Posy Lane

  • Shipping rates

    Our shipping rates:

    Lower 48 states and Alaska:
    Most items ship for $9.50 flat rate.  Items noted as Heavy Shipping may ship for a higher flat rate.

     

    Canada
    Most items ship for $12.50 base rate.  Some heavy items may cost more to ship.

     

    All other countries and locations:
    Most items ship for $15.50 base rate.  Some heavy items ship for more. If the shipping charge is significantly more, we will give you the option to pay the exact amount, or cancel the order.  

     

    We only charge exact postage in these extra-postage situations.

     

  • We recommend PayPal for international orders

    We recommend you check out with PayPal on international orders.  You don't need a PayPal account, and you can pay with a credit card.  To weed out fraud, all credit card companies check billing and shipping addresses.  PayPal is much better with overseas addresses than our USA based credit card processor.

    Using PayPal won't hurt you or cost you more, but it possibly will save you aggravation in checking out!

  • The best duffle bag for kids

    Our kids duffle bags come in sizes from big to small.  We put together this picture review with our nearly five year old model holding each kids duffle bag.  Then you can get a feel for the size of each one.  You can choose a small duffle bag for a child's treasures, a medium sized bag for a change of clothes, or a big duffle bag for travel.

     

    Large glitter kids duffle bags Large glitter kids duffle bags

     

    Glitter kids duffle bags
    Our glitter duffle bags are super cute for little girls.  We have them in two sizes, a small bag, and medium bag.  The glitter is secured pretty well to the fabric, so shedding is minimal.  The inside of the bag has a nylon fabric lining.  The bottom of the bag has a nylon strip so again glitter shed minimial.

     

    Stephen Joseph duffle bags
    Stephen Joseph duffle bags are a step up in size.  They are made from quilted cotton and an inner nylon lining so they have a sturdy feel to them.  These are very popular for younger children and will give many years of use.

     

    Mint duffle bags
    Mint kids duffle bags are another step up in size, and they have a classic and sophisticated look.  Mint makes them in seersucker, corduroy, gingham, and nylon fabrics.  All but the nylon shell duffle bags have a nylon fabric lining.  The nylon shell duffle bags don't have a lining, but the seams are covered with a bias tape for durability.

    As the picture below shows, this is a great size duffle bag for even a 10 year old girl.

     

    Big kid duffle bags
    Our big kid duffle bags are the biggest size we carry.  I think our nearly five year old model could hide inside one.  As the pictures below show, these duffle bags are a great size for a 10 year old girl.

     

    10 year old girl with big kids duffle bag 10 year old girl with big kids duffle bag
    10 year old girl with big kids duffle bag 10 year old girl with big kids duffle bag
    10 year old with Mint duffle bag 10 year old with Mint duffle bag

     

     We are constantly photographing our kid products and writing reviews and comparisons so you can make an informed decision!  See all our kid product reviews!

     

     

  • Janiebee nap mat review

    Janiebee makes popular boutique style nap mats.  If you want to go beyond a few pictures and a short description, join us in the Janiebee nap mat review!  Lets start with the basics:

     

    Janiebee nap mats use multiple coordinating fabrics Janiebee nap mats use multiple coordinating fabrics
    Janiebee nap mat with four year old girl Janiebee nap mat with four year old girl

    • Nap mat measures 21" wide x 53" long
    • Blanket measures 30" wide x 44" long
    • 2" thick polyester batting
    • Double thick minky dot blanket
    • Pillow & blanket are attached
    • Pillow insert is removable
    • Shoulder strap in a coordinating fabric
    • For kids up to ages 6

     

    Appropriate age

    We have a size guide guide to help determine to what age a nap mat will still work.  Janiebee nap mats are about 53 inches long, and our size guide normally would say this nap mat would work for kids to about ages 7-8.  However the blanket is only 30 inches wide, and kids of this age may find the blanket won't cover the child and tuck in on the other side.

     

    It will work fine for kids up to about age 6, and that is well past the point of taking naps at school.  There is a life for nap mats beyond school - kids use them for travel, camping, and sleepovers.

     

    Nap mat thickness

    All high-end nap mats are two inches thick, and Janiebee is no exception.  It is made with two inches of polyester batting.  That is much more comfortable for children over less expensive mats made with an inch of polyester batting.  The only thing better are foam mats or mats where the polyester fiber are compressed before construction.

     

    Pillow size

    The Janiebee pillow case is attached, and the 11" x 16" is removable.  That is a pretty good pillow size compared to other nap mats with removable pillows.  Only one other brand has a larger removable pillow.

     

    Blanket size and construction

    Janiebee nap mats have a double thick minky dot blanket.  That is thicker than pretty much all other brands and is great for cold rooms or if your child wants a heavy blanket.  Be aware of this if your child is in a warm room, or does not like to get too warm while sleeping.

     

    The nap mat secures with fabric ties

    Almost without exception other nap mats secure with Velcro, but Janiebee closes their nap mats with fabric strings you tie and untie.  Children can't work the ties, and men are pretty much hopeless with them too.  It creates some work each time the nap mat is taken out and put away, so be aware of this.

     

    A comfortable child on Janiebee nap mat A comfortable child on Janiebee nap mat

    Don't miss our nap mat review page!  Compare all nap mats, on one page!

  • Mint traveler bag review

    Are you like me?  When you travel, do you pack sometime between 11pm and the 7am flight?  Before getting a traveler bag myself, I would end up tossing my personal care items in with the clothes.

     

    The traveler bag is a great solution.  It holds all your personal items, has a wide mouth zipper, and a great carry handle.  How many personal care items can it hold?  All the items you see below!

     

    The traveler bag holds all these items! The traveler bag holds all these items!

     

    Traveler bags are easy to carry! Traveler bags are easy to carry!

    Traveler bags are very popular for graduation and off-to-school gifts.

     

     

     

  • The best nap mat for kids

    What is the best nap mat for kids?  The short answer is, there is no 'best' nap mat for kids, but there probably is a best nap mat for your child.  We have written this picture nap mat guide to help you get there!

    In this review, we will compare many nap mat brands for:
    • Size - will the length and width fit your child
    • The law - what is legal in your state?
    • Thickness - more is more comfortable

    We have more in depth reviews for most nap mat brands!

     

    Nap mat size
    We could make a table of width and length for many nap mat brands, but a picture is worth a thousand words.  We have the same five year old boy (44" tall) resting on different nap mats so you can really get a feel for the relative width and length of each brand.  And later we have the size table.

     

     

    Size and age table
    Just how big are these nap mats?  Where are they made?  To what age are they appropriate?  We answer the size question based on government data on child height versus age.  Keep in mind that if your child is much taller or shorter than average, your nap mat options change a little accordingly.

     

     Brand  Made in  Size (Length & Width)  Max child age
     Mint  China  46" x 18.5"  Age 4
     Classic OMK  USA  45" x 21"  Age 4-5
     Stephen Joseph  China  52.5" x 25"  Age 5
     My Nap Pak  USA  55" x 24"  Age 7
     Dream Maker  USA  54" x 21"  Age 7
     Janiebee  USA  54" x 21"  Age 6-7
     Kindermat nap mats  USA  54" x 19"  Age 6-7
     OC Daisy nap bags  China  53" x 30"   Age 6-8
     Daydreamer nap mats  USA  57" x 24"  Age 9-10
     OMK Giant nap mats  USA  58" x 28"  Age 12

     

     

    What nap mats are legal in your state?
    Many states regulate what nap mats may be used in day care facilities or schools.  You are generally free to use any nap mat outside of day care or school.  We have a page showing the requirements for each state in the Union:

    State by State nap mat laws

     

    Nap mat thickness
    More thickness helps your child be comfortable on the hard floor.  Generally, less expensive mats will be an inch thick, while more expensive mats will be two inches thick.  Most mats use polyester batting for the fill.  The batting compresses relatively easily compared to Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats who pack the fill inside the mat, giving a mattress like feel to their design.

     

    The most supportive nap mats on the market are foam pad designs like the Kindermat and Daydreamer options.  Several thicknesses are available, up to 2 inches.  A 2 inch foam pad is the most comfortable option for most children.

     

    Mint nap mat review

    Mint nap mats are entry level, but work for most kids up to age 4.
    • The nap mat measures 18.5" x 46"
    • Blanket measures 31” x 31"
    About 1" thick
    • The pillow & blanket are attached
    • Pillow insert is removable
    • Sturdy nylon shell
    • A single layer polyester fleece blanket

    Ozark Mountain Kids nap mat review

    OMK nap mats are 2+ inches thick and work most kids up to age 4-5.
    • Nap mat measures 21" x 47"
    • Blanket measures 29" x 32
    2.5" thick - like a mattress!
    • Polyester fleece blanket
    • Built in pillow is not removable
    • Very soft, plush fabric!

     My Nap Pak nap mats

    My Nap Pak nap mats are great for bigger kids without a huge price tag.  They work to ages 6-7 for most kids.

    • 80% polyester and 20% cotton.
    • 24" x 54" in size
    • Shoulder strap & velcro closure for roll up & easy transport.
    About 1 inch thick

     Stephen Joseph nap mat review

    Stephen Joseph nap mats are over the top cute!  Although long, the bottom blanket attachment means they work for most kids to age 5 or so.

    • Nap mat measures 24.75” x 52.5”
    • Blanket measures 25” x 41”
    About 1" thick
    • Bottom attached blanket is double layer fabric

    Janiebee nap mat review

    Janiebee nap mats are big, high quality, thick,and designed with multiple coordinating fabrics!  For ages 6-7.

    • Nap mat measures 21" x 53"
    • Blanket measures 30" x 44"
    About 2" thick
    • Double thick minky dot plush blanket

     Dream Maker nap mat review

    Dream Maker nap mats have the best pillow, are high quality, big, thick, and designed with coordinating fabrics.  For up to age 7.

    • Easy Velcro open/close!
    • Nap mat measures 21" x 54"
    • Blanket measures 35" x 44"
    • 2" thick polyester batting
    • Included 13" x 19" pillow
    • Three fabric segments

    Kindermat review

    Our designs have the best attached pillow on the market!  For kids up to ages 7-8.

    2" foam available
    •Overall nap mat length of 54 inches
    • Nap mat width of 19 inches
    • Blanket measures 46" x 36
    • Minky dot pillow case and blanket
    • 13" x 19" pillow is included
    • Pillow size is best in class

     OC Daisy nap bags

    • The Napbag is easy to carry!
    • Carrying bag and pillowcase are attached
    • Soft and durable, double-sided Minky fabric
    • Fully washable, just remove the pillow
    • Sleeping area is 30" wide by 53" long
    • No padding, just fabric
    • Inside appliques designed to face the child as they lay in the bag.

    Daydreamer review

    Our designs have the best attached pillow on the market!  For kids up to age 9.

    2" foam available
    • Overall nap mat length of 58 inches
    • Nap mat width of 24 inches
    • Blanket measures 46" x 36
    • Minky dot pillow case and blanket
    • 13" x 19" pillow is included
    • Pillow size is best in class

     Giant OMK nap mat review

    Giant Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats are the biggest on the market.  For up to age 12.

    • Nap mat measures 28" x 58"
    • Blanket measures 37" x 60"
    2.5" thick - like a mattress!
    • Polyester fleece blanket
    • Built in pillow is not removable
    • Very soft fabric!

     

     We are constantly photographing our kid products and writing reviews and comparisons so you can make an informed decision!  See all our kid product reviews!

     

  • How to pick the best kids backpack

    We carry many children's backpacks, and we have great pictures of each one.  But with such difference in sizes and construction, it is difficult to know how a backpack might fit your child.  This review is to help you pick the best backpack for your child in terms of size and comfort.

     

    For the visual folks, we have our soon to be five year old model wear each backpack, and we show pictures of each brand, back, side, and front.  You can quickly get a very good idea of the actual size of each backpack, and the comfort level of the straps.

     

    Horizontal kids backpacks side view Side view
    Horizontal kids backpacks front view Front view
    Side view Side view
    Front view Front view
    Side view Side view
    Front view Front view
    Waterproof kids backpacks Side view
    Waterproof kids backpacks Front view
    Stephen Joseph kids GoGo backpack side view Side view
    Stephen Joseph Kids GoGo backpack front view Front view
    Mint medium kids backpack side view Side view
    Front view
    Jaq Jaq Bird kids backpacks Side view
    front view front view

     

    Our backpacks run from small designs for toddlers to backpacks for bigger kids.  All of our designs are kid tested and durable, we don't sell backpacks that fall apart.

     

    About half our backpack orders include personalization.  99% of our backpacks can be personalized, and I think we have the best embroidery options out there.  We over about 40 fonts, and forty thread colors.  With most of our fonts, you can use our embroidery preview tool to see how the name will look before you buy.

     

    We are also the only website with a standard offering of applique options!

     

    Horizontal kids backpacks Horizontal kids backpacks

    Horizontal kids backpacks

    The horizontal backpacks are a great design.  They put the weight higher on the shoulders, and open very wide for the size.  This make it easier to find things, and they are perfect for holding and iPad or books.

     

    There are boy designs like this rocket plane, animal designs, and glitter designs sure to be very popular with your little girl!

     

    Stephen Joseph Quilted Backpacks Stephen Joseph Quilted Backpacks

     Stephen Joseph quilted toddler backpacks

    Quilted backpack review

    Stephen Joseph quilted toddler backpacks are very cute, and very popular.  No other backpack line has fun designs appliqued and embroidered right on the bag.The backpacks are made from quilted cotton and have an inside nylon lining.  They feel like they have some substance to them.The straps are just cloth, so I would not put a lot of weight and have your child walk a long distance.  However for most kids that is not an issue.  Our five year old son uses this backpack about half the time for school.

     

    Stephen Joseph has a big line of matching kid products like duffle bags, lunch totes, and nap mats, so this brand is great for sending your child with a matching set of a duffle bag, lunch tote, and nap mat.

     

    Mint toddler backpacks Mint toddler backpacks

    Mint toddler backpacks

    Toddler backpack review

    Mint toddler backpacks are unique for their clean, classic looks.  They come in colorful nylons, and seersucker, corduroy, and gingham fabrics.The picture above shows the straps are wide and well padded, so this is a comfortable backpack for your child to wear.

     

    Mint is another brand with many kid products, so it is easy to send your child to school with a matching set of backpack, duffle bag, lunch tote, and nap mat.

    Mint Medium Kids Backpacks Mint Medium Kids Backpacks

    Mint medium kids backpacks

    Medium backpack review

    Mint's medium kids backpacks are similar to the toddler style, only much bigger.  The toddler style works for kids up to about age 5, and the medium style works to age 10 and beyond.The straps are also wide and padded.

     

    For kids this age, a great matching set is a duffle bag and laundry bag.

     

    We can personalize the backpacks with embroidery, or applique designs.  With applique, you pick a fabric, a design, and a thread color to make an extra special backpack for your child.

    Stephen Joseph GoGo kids backpacks Stephen Joseph GoGo backpacks

    Stephen Joseph GoGo kids backpacks

    GoGo backpack review

    Stephen Joseph GoGo kids backpacks are made from viny like material.  It is a nifty feature, as these backpacks wipe clean very easily.  The colors are vibrant, and match the huge Stephen Joseph product line of duffle bags, lunch totes, and nap mats.

     

    The straps are narrower and without padding, so we don't recommend this backpack combined with a heavy load of books.

    Jaq Jaq Bird kids backpacks Jaq Jaq Bird kids backpacks

    Jaq Jaq Bird kids backpacks

    Jaq Jaq Bird backpack review

    Jaq Jaq Bird backpacks come with a matching lunch tote.  The backpack is big and as the picture above shows, it has very comfortable straps.  The backpack has very solid construction, and will serve for many years.We personalize the lunch tote unless instructed to personalize the backpack.

     

    When our son gets older and finally outgrows his small backpacks, this is will be style of his new backpack.  I love the big straps and attached lunch tote.

     

     We are constantly photographing our kid products and writing reviews and comparisons so you can make an informed decision!  See all our kid product reviews!

     

  • My package is running late, can you tell me why?

    An unusually long delivery time! An unusually long delivery time!

    It is not common, but it does happen that the post office takes an unusually long time to deliver a package.  I don't know what issue the post office experienced, but in this last week I have had about six customers ask where their package is.  This is one of the first two tracking numbers reported to me.

     

    It took 11 days for the post office to deliver this package.  It is one of the more extreme cases we have seen, and due to the number of folks reporting delay, we think perhaps there was an accident.

     

    This is frustrating for us and the customer alike.  I don't want to ship a replacement, and then find out the package was delivered later the same day.  But I don't want to make the customer wait any longer than necessary if the package is lost in the system.

     

    I want to take a moment to share what shipping information we have access to.  When customers inquire as to where their package is, we turn to the USPS tracking page.  We don't have access to any tracking information other than this tracking page.

     

    The post office has a customer service number.  For me it is (972) 393-6755.  If I call inquiring about a package, I will spend an hour on hold.  When they answer, they will take the tracking number and initiate an 'Investigation' and they say to expect a reply two weeks later.  The folks on the phone don't have access to any information beyond what I can see for myself on the tracking page.

     

    So we don't generally call because what is the point.  By the time their two week investigation concludes, you will have the package or we will have shipped another one.  Although we ship tens of thousands of packages a year, we have no special access with the post office.

     

    The post office claims that first class and priority mail typically takes 2-3 days to arrive.  In our experience, yes at least 51% of packages are delivered in 2-3 days.  But 10%-20% arrive more like 6-7 days.  And 0.1% arrive in 11 days.

     

    We don't generally call the post office for delayed packages because investigations take two weeks or more.  By that time the package will have arrived or we will have shipped a replacement.

  • Compare Stephen Joseph, Mint, and our big kid duffle bags!

    We carry three popular kids duffle bag styles - smaller duffle bags by Stephen Joseph, bigger duffle bags by Mint, and big kid duffle bags.  But how big are they, and how do they compare to each other?  This picture review will show you!

     

    First, the sizes!

     

     Big kid duffle bags
    • 19" long x 12" wide
    • 10" deep
    • Made from polyester
     Mint Duffle bags
    • 18" long x 9.5" wide
    • Made from nylon
    • Inside zippered pocket
     Stephen Joseph duffle bags
    • 15" long x 9" wide
    • Made from quilted cotton
    • Inside zippered pocket

     

    The sizes might a little difficult to picture, so here are pictures of all three duffle bags, side by side!  You can get a feel for how the Mint duffle bag is bigger than Stephen Joseph, and the big kid duffle bags are bigger than Mint and Stephen Joseph.

    Big kid's duffle bags (Left), Mint duffle bags, and Stephen Joseph duffle bags (Right)! Big kid's duffle bags (Left), Mint duffle bags, and Stephen Joseph duffle bags (Right)!
    Big kid's duffle bags (Left), Mint duffle bags, and Stephen Joseph duffle bags (Right)! Big kid's duffle bags (Left), Mint duffle bags, and Stephen Joseph duffle bags (Right)!

     

    These pictures don't really do justice to the capacity of the big kid duffle bags.  They are just a little longer than the Mint duffle bags, but have much more volume.

     

    Big kid's duffle bags (Left), Mint duffle bags, and Stephen Joseph duffle bags (Right)! Big kid's duffle bags (Left), Mint duffle bags, and Stephen Joseph duffle bags (Right)!
    Big kid's duffle bags (Left), Mint duffle bags, and Stephen Joseph duffle bags (Right)! Big kid's duffle bags (Left), Mint duffle bags, and Stephen Joseph duffle bags (Right)!

    Some notes about the duffle bags
    Stephen Joseph duffle bags feel thicker than Mints - they are thick quilted cotton with a nylon lining.

     

    Mint duffle bags are either a single layer of nylon, or cotton with a nylon lining.  They are lightweight when empty, but are still plenty sturdy.

     

    The big kid duffle bags are nylon or polyester, with a waterproof fabric bonded on the inside.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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