By Stephanie Hanlon - Thursday, September 11th 2014
As the fall weather grows crisper, families still want to get and stay outdoors. Nobody wants to cut a hike short or cancel a day out because junior is getting cold. Sure, it’s easy to keep them cozy with a sweater, hoodie or jacket, but that doesn’t cover the bottom half. Hop on board with the TrailHopper from Cozey 7, the wearable blanket that fits your customer’s everyday life. Created by Jill Winckler, a mom from Colorado, the TrailHopper will let your customers chase the chill away without worrying about the blanket blowing away or being run over by the stroller.
This week Liz and Roo is unveiling its newest line, the Linens Collection. Inspired by the desire for gender-neutral bedding in a soft palette, the Linens Collection features a blend of linen and rayon that is washable. The line features five solid crib skirts in flax, gray, spring pea, and willow, plus a white weave (non linen, but linen look). Coordinating crib rail teething covers, minky (faux fur) receiving blankets, and crib sheets complete the individual collections, which are also sold as separates. Available at www.lizandroo.com.
From August 3rd through 5th, 2014, ENK International hosted Children’s Club, at New York City’s Pier 94. Over 650 brands ranging from traditional to contemporary; ready-to-wear; swimwear; footwear; accessories; and gift items for infants to pre-teens participated showing Holiday, Resort and Spring 2015 offerings. More than eighty first-time exhibitors were on hand. Among the many outstanding labels, Leesa Valentino from The Giggle Guide® was especially taken with Dress Rags Playwear, Bonnie Baby London, Tokyo Baby Cafe and mbaby by Munchkin, making its debut at the show.
British-born clothing designer and motherhood educator Rosie Pope is at the top of the momprenuer pyramid, running an enterprise that includes maternity clothing stores on both coasts, as well as a maternity concierge service, a book and a television show. And she does it all while looking great. While this energetic mother of four is a renaissance woman, her first passion was fashion. She got her start working in the popular Pea in a Pod maternity stores, and was inspired to try her hand at a design business of her own. The result is Rosie Pope Maternity, a collection of classy, chic and up-to-the-minute styles made for pregnant and nursing women.
If parents could give their kids a boost in language skills at a very early age, would they try it? That’s the mission behind Creative Baby and its extended line of educational products that offers baby steps in exposing tots to phonics, foreign languages, geography and nature. Their award-winning foam i-Mats –– where pictures “talk” to youngsters when touched with a Voice Pen™ –– expand with two new play mats, Alphabet i-Mat ($29.99 MSRP) and Under The Sea i-Mat ($29.99). ABC Kids Expo (Sept. 6-10, Las Vegas) attendees can try out each of these pieces at Booth #3625.
The best thing about babies is they allow us to relive our childhoods. And the Kissy Kissy Spring/Summer ‘15 collection is heavy on summertime nostalgia with imagery that evokes memories of lazy days at the beach, fun adventures in the park and long cruises along the water. The beloved baby clothing brand offers new twists on favorite silhouettes, themes and treatments for a fresh update on the signature look moms, grandmothers and gift-givers have grown to love. And after a successful preview capsule, the label officially launches its sleepwear range with a full line of Peruvian Pima cotton, snug-fitting pajamas for girls and boys sizes 12-18 months to 6.
UviCube is the first product of its kind in the United States to use UV light to disinfect baby bottles, mobile phones, electronics, toys and other personal and household items. The UviCube founders will be demonstrating the new product at the ABC Kids Expo at booth #4625 on September 7-10, 2014. Primarily designed to dry and disinfect baby bottles, UviCube houses a highly reflective inner chamber that allows UV light to be reflected in all directions, effectively killing 99.9% of exposed germs with the touch of a button.
Liz and Roo Fine Baby Bedding announces the creation of the Linens Collection, a soft palette of solid linen (washable) crib skirts with coordinating crib sheets, receiving blankets, and crib rail teething covers. Available September 15.
Baby shoes are available at most stores; some even have pretty impressive selections of color, size and style, but how do parents know whether the shoes they’re buying are of high quality? In many cases, baby shoes are “just for show” — in other words, made to match baby’s outfits but not made to fit all that well or to last very long. While durability isn’t that much of an issue considering the lightning-fast speed at which kids’ feet grow, proper fit IS important for any baby that is old enough to stand and/or walk. Rileyroos is a company built on the belief that kids should take their first steps in shoes that are good for their feet.
From Victorian times to the pioneer days of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the bonnet was a staple for babies, young girls and grown women. While earlier generations wore bonnets to protect against harsh exterior elements, today’s babies and toddlers are enjoying the resurgence of the bonnet as the perfect outfit accessory. Of course, the sunshade aspect is a happy benefit. The Beaufort Bonnet Company is leading this return to days of the bonnet. In true Southern style, this South Carolina company was begun in 2009 by a mom to bring her love and appreciation of heirloom bonnets to this new generation.
It’s time for another crop of products proudly made in the U.S.A. Innovation has long been the benchmark of American products. Many American companies have designed products that put them ahead of the times, ensuring that their goods will impress prospective customers and securing their place in the business world. This fact is no less true for companies that produce products made for babies and children. Logan and Lenora, bZipt, theMINIclassy and Sweet Cottontail are all bringing something fresh and new to the world of children’s products.
Crawling is a milestone for any busy baby and it takes many forms… the army crawl, three-legged dog, slither. No matter the method, it’s a full-body experience and most learners have the bumps, bruises and rug burns to prove it. Thanks to Crawling Forward 123, crawling can now be a cushy experience for both parents and babies. Exclusively designed for a baby’s crawling stage, the Crawling Forward 123 accessory is worn on top of baby’s everyday outfit, protecting the front from the floor and supporting the knees with inside padding.