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.
There’s a huge industry geared toward parents who want to start teaching their children reading and math skills even before they can walk, and many of these products and programs really do yield results, helping kids go into preschool well ahead of their peers. Art is often part of these learning programs. Wee Gallery offers a wide selection of toys, mobiles, wall graphics, books and more, all featuring artwork designed to stimulate and enhance the minds of babies and young children.
In the early days of the modern move toward more natural textiles, the image associated with “eco-friendly” materials was one of plain, folk-style design in earth tone colors. Bamboosa is a brand that continues the trend that’s changing the way people think about sustainable cloth, with its collection of luxurious baby clothing, blankets and towels. Bamboosa’s products are made from natural, unbleached bamboo materials. Bamboo is one of the stars on the sustainable textile scene thanks to its many advantages. It is remarkably soft and cozy, making it a great choice for baby apparel.
Who doesn’t want a baby’s toy to be as smooth and silky as baby’s skin? natureZOO of Denmark entered the market in 2011 and has grown into 16 countries. natureZOO’s fame is blossoming for hand crocheted baby and kid accessories made from soft bamboo yarn. Because natureZOO items are all handmade, each of their creations is unique. Your customers can confidently shop for any gift knowing there won’t be another one like it. They can also rest easy knowing the high-quality bamboo yarn has received multiple certifications and has even been given the FSC approval for Responsible Forest Management.
Eating should be fun, so baby foods should be fun, too. Little jars of pureed veggies or smooth infant cereals are great ways to start, but after a while –– usually once they begin teething –– babies start wanting to explore more complicated shapes, textures and flavors. At this stage, it’s important to offer a baby safe, appealing and healthy finger foods to satisfy their developing taste buds. Baby Mum-Mum is the maker of all-natural baby teething biscuits and snacks. Their food line is designed to be a healthier alternative to the typical teething biscuits found in grocery stores.