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All buyers have their own set of quality standards and the price they’re willing to pay for products. The seasoned buyer of products manufactured in China can offer a host of stories about success, failure, and the surprises they’ve encountered along the way. When it comes to manufacturing, perhaps no other area is more surprising than controlling product quality. That’s why in this bulletin we’re revealing five of the industry’s top misconceptions about QC in China.

If you’re familiar with inventor’s lingo, you’ve probably heard the term  “Pet Rock idea”. This refers to an idea unassuming in its simplicity that goes on to garner mass appeal because of its quirky charm or ability to fill a need people didn’t even know they had. Named after the famous 1970’s toy craze, a “Pet Rock idea” is one that most product creators dream of. After all, who wouldn’t want to make a living in such an a fun and easy way with a product that brings happiness to so many people? Sari Wiaz is lucky enough to have stumbled upon such an idea with her product Baby Paper.

Rashti & Rashti is proud to announce it recently acquired Prestige Toy Corporation, an industry leader with a strong reputation for producing quality infant plush toy products. Along with the Prestige brand, Rashti & Rashti has obtained several well known licenses for plush allowing the company to expand the product offering to its retail customers in the infant plush toy category. The licensed brands involved include: Elf on a Shelf, Fisher Price, Garanimals (exclusive to Walmart), Grin and Grow (a Sassy brand exclusive to Walmart), Sesame Street and even more product categories under Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.

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Playtime New York - Manhattan, (8/1/15 - 8/3/15)

For those in North America, the Playtime New York show is the one of the biggest events of the year where designers, toy-makers and retailers all come together to display their latest creations and network with others in the business. This year, Playtime New York took place August 1st-3rd at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. As always, Playtime featured well-established businesses as well as new arrivals from around the world. Finkelstein’s, Ultra Violet, tinycottons and Oli & Carol are among the notable companies that were in attendance at this season’s show.

The bar is being set increasingly higher for boutiques to carry quality organic items that are also stylish; These brands make is easy to go green: Little Citizens focuses on modern pieces in soft colors and sweet patterns, all 100% organic cotton with sateen and flannel finishes. Fidoodle gets intellectual with their organic DIY kits and imaginative toys. Mitani is a graphic-heavy collection of baby items that will wow customers with the vibrancy of their non-toxic ink. There’s nothing archaic about the Organic Quilt Company and its modern patterns with high-quality, hand-crafted baby bedding and more.

The draw of ballet is multi-faceted – beautiful music, graceful movement – but it’s undeniable that fashion is a large part of what makes the discipline so attractive to so many young girls. Ballet is known for its gorgeous costumes — satin bodices, tulle skirts and sparkling tiaras come to mind. Of course when talking about ballet you can’t forget the shoes. Those soft, pliable flats are super comfortable and help the feet slide through the dance moves perfectly. Linge Shoes captures that Ballerina dream in their every stitch.

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The whole baby package is pretty cute so dressing it up just adds to the adorableness. To ice that baby cake, check out the enticing line of matching leggings, bibs, hats and even blankets, all in bright, on-trend colors and designs from Izzy & Owie, a company that’s part of the Pavilion umbrella. The collection was created with an active baby’s comfort in mind so leggings stretch, bend and move through all a little one’s crawling and climbing adventures.

Whoever came up with the phrase “Don’t cry over spilled milk” likely never ate out at a restaurant with kids. Not only will the little one be upset over his lost drink, but there’s also plenty to make a mom cry too. A spilled beverage can spread quickly across the table, soaking napkins, dripping onto laps, and possibly damaging any electronics unlucky enough to be in the way. While very young children usually use sippy cups, older kids using full-size cups are known to have clumsy moments, so you can never be too careful. SipSnaps are flexible, colorful drink lids that stretch to fit over just about any cup or glass.

When you offer customers American-made goods you are sending a message and doing your bit to make our country better in many ways. Money spent on American goods translates into American jobs. We’re slowly climbing back but need to work harder. When you sell American-made you are helping move the economy forward; It’s a patriotic move as well as an economic one. The Giggle Guide® salutes four companies, CookieCutterKingdom, Peas and Queues, Tickle Toes and Dakota Leaf, all of which produce their goods right here in the U.S. These folks are doing their bit: the next move is up to you.

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Nearly everyone knows that sunscreen is one of the best ways to prevent burns, damage and skin cancer, but finding the right sunscreen isn’t always easy. Many parents nowadays are discriminating consumers when it comes to personal care products for their babies and children; they’re concerned about the chemicals and additives in many mass marketed sunscreens and want natural alternatives. Unfortunately, many of those natural sunscreens, while gentle and safe, don’t always do the best job of filtering out harmful rays. California Baby is known for its high-quality, effective natural sunscreen and other personal care products.

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