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Kelsey Bethune | nesting scenes

koko's nest was inspired by the notion of nesting... We often associate "nesting" with women in their final weeks of pregnancy with the hormonal urge to clean and prep the home -- the "nest" -- for her upcoming baby.  But we believe nesting is much more than that. It's that mental and emotional space where you make room for a type of love you KNOW you won't fully understand until it happens; you think about what family values you want to instill in your baby; you consider your current self and surroundings and reach acceptance, while also feeling a surge of optimism and inspiration that propels you forward; and you do a frantic dance between anticipating the baby's arrival and enjoying the...

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How to swaddle with a knit, rectangular blanket

Our Modern Heirloom baby blankets are designed for all seasons, for all stages -- including young babies who like to be swaddled.  Many new parents learn how to swaddle babies with a square, woven blanket. But our knit blankets are actually ideal for getting that snug but stretchy swaddle -- and a rectangle is really not much different from a square! Easy breezy. Check out this quick video demonstration featuring baby boy Cannon being swaddled in our Weld Modern Heirloom baby blanket.     Thank you to Elizabeth Carberry for offering her sweet baby boy and his beautiful nursery for this demonstration! Happy nesting.

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Documentary family photographer Nicole Sanchez: photography tips for a nesting family

There's nothing like having a baby to turn one into a photo-taking and -consuming machine. And soon enough, our phones are out of memory from photos, and we've booked photographers annually at Thanksgiving time for that picture-perfect holiday card for the family... But we could all use some pointers to reflect on what photos mean to us, now and in the future.  So this week, we've invited Nicole of Nicole Sanchez Photography to share with us some thoughts on family photography in the home.  Nicole Sanchez at home with her son, September 2016. Nicole is a documentary family photographer based in Northern Virginia. And when I first met her, I had no idea what "documentary family photography" was. But once I...

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Introducing koko's mama squad

Our community on Instagram has grown to over 5000 and we had lots of inquiries into whether we would do a brand rep search. The concept felt a bit uncomfortable at first because it didn't feel organic. But we decided to do it our own way, with the express purpose of building and nurturing our broader community. The response to our request for submissions was overwhelming! So many amazing mamas with incredible stories that we got to know. We thought we would be coming out with just one brand rep, but alas, we came out with THREE! So we hereby declare that koko's nest has a new mama squad and here is a brief intro, in their own words. Annie-Brynn...

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Don't knit a baby blanket, knit this instead

Yes, time is money. But to parents today, time is EVERYTHING. As outlined in Our Story, part of the impetus for creating koko's nest was my realization that the heirloom baby blanket I carefully hand knit for my first-born was ultimately a waste of time, money, and a lot of nesting energy. After spending about $175 on yarn, weeks of spare time doing a tedious stitch pattern, and many many trips to the yarn store, I ended up with a blanket that was beautiful, but too stiff to be breathable, too thick to be used indoors, and too small to be useful beyond the first three months. What I wish I had done is invest in a functional and versatile blanket and...

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