The Biz: Feature Articles

There are plastic baby bottles, there are glass baby bottles, then there’s 5 Phases. These unique bottles combine the classic benefits of glass bottles with the safety and durability of BPA-free plastic. 5 Phases’ innovative feeding system includes a glass bottle that nestles inside a protective cover. 5 Phases is a baby bottle company founded on the Eastern principle that life is divided into 5 stages, each with its own unique joys and challenges.

Teeth are milestone markers for parents and kids alike. Painful coming in and sometimes coming out, we all know brushing and flossing is crucial to keeping pain away in between. Anyone who has tried to teach a wriggling toddler how to properly swish and spit knows a lot more toothpaste ends up in gullets than in the sink. Thankfully that worry is lessened with natural toothpastes such as Jack N’ Jill. Made in Melbourne, Australia starting in 1949, the toothpaste is 100% safe for young children. Flavors like banana, blackcurrant, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry make for fruity fun.

The fall leaves are blowing down the busy streets of New York and there’s anticipation in the air. Even in the brief lull between the summer tourist season and the explosive activity of the holidays, there’s still plenty to see and do, including ENK’s Children’s Club show. Between October 19th and 21st, the show will be bringing some of the world’s best children’s products and companies to the Jacob Javits Center. Coolibar, DeSalitto, Izzy & Ferd, and Junee Jr. have all earned their place at this year’s show. We wish them the best of luck and encourage you to check out the wonderful products they have to offer.

Teeny Tiny Optics
Yumbox

The understanding of waste in our garments is growing, and customers are starting to ask about the origin of their wardrobe. Kallio started as a consciously-minded kidswear brand out of Brooklyn, NY. After working in the fashion industry, Karina Kallio saw firsthand how much waste there was. Roughly 85% of textile waste ends up in landfills, enough material to recreate the Rocky Mountains. Kallio offers a respite from that reality by repurposing men’s shirts into unexpected modern classics that are wearable and delightful. Kallio is all about local, including sourcing high-quality fabrics that are hand cut in their Brooklyn studio.

So you’ve hired a PR/marketing firm, and you’re eager to see your company shine like the sun — great! But have you really fulfilled your end of the deal to ensure this is even tangible? What many businesses don’t realize is that in order to really get the bang for the buck with a PR/marketing firm, you have to equip the firm with tools and resources that will allow them to succeed in providing your business with lucrative results. Here are three fantastic tips that will ensure businesses get the most out of their firm…

“Here in my car, I feel safest of all!” It’s not just a song, it’s a way of life for parents. Safety starts with eyes on the road, and the Prince Lionheart backseat organizer allows everything to remain in its place so the driver is not distracted. Seat belts don’t have to be a chafing proposition with BenBat Seat Belt Pals. Britax has 70 years of experience bringing a safe rides to families, and their USA-made products are revolutionizing the industry while making installation a breeze. Cardiff Products supports their buddies in boosters with a mountable head rest to ensure snoozing sweethearts are safe.

Andy & Evan
JP Lizzy

When Paul Barton’s sister got pregnant, he and his wife, Sandy, discovered a gap in the children’s market. They searched for baby clothes that were both fashionable and sustainable, but couldn’t find anything that they liked. Clothes produced in an ethical manner all seemed to be frumpy and boring, whereas the cutest baby clothes were in no way sustainable. When the couple discovered they had a baby of their own on the way, they decided to take on the challenge themselves. Spence Baby was born, named after their new little girl, Spencer Grace.

There are plenty of occasions when parents are in the market for good quality dress wear for their sons, but it isn’t always very easy to find. Most stores are awash in pretty dresses and accessories for girls through all seasons, but many of them have a relatively meager selection of dress shirts, vests and slacks for boys. Even when these items can be found, they’re often the same old same old, without many interesting touches to make them stand out from the crowd. Andy & Evan, Tailor Vintage, Dsquared2 Kids, and Cufflinks, Inc. are all about those defining touches that make an outfit special. These companies have what it takes to make boys into instant gentlemen.

Over thirty years ago, Becky Cannon asked herself how she could provide natural care both inside and out for her future family. She spent the next three years studying and teaching young children about natural foods in Japan. There she had her daughter Emi. After moving back to the States and preparing for the birth of her second daughter, Mari, she missed the unique baby products she discovered in Japan. Soon, Cannon started importing diaper covers from Japan to make them available for other parents. Today, Cannon and her daughters are the mother-daughter owners of i play.®, as they continue to focus on creating the best baby-friendly products.

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