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The year was 1980, and robots were emerging as the new trend. The first of a flood of robot-related movies and TV shows had begun to appear, and the possibility of building, programming and even living side by side with robots was seen as a fantastic dream that might just come true. At the time, California-based company OWI was only 2 years young but already seeking out ways to expand their line of inventory and widen their customer base. OWI was ahead of its time in introducing kids to alternative energy through various solar-powered building projects. Products of this kind are still among their best sellers today.

Cool and cute things come in all kinds of packages, some big and some small. Shoppers delight in merchandise that serves a need while offering a great look. The Giggle Guide® introduces the best of current coolness, including items from Beatrix, B-Sensible, okiedog, MK Global and Naaya by Moonlight. The newest offerings from Beatrix are micro-cuddlies — cute little squeeze toys that can go with kids wherever they want via a chain and clip. Backpacks provide plenty of space to hold everything a child needs for a day, and are available in many of the same designs as the micro-cuddlies.

When your customers go to a baby shower, they don’t want to just give a good gift, they want to give a GREAT gift; one that the expectant parents will use, love and remember well into the future. It helps to be informed about which baby gifts are hot and trending right now. Mini Maniacs, Odette Williams, Wry Baby and Jaxxwear offer products that are modern, functional, super-cute, and sure to delight.

Dapper Snappers
Attitude Pie

Water, water everywhere but how many of us drink enough? Very few, what with a distaste for buying plastic bottles that clutter up the landscape or just not having access to enough of the cool, clear stuff. That’s where Reduce comes in. This brand makes great looking, innovative, eco-friendly products to help consumers turn over a green leaf every day with many different designs and shapes. Reduce is part of Base Brands and was founded in 2006 in Atlanta, GA. Products adhere to strict quality standards so customers feel safe buying them.

Irwin Snackcracker is a fun kid with a wacky sense of humor, but he’s pretty normal for the cartoon world in which he lives. Like most kids, he loves ice cream, and tries to get his hands on the frozen treat whenever he can. Little does he know that his pursuit of the frozen delicacy will change his life forever and set him on the road to an epic adventure. Author Todd Clark’s illustrations for The Ice Cream Kid: Brain Freeze! help the book to come alive for kids and make them want to keep turning pages to watch the story unfold.

Who do you ask about high-quality wooden toys? Wise Owl Toys, of course. Wise Owl has been developing entertaining, educational toys for over twenty years and is a symbol of enduring fun. For the very young set, show Learning House with options for bead sorting, shape and number recognition, all in bright colors with shapes that are just the right size for little hands. The Butterfly Sequencing Puzzle offers shapes to sharpen fine motor skills, in a fun butterfly shape.

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Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S)

The ABC Spring Conference is an event that brings together a cross section of children’s specialty product retailers. The conference is unique because it’s not just a trade show; it’s an educational opportunity. This year, the ABC Conference took place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Retailers who participated enjoyed beautiful surroundings as they expanded their entrepreneurial experience. There were some standout participants at this year’s conference. I Can Tie Shoelaces, Rhoost, Happy Kidz and Snuggy Baby presented products to enhance the health and well-being of babies and young children.

There’s a huge industry geared toward parents who want to start teaching their children reading and math skills even before they can walk, and many of these products and programs really do yield results, helping kids go into preschool well ahead of their peers. Art is often part of these learning programs. Wee Gallery offers a wide selection of toys, mobiles, wall graphics, books and more, all featuring artwork designed to stimulate and enhance the minds of babies and young children.

In the early days of the modern move toward more natural textiles, the image associated with “eco-friendly” materials was one of plain, folk-style design in earth tone colors. Bamboosa is a brand that continues the trend that’s changing the way people think about sustainable cloth, with its collection of luxurious baby clothing, blankets and towels. Bamboosa’s products are made from natural, unbleached bamboo materials. Bamboo is one of the stars on the sustainable textile scene thanks to its many advantages. It is remarkably soft and cozy, making it a great choice for baby apparel.

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