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Apr 24 2012

Giveaway: Baby Nursery Decor

By at 4:39 pm
Matan in Hebrew

The name "Matan" in Hebrew. Get your child's name for your nursery.

They call it nesting: this overwhelming urge when you’re pregnant, to get things ready for the baby’s arrival. Some moms-to-be find themselves cleaning with an urgency they’ve never felt before. Others go through their closets, to send huge bags to Goodwill. And these days, lots of us spend hours on Pinterest, drooling over baby nursery decor.

Luckily, we can help you out with that last one.

We’re giving away some super-cute Jewish baby nursery decorations this week. We were just introduced to a little company called Otiyotli, Letters for Me. They make Hebrew letters to spell out your child’s name that can be hung in your baby’s room. Otiyotli is run by an Israeli mom, Lymor Gal, who lives in Los Angeles. When Lymor’s daughter was born, she couldn’t find anything cute enough for her nursery. So Lymor bought a saw on Craigslist, got herself some paint, and started crafting on her own. Before she knew it, her business had built up beyond family and friends. Check out their Facebook page or their brand new website for more photos and details.

Otiyotli is planning to give away a set of Hebrew letters to a lucky Kveller reader. How do you enter? Just comment below with your child’s name and why you chose it. We’ll pick a winner by Thursday, April 26 at 5 pm–so enter now!

Feb 7 2011

A Jewish Nursery on a Budget

By at 9:50 am

Before I blogged for Kveller, I was an avid reader of it,  and one of the first articles I read was about decorating a Jewish nursery. I’ll admit, I was pretty proud to see three of the ideas I had already incorporated into my son’s space were featured in the article (not bad for a new convert? Eh?)

I didn’t want a nursery that was overly theme-y, kitschy, or with one dominant color (read: a girl’s room that resembles a messy accident at the Pepto-Bismol factory). I wanted a place for my son to learn and explore that was filled with color and meaning. I began thinking of a gender neutral concept and saved countless images and ideas from my favorite children’s design blogs. We knew that we would be moving to a rental soon after the baby was born so I relied more on the design and less on the wall color. We were on a tight budget so I decided against expensive bedding and used a breathable bumper and organic sheet instead.  Most importantly, I wanted there to be Jewish touches in the room.

I found the felt Hebrew wall hanging in a tiny Judaica store in Denver.  I love all the little felt pieces that come out. My son likes to turn them over in his tiny hands (and our cat loves to bat them around the room!)


The Noah’s Ark frame was a gift for our bris and the Star of David painting with my son’s Hebrew name was custom made by Paint Me A Picture Etsy shop.


The kosher piggy bank was a gift from my son’s Doda and it goes perfectly in the space. I can’t wait for him to begin saving his tzedakah money in it.


We hung English alphabet cards above the crib but you could do the same thing with Hebrew Aleph Bet cards.

I found some bookshelves I liked at Pottery Barn but they were WAY too expensive, so my dad made us these three shelves.  I filled the shelves with some of our favorite stories including Goodnight Sh’ma, which we read every night before bed.


The changing table is actually a Swedish-style TV stand that works perfectly–especially for a taller daddy. I love how the legs at the bottom angle out and the wood matches the drawer on the crib. I found the baskets at Crate and Barrel and they fit exactly. We fill them with diapers, wash cloths and changing pad covers–very convenient!

One of my favorite tchotchkeys in the room is the Obama wooden airplane; it is hardwood, with non-toxic, lead-free paint and finish. I felt this was a fun way to commemorate the presidency for my son.


We use the iPod in the nursery every day to play and sing songs from the Oy Baby CD.

I am so happy with our nursery and we put it together for a little over $1000. It is actually my favorite place in the apartment and the time we spend together in here just melts my heart. I love that Jewish symbols are commonplace in our home and feel strongly that visual reminders–even at a very early age–help shape my son’s Jewish identity.


Crib is Baby Mod (

Glider (

Train Rug (

The prints are custom from Etsy designer Lucky BlueBird


The alphabet cards are from Eboo (

Ipod dock (

Yellow table from Urban Outfitters

Toy cube and colored baskets from Target

TV stand (changer) from Value City Furniture


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