The Biz

Don’t shoot the messengers, but it’s time to start thinking about back to school displays. And no display will be complete without the perfect accessory for the all-important first day outfit. And then there’s school picture day. And holidays. Well, you get the picture. And that picture gets prettier with the Republic of Pigtails, a collection of handmade hair accessories that go beyond the glass beads and into a fashionable fairytale. Rika Gunawan dedicated Republic of Pigtails to her daughter and their edgy friends who love to look fabulous.

English has become a global language that’s the lingua franca of business, science, and education, so when an author who has previously written in their native language has a book published in English, he or she can feel as though it’s one of their breaks into the big leagues. German author Frank Schmeißer’s children’s book, The Incredible Three and a Half Super Heroes, was recently made available in English through Little Gestalten. The book is a humorous look at the life of three young superheroes — and one imaginary friend — who set out to solve mysteries and save the world, but often end up getting into trouble of their own making.

From frustration to fruition, that’s the story behind Frogglez, a new kind of swim goggle for kids. So many brands of swim goggles are a challenge to put on — they pull on kids’ hair, slip down or make little ears stick out uncomfortably. Put an end to swim time struggles with Frogglez. These unique goggles are made of neoprene (the stuff used in wetsuits) and coated in a gentle fabric so they glide over hair instead of yanking on it. They have a strap that stays over the ears where it’s meant to be, and one size fits pretty much any head aged three to twelve with easy-to-manage adjustments.

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Expectant parents make a lot of purchases in the time leading up to the birth of their baby. Friends, family and other well-wishers also contribute to the collection with their useful, cute, funny and practical gifts. Of all the items parents acquire during the exciting days of expectant and new parenthood, very few are meant to have a long shelf life. Baby Bump is a uniquely versatile product that offers years of usefulness, thanks to its multifunctional design.

Welcome to the 24-7 Daddyhood. No red cardigans or fuddy-duddy t-shirts… here, dads can find the perfect graphic t-shirt to wear. From unique gift ideas to Father’s Day winning tees, Josh Beatty of 24-7 Daddyhood has created something screen-printed for everyone from dads to moms, babies to toddlers and anyone else that wants to sport a memorable graphic. His handiwork and attention to what the new 21st century modern family wants in apparel is evident in every edgy or funny or heart-warming design.

Ten year-old entrepreneur and inventor, Alina Morse, has just introduced Zollipops®, “the clean teeth pops”, to the marketplace. Zollipops are natural suckers which contain erythritol, xylitol and stevia, healthy sugar alternatives. By helping raising the pH (a scale used to measure acidic or base qualities) in the mouth, Zollipops neutralize acid and help reduce cavity-causing bacteria. Zollipops are currently available at many fine retailers, including Whole Foods Market.

Playtime New York

In 1986, a Wisconsin-based company called Patch Products, Inc. began producing puzzles for preschool age children. Inspired by the growing trend toward boisterous board games made just for kids, they jumped on the band wagon and brought some of their own great game ideas to life. Their leap of faith paid off, and over the years the company grew to include a huge variety of board games and puzzles for kids, including Buzzword, 5 Second Rule, and 100 Wacky Things. Eventually, Patch Products branched out away from just puzzles and games to offer an even bigger line of products, including licensed products featuring popular children’s characters.

April showers bring… well, May showers. And June ones. And, well, the summer is just usually full of baby showers and your customers will be struggling to come up with something unique that’s also useful. Help them go beyond lame layettes and explore something totally new. Lima & Limon is bringing Pima cotton to America with fancy and fun footie styles. Make the choices easy with the Grow With Me! line of Spencer’s that takes developmental stages into account. Bring your customers to the next level with Baby Noomie, including a lightweight nursing blanket that will change women’s lives. Zippyz easy zip sleepers will wow at the shower.

There’s a reason role playing is part of developmental questionnaires once kids exit toddler parallel play and start getting into true socializing. It’s a true indicator of the child’s ability to understand and mimic the adult world around them. And it doesn’t hurt that the pretend play can turn into real helping down the line. Casdon has a reputation for innovation and has been renowned for toy innovation for over 65 years. Casdon relies on reputable domestic brand licenses like Dyson to create truly life-like experiences for children of all ages.