The Biz: Feature Articles

This Sunday is Mother’s Day — a special day set aside for honoring moms. But why limit the recognition to just one day each year? Mothers work hard taking care of their families each and every day, and deserve little indulgences all year long! Whether customers are searching for a special gift for a new mama, long-time mama, or mama-to-be, The Giggle Guide® recommends these luxurious products from Baby Be Mine Maternity, Beaute de Maman, Sono Vaso, and MamaDoc. New trends are balanced with proven, doctor-developed products that pamper Mom from pregnancy to birth and beyond!

In the ever-changing children’s industry, each season brings new designs, products, and even entirely new lines. Customers are always looking for the newest, hottest trend. To keep them coming back season after season, year after year, retailers must stock a variety of fresh, eye-catching products. New collections offer brick-and-mortar retailers opportunities to be the first to introduce what’s new to customers, and possibly hold the title of “the only place in town that carries it.” To help buyers on their quest, The Giggle Guide® presents some new offerings from Robeez, Redsnapper, Snapants, and Jelly The Pug.

The day a new baby comes home from the hospital is an exhilarating experience! Anticipation leads up to this moment for many months, and parents carefully consider and shop for everything their precious bundle might need on this very special day. From that picture-perfect going home outfit and cuddly swaddling blanket to the safest, swankiest car seat for the ride home, Peg Perego, SwaddleDesigns, Beanie Designs, and Sage Creek Organics have all the first-trip necessities to ensure that baby is safe, secure, and comfortable on this momentous occasion.

HALO® Innovations
Caletha Crawford

Cradles, cribs, bassinets…and a basket floating down the Nile? Well, not quite, but the Little Merry Fellows Baby Moses Basket has everything except baby Moses! This gorgeous basket is a must-buy for those who want to pamper their newborn with the softest, snuggliest spot in the house. Little Merry Fellows strives to cater to not just the needs of the market, but to the individuals within. With comfortable organic blankets, stuffed toys and baskets, Little Merry Fellows helps build a world where babies and children can be both cozy and inspired to eat, drink, think, learn and be… merry!

I have a confession to make. My name is Caletha Crawford, and I’m a TV addict. And while my slavish devotion to my DVR means I’ve seen every episode of “Mad Men,” “ABC World News” and “Charlie Rose,” I can’t pretend that mine is a highbrow problem. No, I’ve been known to wallow in the crack of programing known as reality television. These days I can’t get enough of programs like “Shark Tank,” “America’s Next Great Restaurant” and “All on the Line,” which place entrepreneurs on the hot seat. These shows actually push two buttons with me — the aforementioned TV thing and my love of small business.

For decades, eco-conscious parents have endeavored to set a good example for their children by reusing, recycling, and making healthier choices. When it comes to earth-friendly children’s goods, today’s parents have more options than ever before. Nowhere is this boom in green products more apparent than in the youth apparel industry. The growing number of customers who shop with an eye toward eco-friendly living naturally gravitate toward exceptional offerings like those from Dhana, 2 Red Hens, Twirls & Twigs, and AGUA by Trash-à-Porter.

Baby Banz Inc.
Playtime New York

U.S. consumers are purchasing green products in record numbers, no matter what their age, gender, economic condition or region, according to a 2010 survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Tork® brand of SCA Tissue. Results indicated that approximately 67% of American adults have consciously chosen to maintain the same level of green product purchases, while 25% have increased the number of green buying purchases made. In addition, 62% of adults are more likely to visit businesses that focus on green products, no matter how far away they are or how much effort is required.

In recognition and celebration of this week’s Earth Day on April 22, Twirls & Twigs Creative Director/Founder Shawna Dalton talked with The Giggle Guide® about her passion for green living, children’s fashion, color, and the balance of nature, business, and her family. Dalton says, “I was one of those girls who always wanted to be a fashion designer. I studied design from age 16, when I drove to my first summer session at Otis/Parsons. It was love at first sketch for me. Design made my soul sing!” And she has been following the beat of a different drummer and singing the praises of her chosen career path ever since.

Usborne Publishing has been in the business of popular, serious fun since 1973, and has lovingly nurtured its vast array of enjoyable, educational books. Usborne is known for its charming, hands-on “Fairies” book series that encourages play and learning as well as its beloved “Farmyard Tales” collection. Its newest addition, the “Books with Wind-up Toys” series, sweeps away the protestations of even the most stubborn young reader: these books have toys! Not only does each colorful tome come with a wind-up toy, but each toy can be used inside of the book as the story progresses, keeping little hands busy and eager minds occupied.

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