The Biz: The Grapevine

Sticky Fudge, a South African clothing company, provides families with pieces that encourage and enhance layering. It aspires to become part of all that is good about childhood, thanks to strong demand. “We had a very successful Spring/Summer 2013 Season,” explained Cheri Kroeger who handles marketing for Sticky Fudge. The company has its origins at an Organic & Natural Product market in Stellenbosch, South Africa; demand for the clothing outstripped the on-hand supply, so Frinette, the designer and creator of Sticky Fudge, expanded the business to meet customer needs. Almost every piece in the collection is crafted in Cape Town, South Africa.

Every parent who has traveled with a child in tow has watched with horror as their little one falls asleep in the car, slumped into a grotesque shape. Fixing this while speeding down the highway never works and is a major safety hazard. Drivers search for something to keep those little heads from banging into the car door but never have the right item on hand. A safer, easier and more effective alternative to a folded jacket, BoosterPalz is a perfect travel companion. The pillow has a soft cushion to provide non-confining support around a child’s neck. Furthermore, it offers a supportive plush body to keep kids from hunching forward or falling sideways, no matter which way the child falls asleep.

Although there are many trials in life, “waiting patiently” for something big to happen is surely in the running for the top ten. Many moms will agree that counting down to when baby is due might be one of the most joyous, yet suspenseful times in a mom’s life. Kim Weiner’s Windows & Wishes brings moms a calendar that celebrates the last month of pregnancy. The Baby Countdown Calendar was birthed from the idea that moms would like a truly different gift to mark the time until baby’s arrival. What better way to celebrate the last month than with uplifting encouragement designed to inspire the expectant?

Republic of Pigtails, LLC

Imagine a whimsical medley of vintage and modern urban and you start to get a vision of what AlbaBabY has to offer. AlbaBabY is a Danish brand for 0 - 8 year olds, designed with inspiration from the designer Majken Bankes’ own childhood. With cool details for extra comfort and easy use, the Summer and Spring collection features 3 distinct and yet complementary styles: Urban & Casual, Active & Carefree, and Innovative & Nostalgic.

Being on-trend and in style are more than just adjectives decorating the “About Us” page: these words form the foundation of successful children’s businesses. Rapidly changing attitudes and tastes mean that companies need to be innovators. Which suits Florian Berger’s Donkey Products just fine, as the company is “always ahead of the curve – always on the hunt for the new and the different.” The German company is known for developing unique pieces that surprise and delight. As a family business, there is a strong focus on fostering the creativity in design that captures the imagination.

Tiffany Dekel and Laura Burch both have impressive resumes. Tiffany has a background in clothing design and launched three successful online agencies; Laura is an illustrator and art educator at a major university. While they’re both proud of their accomplishments, Dekel and Burch hold a special place in their hearts for handmade crafts, and they want to make the art fun and accessible for more people. In 2012 they launched lullubee, a company that takes a unique approach to crafts and crafting supplies.

Caletha Crawford

For some girls, collecting hair clips is practically a hobby. While fancy hair clips are fun to buy, they can run a few dollars more than many moms and dads are comfortable with paying. Florida mom Nabetsi Torres and her friends found this to be true, and they wanted to do something about it. In 2010, Nabetsi founded Three Bears Hair Bows, a company that sells reasonably-priced hair bows that are as cute as anything you’ll find in stores.

Lolli Living is a textile company specializing in nursery gear. It offers parents the best of both worlds when it comes to nursery decoration; it allows them to choose complimentary pieces from various collections in order to create their own look. All the collections are designed to layer so there’s no worry of striking out when choosing a combination. Customers can go subtle and staid or artsy and exotic. Either way, it’s bound to look great and put-together.

How many milestones do babies reach in the first twelve months? How cute is their baby belly when they walk, talk, eat, roll over, or laugh? Sticky Bellies, a memory-making line of re-positionable stickers, helps parents mark each month with their child photographed in a one-piece or shirt designating their age in months. Sticky Bellies really does begin at the beginning though, with stickers in weekly increments for expecting moms.