Baby Accessories & Toys

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
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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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Baby Gifts: The Best Valentine Gifts for Baby

Looking for a little something for baby’s first Valentine?  Look no further, we have the best treats for baby’s first valentine, items that will entertain them from day one, become their go comforter/soother and a keepsake – like Estella’s security blanket collection.

Organic Baby Security Blankets - Estella

Elephant Security Blanket with finger puppets

Elephant Security Blanket

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Whether you have a newborn or toddler, these lovey blankets are a fun and interactive way to fall further in love with baby. Use the finger puppets to engage baby in dramatic from day 1.  Amuse them on the playmat, the changing table, the car plane, car or anywhere.  Watch them giggle, laugh, learn and develop.

Not only are these organic lovies fun for interacting with baby, but babies can enjoy them alone.  They can explore the 3 dimensional ears, fingers and tactile material; they can use the blanket to self soothe when they are anxious, tired, sleepy or upset; and as they grow into toddlers, they will use them to create their own play.  Made with the softest 100% Peruvian organic cotton, these blankets are available in blue, pink and gender neutral colors, they are great valentines gifts for babies.

Estella’s baby toys are also great valentines gifts for babies.  This collection of organic infant toys includes hearts, animal rattles, sports, transportation, regional and other baby rattles.

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Organic Baby Toys - Football Rattle

Organic Baby Toys - Estella Milk & Cookie Rattles

Again, you can use these toys to interact and get closer to baby.  Like the lovey blankets, babies will play with these infant toys on their own and will enjoy exploring the colors, feel and soft rattling sounds.  These toys and lovey blankets are great valentine’s gifts for boys and girls.

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Baby Gifts: Estella In Bloomberg

We’re thrilled to share that Estella’s baby gifts are featured in several holiday gift guides including that of internationally renowned news source, Bloomberg.

Baby Gifts in Bloomberg Holiday Gift Guide & more

Estella Giraffe Baby Romper Set & more Baby Gifts in Bloomberg Holiday Gift Guide etc

Bloomberg features Estella’s Giraffe Romper set.  Made in Peru with a cashmere soft Alpaca blend, the baby romper in this set is graphic, fun and luxurious.  Not only does the fabric melt in your hand, but the hand stitched cotton giraffe image is bold, fun and gender neutral.

Also featured in a gift guide is Estella’s Snowman rattle.  This holiday baby toy is an annual favorite.  Made of 100% organic cotton, this natural non-toxic baby toy is detailed with a hat & ties, eyes, smile, carrot and an eco-awareness note on it’s belly – “Stop Global Warming”.  Featured by the editors of New York Family magazine, this newborn toy is cute and will subtly spread the eco-awareness message.  Perfect gift for the earth conscious parents.

Mommy Ramblings features several Estella pieces in it’s gift guide including the new MTA Metrocard Blanket Set and the best selling Whale blanket set.  These baby gifts for boys & girls 3 month and 6 months old are unusual, colorful and memorable.  Both gift sets are all organic and safe for baby and include items that can be used from birth to adulthood and then kept as keepsakes.  They both include baby hats and unique, cool, organic infant toys that parents can use to entertain newborns from birth.  These baby rattles, a whale and an apple rattle, will then help babies work on their grip, small motor skills as they manipulate and engage with them.  As toddlers, they can use these toys for for imaginary & creative play.  They also as well as lovey security blankets that will sooth kids from infancy through their entire childhood and will always serve as a fond memory of their upbringing.

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Organic Baby Toys: Meet the Candidates – Mr. & Madame President Baby Rattles

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Democrat, republican or independent, it doesn’t matter, we just want to celebrate the freedom to choose that we Americans have.  Regardless of whether you are a Donald Trump fan, a Hillary Clinton supporter, love one of the Independent candidates or are completely undecided, you can still celebrate the birth of babies born during this historical election with this Election newborn baby gift set.

Designed over a year ago, when the current candidates were not yet chosen by their respective parties, these organic baby toys were never meant to make a political statement.  The intent was to recognize and celebrate the US democratic system that allows all citizens an equal opportunity to choose their leadership.

This set includes a Madame President rattle, which of course would be historic in the US, an American flag rattle and a Mr. President rattle.  Like most of Estella baby gifts, each of these infant toys is knit by hand using GOTS certified organic cotton.  This is a must have for the parents who are engaged in the process and are passionate about our elections or for the parents who are convinced that their child is destined to be President.  In years to come, baby will remind their parents of this contentious election whenever they engage in pretend play with their rattle toys.

For those who have a favorite and would rather not have the whole gift set, these baby rattles are also available individually.

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