Baby & Kids’ 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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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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Unique Baby Gifts: New MTA Themed Baby Gifts from Estella

Estella is excited to launch new MTA themed unique baby gifts – a Metrocard security blanket, an A train lovey blanket and related gift sets that feature these pieces.

Lovey Blanket with Apple rattle toy & baby hat

Metrocard Security Blanket Baby Gift Set

Organic Baby Blanket with I Metrocard NY

Metrocard Baby Blanket

Made of the softest organic cotton, the Metrocard baby security blanket is gentle on newborn’s sensitive skin and with a 3 dimensional bright yellow Metrocard, stuffed and knit into the blanket, babies will be attracted to the colors and will explore the various elements thereby developing their motor skills, all the while, falling in love with this lovey blanket.  The unique baby gift set includes a newborn hat and a baby toy apple rattle with “NYC” knit on it to represent the Big Apple. The Train lovey blanket and new baby gifts set is equally exquisite.

Train Lovey Blanket with baby hat and Metrocard rattle toy

A Train Baby Gift Set

Train lovey blanket for babies

New MTA A Train Security Blanket by Estella

Also made of organic cotton, this handmade 14″ square baby blanket is fun for any NYC baby.  Bearing the iconic MTA “A” train logo and “NYC” in train line colors, this baby blanket is a fun gift for the littlest New Yorkers and transit riders to be.  These two blankets and the related gift sets expand Estella’s existing line of offically licensed MTA products and its growing line of NYC themed baby gifts.  Estella already makes Train and Metrocard rattle toys that have long been in the market.  These lovey blankets add new complementary styles to the collection.  They are all available now online at Estella-nyc.com and at select baby boutiques, museum and gift shops nationwide.

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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

security-blanket-organic-whale-lovey

 

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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