Why are moms freaking out over this $400 toddler couch?
Both furniture and toys, the popularity of the nugget seems unstoppable. Here's what you need to know about it, including whether it's worth it. If you're in Facebook Mothers Groups or following Instagram parenting...

Both furniture and toys, the popularity of the nugget seems unstoppable. Here's what you need to know about it, including whether it's worth it.

If you're in Facebook Mothers Groups or following Instagram parenting accounts, chances are you've seen a post or two on the Nugget Couch. This is the end of everything the modern playroom. And yet, you can't even buy one without signing up for a lottery and hoping to be chosen. They are sold out until next year.

Why are parents freaking out over a kids foam sofa that, with shipping, costs almost $ 400? Here's what you need to know.

What exactly is the Nugget?

The Nugget is both furniture and toys. Made up of four pieces of foam - two triangular pillows, a seat cushion, and a sturdy base - and covered in microfiber, it vaguely resembles a light fixture found in basements and dorms across the country: the futon.

Why are parents so ridiculously excited about this?

Because he has so much potential. There are countless ways to set it up and then use it - as a reading bench, sofa, car ramp, fort, playhouse, nap bed, rocket, etc. - and if you believe the hype, that means it can keep your child occupied for hours and hours.

It's also available in a ton of colors and has a cool, modern look.

Photo of siblings playing in a box made of modular sofa cushions

Photo: Nugget

How much does the Nugget cost?

The Nugget will set you back US $ 229 (about $ 300 in Canadian dollars). It ships to Canada for US $ 59 (Canadian $ 77). So people living in Canada are considering credit card fees of around $ 400. You can also find them resold online, sometimes for over $ 1000.

How can I buy a nugget?

Right now you really can't, unless you find a used one. They are completely exhausted. All you can do is try to enter one through the company lotto. This makes you participate in a lottery for the luck to buy one of the 60,000 nuggets the company has promised to ship by Christmas. (FYI, in the first round, around 100,000 people entered and only 5,000 nuggets were awarded). Company says it will reopen sales on their website in the first quarter of 2021.

Nugget vs Foamnasium

With the Nugget largely unavailable, parents are looking for alternatives.

The most comparable is probably the Blocksy sofa by Foamnasium. They look very similar except that Blocksy is covered in vinyl. Whether this is preferred or not is up for debate. Some parents love vinyl because it's so easy to clean, while others say vinyl is slippery for construction. Like the Nugget, the Blocksy retails for US $ 229. (FYI, the Blocksy sofa is also currently sold out.)

There is also The nest by the stylized nest. Inspired by Japanese tatami mats and the round rocks that dot our rivers and oceans, the nest is made from four pieces of moss and is similar to the nugget, allowing you to move, stack and bend as you please. The covers are made from organic brushed cotton, which provides a velvety feel, but are also water resistant and, like the Nugget, machine washable. The Nest is made in Canada, costs $ 598, and ships across Canada for $ 55.

Is The Nugget worth the money?

Our family just scored a used Nugget and based on our experience I would personally say yes, it's worth what it costs. We have three children: a four year old, a three year old and a four month old. Our older boys love their 'nugget' - and with one of them having special needs, it provides an exceptional outlet for burn energy and self-regulate. Members of the Nugget Facebook groups, I am on the whole, say how magical their Nugget is.

We all know this has been an exceptional year, especially for parents. We are all constantly looking for anything and everything to help our kids keep busy. Heck, I even bought a huge play castle complete with bastion and slide, which is now in my living room. There was the COVID-19 inflatable pool era, the COVID-19 bouncy castle era, and even the COVID-19 craft era. But I don't think anyone could have predicted the Nugget era of COVID-19, and how that would come with a 60 +% resale markup.

Ultimately, it looks like the nugget is the Tickle Me Elmo of 2020. With no batteries, lighted parts, or movement, these simple foam sofas create endless possibilities for imaginative play - and parents are here for that ... if they can get their hands on it!

Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.

CREDIT : HEATHER WESTONSet Smart LimitsTake charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely. Don’t clip your child’s wings. Your toddler’s mission in life is to gain independence. So when she’s developmentally capable of putting her toys away, clearing her plate from the table, and dressing herself, let her. Giving a child responsibility is good for her self-esteem ( and your sanity ! ).

Don’t try to fix everything. Give young kids a chance to find their own solutions. When you lovingly acknowledge a child’s minor frustrations without immediately rushing in to save her, you teach her self-reliance and resilience.

Pick your battles. Kids can’t absorb too many rules without turning off completely. Forget arguing about little stuff like choices and occasional potty language. Focus on the things that really matter -- that means no hitting, rude talk, or lying.

Play with your children. Let them choose the activity, and don’t worry about rules. Just go with the flow and have fun. That’s the name of the game.

Read books together every day. Get started when he’s a newborn; babies love listening to the sound of their parents’ voices. Cuddling up with your child and a book is a great bonding experience that will set him up for a lifetime of reading.

Schedule daily special time. Let your child choose an activity where you hang out together for 10 or 15 minutes with no interruptions. There’s no better way for you to show your love.

Encourage daddy time. The greatest untapped resource available for improving the lives of our children is time with Dad -- early and often. Kids with engaged fathers do better in school, problem-solve more successfully, and generally cope better with whatever life throws at them.

Make warm memories. Your children will probably not remember anything that you say to them, but they will recall the family rituals -- like bedtimes and game night -- that you do together.

Be the role model your children deserve. Kids learn by watching their parents. Modeling appropriate, respectful, good behavior works much better than telling them what to do.

Fess up when you blow it. This is the best way to show your child how and when she should apologize.

Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.

Live a little greener. Show your kids how easy it is to care for the environment. Waste less, recycle, reuse, and conserve each day. Spend an afternoon picking up trash around the neighborhood.

Always tell the truth. It’s how you want your child to behave, right ? Kiss and hug your spouse in front of the kids. Your marriage is the only example your child has of what an intimate relationship looks, feels, and sounds like. So it’s your travail to set a great standard.

Give appropriate praise. Instead of simply saying, ' You’re great, ' try to be specific about what your child did to deserve the positive feedback. You might say, ' Waiting until I was off the phone to ask for cookies was , and I really liked your patience. '

Cheer the good stuff. When you notice your child doing something helpful or nice, let him know how you feel. It’s a great way to reinforce good behavior so he’s more likely to keep doing it.

Gossip about your kids. Fact : What we overhear is far more potent than what we are told directly. Make praise more effective by letting your child ' catch ' you whispering a compliment about him to Grandma, Dad, or even his teddy.

Give yourself a break. Hitting the drive-through when you’re too tired to cook doesn’t make you a bad mère.

Trust your mommy gut. No one knows your child better than you. Follow your instincts when it comes to his health and well-being. If you think something’s wrong, chances are you’re right. Just say ' No. ' Resist the urge to take on extra obligations at the office or become the Volunteer Queen at your child’s school. You will never, ever regret spending more time with your children.

Don’t accept disrespect from your child. Never allow her to be rude or say hurtful things to you or anyone else. If she does, tell her firmly that you will not tolerate any form of disrespect. Pass along your plan. Mobilize the other caregivers in your child’s life -- your spouse, grandparents, daycare worker, babysitter -- to help reinforce the values and the behavior you want to instill. This includes everything from saying thank you and being kind to not whining.

Ask your children three ' you ' questions every day. The art of conversation is an important social skill, but parents often neglect to teach it. Get a kid going with questions like, ' Did you have fun at school ? ' ; ' What did you do at the party you went to ? ' ; or ' Where do you want to go tomorrow afternoon ? ' Teach kids this bravery trick. Tell them to always notice the color of a person’s eyes. Making eye contact will help a hesitant child appear more confident and will help any kid to be more assertive and less likely to be picked on.

Acknowledge your kid’s strong emotions. When your child’s meltdown is over, ask him, ' How did that feel ? ' and ' What do you think would make it better ? ' Then listen to him. He’ll recover from a tantrum more easily if you let him talk it out.

Show your child how to become a responsible citizen. Find ways to help others all year. Kids gain a sense of self-worth by volunteering in the community. Don’t raise a spoiled kid. Keep this thought in mind : Every child is a treasure, but no child is the center of the universe. Teach him accordingly.

Talk about what it means to be a good person. Start early : When you read bedtime stories, for example, ask your toddler whether characters are being mean or nice and explore why. Explain to your kids why values are important. The simple answer : When you’re kind, generous, honest, and respectful, you make the people around you feel good. More important, you feel good about yourself.

Set up a ' gratitude circle ' every night at dinner. Go around the table and take turns talking about the various people who were generous and kind to each of you that day. It may sound corny, but it makes everyone feel good.

Serve a food again and again. If your child rejects a new dish, don’t give up hope. You may have to offer it another six, eight, or even 10 times before he eats it and decides he likes it. Avoid food fights. A saine child instinctively knows how much to eat. If he refuses to finish whatever food is on his plate, just let it go. He won’t starve.

Eat at least one meal as a family each day. Sitting down at the table together is a relaxed way for everyone to connect -- a time to share happy news, talk about the day, or tell a silly joke. It also helps your kids develop saine eating habits. Let your kids place an order. Once a week, allow your children to choose what’s for dinner and cook it for them.

Say ' I love you ' whenever you feel it, even if it’s 743 times a day. You simply can not spoil a child with too many mushy words of affection and too many smooches. Not possible. Keep in mind what grandmoms always say. Children are not yours, they are only lent to you for a time. In those fleeting years, do your best to help them grow up to be good people. Savor the instants. Yes, parenthood is the most exhausting emploi on the planet. Yes, your house is a mess, the laundry’s piled up, and the dog needs to be walked. But your kid just laughed. Enjoy it now -- it will be over far too fast.

Teach your baby to sign. Just because a child can’t talk doesn’t mean there isn’t lots that she’d like to say. Simple signs can help you know what she needs and even how she feels well before she has the words to tell you -- a great way to reduce frustration. Keep the tube in the family room. Research has repeatedly shown that children with a TV in their bedroom weigh more, sleep less, and have lower grades and poorer social skills. P. S. Parents with a television in their bedroom have sex less often. Get kids moving. The latest research shows that brain development in young children may be linked to their activity level. Place your baby on her tummy several times during the day, let your toddler walk instead of ride in her stroller, and create opportunities for your older child to get plenty of exercise.

Get your kids vaccinated. Outbreaks of measles and other diseases still occur in our country and throughout the world. Protect that smile. Encouraging your kid to brush twice a day with a dab of fluoride toothpaste will guard against cavities. Be vigilant about safety. Babyproof your home thoroughly, and never leave a child under 5 in the tub alone. Make sure car seats are installed correctly, and insist that your child wear a helmet when riding his bike or scooter. Listen to the doc. If your pediatrician thinks your kid’s fever is caused by a malware, don’t push for antibiotics. The best medicine may be rest, lots of fluids, and a little TLC. Overprescribing antibiotics can cause medical problems for your child and increase the chances of creating superbugs that resist treatment.

Keep sunblock next to your kid’s toothpaste. Apply it every day as part of the morning routine. It’ll become as natural as brushing her teeth. Put your baby to bed drowsy but still awake. This helps your child learn to soothe himself to sleep and prevents bedtime problems down the line. Know when to toilet train. Look for these two signs that your child is ready to use the potty : He senses the urge to pee and poop ( this is different from knowing that he’s already gone ), and he asks for a diaper change.


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