The Biz

Most parents will try anything to comfort their child at night, especially when they have to stay at the hospital. One family in particular found a solution with a Cloud b toy, the Twilight Turtle. To help her 7-year-old son Max battling brain cancer, mom Audra Wilford gave him Twilight Turtle, and he immediately felt the healing calm of the tranquil star display. This inspired her to start the MaxLove Project, an organization that raises money to fund childhood cancer and rare diseases research, and to donate hundreds of thousands of Cloud b Super Max turtles to children currently fighting these illnesses.

If you’ve yet to be involved with a factory in China that has abruptly shut its doors for good, then consider yourself lucky. More and more factories in China are shutting their doors. Your factory could close at any time without refunding your order deposit or shipping your goods. Various factors in China are contributing to an increasing number of factory closures. The focus of this article will be on factories that close due to bankruptcy. But whatever the reason, when a factory shuts down it usually happens without much prior notice to you, the buyer.

J.L. Childress Co. was started 30 years ago by Jan Childress. Today, Childress’ daughters Kate Doti and Sarah Gray are continuing to grow their mother’s legacy. “Jan’s needs as a working mom who wanted to breastfeed her daughters for as long as possible were the inspiration behind J.L. Childress’ first products,” Doti recounts. Childress first designed the Express Bag, which is a tote bag to carry breast pumps and the DuffleCOOL, an insulated bag with a reusable ice pack. J.L. Childress has grown to now celebrate 30 years and a position as a leader in gear accessories both in the U.S. and worldwide.

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Michael Scott Studio

Diaper rashes, sports rashes, even rashes from hot, humid weather are terrible to experience. With Quantuminds Baby Powder Wipes, these can be wiped away and keep skin feeling fresh. The revolutionary combination of a wipe plus a powder makes this all-in-one product a fast solution. Do away with toting around rash powders, wipes, and medicated ointment. A more sanitary option, the user doesn’t have to worry about contaminating the infected area during application since the rash will only be touched with the wipe itself. Put this versatile product in the baby, exercise, and home improvement aisles to reach many target audiences.

Today’s busy lifestyle can make it difficult to find time to breastfeed a baby, especially for moms who are returning to work. Milkies by Fairhaven Health is a line of products designed to make breastfeeding easier and more convenient for moms, whatever may be going on in their lives. The Milk-Saver is among the company’s best selling products. This innovative creation allows mothers to get the most milk out of every feeding or pumping. Using a unique system, the Milk-Saver collects drops of milk that leak from one breast while the baby nurses (or mom pumps) from the other.

Upon starting her career in the sports market at Nike and Reef (a surf lifestyle brand), Silly Souls Founder and President Shelly Foster found a real need for a fun and cool urban brand for babies. When Silly Souls launched in 2002 (originally called babygags), the urban, surf and skate brands had not yet fully entered the baby market. “The market was very classic pink and blue,” according to Foster. “I wanted to create a fun, funny, irreverent kids brand parents would love and laugh at.”

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Playtime New York

Start the summer with posh fashion from Pash Kidz, designed by Vivienne Pash. She is a Jamaican born, New York-based fashion designer whose brand focuses on creating trendy yet sophisticated and affordable ready-to-wear that appeals to the modern consumer. Pash Kidz offers all the essential wardrobe foundations, including leggings, hoodies, sweatpants and jackets. Designs are inspired by the classic styles of the 1960’s and 1970’s, with a focus on drawstrings and pleather, but are coupled with a youthful urban street twist. Pash blends an assortment of soft silk, jersey, and cotton organza in neutral colors and vivid prints, creating styles that are comfortable and unique.

The Milan-based Margherita brand offers clothing for baby boys and baby girls, as well as for girls up to size 10. Margherita Missoni-Amos grew up with plenty of freedom to express herself through fashion, and she wanted her line to encourage kids to do the same, so she chose a charming bohemian look that allowed for mixing and matching. The pieces are made to be comfortable and easy to move around in, and the colors are mainly classics like pink, white, and navy blue.

Take pride in what you sell by offering quality products that are safe for the environment, allergen free, and made here in the USA. All natural balms from Honestly Margo, adorable children’s clothing from reclaimed fabrics at Ode To Jeune, monster and bully protection with Spray ‘Em Away, and a variety of home accents from Samantha Grace Designs give retailers plenty of inventory selections. All options are from companies supporting the environment, helping charities, and creating jobs here at home. With such a variety to choose from, retail stores of all different types will find something that works perfectly on their shelves.

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