When you've invested a lot of energy into designing your home to look a certain way, it could feel a waste to throw aesthetics out the window and pepper your home with brightly coloured plastic.
Now, none of us are perfect and it's inevitable that we cave to whatever makes our kids happy, but there are a few chic additions you can give your home to keep things looking chic.
If you love modern, minimalist, Scandi design, you'll love these family home staples. We've picked out a few key furniture and accessory pieces that you won't feel embarrassed to leave lying around the house.
1. Eames elephant
First up, the Eames elephant – it's a classic. This playful children's chair is the perfect example of Charles and Ray Eames' fun side, and it's become one of the couple’s most famous pieces.
Two prototypes were displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1946, but the piece never went into mass production. Thankfully, that all changed in 2007, when Vitra, in celebration of Charles’s centennial, produced a limited run of plywood chairs. These were soon followed by a plastic version which has become a favourite in nurseries the world over.
You don’t need to be under five to enjoy its elegant lines, but unfortunately they’ve yet to make a jumbo size for us adults…
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2. Tripp Trapp
Stokke's iconic Tripp Trapp highchair has a cool frame and recognisable design. But it's best feature is that the adjustable highchair grows with the child – it morphs from a highchair for babies to a highchair for toddlers, to a regular chair that can be used for kids and adults.
Created by Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik in 1972, the Tripp Trapp® revolutionised children’s seating. The intelligent, adjustable design allows freedom of movement with both depth and height adjustable seat and footplates. For over 40 years, millions of children around the world have grown up with it. Brilliant in its simplicity, it's designed for every stage of childhood and beyond.
The Tripp Trapp® highchair comes in a range of different colours and woods. Prices start from £178 from stokke.com
3.Miffy turns 65
The design of the Miffy floor lamp is super playful, while still fitting in with a Scandi-inspired scheme.
Part of the cartoon is the brave and clever dog Snuffy, a friend of Miffy's. When we spotted this Snuffy chair we couldn't resist including it too.
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4. Oval Cot Bed
Cot beds usually look so... angular. Boxlike, or even cage like in design, cot beds haven't exactly filled us with excitement. But not all cot beds were created equal. Stokke's Sleepi features smooth, round curves. It looks cosy and inviting, and we love the curved edges. In typical Stokke style, the bed grows with a child – meaning that it can be made smaller for newborns, expanded for older babies, and the side can be removed to transform it into a regular bed or even a daybed for a playroom.
Wheels at the bottom mean you can move it around from room to room, or to easily clean underneath – or even use them to rock your baby to sleep. You can also adjust the height of the mattress as your child grows and reaches the curious climbing stage. Once your child is old enough to get in and out of the bed on their own, you can remove one side of the bed.
Although the bed comes with a mattress, we recommend The Little Green Sheep's super padded mattress that's specifically designed for this bed. Made from wool, cotton and coconut, it's the UK's best-selling natural mattress, and has won aMade For Mums award.
Like the Stokke bed, it's been designed to grow with the child: A firm side provides the optimal support for baby up to 12 months, as recommended by safe sleep experts. Then when baby becomes a playful toddler, you can simply twist the mattress for a more supple, comfy and durable support.
Twist Natural Cot Mattress To Fit Stokke Sleepi, £189 from thelittlegreensheep.co.uk
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5. PLAY MAT
Can't bear the thought of primary coloured letters and numbers littering the living room floor? Totter and Tumble's play mats are the answer to your prayers. We spotted their designs online and mistook them for covetable rugs, so chic are they. There's a whole range of minimalist, graphic designs to choose from (go on, have a browse).
The memory foam play mats are supportive, safe, wipe clean and antibacterial. Plus, they're reversible – so you have two designs to choose from. And when the kids are asleep the mat could double as a super chic yoga mat... Win, win.
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6. SNUGGLE UP
If you're a parent there's no way you can miss Sleepyhead's super cosy pods. They're all over Instagram – not just influencers' feeds, but our own friends and relatives too. It seems that people just can't get enough of them. The Sleepyhead pods cradle and cocoon babies, helping them feel safe and cuddled, and essentially letting them get a better night's sleep.
As if the snuggly, cocoon-like shape wasn't enough to tempt parents, the brand has now unveiled fabulous new cover designs too – including an animal print collection with Wild At Heart. There are also Gray Malin-like aerial beach designs for sea lovers (part of the Seascapes Collection), there are plains, marble patterns and clean ginghams for minimalists, and whimsical botanical designs too. Race you to the checkout...
Sleepyhead Deluxe+ pod (0-8 month) in pristine white from GBP 138 on thesleepyhead website, or £210 for a grand pod for toddlers (9-36 months), from sleepyheadofsweden.com
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7. DANTOY TOYS
We love Dantoy's large, eco-conscious vehicle toys, ranging from a fire truck, tractor and front loader to even an aeroplane and more. Each toy is made from sugarcane (a sustainable plant that reduces carbon emissions), and is 100% recyclable. And if that wasn't enough, these Danish toys come in gorgeous muted colours too. Available from Amazon.
8. CHANGING PAD
Bumbo's curved grey changing pad design not only hits the nail on the head in terms of Scandi-inspired design, it's ergonomic too. It's contoured in all the right places to provide safety and support while also being super soft 9it's made from a foam-like material) – and it's easy to clean too. A safety belt hold wriggling babies in place.
Bumbo changing pad, available in a variety of colours. £66 from kidly.co.uk
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9. BABY ROCKER
Baby rockers are essential in those early months. But then what happens? The (painfully ugly) gadgets we bought our babies at the very beginning are now somewhere up in the loft or at the back of the shed, covered in layers of dust, waiting to be collected by any willing buyer off Facebook Marketplace. What a waste, right? We thought so too. So we were delighted to stumble upon the Nuna Leaf Grow rocker that – aside from being stylish of course – morphs into a toddler seat. Minds blown.
There are three reclining positions, and the seat fits comfortably from newborn to toddler. The covers are removable and washable.
Nuna LEAF grow, £200, available from mamasandpapas.com
10. BAMBOO BEDDING
In case you haven't heard, sustainable bamboo textiles are all the rage. Aside from being eco-friendly, bamboo is surprisingly soft too – softer than cotton, if you ask us.
ergoPouch have just launched a new product to their collection; bamboo bedding. What's more, it's a one-size-fits-all situation, as the unique bamboo sheets can be used over a cot mattress and then stretch over a single bed mattress. As it can span the life of a child from newborn to adolescence, it has to be one of the best value bedding products for parents – not to mention beautifully soft (you'll wish you had one for your own bed).
ergoPouch Bamboo Stretch Sheet, £28.99, ergopouch.co.uk
11. PLAY TIME
We're a little bit obsessed with The Little Green Sheep's soft, curved arch baby gym designs. Smooth curves, sanded wood, leather detailing, cute knitted animal rattles and charms – what's not to love?
Play gym, £69.99 from thelittlegreensheep.co.uk
They do chic, minimalist design for older tots too, like this gorgeous scalloped-edge teepee play tent. It's attractive enough to be as at home in the living room as it is in the play room. It’s easy to assemble, spacious enough for two, and the ideal little den to encourage reading (or more likely for sneaking in an episode of Peppa Pig on the iPad).
The Little Green Sheep Teepee Play Tent, £89.95, thelittlegreensheep.co.uk
Older tots (and their parents) will love Scandiborn too. How's this for a rocking horse design?
Toddler rocking horse, £230, scandiborn.co.uk
And last but not least, these magnetic cubes are 100% recycled, and last throughout childhood which is why we love them. As they're magnetic, you can configure the blocks into any shape – build tall towers, people, or even pretend furniture for dolls and teddies.