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Back To School

Sep 5, 2014 3:20:19 PM

The summer has flown by and it's high noon for back to school. We've got you covered this year at Aldea Baby with the coolest and most essential gear for daycare, preschool, and school-school. Brown bags are definitely out! Fresh graphic lunch boxes by Beatrix combine whimsy and color with sturdy construction. Plus they are easy to clean and feature new designs every year. They even win the likes of A-Lister children like Suri Cruise and Harper Beckham. 

Tot Cots by Urban Infant are the perfect all-in-one-sleeping solution for naptime. Pillow, attached fleece blanket, name tag and secret pocket all roll up for easy toting. Wondering if they come in adult sizes? They don't, we already asked. Backpacks come in all shapes and sizes these days, so we like to keep it interesting with these lightweight and ergonomic backpacks from SF local Luis Garcia. With every back pack purchased, School Bags for Kids donates a backpack filled with supplies to a child in need.

 
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Creative Profile: Kersey Barrett-Tormey

Apr 20, 2014 1:23:40 PM



Originally trained as an animator, artist Kersey Barrett-Tormey accidentally fell in love with illustration after taking a comic book art class in college, creating a fifty-page children’s book about a girl whose daydreams show up in the wool of her pet sheep. A self-confessed compulsive daydreamer, the vigorously talented and fiercely imaginative Barrett-Tormey has a gift for storytelling that is at once enviable, effortless, and undeniably evident from the first moments of meeting her. We were lucky enough to get to visit her studio at Goforaloop in San Francisco and chat with her about her creative past and artistic process. Barrett-Tormey’s latest book, Beaver Away: The Story of Boh Going Solo is out now and she’ll be reading it at the Aldea Baby store on April 27 from 1-3PM.

Did you have a particular theme in mind when you were creating Beaver Away?
The story is about the early twenties…it’s kind of a warning about the early twenties. There’s a lot of warning right when you hit puberty, your parents are like ‘This is going to suck,’ or like ‘This is going to be really hard,’ but nobody really tells you that about your early twenties. So, hopefully kids will read this and then when they get older and they graduate college and they’re kind of confused about where they’re going in life, they’ll have this book. I hand-drew all the pictures and I even printed it out in the studio next door. This is a completely handmade book.

Yeah, you can really tell—even the buckets of hair that come off Boh the Beaver have tons of detail. How did you first get into drawing like this?
I’ve always been into it!

You’ve always drawn, since you were a kid.
Yeah, there was never a point where I decided I wasn’t going to draw. I’ve always been drawing. I don’t even remember how old I was when I first started drawing. I think since I was five I decided I was going to be an artist, since kindergarten.

I think it’s so rare for people to know their profession from such a young age, but also to sti...

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Lambretta Living Room

Feb 19, 2014 3:35:06 PM



Lights, color and pop goes deco in this modern take on streamline. From smooth sailing bright colors to future-foward forms, you better start movin’ ‘cuz the radio’s transmitting live from Sutro Tower! Now your arty robots and eco-friendly turbo-prop toys can have their dream playdate under the one-of-a-kind ambience of artist Dana Hemenway’s custom-designed lighting. From the sleek, modern curves of the highly-customizable Vola Glider to the striking form of the Aldea-exclusive Red and White Sutro Tower Coatrack, you'll find the space seamlessly transitions from a kid-friendly area to an adult living space. 

Shop the room online on our Lambretta Living Room page.



 
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Mimosa Mod Pad

Feb 16, 2014 10:54:18 PM

´┐╝´┐╝Grown-ups are just big kids with good taste. The Mimosa Mod Pad is for kids mature and young who love mixing bold colors with dazzling patterns, and playing with art toys in impeccably styled rooms. Fulfill your creative urges with the fully customizable line of Monte gliders and rockers, made to order to your unique aesthetics and exact specifications.

Come into the Aldea Baby store to get guidance on your baby registry or head to the Home store for nursery consultation services. We can help you outfit the perfect bedroom for any age.

Shop the Mimosa Mod Pad online.

 
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Brand Profile: Monte Design

Jan 17, 2014 3:40:21 PM


Here are two words that aren’t frequently paired together: nursery and sophistication. Canadian-based Monte Design has changed the game with their modern, sleek, form-follows-function, fully customizable furniture available in an array of stain resistant fabrics and leathers. By integrating an ethical backbone with a love of design, Monte has created exceptionally comfortable and beautiful furniture that serves as a backdrop to your family’s most special moments and memories.

Happy, healthy babies are our mission at Aldea, which is why we love Monte’s pieces so darn much. We have a shared value of inspiring eco-conscious choices at home, as well as ensuring a sustainable future for the world in which our familes will grow up. Monte’s attention to sustainable detail is present in every step of their process: their foam is locally manufactured from seed-based oils, relying less on petroleum-based foam, and contains no fire retardants, contributing to an overall healthier nursery environment. The upholstery (down to the threads), wood, and glue are free of hazardous chemicals and toxins. The recliners and gliders are made from 95% recycled steel and their producers plant 3-4 trees for every one harvested. Their clean designs are not only aesthetically pleasing, but environmentally responsible, safe, and cuddle-compatible.

We proudly represent Monte’s line of furniture that will furnish your home beautifully throughout the years as you raise your child in style, comfort, and modern luxury. Once your little ones have grown up, you can seamlessly graduate Monte's rockers from the nursery to any room in your home.

Come in to Aldea and check out our floor models, available immediately, or available within 5-7 weeks for custom orders—yes, that's right, all their furniture is customizable to your individual tastes.

Grazia Glider

At the end of a long day, you deserve the unparalleled comfort of sinking into the high, softly curved back of the Grazia Glider. Kick up your feet on the...

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Baby Registry: Nursery Linens Guide

Jan 5, 2014 5:11:19 PM




Whether it’s your first or even your fifth, making a nest for your newest bundle of joy is one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy. It’s finally happening, it actually feels real, and you have nearly limitless possibilities for this important step in parental preparation. We think linens are a great place to start helping you decide on a design theme to create a safe, cozy crib for your baby.

1. We know that safety is the biggest priority of every parent, especially at a stage as vulnerable as when they first come home. Ensuring the health of your little one is the most basic of parental concerns. It can be surprising to learn that many bedding pieces are dyed with formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals. Check the fine print of all baby bedding for a formaldehyde-free listing. The Woodland Fitted Crib Sheet is a beautiful option that fits the bill for a safe nursery haven.

2. For about the first year of your baby’s life, he shouldn’t sleep with a quilt or blanket in his crib. Until that time, you can still use stylish baby blankets for supervised swaddling, as a playmat on the nursery floor, and for keeping him warm in strollers and carseats on cold mornings. Once he’s old enough to sleep (eat, play, and go on adventures) with his favorite blanket, he’ll have an adorable one handy, and you get to have your impeccable style literally dragged all around town. Our favorites include the Rabbit Patch Quilt and the lambswool Boat Blanket.

3. Those baby blankets are in for a messy ride, and should be able to handle it! How often depends of course on the frequency and “enthusiasm” of the substances that are going to be produced and encountered by your precious angel. High-quality, washable bedding is crucial for a clean bed—and your checkbook. It’s beneficial to have several options available so you’re never without a cuddly blankie, and we suggest quality over quantity. The Woodland Tumble Blanket and the Robot March Quilt are both machine washable (and remember, always u...

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Is your little rocker showing a mad passion for music already? Indulge their creativity with our amazing collection of instruments and toys that foster musical growth. Who knows, by the next holiday season, they could be ready to start their own indie band!

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1. Master all the instruments with the awesome Mighty Mini Band. From the xylophone to the clapper, to a guiro and drums with drumsticks, this all-in-one music machine has it all!
2. Is your toddler already twirling their fork like a drumstick? Get the future drummer a Rhythm Set, complete with a clapper and guiro so they can start their own little percussion section.
3. This beautiful red Mini Piano will delight your little Glenn Gould and have them tinkering away on its beautifully crafted keys, tuned to perfection and made durably for those passionate little hands.
4. Have your little one start creating wonderful, soft-toned little tunes in no time with the Melody Xylophone, complete with music sheets so they can start learning musical structure as they play.
5. Be serenaded by your tot without the fear of a headache! The Concertina plays pleasant, harmonic notes that will help your child with coordination and spark a love for music in them.  

 
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Gifts for Tots On the Go

Nov 27, 2013 11:40:59 PM



See that blur circling your ankles? That's your kid and she's ready to go! Whether it's a set of wheels, wings, or an uninhibited gallop, you can satisfy your little one's need for speed with our collection of 'On the Go' gifts. Chosen with the specific goal of indulging your child's case of the zoom zooms, all you need is a helmet and a set of kneepads to complete the perfect present.

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 1. Skip the training wheels—this feather-light wooden Skuut Bike is designed specifically so your toddler can learn to balance without pedals or training wheels. The transition from the Skuut to a two-wheeler bike is so seamless, your little speed demon will be tearing up the trails in no time.
2. This flawless Swedish Streamliner Classic is so glossy and has such a satisfying glide, we won't tell if you end up keeping this art piece for yourself.
3. Until your kid develops an appreciation for that 1967 Shelby, delight their racing impulse with the gorgeous vintage Buck Midi Race Car.
4. You know when you asked your kid what they want to be when they grow up and they answered, 'Formula 1 engineer'? Well, the Woodmobiel Starter Kit is the perfect launching pad for their future career in building race cars, complete with 25 pieces to create 9 different life-sized wooden toys.
5. Until your tot is big enough to hop on a pony, this classic Swedish Rocking Horse will provide them with hours of galloping through prairies, forests, and mountains.
6. This astro-tot is ready for blast off! For the kid obsessed with wings, this slick silver Airplane Backpack will carry all their essentials and help them soar through the day.

 
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Tips for Easy Travel with Baby

Nov 21, 2013 3:09:52 PM

Traveling with your little one for the first time this holiday season? Whether you're flying for a couple of hours or road tripping in the car, we've compiled some of our favorite tried and true travel tips to make this vacation with your baby effortless, fun and memorable.

1. The change in pressure on a flight can be extremely painful for your baby's ears. To help the pressure in their ears stabilize, make sure they are sucking on a bottle or pacifier like this Plush Pacifier at both take-off and landing. 
2. If you're going on a long flight or have a lengthy drive ahead of you, it's likely the baby's going to either soil themselves or spill something all over their clothes. To keep them comfortable and clean, bring along an easy change of clothes like the Bay Area Onesies (and they'll be repping some serious SF pride). 
3. Changing your baby in the middle of nowhere (or in the sky!) can be both difficult and uncomfortable. Bringing along a portable changing mat like the Sydney Diaper Clutch will make changing on the fly a breeze. 
4. There's nothing like sleeping in your own bed, so why not pack along the Alma Mini Crib so your baby can snooze soundly every night you're on the road? With such a tiny footprint, the collapsible mini crib is perfect for packing into your car on a road trip.
5. Introducing a new toy the moment you board a flight or get in the car is a great way to redirect any nervousness or anxiety your child may be feeling. Silent, hyper-tactile toys like the Skwish or Cubebot are great for hours of entertainment and will spare your fellow traverlers' sanity with their low level of noise.  
6. Have a fidgety or anxious sleeper? Bring a nightlight along with your on your travels! The Twilight Turtle is great for creating a calm, starry ambience for your kid, even if you're away from home. 

 
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Thanksgivukkah Gifting Guide

Nov 18, 2013 9:44:01 AM

Make this Thanksgivukkah count by delighting your little ones with some of our favorite small but mightily fun gifts! From gorgeous tokens of Hanukkah tradition to whimsical puzzle gadgets, we have something that is sure to thrill every little kid in your life.

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1. Commemorate Thanksgivukkah with your children with these beautiful Natural Finish Dreidels (it won't happen for another 70,000 years, so you better play with the kids while they're still young!). 
2. Make a wish upon a star...Dip the Star Wand into the magical Fairy Dust Glitter and all your dreams will come true! 
3. Let your kid tear it up with this bomb of a present—the Surprise Ball contains 10 (yes, 10!) assorted gifts so your little ones won't have to settle for just one!
4. What better way to have a memorable year than to celebrate every silly holiday? The 2014 Calendar of Silly Holidays is a collection of impeccably handprinted cards that are as amusing as they are useful!  
5. Hermes is going to be green with envy when he sees your blinged up Schwings! Strap these babies to your shoes, slay some monsters, and save the day.  
6. Sculpt creatures that light up the night with Glow in the Dark Krypton Putty! With this putty, playtime doesn't have to end at lights out. 
7. Cubebot is ready for a dance party! This little guy can strike a pose (actually, many poses) and hold them, and when playtime's over, he folds neatly into a perfect cube.
8. This Jellycat Bashful Duck is tiny-sized duckling perfect for tiny little hands to hold or to carry in their pockets, so your little one doesn't ever have to part with their new best friend. 

Check out our Hanukkah Gifting Guide for your adult pals, too! 

 
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