Posts tagged "Holiday Gifts"

New Parents :

The Balancing Act

POSTED Dec 6, 2012

It’s never easy being a new parent, believe us, we know! This challenge is even greater when you add the element of entertaining guests into the equation. There are several key distractions that can hurt your ability to be a gracious host. However with just a little bit of planning, you can fulfill all of your parental responsibilities and host a night to remember, simultaneously. Balancing these two things out can help you relieve stress. Here are a few helpful tips that can show you the path to balancing the two.

1.)    When it’s time to put your baby to bed early in the evening, encourage your guests to move to a room away from where he or she is sleeping. This will allow the baby to sleep harmoniously while still promoting a social atmosphere in which everyone can still have a great time.

2.)    Next, make sure you encourage your guests to interact with your baby. This is a win-win situation because it promotes an environment of healthy playtime. Also, it allows the guests to have a great time getting to know your baby (and of course take adorable photos).

3.)    Always feed your baby before feeding your guests. This will ease your mind, and it will also make him or her much more peaceful. Feeding your guests will also take a lot more time. There’s no need to delay.

4.)    This is one that often gets overlooked, but keep all alcohol consumption to a minimum. Guests who drink have the tendency to get loud which could lead to waking the baby, at the very least. Also, you don’t want your guests interacting with the baby, because accidents can occur, and no one wants to be a part of that.

Make sure you relax, or your tension will show. If you can enjoy the night without being tense, you’ll have achieved the perfect balance.

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Grand Travel Tips with Grandparents.com

POSTED Nov 13, 2012

Estella Kids is proud to announce our new partnership with Grandparents.com, a site providing a wealth of helpful, thought provoking information, and tons of amazing imagery. Due to our new relationship with Grandparents.com we wanted to take this time to give some quick holiday tips for all of the traveling grandparents out there.


The 2012 holiday season is a very exciting time, indeed. Unfortunately, it is also the busiest weekend in the entire year to travel. Long trips are just about the only negative attributes that diminish the beauty of the season. However, headaches associated with travelling should be taken in stride because, after all, they are the last hurdle between you and your family. Several basic tips can help you get to your loved ones in record time.

1.) Don’t underestimate the power of being early. It’s no secret major highways and airports become a circus, especially over the long weekend. You can drastically reduce your travel time by leaving one or two days early. Apply any extra vacation days you have to the long weekend and you’ll also have more precious time to spend with your grandchildren.

2.) Travel light, especially if you’re going by air. If you can avoid checking a bag in, you reduce the risk of major delays later. More lost and damaged bags are a product of this weekend than any other time of the year! Also, the wait at baggage carousels can be downright brutal! All you really need is a few extra sets of clothes.

3.) Stay calm! Travelling can be a very stressful ordeal, but just remember that tension will not help you reach your destination any quicker. Also it can set up negative vibes for the remainder of the trip. Bring along your favorite new book to keep you occupied. Believe me, it’s a necessity. If you are driving, take frequent breaks to stretch, and ease any tightness you may have. The goal is to arrive relaxed, and ready to spend quality time with your grandchildren.

4.) Presents! Picking out gifts for your little bundle of joy is never an easy task. With so many options it can be a little stressful, so we have a few ideas to help make the holiday season enjoyable and stress free.  For the little girls in your life we are suggesting the JANISE TODDLER GIRLS HEART PRINT DRESS IN ORGANIC COTTON for the ultimate “girly” look. For the little men we suggest ESTELLA DEVON ORGANIC BABY ROMPER IN STRIPES in red to get in the Holiday spirit. Do not forget to pack these gifts in your carry on to prevent any lost presents and a headache. Also fold these items carefully without being crushed to prevent wrinkling. For fun gifts we think the BoBo Stuffed Dog is the perfect holiday friend for your little one.

 

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Goodies from Trousselier France!

POSTED Jun 28, 2012

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‘Tis the Time to Bike :

So why not do it in style (and of course safely)?

POSTED Jun 12, 2012

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7 A.M. Enfant Stroller Blankets

POSTED Dec 30, 2011

7 A.M. ENFANT’s stroller footmuffs is by far the best winter accessory for baby simply because it is so well made that is makes parenting babies and toddlers much easier during the frigid winter months. So warm, cozy and reliable, the footmuff allows parents to trust it to keep kids warm. It allows parents to deal with diapering, collic, snacks etc and spend less time worring about bundling up because they know that no matter how cold it is outside, their kids will be comfortable in the 7 am footmuff.

Appaman kids puffy coat. This puffer jacket is a big hit every year. Comfortable, stylish and warm, it is the go to winter coat for kids. Designed in the US. Machine washable, polyester shell & lining and down filling, every parent who has had a 7am footmuff swears by it and this is what makes it the best winter accessory for baby and one of the best baby gift ideas.

If you’re looking for outerwear for babies and toddlers, I’d be remise not to tell you about 7 A.M. ENFANT’s stroller footmuffs. These stroller blankets are hands down the best winter accessory for baby. It makes parenting babies and toddlers much easier during the frigid winter months because they are so warm, cozy and easy to use.

The exterior is made of tough outdoor weight nylon that is ideal for the coldest winter days. This tough exterior is followed by a thick lining and a soft, yet durable fleece lining that is soft and cozy for baby yet machine washable. With a 5 point harness that makes it fit in almost any stroller, this baby footmuff has a zip front that allows you to take baby in and out of the stroller easily.

So rather than struggle with baby to bundle and layer them for the cold weather, you can simply put the minimum on baby and trust that they will be cozy in the footmuff. My brother got a footmuff as a baby gift and he would often bring his infant son to visit in the footmuff during the winter and to my surprise, the boy would come out of the it with no socks and his feet would feel nice and warm, even after he had been dragged through the cold manhattan winter.

You can buy baby clothes as a newborn gift and while that can be very special, a 7 am enfant footmuff can be one of the most useful baby gifts.

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