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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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Just in :

The Holiday 2015 Collection

By - POSTED Nov 16, 2015

Holiday Gifts For Baby - Naughty & Nice Soft Knit Dolls

Our holiday 2015 collection is now available! Featuring holiday-themed organic baby toys, soft knit dolls, and decorative nursery pillows, these toys make wonderful stocking stuffers and gifts for baby’s first holiday season. The gingerbread man rattle or candy cane decorative pillow are yummy ways for baby to get involved in family holiday traditions while the snowman rattle and naughty doll are as clever as they are original. Check out the whole selection of holiday toys here!

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Giveaway :

Organic Baby Clothes & Toys

By - POSTED Nov 2, 2015

Giveaway: Organic Baby Toys & Clothes | Estella

How about a giveaway to start of this first Monday in November? We’ve partnered up with a bunch of baby toys, clothes, & accessories brands for an all-organic baby giveaway. Cozy onesies, baby blankets, practical household products, and lots more could all be yours (and just as you begin thinking about your holiday shopping!). Here’s what you could win (scroll all the way down to the bottom to enter):

1. Kate Quinn Organics - The Washington-based baby brand focuses on mixing classic, clean designs with nature-inspired prints and colors. Plus, the soft baby clothes are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton that is grown using sustainable farming practices, as well as environmentally low-impact dyes. Win: a gift set of your choice (like a set of three bodysuits or a receiving gown and baby blanket).

2. Estella - All our baby security blanket and rattles are made from 100% soft Peruvian cotton and are GOTS-certified organic. Win: your favorite organic security baby blanket and rattle.

3. Hazel Village - Handmade in a fair-labor factory in India from organic cotton and stuffed with an hypo-allergenic poly fill, these woodland creatures are ready to become your little one’s newest companion. Safe and soft enough for babies yet fun and engaging (with dress up costumes and accessories) for big kids, too. Win: a $50 store credit to Hazel Village.

4. Kira Kids - Mischievous yet charming clothing and accessories that feature bold graphic designs with everything from macaroons and unicorns to skulls and stars. These clothes encourage playfulness and a sense of adventure, and importantly are 100% organic cotton and made in the USA. Win: a $30 store credit to Kira Kids

5. Potato Feet - Designed to allow your little one’s feet to develop freely without any restrictions, these soft soled shoes feature a flexible elastic opening that prevents the shoe from falling off and lots of wiggle room to grow. Additionally, every pair of shoes is handmade in Los Angeles using recycled materials! Win: a $25 shop credit to Potato Feet.

6. Lollaland - These innovative, bold-colored baby & toddler cups are as functional as they are fun. Each cup is easy to clean & use, made in the USA, and safe for you child (BPA/BPS, PVS, and phthalate-free). Win: 1 Lollacup + 1 straw pack + 1 mealtime set (in the colors of your choice).

7. Modern Burlap - 100% organic, monochromatic swaddle blankets that are bold, graphic, and serve a variety of uses. They’re lightweight and breathable, get softer with each wash, and can double as a play rug, nursing or stroller cover, changing mat, and lots more! Win: a swaddle of your choice.

8. Babyganics - Babyganic’s mission is to create the bath and body products parents need to raise babies that can safely grown and thrive in the world. “When we say baby-safe we mean it.” Win: a complete Babyganics Baby-safe World Essentials Gift Set (which includes the Foaming Shampoo & Body Wash, Moisturizing Daily Lotion, Bubble Bath, Foaming Dish & Bottle Soap, Foaming Hand Sanitizer (Alcohol-Free), and Toy, Table, & Highchair Wipes).

Enter below. Giveaway ends November 13th at midnight EST. The winner will be notified by November 20th. Good luck!

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New for Fall :

The Time-Traveler Collection

By - POSTED Sep 29, 2015

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Now available for fall: the Time-Traveler Collection! Featuring new nursery decor, soft knit dolls, and organic baby toys, this collection honors the past with humorous designs, quirky shapes, and bold colors. Whether your a fan of the 50′s, 70′s, or even pre-historic times, there’s someone for you and baby to enjoy. From a classic rotary phone decorative pillow to a peace and love baby rattle or caveman doll, these styles add personality to baby’s room or toy collection. Which is your favorite? See all our new arrivals here!

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