He had that effect on a lot of people.

There is a natural affinity between candidates and babies.  You can be sure that there will be a lot of mugging with babies by the President and Mr. Romney between now and November.  According to an article in Mother Jones, the practice of candidates kissing babies in this country goes back to at least President Andrew Jackson in 1933.  Davy Crockett was an inveterate child kisser.  The reaction of the baby to President Bush seen above is probably fairly typical.

I have only one child, Benjamin, and he no longer bears any resemblance to a baby as he is a 6′ 3″ junior at Roosevelt High School in Seattle.  But when he was a mere tot, the amount of stuff my wife and I were required to buy to tend to his myriad of needs was mind-boggling.  I am afraid to say probably a large percentage of the products we bought in Ben’s infancy were not made on these shores.  Learn from my mistake!  I have found a great company, youngAmerica, that makes all its children’s furniture right here in America.  And is their stuff beautiful!

YoungAmerica is the childrens line of Stanley Furniture which was founded in 1924.  YoungAmerica makes armoires, beds, bookcases, chairs, changing stations, cribs, desks, dressers and chests, hutches and night stands.  YoungAmerica cribs are GreenGuard certified. YoungAmerica has seven different styles.  Their furniture in made by members of our extended American family in Virginia and North Carolina.  This furniture is not the kind of kids furniture that, if you are lucky, might hold together until your kid begins Kindergarten.  YoungAmerica makes real furniture.  They use mortise and tenon joints for the frames of their furniture and dovetail joints for their drawers.  Since YoungAmerica furniture is built to last, it is also “Built to Grow.”  The craftspeople at youngAmerica design their pieces such as their cribs and beds in a manner that they can be adapted to the different phases of development your child will experience.

YoungAmerica makes a lot of great furniture, but a couple of pieces seem really special to me.  The first two are the Louis Philippe Panel Bed and the Twin Daybed.

The other great piece is the Built to Grow Mantel Top Slat Crib.

YoungAmerica cribs are so wonderful, children who sleep in them simply never cry.  Unless of course if they are hungry.  Or sleepy.  Or they have colic.  Ok, so youngAmerica furniture will not prevent your child from crying, but you won’t cry because you will know that your purchase of youngAmerica products provided employment for members of our extended American family.  Hey, one out of two ain’t bad!


About John Briggs

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at www.simply-american.com.
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