Roundup: New at Ikea

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Last week's posts about Ikea finds and Maya's Ikea nursery tour got us primed and ready for the telltale thwack of the new Ikea catalog hitting the front step. We headed straight for the kids' stuff, of course, and were happy to see some exciting brand-new items, some of which we think are destined to become Ikea classics. Check out our favorites below the jump.
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A new toddler seat! We're definitely feeling the Arne Jacobsen vibe of the Gasell chair ($34.99). If you're a fan of the Antilop highchair and looking to graduate to a model for bigger kids, this could be the one.
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The Leka baby gym ($24.99) is Ikea's entry into play mat territory. We love its simplicity and fun-without-being-jarring colors, and find ourselves wishing (again) that Ikea designed exersaucers.
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If you covet SkipHop's Bin-Go but need a cheaper alternative to foldable fabric storage boxes, these Noje boxes ($7.99 for a set of three) might fit the bill.
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More on the storage front: at just over four feet tall, the Fabler Groda wall pocket ($9.99) is just the right size for storing lots of kid-related ephemera. We like the fact that it's suspended by hook and loop fastener that opens if a child tries to climb up.

We're still mulling over the aesthetics of this one, but we definitely like the idea of creating a mini-planetarium inside your own home. The Blimp pendant lamp ($29.99) creates light patterns of moons, stars and planets in a room. (Zeppelin albums not included.)

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If your child is one of those kids who demands verisimilitude in their pretend play, this four-piece set of Duktig play cookware ($9.99) is made of stainless steel and pleasingly realistic.

And in related news:

  • The Antilop highchair ($19.99) is now available in red or navy blue.
  • The Rusig rocker ($9.99) now comes in black and looks almost disturbingly Darth Vader-esque.
  • The Mala easel has had its price cut from $29.99 to $19.99 (for Canadian Ikea customers only, for some reason), making it an amazing value for your money.
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