Top 50 Etsy Baby Shops
We've updated the list: To view 2013's Top 50 Etsy Baby Shops, click here!
Once again, we took on the overwhelming task of narrowing down our 50 favorite Etsy shops for the 18-months-and-under crowd — hunting for the most inventive toys, original outfits, and even our favorite vintage finds. By tapping into the artistic, entrepreneurial spirit booming in this creative community, we found that some of the most dedicated, industrious shop owners direct their numerous talents into the baby world — typically because they themselves are parents and want the best for their own kids. (Luckily, we can reap the benefits of their ingenuity.)
Considering that there are so many talented artisans on Etsy, we deliberately didn’t repeat any Etsy shops from last year — so check back to our Best Etsy Shops of 2011 (as well as our Top 50 Etsy Moms of 2012) for more of our favorites.
Of course, it’s impossible to recognize every single shop, so nominate your favorites, vote for the best, and continue to support the handmade community. — Michelle Horton
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Belle and Boo | Mandy Sutcliffe and Kate Shafe
Belle and Boo’s Rankings
About this shop: There’s really only one word to describe this Etsy shop full of classic children’s illustrations: darling. Whether you choose their prints or wall decals, your baby’s nursery walls will suddenly feel more like a page from a storybook. (Expect to see a range of Belle & Boo books coming in May 2012!)
About these sellers: Mandy (who grew up with a pen in her hand, learning how to draw from her dad) discovered that she loved drawing children while studying illustration at Leeds Metropolitan University. She then started drawing picture-book illustrations, creating a vintage, innocent world of storybook characters – and publishers loved it. Two characters in particular captured Mandy’s imagination: a little girl with a neat brown bob named Belle and a rabbit friend named Boo. These characters inspired her to start selling her signed Belle & Boo prints on Etsy in 2007. A year later, Mandy’s friend Kate (a graphic designer turned business branding expert) joined the team, growing the Belle & Boo Company to include homewares, clothing, books, and licensing deals.
Signature Item: Large Hot Air Balloons Decals, $133.46