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Beatrix Tiger Backpack
backpacks combine contemporary school cool and playground tested durability. Adorned with clever and colorful animal characters, these tough school bags are a big win with parents and kids alike. Architect and graphic designer Claire Theobald and former creative advertising director Marcus Woolcott are the savvy duo behind the concept, creativity, and production of Beatrix. 

beatrix backpack
The New York based team has boosted Beatrix’s popularity through quality of design and manufacturing. The heavy duty nylon and cotton products withstand the active lifestyles of their young clientele. Backpacks are made of easy to clean laminated cotton and nylon made from recycled water bottles. Beatrix backpacks are specially designed to hold textbooks, crayons and colors, pens and pencils, lunch, and even a laptop. Backpacks have padded shoulder straps and back panels for comfortable wearing. The insulated lunch boxes maintain freshness due to their nylon and non-toxic EVA film lining and provide practical needs of a name tag and a zipped pocket.

Join us for a back to school event featuring Beatrix, Bixbee, So Young and Skip Hop on Saturday July 25th, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Please note: this event will be at 890 Valencia Street—our main store!

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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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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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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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Gifting Made Easy: 2013 Edition

Nov 3, 2013 7:28:05 PM

Gift Baskets

Who said getting excited about presents is just for kids? Get giddy about gifting with these excellent and easy gift baskets—not only are they carefully curated with some of our favorite products, these baskets are also beautifully packaged and discounted at 15% off the full retail price. So, check your 'Nice' list twice and get ready to embrace the season of giving!

Baby Gift Basket I - The NOEL


Purple Canvas Owl Caddy by 3 Sprouts
Organic Muslin Swaddles by Aden & Anais
Plush Baby Legwarmers by Little Giraffe
Mini Doll by Blabla
Organic Soft Mushroom Rattle by Apple Park

Baby Gift Basket II - The CANTWELL

Orange Canvas Beaver Caddy by 3 Sprouts 
Organic Cotton Hooded Towel by Apple Park
Soft Silicone Baby Bottle by Como Tomo
'Jane' Chew Beads Necklace
Lovey by Angel Dear

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If you've been by the home store lately, you've probably seen the totally rockin' Punk Princess Room Display. The inspiration behind the room is our very own Store Manager at Aldea Baby, Cantwell Muckenfuss III!

The Punk Princess Room

A Punk Princess loves black just as much as she loves pink. A punk rock princess knows how to spice up any room—she's not just frills and lace, pink and poesy. A splash of black behind a skull and crossbones, this sugar and spice princess isn't always nice. This is a girl who knows how to rescue herself, and she makes sure to do it in style! A black tutu and a pink bow, a tiara and combat boots, now we are talking!

Products available at Aldea Baby and Aldea Home.


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