thousands of years.  It is a convenient place to provide a portable bed for baby without taking up a lot of room.  They are a stylish way of giving your baby a comfortable place to sleep.  This wonderful post by Caitlin Burm shows a beautifully designed nursery with a Tadpoles Moses Basket.  

After your baby has outgrown their Moses Basket, re-purpose it for storage.  It makes a good laundry basket, toy basket, or place to put magazines.  There are endless possibilities.  If you are planning a baby shower, a perfect gift is a Tadpoles Moses basket filled with things for the new baby.   

Our baskets are hand woven for us with Moroccan palm leaves.  Baskets are appropriate for new born babies up to 15 pounds or 3 months.  We also sew a limited edition set of Moses Baskets in our Brooklyn warehouse.  

Incidentally, many of our customers ask about a Moses Basket recall.  A few years ago we sourced a Moses Basket stand from another company.  There were some concerns raised about the stand so we discontinued the stand and continue to sell thousands of basket and bedding sets.  

Baby Gifts

Anticipating a baby is a wonderful life event.  Reduce your stress and allow those around you to show their support by setting up a list of things you need for your baby.

Tadpoles products make perfect baby gifts.  We have practical gifts for babies of all ages.  Baby showers are a popular way of celebrating not only the birth of the baby, but also with helping the new parents acquire all the many things needed for their baby.  

If you are planning a baby shower, or have friends who wonder what to buy for you and your baby, an excellent way to communicate this information is by setting up a list.  Many of the stores have baby registries that can be filled out, either on line or in the store.  Our products are featured with many retailers.  Amazon, Babies R'Us, Kohls, Target, Walmart and Wayfair, to name a few.  Each of these retailers have Tadpoles products and baby registries.  

Babylist is an independent on-line service that works across all retailers to enable you to create and disseminate a list.    

When you create a list, you are letting people know what you most need and desire.  There are many online sources to help you decide what you need.  Many blogs have helpful information about items for the new baby.  We like this web blog  Another helpful blog is Project Nursery.   

Enjoy planning for your baby! 






January 01, 2015


Classic Children's Books ›

When You Were Very Young ‘One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature’ at Grolier

Great article in the NYT ...... a review in the 


November 14, 2014


The 5 Perfect Holiday Gifts for the New Baby in Your Life


With the holidays fast approaching many of us are starting to write our list and check it twice for people we believe have been naughty or nice. And, although choosing between the perfect crock pot and knitting needles for grandma might be hard, deciding what to get the new baby in our life can throw even the savviest of shoppers off their game. Finding the perfect gift for your own bundle of joy, or the new baby in your family is key!

As a mother of an ever-changing seven year old, I have countless memories of getting rid of gift after gift that my baby never used. To avoid a season of “gift tossing” in your life, I have compiled a list of spectacular gift ideas that your baby will cherish for years to come.


1. Baby’s First Holiday

    A keepsake that commemorates this special holiday is not a new idea. Nonetheless, this classic gift embodies everything this season is about. Having a new baby allows you to start new traditions in your family. These traditions will be passed on through the years, and perhaps the generations to come. Look for ornaments or unique stockings and decorations that your baby can use, whether they are one or twenty one.
    2. Baby Play Mat
    My second and less traditional (but more fun!) new baby gift suggestion is a play mat. They are soft enough to use to play with a 3 month old while they lie on their back or stomach. Play mats are the perfect base for a baby to learn to crawl, or toddler to take their first steps without fear of falling and hurting themselves. And they are ideal for a colorful floor for a child’s room or playroom. Try to stick with an EVA mat, such as Tadpoles ABC Play Mat- it’s definitely a keeper in the gift category!
    3. Baby Book
      Books are the gift that keeps on giving. According to Dr. Marianella Casasola of Cornell University, babies that are read to from an early age develop language morphology, syntax, and semantics at an accelerated rate compared to babies who are not.  Not only does reading to a baby create a special bond between infant and parent, but it can provide a child with an added developmental advantage. I still own my favorite baby books, which I use to read to my daughter. The book you buy for your child today might be the book they read to their baby tomorrow.
           4. Organic Baby Clothing
        Although babies outgrow their clothing faster than a toddler can ruin a white carpet. Organic baby clothing and bedding can provide lifelong health advantages. Organic cottons are made without harmful chemicals and toxins. These toxins can irritate a new baby’s sensitive skin and when ingested can have adverse health effects. Products such as Tadpoles Organic Kimono Romper or Sleepgown are a perfect way to keep safe and not break the bank. In addition, using organic clothing, food, and toys can mold a child to be healthier and more conscious of what they consume. Organics are also better for the environment. What better gift for a new baby than a world that they can enjoy for years to come?
        5. Baby Blankets
          The last item on my list -  but most important -  is the baby blanket. A baby blanket, security blanket, or “blankie” is perhaps the most powerful weapon in a parent’s arsenal. It puts a new baby to sleep, is a great negotiation tool when dealing with the dreaded toddler temper tantrum, and is a  transitional object that holds a special place in the heart of any adult who had one as a child. Baby blankets helps a child deal with essential problems of separation. The “blankie” is a bridge between a parent and external world according to Alicia Lieberman, a leading expert in infant mental health. The key to picking out the perfect baby blanket is softness. My daughter’s blanket is the Tadpoles Ultra Soft Plush Baby Blanket.
          My go-to gift for any new baby in my life is the Tadpoles Fur Embossed Sherpa Backed Blanket, which is available in pink, blue, or green.

          When it comes to purchasing a holiday gift for a new cuddle bug, as long as it comes from the heart you can’t go wrong! I hope this list helped set your mind at ease and inspired a great gift idea. For additional tips, tricks, and how to’s subscribe to our newsletter.


          Good luck and happy hunting!