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Four Essential Newborn Baby Gift Ideas

Having a newborn baby in the house is one of the most rewarding, exciting, and terrifying experiences you will ever encounter, which is why preparation is very much essential in this day and age. Whether you choose to shop for your own baby, or for a friend who has perhaps just given birth, to ensure your child is entertained, comfortable, and well looked after, an organic baby gift set could be exactly what you need. Finding the right gifts for newborn babies can be tricky, but if you know where you’re looking, finding the perfect gift just couldn’t be easier. Rather than struggle to find appropriate newborn gift ideas, why not let Estella take care of things for you? Estella-nyc.com is a high end e-boutique stocking some of the most fabulous organic baby gifts, and gift sets, that you could ever wish for. If you’re shopping for a newborn and aren’t sure what to purchase, here’s a quick rundown of some of the most amazing baby gift ideas you could ever wish for.

Organic blue baby romper set – If you’re looking for an organic baby gift set, this organic blue baby romper set is absolutely perfect. Consisting of a cream bonnet and a sleeveless blue romper, along with your choice of rattle, this romper set is ideal as it will keep your baby warm and cosy. As it is blue, it would be ideal for a boy, though to be honest, boy or girl, a newborn is going to absolutely love this gift either way.

Octopus rattle and romper set – If giraffes are not your baby’s thing, or if perhaps you want to go with a nature theme, this octopus rattle and romper set is perfect. In a beautiful cream and blue design, complete with a blue printed octopus, as well as a cute and eye catching blue octopus rattle, your baby will look cuter than ever before if you dress them in this.

Pretzel romper – Let’s face it, we all know that food is life, and this is clearer than ever before with this wonderful pretzel romper, again, from Estella. This romper is a luxurious beige colour with brown undertones and a delicious-looking pretzel printed on the front. There is also a warm and comfortable bonnet hat, plus a tasty-looking hot dog rattle to really complete the culinary theme.

Organic brown bear baby soother in stripes – So far we’ve focussed on rompers, and whilst rompers make wonderful gifts, they aren’t the only gifts for newborn babies that you can focus on. This organic brown bear baby soother in a black and cream stripy design is absolutely fantastic. Whether your baby is having trouble sleeping, is feeling under the weather, or simply needs a little distracting whilst being changed, this striped baby soother will instantly become a near permanent fixture in your household as far as you baby is concerned. Available in black and cream, grey and cream, or brown and grey, this soother will soon become your newborn’s very best friend. For the ultimate cute-factor, why not combine this gift with matching striped romper gift set?

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Estella Retailer: The Iconic New York City Tenement Museum

Estella is thrilled to be a part of New York City’s iconic Tenement Museum Shop.  The Museum shop has long retailed Estella’s New York themed baby gifts including its organic baby toys, clothes & nursery decor pillows.

About the Tenement Museum

In a time when immigration is hotly debated, the Tenement Museum was founded almost 30 years ago to honor immigrants.  Founded by Ruth Abram and Anita Jacobson, the Tenement Museum showcases one of the first houses in the United States for immigrant families.  Located on 97 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, these very humble multi family dwellings show how these first immigrants lived.

Tenement Museum

97 Orchard Street, Tenement Dwellings

 

Built in 1893, the tenement was home to about 7000 immigrants.  Today the Museum conducts guided tours of the dwellings showing how families lived in the early 19th and 20th Centuries.  The tours forge an emotional connection between the visitors and the early immigrants by walking guests through their living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and their home life.  This mini history lesson continues outside the tenement on Orchard Street and goes around the neighbourhood describing how these immigrants lived outside of their homes in the neighbourhood and how the area has changed over the years.  This fascinating tour is taken by about 44,000 students annually and is a must for any NY history buffs or for anyone seeking to better understand the life of our earliest immigrants.

Museum Store

The Museum gift store offers a select collection of New York themed gifts for adults and children – books, jewelry, personal and office accessories.  Their baby gifts include Estella’s organic baby rattles, bodysuits and much more.

Organic Baby Rattles by Estella

Estella Organic Baby Taxi Rattle Toy

Based in New York City, Estella is thrilled to be a part of the Tenement Museum and encourage you to visit and support this wonderful not for profit organisation.

Summer 2017 Exhibit

In April 2017, the Tenement Museum will showcase the personal stories of immigrants who lived in the Tenement after World War II.  Former residents will tell their stories about the housing and the neighbourhood and shed light on how the Lower East Side became so diverse.  The stories include those of the son of Holocaust survivors, Puerto Rican and Chinese immigrant families.  Again these personal reflections will put faces to the immigrants who first settled in this vibrant New York City neighbourhood.

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Unique Baby Gifts: 5 St. Patrick’s Day Newborn Gifts that You Won’t regret

As a mother of three and the owner of Estella, a baby gifts brand, it was very easy to go overboard on events like St. Patrick’s day and buy my then little kids things that I would later regret.  Things that seemed like great ideas at the moment, but I would either get sick of a day after the event or that would out last their utility, like the christmas, St. Patrick’s or Valentine’s day onesies and tee shirts.

With 3 kids to shop while working in kids fashion, I have seen a lot of these, made lots of mistakes and had a lot of success too!  I have ended up with junk as well as items that both my kids and I have loved and cherished.  Here are a few unique baby gifts that I would recommend for St. Patrick’s day:

  • A Well Made Irish themed Baby Toy
Irish Baby Rattles

Lucky Clover Organic Baby Toys by Estella

You can get baby our very own hand knit organic cotton Lucky Clover baby toy rattle. At $16 it won’t break the bank and baby will love it beyond St. Patrick’s day.  It is fun & safe for baby and will never be overbearing, like a loud green St Patrick’s baby romper would be.

  • A Classic Baby Dress in Green
Bonpoint Baby Romper in Liberty Fabric

Newborn Baby Romper by Bonpoint using Liberty Cotton

Another suggestion is a beautiful dressy outfit, like this baby romper by Bonpoint in a green floral Liberty of London print fabric.  A classic dress like this will allow baby to show their Irish pride on St. Patrick’s day and their beauty well beyond St. Paddy’s day.

  • Elegant Baby Shoes in a sophisticated green
Baby Shoes in Metallic Green

Dressy Green Baby Shoes

I also recommend some baby shoes or accessories that you love in a green that you can not only live with, but enjoy after St. Patrick’s day.  I love these green newborn ballet style shoes by Caramel Baby & Child.  Not only would they go well with the Bonpoint dress, but they are so versatile that you can put them on baby with any outfit.

  • A Green Unique Baby Onesie in Green
Baby Onesie with Dino & Green Accent

Noe Zoe Baby Onesie

If you’re looking for something more casual, screams green more, but is still a keeper, this organic cotton baby onesie by Noe Zoe is perfect.  I love the graphic and would put it on baby on St. Patrick’s day and on any day.

  • Green everyday accessory for Mama & Baby
Newborn Swaddler by Aden & Anais

Baby Swaddle in Metallic Green by Aden & Anais

If you’d rather treat yourself and baby, I love this newborn baby swaddler by Aden & Anais.  This shade of green is elegant and the metallic is fun.  This will last not just through St. Patrick’s day, but through many and for many other babies too.  Things like this gave me and my kids joy well beyond events like St. Patrick’s day.  I kept some of these pieces and now that my kids are older, it makes me so happy to encounter them again. I hope you like my baby gift ideas. I wish you and little darlings a happy St. Patrick’s day!

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Must Have Baby Toys for March Madness & Everything Sports

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, I don’t mean days filled with snow and holiday cheer. It’s March, and it’s prime time for sports. With college basketball championships underway, pro basketball playoff teams taking shape, Spring training for baseball and the pro-football draft coming to kick, sports fans are in heaven!

If you’re a sports fan, the first thing you want for your baby is anything and everything sports. Yes, you dream that they will be the next Michael Jordan, Joe Montana, Pele, Michael Phelps etc., hey you have the right to dream. And if they don’t reach those lofty heights, maybe they’ll be average athletes and enjoy sports like many of us did growing up. And if they have zero athleticism, maybe they’ll grow up a fan and look forward to March madness and times like this.

So if you’re one of those parents who love sports and want to engage baby in sports as soon as they are born, here are four great baby toys you must have.

  1. Estella’s Organic Basketball Baby Rattle Toy
Estella's Basketball Baby Rattle

Basketball Baby Toy Rattle in Organic Cotton

These baby rattles are perfect for mini me during March madness. While they can’t quite dribble, slam and jam, baby can play their version of basketball with this baby toy. They can explore the texture, the soft rattling noise and as they grow into toddlers, they can use the rattle for imaginative play. I can come up with endless scenarios here, but this isn’t about my imaginative play! Plus these baby toys are made of all organic cotton, not plastic.

  1. Organic Baseball Infant Toy Rattle

Organic Cotton Baseball Baby Rattle Toy by Estella

If you’re a baseball fanatic and a new parent, this is a no brainer. This baseball shaped rattling toys for boys and girls is the first step toward to major leagues. Whether they are heading to the bleachers as fans or onto the playing field, this little hand made baby toy is their first step.

  1. Organic Football Newborn Toy Rattle

Organic Baby Toys - Football Rattle

If you missed the football hall of fame and dream that your offspring will make it, Estella’s football rattle is a must have for your baby. While it isn’t pigskin, it is shaped like the real thing, looks like the real thing and will entertain them just like the real thing. Also made of organic cotton exterior, this baby toy is safer for baby than the real thing!

  1. Organic Racing & Sneaker Security Blankets

Organic Baby Blankets - Estella Sneaker Lovey

If you’re a race car fan or more of a sneaker sport fan, Estella has two great items for your baby. The race car baby lovey is graphic and perfect for the next racing legend. Your newborn will love the bold, contrasting colors and they will enjoy exploring the hand knit texture and will learn to take comfort in this little baby blanket.

Similarly, baby will love the sneaker blanket. At 14 inches square with a graphic sneaker detailed in this organic baby blanket, baby will love it and look back with fond memories as their first introduction to sports. So check these out and find something for baby during March madness!

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Must Have Baby Toys for Your Spring Vacation

Spring vacation season is upon us, and it’s time to put together your packing list. Traveling with baby can be fun, but you’ll want to be sure you bring along only the best baby toys to keep the little one entertained. Here are our recommendations for the baby toys you must have, no matter where your spring travels are taking you.

Organic Baby Security Blankets - Estella

Entertaining Baby with Estella’s Security Blanket

Every baby needs a security blanket, but what if your baby’s blanket could double as a baby toy? These adorable blankets from Estella do just that. Use them to keep a younger infant occupied during your flight or road trip. Toddlers can use them to keep themselves busy. When it’s time for a nap, they can use this extra-soft lovey as a snuggle blanket. Hand-knit in Peru with 100% organic cotton, these blankets come in four character styles (elephant, octopus, bunny, or whale), so you are sure to find one your baby will love. You can also purchase them as part of a baby gift set that includes a matching baby rattle and hat, all made with organic cotton.

Organic Baby Toys by Estella New York

Animal baby rattle toys by Estella

Baby rattles are also a great baby toy choice for travel, and Estella has some great options. Their line of rattles for babies are handmade with the same soft Peruvian organic cotton that they use for their blankets. They are available in a range of styles, from animals to New York, Seattle & other landmarks. These will keep your baby engaged while you are sightseeing, lounging and shopping on vacation. Perfect for little fingers, these are great rattles for infants because they are non-jarring and exquisitely soft. These can also be purchased as part of a baby gift set with coordinating hats, blankets, and rompers. They are also machine washable for easy cleaning.

Stuffed toys are a perfect choice to pack when traveling with baby as they are great for both cuddling and playing, and they’re easy to pack. Hazel Village has a charming collection of handmade stuffed toys, including animals and baby dolls. They are handmade with organic cotton and hand embroidered. You can have these lovely toys personalized for an additional charge. Melissa and Doug are another good choice when looking for the perfect stuffed toy. Though they are not handmade, their selection of life-like plush animals are sure to please any infant. Estella’s collection of handmade baby toys also includes an enchanting assortment of stuffed toys. You can choose from characters such as mermaids and superhero animals. These are organic baby toys, made with the same organic cotton that make all our products so soft and luxurious.

Small wooden toys are also a great distraction while traveling, so they can be a good choice to take with you on your spring vacation. The Land of Nod is a good source for wooden toys that are safe for a baby’s mouth. All their wooden baby toys are made with chemical-free wood, and only non-toxic water-based paints and vegetable dyes are used. Many are even made with local, sustainable wood. Their sensory toys and teethers are sure to keep baby busy for hours.

Wherever your travels take you this spring, be sure to take along some of our recommended baby toys in your carry-on luggage. Keeping baby entertained with safe, soothing toys can make for a less stressful travel experience for the whole family.

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