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Happy Weekend :

Estella’s Weekly Roundup

By - POSTED Feb 27, 2015

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How cool are these pictures from new brand Meme Kidswear?

Check out these super-useful Pinterest travel guides for any upcoming trips.

You’ve probably heard about Boyhood, but what about Girlhood?

How do you teach your kids to talk to strangers?

Love these world maps for kids’ rooms from Paul & Paula.

25 things no one tells you about having a baby. Agree?

A fun interview with Hitha on her pregnancy & maternity style!

(Images via Meme Kidswear)

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Tips + Tricks :

10 Facts about Bamboo Baby Clothes

By - POSTED Feb 23, 2015

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The Estella Bamboo Baby Collection is full of sophisticated, classic, and well-made baby clothes that can be mixed and matched with each other or whatever is already in baby’s closet. The collection includes all the essentials – romper one-pieces and gowns, girls’ dresses, baby leggings, and baby hats and mittens – and is available in six elegant colors that range from dusty blue and rose pink to classic navy and understated black. Want to know why we love bamboo so much for baby clothes? Read on…

1. Bamboo is super-soft, but it also has a luxurious texture that is comparable to silk in both appearance and feel. This makes it an ideal choice for a newborn’s sensitive and delicate skin.

2. The bamboo plant can grow quickly without the assistance of chemicals or pesticides, so producing the fabric has little impact on the environment. Since it’s an eco-friendly, renewable, and biodegradable resource, dressing your little one in bamboo is a responsible choice.

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3. Unlike most synthetic fabrics, bamboo is naturally porous, super breathable, and comfortable on baby’s skin. This means…

4. It’s also thermodynamic – it absorbs moisture, wicks away sweat, and protects skin from the harmful UV rays. Baby will stay cool in hot weather and cozy during the winter.

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5. The all-natural fabric is hypoallergenic, making it a safe, non-irritating option for newborn’s sensitive skin.

6. A major bonus for new parents: bamboo fabrics have antibacterial, anti-fungal, and deodorizing properties, so you won’t have to wash them as often. And when the baby does spit up, it will smell a little less.

7. Bamboo baby clothes are a practical option – they’re machine washable, wrinkle resistant, and can stand up to loads of wear and tear.

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8. The pieces in the Estella Bamboo Baby Collection each have a hint of spandex and stretch with babies and they grow, thus lengthening the amount of time each item can be worn.

9. Versatility – our bamboo line is comprised of elegant pastels and classic neutrals that pair well with each other or  whatever fun patterns already in your baby’s closet. They can be worn on their own, as layering pieces, or just for lounging and napping.

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10. You can now pre-order our popular bamboo baby clothes, including a new footie romper with a subtle moon graphic… All coming April 2015!

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For the Nursery :

Elephant Theme

By - POSTED Feb 11, 2015

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The elephant trend is one of our favorites, and how adorable is this elephant-themed baby nursery featured on Mini Style Blog? It was designed in collaboration with children’s interior decorating studio WINTER*DAISY, with the goal to create a nursery that could easily transition into a toddler boy’s room. The resulting room is soft, calm, and serene – the neutral colors are the perfect backdrop to the unique details that keep the room fresh and original (like the star decals decorating one wall, blue and grey striped rug, or knitted pouf). Plus, there’s plenty of space for the little guy to play, dream, and grow. What do you think? See the whole room (and more nursery decor) here!

(Images via Mini Style Blog)

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A Conversation with :

Jak of Baby Does… NYC

By - POSTED Feb 3, 2015

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We chatted with Jak Burke, founder of the website Baby Does… NYC, on her favorite baby-friendly restaurants, hidden NYC gems, and how to survive long winters with baby:

1. Tell us about Baby Does…NYC and why you decided to start the site.

I’m a London born and bred girl but when I visited New York in 2001 I was instantly hooked. Within 12 months I had sold everything in the U.K and shipped out to NYC. I quickly began to work with families and small children in the city… I soon realized that there was an info gap for the 0-24 months age group. I also wanted to host a site that offered healthy, locally made goods and services for busy parents. In 2007 I registered my company and trademark Baby Does NYC. In 2012 we fully launched with a team.

2. In your opinion, what are the best parts of raising a baby in the city?

Oh where to begin! NYC is literally the best place on earth to raise a family. The city has everything: nature, enrichment, culture and some of the most progressive companies in the juvenile market. The city also feels like a collection of communities. Each neighborhood has its own unique scene and cultural vibe. Events for kids in NYC are also superior simply because of the concentration of talent and ingenuity here.

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3. Can you let us in on any hidden NYC gems (parks, museums, play groups, etc.)?

To be honest everything in NYC is pretty spectacular and it’s difficult to pick a few things in particular but I am always pleasantly surprised by classes aimed at babies. For example, the Guggenheim has a stroller tour that is interactive (tots get to do stuff) as well as deeply enriching visually. It’s also a great social mixer for parents. The Mahayana Temple in Chinatown is an oasis of tranquility in a noisy neighborhood. See how your baby responds to the giant golden Buddha. On a similar theme, The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Snug Harbor, Staten Island, is sublime in terms of peace and beauty. For more boisterous fun I love to go to Coney Island and enjoy the historic boardwalk amusements and beach.

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4. Winters in the city can be tough for anyone, but especially when you have a newborn. Any tips on surviving the season without just hibernating at home?

Yes, in fact I recently wrote a post all about winter and how to survive it. Feeling isolated and trapped while undergoing sleep deprivation can be brutal for new mothers. I recommend that moms prepare for inclement weather by weather-proofing their strollers and baby carriers, then get outside! If your building has a community garden or rooftop grab some sunlight and fresh air at least once a day. Book regular drop-in classes for baby in your neighborhood - Kidz Central Station lists hundreds of classes for infants by zip code. We partner with them every week to promote different events. Also check out what’s going on at your local library. The NYPL has a variety of weekly free events for children and babies in most neighborhoods. Join a local parent forum and attend meet-ups at places like Barnes & Noble. Reach out to other parents in your neighborhood and building – host coffee mornings or breast-feeding dates. Last but not least accept help. Allow a relative or a friend to babysit for an hour or two while you nap or take a walk. Remember a happy baby needs a happy mama too.

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5. And when the weather’s nicer…What are some can’t-miss outdoor spots?

Once the weather is temperate it’s fun to go further afield and explore other boroughs and even islands! Take a ferry ride to Staten Island and visit Snug Harbor with its wonderful children’s museum and exquisitely themed gardens. Visit Roosevelt Island and take a tram ride and see the lighthouse. Take a free ferry and grab some art on Governor’s Island. You can also enjoy a bike ride and picnic alongside some amazing outdoor art installations. I also recommend that parents attend some of the glorious parks in Queens and the Bronx. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a wonderful place to enjoy springtime’s Cherry Blossoms.

6. Favorite baby-friendly restaurants?

NYC is pretty baby-friendly at least during the day and early evening. Navigating a tightly packed restaurant with a stroller is trickier though so bring a baby seat or booster seat and park your stroller outside. I personally love Bubbys on the weekends when the neighborhood’s families are feasting on pancakes. For an early supper try Cowgirl Hall of Fame in the West Village. Uptown The Indian Road Café in Inwood serves locally farmed foods and they also host live music. Brooklyn would require a food page of its own – neighborhoods like Fort Greene and Park Slope boast amazing eateries for families. I recommend you just wander. Queens has some fun ethnic beer gardens with outdoor music events. It also has some of the best Indian family-friendly venues in NYC. The Bronx hosts quite a few tasty Italian restaurants like Villaggio Ristorante and Patricia’s. For fun-dining on Staten Island why not go for some steak and sushi at Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar or Bavarian cuisine at Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn? It’s good to remember that because your child is under two you can still opt for a menu that does not involve fries and pancakes – so make the most of it and be adventurous!

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7. What baby gear or accessories do you think all NYC mom’s should invest in?

A good light-weight but robust stroller with a compact diaper bag (one that straps easily to the stroller) and a stroller organizer are must-have items as well as a supportive baby carrier. You can buy just about anything for a baby within a block or two’s radius so new parents can afford to travel light.

Thanks, Jackalyn! Head on over to Baby Does…NYC for more on all things baby.

(Image 2 via Bel & Beau, 4 via Annie Dean.)

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Happy Weekend :

Estella’s Weekly Roundup

By - POSTED Jan 30, 2015

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A useful list of newborn & postpartum favorites to bookmark.

Gisele’s view on motherhood is beautiful and touching.

Also on Mother Mag, the beauty of fatherhood.

The top recipes for Super Bowl Sunday (more party tips here).

Are you chronically late? 7 reasons that may explain why.

Looking for nursery decor inspiration? Right this way.

P.S. We are offering an additional 20% off all toddler & baby clothes on sale through tomorrow evening (code: ADD20). Happy shopping!

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