Welcome to the preteen years, which some parents have come to nickname “second toddlerhood”. At this age, it can be a balancing act to allow kids the independence and individuality they need, while ensuring they hold on to the innocence and wonder of childhood for as long as they can. By guiding kids’ choices in the right direction, parents can do their part to make this stage of growing up as fun, exciting, and rewarding as possible. Companies like 100% Gumdrop, Lemon, Inc., DeSalitto and Limeapple offer fabulous fashion options for parents – and their awesome tweens – to consider.
Popupshop is a clothing company dedicated to producing high-quality garments and using ethical manufacturing practices. Running a business with standards this high isn’t easy; it’s a process that includes attention to detail right from the start. Popupshop’s clothing begins in nature, with organic, pesticide-free cotton and bamboo. Both these fabrics are known for being gentle on the skin as well as environmentally sustainable and easy to care for. Once these materials are turned into textile, they are brought to Popupshop’s certified factory in Turkey, where they are cut and dyed by knowledgeable workers. The result is a line of clothing that looks and feels great.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The All Baby and Child Conference and Trade Show is an opportunity for those in the children’s product industry to not only display their wares, but also to participate in seminars that are designed to expand their knowledge of the industry and keep up to date on the latest trends. The show took place April 29-May 7 at the Rio All-suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nikiani, Mixed Pears, Oribel and MüV Baby were all present at this exciting event. It was a wonderful opportunity for all involved to gain exposure, learn new ways to make their businesses more profitable, and make valuable professional connections.
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.
Funnybone Toys® is proud to announce receiving several National awards including The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, The Tillywig Toy Award, and the Academics’ Choice Award. “I am thrilled that our games won these prestigious awards. When I speak with store buyers and parents, awards are considered one of the most important factors in deciding what to buy,” shares Julien Sharp, President of Funnybone Toys.