The Biz: The Grapevine

What does a new mother need most? A third set of hands? A night of uninterrupted sleep? Enough time for a quick shower? “Yes” is the answer to all these questions, but here’s an item that will also win an approval shout-out. Poncho Baby is the answer to how to modestly nurse a baby in public any time anywhere, even when Mom and tot are out and about. The innovative design that covers both a woman’s front and her back allows Mom to keep an eye on her baby while she’s feeding. It is also a very useful garment for nursing women to use when pumping breast milk at work.

Here’s a toy that hits the kid jackpot big time, combining cute, cuddly animals, state-of-the-art technology and the pure pleasure of playing games on smart phones and tablets. Scanimalz, originally from Scandinavia, offer the kind of Scantastic fun that delights young ones and brings smiles to those who shop for them, both because the whole concept is appealing and the price reasonable. Smart retailers, start your engines and get in on the action with this collectable toy group that is winning kudos from both girls and boys.

Any place there are a lot of kids, there’s usually a ton of fun. There’s also a lot of chaos. Think of the last kids’ party you were at: The hostess hands out bottles of water. Kids drink deeply, toss the container on the table, and run off to play. They come back throughout playtime to grab a drink, but it doesn’t always end up in the same place on the table. Some kids solve this by just drinking whatever is nearest, creating a hazmat situation right in some unsuspecting parent’s backyard. Of course, one way to solve this kind of problem is by having the labeling products from Kidaroo Crew on hand to help each child identify his or her own beverage.

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“I was truly at my wit’s end,” shares Erin Kelly, founder of Hulabye. Like many other enthusiastic parents, Kelly was enthralled with every stage of her daughter’s growth… until baby decided that life was too short to stay still for a diaper change. The squirmy tot made diaper changes a challenge, but Kelly, who is also a physician, put her creativity to work. Her diligence to create a superior product has paid off: the Happy Changer, a vest design which secures baby safely to a changing pad, is a hands-down customer favorite.

Pregnancy is a time when a woman’s mind is on many things; the health and well being of her baby being at the top of the list. There are also the matters of work, daily errands, and possibly caring for her other children to keep her busy and preoccupied. When it comes to clothing, most moms-to-be just want easy, grab-and-go choices that are comfortable yet stylish. Nowadays, baby bumps are celebrated, and maternity fashions are all about highlighting them in a classy, positive way.Flattering a pregnant woman’s body is all about attention to shape and design, and Lilac, a Utah-based maternity clothing designer, understands the value of both.

Since every baby is unique with his or her own special shape, look and needs, it makes sense to select just the right pacifier rather than a one-for-all type. Show shoppers the clever designs from Difrax, a three-stage pacifier system that caters to the needs a child’s developmental stages. Difrax pacifiers have an underlying concept: a butterfly shape proven to prevent baby’s nose from being obstructed. A trusted European brand, Difrax has won numerous awards for superior baby products, designed to make the first few years of a child’s life as comfortable as possible while offering superior parental convenience.

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When they feel how soft it is, Pima cotton will definitely be the fabric of your customers’ lives. During a trip to Peru, designer Elia Gressin-Zapata realized how amazing Pima cotton was and wanted to share it with her friends in France, so she created Melopima. Grown, harvested and sorted by hand by small producers in northen Peru, Pima cotton is so rare and silky it’s called “Silk of South America” and Elia made it a point to have production in Lima, Peru. The cotton is free of chemicals and GMOs and is used by leading brands across the world because of its soothing texture and purity.

Tickle-Me Elmo. Beanie Babies. Cabbage Patch Kids. These toys are not just guides on a walk down a retailer’s memory lane. They were all stellar sellers. The common thread? They were all cute fads. While trends come and go, cuteness is always popular. No toy section is complete without a standard grouping of plush creatures, and for a good reason: kids will always love stuffed animals and gift givers always feel safe about buying them. This is because stuffed toys cross age boundaries and generations, tugging at the heart. Lisa Moy’s Ponytail Pals are filling the need for on-the-go snuggles with wearable stuffed animals.

Julie Veille spent a lot of time with her grandmother growing up, and while that may conjure up visions of cookie baking and more traditional activities, Julie’s grandmother was a fashion designer. Taught to sketch by her grandmother, Julie developed a love of fashion at a very young age and eventually founded 7Zetoiles. At the core of Julie’s collection you will find originality and quality. Her vision is to dress children in beautiful, original and comfortable clothes that are ideal for city life but very adaptable to extreme, cold climates thanks to the use of sophisticated materials and fabrics.