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Nursery Décor :

Soft Toys for Baby Rooms

By - POSTED Aug 22, 2016

Organic Baby Blankets - Estella Taxi

Whether you are in desperate need of baby room ideas or still in the midst of prepping for your first one’s impending arrival, there’s no doubt that nursery decor is an important final step in preparing for baby. Think about all the time you and your little one will be spending in there over the next few years! Once you have decided on the theme and ordered the essentials (crib, changing table, etc.), check out our collection of decorative pillows, crib baby blankets, and stuffed baby toys that will add a personality-packed finishing touch to any baby room or play space.
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Our soft toys and decorative pillows are a supersized take on our popular baby rattles. Hand-knit in Peru by local craftsmen using ultra-soft cotton, these stuffed toys feature graphic prints, soft textures, and unique 3D elements (like the taxi’s wheels or the rotary phone’s detachable receiver) and include NYC-themed taxi, Metrocard, and subway pillows, throwback TV and record player baby plush toys, and sporty football and baseball designs. Whether these stuffed toys remain purely decorative or spark your little one’s imagination as he or she develops into toddlerhood, these baby room ideas are no doubt a fun addition to any nursery.

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Additionally, meet the newest member to Estella’s line of organic infant toys and accessories: our taxi crib blanket! A supersized take on our popular lovey blanket, this item is equal parts decorative and functional due to its endless uses. In addition to being part of your little one’s nursery decor, these baby blankets can double as stroller blankets, travel companions, or beloved keepsakes that will be cherished long after baby grows up.

Nursery Decor - Estella Taxi Organic Baby Blankets

Happy decorating!

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Beach Toys :

Baby Toys for Summer Babies

By - POSTED Aug 9, 2016

Baby Rattles - Estella Organic Starfish

Is it time to refresh your little one’s collection of organic baby toys for the final stretch of summer? Baby may not be old enough to go swimming or play around in the sand just yet, but our beach-themed infant toys will still let him or her participate in the summer fun. Choose from organic baby toys like starfish or surfboard baby rattles as well as knitted dolls and whale and octopus organic baby blankets. Best of all, unlike typical beach balls or shovels and pails, these newborn toys will last long after the summer season comes to a close!

Baby Rattles – Estella’s plush rattles are all handmade from soft Peruvian cotton that feels great in baby’s hands. And, since these toys are all GOTS-certified organic cotton, they’re perfectly safe for babies to chew on and play with all day long. Styles include octopus, whale, and mermaid designs that all feature unique shapes, eye-catching colors, and a calming rattle jingle that will delight babies and keep them happily entertained on their beach towels.


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Security Blankets – These organic baby plush toys double as soothers, bedtime comforters, travel companions, and more – their uses are endless! These organic loveys feature interactive 3D elements, like the friendly octopus face or the whale’s easy-to-grab padded tail that will instantly appeal to baby. If there are any soon-to-be summer babies in your life, pair one of these organic baby blankets with a matching rattle for a simple, unique, and practical baby gift.

Knitted Dolls - MermaidEstella Mermaid Baby Rattles & Knitted Dolls

Knitted Mermaid Doll – A grownup version of our popular mermaid baby rattle, this soft doll is made from plush cotton and features a bold green tail and flowing yellow yarn hair that’s accessorized with a floral headband. Small enough for babies to grasp and explore but still interesting enough for toddlers to want to play with, our mermaid doll is the ideal accessory to bring along for a day at the beach!

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Olympic Baby Gifts :

Baby Toys for Future Olympians

By - POSTED Aug 1, 2016

Baby Rattles - Organic Tennis Ball Rattle

With the Olympics all set to begin in Rio in just a few days, you might be thinking about how to get baby involved in all the fun. Estella to the rescue! As a baby and children’s lifestyle brand that designs and hand-makes baby rattle toys, lovey blankets, nursery décor, and more, we have lots of options for the future sports star in your life. Whether your little one is destined for a career in the weight room or going for gold in tennis, Estella’s designer baby gifts will have baby all ready for the opening ceremony this Friday.

Security Blankets – Estella’s organic cotton sneaker lovey is sure to become your future athlete’s new best friend. Vibrant colors, bold stripes, and unique 3D shoe laces make this lovey blanket an interactive toy that doubles as a soother, bedtime buddy, or playtime companion. Pair it with one of our baby rattle toys for a complete gift set.

Security Blankets - Organic Sneaker Lovey

Baby rattles – Tennis, basketball, and barbell soft baby rattles will appeal to babies during and long after the Olympics due to their ultra-plush and GOTS-certified organic cotton texture, colorful graphics, and soothing rattle sounds that capture their attention and engage their senses. These organic baby toys are perfectly sized for little hands to play and explore with, and best of all make wonderful baby shower gifts for any athletic parents-to-be!

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Knitted Dolls – Estella’s original collection of superhero knitted dolls were created to inspire self-expression, acceptance, and individuality. These plush toys are full of personality and celebrate the unique character traits that little ones everywhere can identify with and relate to. Take our Kat doll, for example. This talented athlete loves sports and is up for any game – the rougher the better – and proudly sports her favorite purple jersey, tube socks, and glasses everywhere she goes. She’s sure to inspire young girls everywhere who love sports just as much as she does.

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Welcome To Spring :

Baby Giveaway!

By - POSTED Mar 18, 2016

Baby Spring Giveaway - Estella NYC

Let’s welcome spring with a giveaway, shall we? We got together with some of our favorite brands to give away the best in baby toys, clothing, and accessories. Practical blankets, playful rattles and teethers, and organic one-pieces are all included! Here’s a break down of everything that could be yours:

1. Estella – Our baby security blankets, rattles, and hats are all hand-made from 100% soft Peruvian cotton and GOTS-certified organic. These sets make great gifts for any expecting parents you may know, or just to keep for your own little ones! Win: your favorite organic security blanket, hat, and rattle gift set. You can see them all here.

2. Modern Burlap – These 100% organic and monochromatic swaddle blankets are bold and modern yet still lightweight and practical – they can also double as a play rug, nursing/stroller cover, or changing mat! Win: a $30 e-gift card.

3. Squarenimals – Squarenimals’ organic onesies, t-shirts, and accessories all feature the brand’s collection of characters (get to know them here), whose acceptance of their quirks and unique talents will encourage your little ones to do the same. Win: a onesie of your choice.

4. Little Giraffe – Little Giraffe creates luxurious and modern baby essentials that use high quality and super-soft fabrics that are soothing and gentle on baby’s delicate skin. Win: a cloud knit baby blanket, satin blanky, and rattle.

5. Globe Totters – Handmade in Brooklyn, NY, these travel-inspired organic kids’ baby toy blocks are a fun yet educational toy that will engage babies with their unique art work (featuring famous landmarks and food!), soft feel, and sweet bell sounds. Win: An organic toy block of your choice.

6. Tegu – These magnetic, wooden blocks encourage kids to imagine, create, problem solve, and story tell. They’re also eco-friendly, safe for babies, and painted with non-toxic lacquers. Win: An Original Pocket Pouch with 8 Magnetic Blocks.

7. Bugged Out – Bugged Out’s line of organic cotton onesies and t-shirts feature whimsical and clever bug, fruit, and veggie designs that are all made in the USA and printed by hand in NYC. Win: a onesie of your choice.

8. LexyPexy – These have got to be the most chic and fashion-forward teethers out there! Made in the USA from an all-natural and sustainable maple wood that is naturally antibacterial and non-splintering, they come in clever silhouettes like a pretzel, NY taxi, or handbag. Win: a teether of your choice.

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Tips + Tricks :

How to Get Kids to Love Books (+ a Giveaway!)

By - POSTED Feb 4, 2016

Encouraging Your Kids to Read

Struggling to get your little ones to read more? Fortunately, our friend and children’s book author Ashley Eneriz is here to the rescue with some ideas on how to encourage your kids to to read more – and maybe even enjoy it! As an added bonus, we’re teaming up for a giveaway at the end of this post – enter below to win a paperback version of one of Ashley’s books and your favorite Estella toy. Take it away, Ashley…

What makes a kid a bookworm and another kid a hater of all books? It can be frustrating as a parent when your child does not love books. Here are a few tips to turn your kid into a book lover. It might not happen overnight, but by applying these tips, gradually, you will notice your little one is begging you to buy him more books to read.

Connect Reading to Something Special

So many kids will tune out on reading because they do not understand that many books contain magical worlds and fun. They think that they can only be entertained by their video game, TV show, or iPad app. Your job is to help them see just how amazing books can be – even better than their favorite shows because a book goes into much greater detail.

Right now, your child probably associates reading with boring or quiet time. Instead, make reading fun by having weekly donut dates. Your child can munch on a donut while you read a chapter from a book. Some books offer more movement or actable parts that your child can do while you read out loud.

How to Get Kids to Like Reading

Make Books More Appealing

Books filled with small and a lot of words are daunting, even for expert readers. Choose books that have illustrations, smaller chapters, and bigger words to attract readers of all ages. The first Harry Potter book was just re-released with full illustrations. Your child will love exploring the magical world of Hogwarts while enjoying the illustrations.

Think in Terms of TV and Movies

What makes children so hypnotized to certain shows and movies? Next time your child watches a show or movie, take note. What makes them laugh? What makes them engaged? Start reading books that are laugh out loud funny and that are jus downright silly. Also, read out loud in interesting and fun voices. Reading aloud is beneficial for all children, even if they already know how to read. Reading books aloud can also help deepen your child’s love for books, imagination, and vocabulary, which in turn, transforms them into a stronger reader.

Pair Books with Activities

On my site, Ebook Kids, I offer craft, game, and snack ideas for several popular books. There are so many simple things you can do to enhance a book. For example, children will love making blueberry muffins after reading, “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”. They will also love acting out the story with sock puppets. Activities do not have to be time consuming or expensive. Most activities or snacks will only take about 10 minutes extra, but you are teaching your child that books are fun and building those fun, lifetime memories with them.

It can be hard to get kids to love books, especially when there are so many other things vying for their attention. Try to fit a few minutes or reading or reading activities in each day, and you will see that your child will eventually beg you to keep reading.

Tips for Encouraging Your Kids to Read More

Giveaway (updated: now closed)

Ashley has generously offered to give away a paperback version of one of her books, plus we’re throwing in one of our hand-knit toys too. Enter below!

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(Ends February 17th at 11:59pm EST. By entering you agree to receive the latest and greatest updates from Estella and any participating brands.)

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