The Biz

Fun and cool, Dirtee Hollywood hails from sunny California where thinking is free and fashions are just slightly nutty in a ultra-cool way. The Donuts Dress is a confection that will win raves from tweens who breathe fuchsia and pink; it’s crafted from ninety-five percent polyester and five percent spandex so bye bye wrinkles and hello great fit. Donuts’ top ends in pink trim; the dress itself is covered with what else –– depictions of girls’ favorite sugary, round sweet. The Cupcake Dress is similarly styled with the top straps in gray or black and the body design featuring predominately pink and yellow cupcakes.

Peruvian Pima cotton is known for its unusually long and silky fibers. This very comfortable natural fiber, along with only the most luxurious fabrics, provides a soft and tender touch to a baby’s gentle skin, as if a mother’s love is woven into each garment. It’s also known for being expensive, and frequently only offered in larger kids’ sizes. Knowing its softness would be ideal for newborns, Catalina Gonzalez created Dondolo to bring the luxurious feel of Peruvian cotton to mothers at a price they can afford.

Eastern Iowa isn’t the place most people think of when they talk about the beach. Known for its thriving agricultural economy, rolling hills, and small but bustling city centers, this area of the Midwest is home to plenty of lakes but of course no white sandy beaches. It is, however, the birthplace of Packable Pails, a business that’s all about the sandbox and beach. Packable Pails may look like regular sand buckets at first glance, but they collapse down to a small, flat manageable package that can easily be taken along on all your adventures.

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Baby Bella Maya

It’s a parent’s nightmare. Swim lessons are over and junior has already been crawling, or in some cases licking, the potentially staph-ridden pool floor and now it’s time for the showers. Thousands of kids before him have created a less than inviting scum itching to get under toenails. But flip flops present a bigger problem, creating slippery surfaces ripe for falling onto hard concrete. Even though Showaflops were created for an older student’s problem of having to use a dirty dorm shower, the idea is the same: Showaflops protect feet.

There’s no better way to kick off the new year of buying and selling than at the NY NOW show, once again bringing thousands of presenters from around the globe. While plenty of these companies are no strangers to the game, this year’s show shines a light on the best fresh faces in the business. Whether a hot up-and-comer or a veteran of the industry, each company showing their wares at the Javits Center this year will have something unique to offer. The Multiples, Dsenyo, Milly Green and Papersalt are among the standout presenters. These companies all do something interesting to make life more rewarding for their young customers.

There’s no bigger joy than holding a new healthy baby in your arms. Two moms who know that joy founded Baby Hero, a line of organic baby and toddler clothing that’s gentle enough for soft baby skin, but strong enough to handle the snuggles and the joys of growing and playing. It also supports mothers who may not have access to information and care needed to keep those babies in our world. Three million babies die each year in their first month of life and Baby Hero is dedicated to a “Giving Model.” Each purchase from Baby Hero funds a Neonatal Survival Kit for a mother and her baby in a disadvantaged community.

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Playing outside in the sun is great, but rainy day fun has a charm all its own. Most kids have fond memories of days spent splashing through puddles, twirling umbrellas, and catching raindrops on their tongues. However, no matter how much fun playing in the puddles may be, the right gear is necessary. Butler Boot was founded to ensure that every puddle hop is a happy one. The company makes bold, bright rain boots that are easy and convenient to wear. Instead of the regular rain boot that’s worn in place of shoes, Butler draws on the design of traditional galoshes that fit over the shoe.

There’s very little funny about some of the cold winter temperatures around the world, but it’s all good in the hood if you have fun with your outwear. Rasta Imposta is the real deal when it comes to costumes and accessories for kids of all ages and their Ha Ha Hoodies are sure to get laughs from even the most embittered winter survivor. These zip-up hoodies are made to be warm and can be used as costumes or just conversation starters throughout the year. Your older customers will smile with nostalgia when they find out Rasta Imposta began over 20 years ago when Robert Berman created the Original Rasta Hat in the 90s.

Parents have all kinds of tricks in their bedtime toolkit. From the perfect lighting – not too dark and not too bright – to the most relaxing rocking rhythms. Sounds also play a large role in getting a baby to go to sleep and stay asleep. There’s no lack of variety these days when it comes to children’s room décor and accessories; there’s something for just about every age group, taste, and budget. Elli & Nooli, Aloka Designs, Jay@Play, and Little Giraffe are among the companies and products that stand out from the crowd for their innovation and quality.

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