“Eleanor the hippo talked a lot, which is good sometimes… but sometimes not. It’s fine to have a conversation full of honest information, But sadly what she’d sometimes do is tell a tale that wasn’t true.” People, famous and not, have been making observations about truth versus lies for centuries. Andy McGuire, author of Eleanor the Hippo Learns to Tell the Truth, adds his sage observations to the mix with an engaging children’s book teaching kids ages 3 through 8 the benefits of, and reasons to practice, honesty.
For youngsters, nothing’s more exciting than a sleepover with their best friends. Pajama parties are a timeless tradition, and sleepover supplies are always in demand, so why not revitalize tired sales with some up-to-the-minute slumber party products? The Giggle Guide® is here to help with some super stocking suggestions! For little ones longing for the hippest, coziest pajamas, New Jammies are a dream come true. Imaginations run wild with fun craft activities by Janlynn. Mint sports posh backpacks, duffel bags, and travel pillows for the night away from home, and kids will want to pack some classic clothing from Olive Juice for playtime the next morning.
The Swim Journal
Trend Watch - Children’s Swimwear. What’s Cool for Kids
Check out the January/February 2011 Issue of the Swim Journal. www.SwimJournal.com, current Issue page 47.
Seasons UV LOL line is featured in the Trend and Hot Sellers in Childrens Wear.
This summer kids what to Laugh Out Loud or have Lots of Love. The images change with a hint of UV rays. Kids think it’s magic …and parents get visual reminders to re-aply sunscreen on exposed areas all day.
By The Giggle Guide - Thursday, February 10th 2011
February is the month for love! To celebrate, The Giggle Guide® has some love in store with fun party ideas that are innovative and on-trend. Children’s birthday parties range from traditional backyard get-togethers to all-out themed events. Become an invaluable resource for all your party-planning customers by stocking a colorful party-time display with a broad selection of everything from invites and favors to gifts and treats. RSVP to these festive products from Meri Meri, Kids Central Kitchen, Feeling Smitten, and Find It Games, and be sure to look for additional supplies for sensational shindigs throughout The Giggle Guide®.
Playtime New York, the international trade show dedicated to universes of children, junior and maternity, is planning an array of special exhibits and activities for its second show, March 5 – 7, 2011, at SoHo’s 82 Mercer (82 Mercer Street between Spring and Broome Streets).
Among the attractions will be a special Pop-Up Shop, art exhibits, trends space and more, complemented by Playtime’s signature sophisticated yet whimsical ambiance. As a special convenience for visitors, the show will also operate a complimentary shuttle service between 82 Mercer and the Jacob Javits Center.
By Lauren Rollheiser - Wednesday, February 9th 2011
Girly-girls rejoice! Whether she wants sequin shoes, big bows, or chic tailored and elegant items; being a girly-girl is all about expressing femininity and a vibrant personality. One of the funnest parts of having, or being a girl is living it up with clothing and accessories! Girly products should be well-crafted to last; we know how attached girls get to their favorite pair of shoes or that perfect fitting dress. They should also be trendy and fun. The Giggle Guide® has found these fabulous fashions and accessories that are sure to make a girl feel twirly and girly: Girl Gotch, Maggie Breen Too, No Slippy Hair Clippy and China Doll Shoes.
By Jeremy Richardson - Wednesday, February 9th 2011
Here is a link (http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr11/stayleadrev.pdf) to the Federal Register Notice announcing the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) decision to extend the existing stay of enforcement on testing and certifications of the total lead content in children’s products (except for metal components of children’s metal jewelry) until December 31, 2011.
Bugalug Soother Savers are an essential multi-functional accessory for baby and mom! Designed with two button snaps, the Bugalug Soother Saver can be left long for a regular soother clip, or snap it small to loop through toys or sippy cups! Or, snap two clips together and you’ve got a bib clip, nursing cover clip, or mitten clip! All Soother Savers are handmade and now have a Bugalug tag on the inside. Available in gender neutral prints, little girl prints and boy prints, many of which are exclusive Bugalug designs!
With gifts being one of the strongest sales category in the children’s business, thousands of gift lines were on display January 12-19 at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. This year marked the 50th anniversary of AmericasMart, the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings and area rug marketplace and trade mart complex. In honor of this golden celebration, The Atlanta gift show hosted retail buyers from around the globe to explore more than 7 million square feet of products over eight days. Among the merchandise featured, The Giggle Guide® chose these standouts to highlight in our post-show review:Mark-My-Time, Scribble Mats, BRELLI, and Zebi Baby.
While others may spend their 2011 Valentine’s Day exchanging roses, cards, and chocolates, or sharing a romantic plate of spaghetti, many of us in the juvenile product industry will be celebrating in a rather different fashion. KidShow at Bally’s in Las Vegas kicks off on Valentine’s Day through February 16th. Exhibitors include top brands, including le top, Vitamins, pediped, Posh, See Kai Run, Wee Ones, Kissy Kissy and a lot more. In addition, here’s a preview of a few first-time exhibitors that caught our eye and heart: First Cleats, Jelly the Pug, Lotty Dotty and Prayer Wear Turned Inside Out.
Personalized gifts and creative DIY kits are a popular trend at baby showers and children’s birthday parties. A custom-made gift adds sentimental value, turning the gift into a treasured keepsake that commemorates both the recipient and the thoughtful giver. Meyamo invites consumers to be a part of the creative process by customizing gifts with its iron-on transfers. Available in a wide array of designs — from cute alphabet letters to charming scenes — iron-on transfers from Meyamo can be used to customize everything from t-shirts and bibs to bedding and paper. Let the fun begin!