It’s comfortable, it’s cuddly, it’s convenient and a classic… it even reached pop culture status by appearing on an episode of Friends. It’s Boppy, one of the most popular baby products of all time. Is there anyone in the baby biz that doesn’t know that the Boppy is a soft, uniquely-shaped pillow designed to provide a comfy, supportive cradle for a baby’s delicate head and neck, making it easier for a parent to hold and feed the infant? This simple yet revolutionary invention has become a household name in the last 23 years, and the company is now poised to serve a whole new generation of moms with fresh designs and styles.
By Carolyn Kavarnos - Thursday, December 20th 2012
So many comforters, so few cribs on the retail floor. Nursery furniture stores always have a difficult choice to make for coveted display space. There are so many styles of coordinated crib soft goods available. Colors, textures, traditional or modern, and bold or neutral are just the beginning of many decisions retailers and parents need to make. For our latest bedding review, The Giggle Guide® looks at Bacati, The Little Acorn, Cotton Tale Designs, and Trend Lab.
USA/ABC Pavilion to be in both China and UK Events in 2013
San Antonio, TX - As a result of high level meetings during the 2012 ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, KY, USA, the ABC Kids Expo, Children’s Baby Maternity Expo (CBME) and the Harrogate Nursery Fair/Baby Products Association have formed an alliance of mutual cooperation and reciprocal pavilions in each other’s shows.
The ABC Kids Expo, held annually, is the largest North American baby, maternity and juvenile products exhibition, UBM Asia’s CBME is the largest Chinese exhibition in this sector and the Harrogate Nursery Show is the only show of its kind in the UK.
Even after a toddler is comfortable using the toilet, accidents happen. Remember that potty training is a complex skill in which a youngster has to both make and understand connections between their body and that big, porcelain throne. We have found that items from vendors, including Intelligent Potty, Clouds and Stars, Earth Friendly Products and Tots on Mars all help make toilet training a little easier. Parents appreciate having a range of helpful merchandise available to smooth the road to freedom from diapers.
Designing a room that fully reflects the child who inhabits it requires vision and resources. There are so many choices and decisions to be made that it can become a daunting task. Furniture, bedding, wall art, toy storage and more are some of the components that will need to be selected. Companies that offer a range styles, colors, themes and designs make finding the perfect pieces and accents that much easier and can quickly turn a blank space into a room that appeals to both parent and child. Lazzari, Swankie Blankie, Nurseryworks and Studio Arts provide lots of options in toy storage, bedding, furniture and wall art that help turn a child’s room into a one-of-a-kind sanctuary.
With a selection of 110 American and International collections, Playtime New York is growing bigger and moving to Saint John’s Center at 570 Washington Street. A great new venue that’s also easy to access and a perfect working environment for everyone.
The next edition will be 9-11 March, 2013. We’ll be very happy to meet you there.
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When babies speak, Satsuma Designs listens! Satsuma Designs new collection of waterproof baby essentials that combines the best of Satsuma’s soft bamboo and cotton fabrications with CPSIA certified laminated 100% cotton. These totally waterproof products blend Mom Must-Haves with baby’s favorite fabric.
How can we help expectant moms get some peace of mind? By giving them what they really want: a break from the concerns and discomforts of pregnancy. Cares include nutritional issues while pregnant, facing the pain of labor, breastfeeding and attachment problems. Other problems concern discomfort; during and after pregnancy a woman’s body is never the same. Companies such as The Clueless Chick, Owie Pillow, MomBod Fitness and Belli are available to give mom exactly what she needs.
I first met Claire Ekelund, co-founder of Bébé au Lait, about 8 years ago when she introduced her collection of designer breastfeeding covers, which was a first in what became a new product category for nursing mothers. I loved that she had the practical sense of humor to name her creation “Hooter Hiders,” which was brilliant too because it quickly told the function of the product, which previously had not been so fashionably conceived. The company, Bébé au Lait, has evolved into a multi-line brand that is equally known for its fashion and function.
In our trend-centric world, it is vital to be flexible. What looked good on Thursday can feel old-hat by the following Monday, so products that can be re-imagined are bound to have a following. With write-on/wipe off duvet covers and pillowcases from Doodle by Stitch, changeable hair personality via Infinity Bands and Flying Buttress handbags that can take on a new persona with a simple panel snap, making changes is part of the game. Life is never dull when styles can easily be updated, giving accessories a new look and enabling girls to be totally “with it” in ways to suit themselves and their ever-changing personalities.
Sister-in-laws Debbie Horwits and Charlie Weir wanted to start a company that would utilize their creative skills. As the mother of four daughters, Charlie wanted to be their role model as a female entrepreneur. She felt with the tough financial times that the idea of starting a business was more relevant than ever. Debbie and Charlie started Drama in 2010, selling mostly girl’s accessories and novelty items. They are now moving towards carrying a full garment line with a selection of beautiful accessories. Drama focuses on creating fun textures without compromising the simplicity that keeps babies and children most comfortable.
After a successful soft launch in the spring, Nested Bean unveiled the Zen Swaddle’s first set of prints at the ABC Kids Expo in October. The swaddle, which is the first to soothe babies by mimicking maternal touch, now comes in three proprietary patterns that work together as a family, each drawing from the same palette of Kumquat and Pebble. The Pods print sprouts with leaves, stems and buds. Wheels features spinning spokes and delicate ripples, while Dots offers geometric uniformity.