About Bella Luna Toys
I’m Sarah Baldwin, an experienced Waldorf early childhood teacher, author, mama to two teenage boys and owner of Bella Luna Toys. We are a small but growing cottage business, operating on the beautiful coast of Maine.
Bella Luna Toys is committed to offering unique natural toys and products for children and families that are safe, healthy and encourage imaginative play. You will find no battery-operated or plastic toys here, the kind that will be played with for a short time before ending up in a landfill.
Our quality toys are not disposable. They are built to last; the kind of toys that can be passed on or handed down to future generations.
Most of our toys are made in the USA, Germany or Canada. The ones made overseas are certified to be ethically and sustainably made. Our toys have been tested to meet the strictest safety standards.
What Are Waldorf Toys?
What makes a toy a “Waldorf toy?” Yes, they are natural toys, but there is so much more to it than that. To find out, read my article “What Are Waldorf Toys?”
As a former actress, my life changed profoundly and irrevocably when I became a mother for the first time. I realized soon afterwards that children were meant to be my life's work.
In my early days as a young mother, I taught music-and-movement classes for parents and toddlers; began a support and activity group for stay-at-home-moms; and worked in mainstream preschool settings in Los Angeles before enrolling in Waldorf early childhood teacher training. I completed my training in 1999 at Sunbridge College in NY and received an M.S.Ed. in Waldorf early childhood education in 2004.
I taught early childhood classes at the Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport, ME over a period of ten years. I currently serve as a member of the Board of Trustees at Spindlewood Waldorf Kindergarten and LifeWays Center in Lincolnville, ME, and is a board member of LifeWays North America, an organization devoted to developing healthy childcare and training programs for caregivers, parents and educators.
I am the author of Nurturing Children and Families, a guide for Waldorf parent/child group leaders.
Bella Luna Toys is proud to be an approved business member of Green America, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC which recognizes businesses who are required to document their eco-friendly and fair labor business practices.
Bella Luna Toys is committed to the following enviornmentally-friendly practices:
- We carry toys that are made with natural and organic materials such as wood, cotton, wool, and non-toxic finishes and vegetable dyes.
- We use eco-friendly recycled giftwrap, tissue paper, gift boxes and bags from Green Way®.
- Our gift ribbon is produced from renewable, biodegradable cotton fiber, grown and processed responsibly in the USA with water-based dyes, soy inks, and without chlorine bleaches.
- We reuse and recycle supplies, boxes, packing peanuts and bubble wrap. Many of our shipping boxes have been on previous trips, so please excuse any extra stickers or markings!
- We choose Carbon Neutral Shipments when shipping via UPS to offset our carbon footprint
- Our electricity is purchased through Maine Interfaith Light and Power, providing us with 100% clean and renewable energy.
Bella Luna Toys is pleased to support children and their right to play by donating a percentage of its profits to The Alliance for Childhood, an organization promoting policies and practices that support children's healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living.
In addition, Bella Luna Toys is happy to support the Sea Star School, a developing Waldorf early childhood initiative on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.
We also support a variety of Waldorf schools and childcare initiatives in North and Central America through our affiliate program. Ask us how your school can participate.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or suggestions.
Sarah Baldwin, Owner
Bella Luna Toys
3 Gordon Dr.
Rockland, ME 04841
Thank you to Amy Wilton Photography for providing some of the original photographs on the website.*
Thank you to Susan Silverio and Spindlewood Waldorf Kindergarten and LifeWays Center in Lincolnville, Maine for allowing us to photograph in your magical children's garden!
*All orginal photography is protected by copyright.