The Biz

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.

After traveling the world attending toy fairs, Michael Sellinger noticed there were no contemporarily designed, open-ended toys in the U.S. market. So, he created Sound of Fun to “correct the situation.” Sound of Fun offers two lines: the Kiddimoto — a wooden balance bike, and the Roomii — a ride-on toy chest. Both Kiddimoto and Roomii are awarding-winning English brands that represent the best in UK design, while meeting all American and European standards.

The Made in USA label has always meant durability, local design and processing. Now it can also indicate stylish, modern and organic designs unique enough to be featured in your store. Beautiful beasts come out of Brooklyn with Snuggly Ugly dolls and décor that add flair to nurseries. Clever child nicknames gave birth to nini & pumpkin and their moon cocoon wearable duvet. Young ladies get the royal treatment with the Ecoprincess line of makeup and bath products by Organic Beauty Now. Take note of Tree by Kerri Lee for a handmade movement in music that will replace plastic music boxes forever.

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Satsuma Designs

Fall sports are in full swing and parents are often rushing to feed their kids on the go. They may be able to deal with football fumbles better than the kids’ big spills. The Spill Spoiler is available to help. This robust but easy to use cap screws on to almost anything, including baby bottles and nutrition drinks. With Spill Spoiler caps, parents can be sure the nutrition gets into the child and doesn’t end up on the floor or backseat. The Spill Spoiler Sports fits single-serving bottles of sports drinks, including Gatorade and Vitamin Water. Spill Spoiler caps also fit on protein drinks for kids who need a boost or to make it from soccer practice to dinner.

Early in the morning, Julia Feldman would place her daughter in her stroller, cover her with her blanket, and head out for her run. Yet, within minutes the blanket was coming untucked, dragging on the ground and getting caught in the wheels. Shaking off the dirt-ridden blanket, she thought, “Maybe we can tweak this.” Bella Bundles offers blankets, bibs, sleep sacks and hooded towels that are altered ever so slightly to strengthen their functionality.

Anyone who has been involved in a bambino eating session knows that it can be incredibly frustrating as food flies and tempers — both child and adult — are lost. To smooth the mealtime process, show your customers a brand-new product that keeps little ones engaged at the table while encouraging healthier eating habits. The secret is the Munch-Mates Meal Set by Modern-twist: a three-piece bowl, lid and toddler-sized tumbler cup that fits perfectly into those little hands.

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J. Austin Ryan Designs

As the fall weather grows crisper, families still want to get and stay outdoors. Nobody wants to cut a hike short or cancel a day out because junior is getting cold. Sure, it’s easy to keep them cozy with a sweater, hoodie or jacket, but that doesn’t cover the bottom half. Hop on board with the TrailHopper from Cozey 7, the wearable blanket that fits your customer’s everyday life. Created by Jill Winckler, a mom from Colorado, the TrailHopper will let your customers chase the chill away without worrying about the blanket blowing away or being run over by the stroller.

Recently, I was at a department store (that will remain nameless) on the hunt for — what else? — shoes to wear to trade shows. Half the place was crazy with shoppers buzzing around the end-of-season sandal sale. Sales help swarmed all around that area but in the full-price section where I was, it was deserted. No shoppers. And no sales people. Finally, I flagged a guy down, but he immediately announced that his handheld scanner didn’t work so he couldn’t help me. When I asked him to give me a hand with finding someone else, his response was to glance around listlessly and shrug before wandering off. Seriously? A shrug?

British-born clothing designer and motherhood educator Rosie Pope is at the top of the momprenuer pyramid, running an enterprise that includes maternity clothing stores on both coasts, as well as a maternity concierge service, a book and a television show. And she does it all while looking great. While this energetic mother of four is a renaissance woman, her first passion was fashion. She got her start working in the popular Pea in a Pod maternity stores, and was inspired to try her hand at a design business of her own. The result is Rosie Pope Maternity, a collection of classy, chic and up-to-the-minute styles made for pregnant and nursing women.

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