There are many reasons why American parents have a romance with European fashions for their kids. There’s the general allure of all things exotic and different, and the idea that European imports represent a chic, affluent lifestyle. The truth is that European clothing for kids is often high quality and stylish in its own unique way. Of course, Europe is a whole continent encompassing many cultures, each with its own particular style sense. Boboli is a company that represents Spain with its fun, colorful children’s clothing.
Empress Arts offers a complete package for the gift industry: high quality, beautiful products, and pricing designed to include anyone who enjoys unique gift gifting. Owner Kathy Tanabe states, “We love kids and feel that there’s not really a lot of time before they are grown and want parents to cherish as many special moments as possible by providing well thought out products that make people smile.” Empress Arts has been able to grow by continuing to do trade shows and use sales reps though the years. They feel it is important to meet customers face to face and hear what they have to say.
Summer is here and it’s time to celebrate most of our American patriotic holidays. While there are solemn events to commemorate, the overall spirit is one of hope and happiness. The people who fought for freedom, built enterprises or became pioneers on this land didn’t just do it for themselves, but for the generations to come… the generation being born today. Companies like Kinsley Kouture, Liz and Roo, Baby Bits and Chibella are all examples of American entrepreneurship in action. So let’s light the sparklers, fire up the barbecue and get the party started!
If commercials are any indication, baby bath time is supposed to be a joyful bonding experience with sweet-smelling soaps and relaxing bald-headed massages. The reality for most parents is wishing for another four hands and an hour spent cleaning puddles of water from the bathroom floor. The creative minds behind Tubby Table experienced the latter with their active toddlers and worked out a solution to make bath time more fun with less mess.
One of the joys of having kids is getting them dressed for the holidays. It’s not just the frilly dresses or cute mini tuxedos; it’s the nearly endless array of more casual holiday wear that parents can’t resist. Every year, department and discount stores are stocked with new shirts, pants and sweats sporting seasonal images and sayings. It’s easy to grab these items as impulse purchases, and they make for great holiday photos, but sometimes parents end up asking themselves whether the expenditure was worth it. Now there’s Switch a roo, a clothing line that uses interchangeable appliqués to take an outfit “from holiday to everyday and back again”.
Sweden has always been ahead of the game when it comes to active lifestyle. Nowadays, “crunchy” moms, outdoors enthusiasts, and weekend warriors all over the world are using Swedish gear to make their outward bound experiences easier and more fun. Founded in 1942, Thule is one of the most respected outdoor gear companies in Sweden. The company creates products like bike carriers, backpacks, ski racks, and more that make it simple to bring sporting gear just about anywhere. Now, Thule is offering its unique products to parents who want to include infants and children in their active lives.
Time to wake up and time to go to sleep. Those who look after little ones know these events are never cut and dried. Here’s a doll that is available with the right expression at the right time. The Double Love Doll is a soft, cuddly companion that fills the bill when it is time to help a tot drift off to dreamland at night or for a nap. Because they are small and weigh very little, these delightful dolls are easy to tote along on a day’s outing. They make great shower or hospital visit presents and will be greeted with enthusiasm as there is no other similar product on the market.
Cars can be dangerous for kids, even when they’re securely parked. On average, 38 children die each year from heatstroke due to being left in a car. In recent years, some child safety organizations have published tips to help parents and caregivers avoid leaving children in the car. While these tips are extremely helpful and needed, it’s always wise to have as much protection as possible. Baby Alert makes electronic devices that help protect kids. Their line of products is designed to act as a warning system that alerts the adult about a child left in a car.
Cool and cute things come in all kinds of packages, some big and some small. Shoppers delight in merchandise that serves a need while offering a great look. The Giggle Guide® introduces the best of current coolness, including items from Beatrix, B-Sensible, okiedog, MK Global and Naaya by Moonlight. The newest offerings from Beatrix are micro-cuddlies — cute little squeeze toys that can go with kids wherever they want via a chain and clip. Backpacks provide plenty of space to hold everything a child needs for a day, and are available in many of the same designs as the micro-cuddlies.
One of the most surprising changes many new parents face is just how long it takes to leave the house. What used to be a quick ritual involving throwing on shoes and a jacket, grabbing your wallet and heading out becomes a juggling act featuring diapers, toys, blankets, wipes, snacks, and of course, the baby himself! Most moms agree that a good diaper bag is the first line of defense against frazzled mornings. Companies like Oemi Baby, Diapees & Wipees, JP Lizzy and Daddy & Co. offer diaper bags in a variety of styles and sizes, so that just about any mom or dad can find what they’re looking for.
When your customers go to a baby shower, they don’t want to just give a good gift, they want to give a GREAT gift; one that the expectant parents will use, love and remember well into the future. It helps to be informed about which baby gifts are hot and trending right now. Mini Maniacs, Odette Williams, Wry Baby and Jaxxwear offer products that are modern, functional, super-cute, and sure to delight.
The ABC Spring Conference is an event that brings together a cross section of children’s specialty product retailers. The conference is unique because it’s not just a trade show; it’s an educational opportunity. This year, the ABC Conference took place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Retailers who participated enjoyed beautiful surroundings as they expanded their entrepreneurial experience. There were some standout participants at this year’s conference. I Can Tie Shoelaces, Rhoost, Happy Kidz and Snuggy Baby presented products to enhance the health and well-being of babies and young children.