Retail buyers are already shopping and preparing for the fall/winter seasons. According to the National Retailer Federation, a family typically spends over $600 on back-to-school fall fashions and products for children. Of course, a complete fall work-up for kids includes more than just everyday wear and accessories. Children also require special occasion clothes, mix-and-match pieces, sports gear, and backpacks. Giggle Moon, Fleurisse & Léon, JWORLD and Moon et Miel are among the many brands helping buyers get ready for the fall rush and generate increased sales with functional, trendy products for children.
The Baby & Child division of the Winter 2013 New York International Gift Fair gave best new product awards to five exhibitors. The Giggle Guide’s own Leesa Valentino was among the judges who presented the awards. The Blogger’s Best award went to Benbini for Benbini Watches; the Toy award winner was Home Grown Books for Set 3; the Décor winner was 3 Sprouts for the 3 Sprouts Laundry Hamper; the Gear winner was MadPax for Blok Fullpack; and the Apparel nod was given to Zipit for their Happy Playsuit. Here are more details on offerings that caught the Giggle Guide’s eye…
Luv Chicken™ Booster Cushions for Kids are fabulous boosters that are both stylish and functional! Not only do they boost children ages 18 months - 7 years squarely up to the table, they are also portable, easy to clean and grip the bottom of any chair. Now Luv Chicken boosters come in a new, smaller size! At 13” x 13” x 3”, children get all the benefits of the original cushion, but at a size that is perfect for smaller furniture as well as high-backed bar stools. These cushions are available in three adorable prints: Pink Fairytale, Pirate Stripes and Zoofari. They retail for $40.
The “mompreneur” has become a recognized contributor to American business. Mompreneurs are inspired by their own lives and their children, sometimes creating products or services based on a need they themselves wanted to fill. The following is just a sampling of some of the companies that have made an impression on the children’s market. They cover a wide range of products and age demographics, but they all have one thing in common: they were launched by American mompreneurs. Our review includes: Tattly, cachcach, Diapees and Wipees and No Slippy Hair Clippy.
We have found customers using Itzy Ritzy Wet Bags for so many creative things, from toiletry storage to working out to “my favorite things” gift giving, that we realized a name change was in order!
The Travel Happens™ Sealed Wet Bag (formerly Wet Happened?®) is not just for diapers - it’s a versatile, customer-loved item perfect for multiple sections in your store. Check out these store tips and selling points below!
AmericasMart is the juggernaut behind the popular Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. AmericasMart offers a convenient and accommodating venue for exhibitors, with over 4,000 permanent showrooms available, along with temporary exhibits. The first Atlanta show of the year is on now through January 16, 2013. Here are a few must-see recommendations: Choose Friendship, Hotline to God, Sister Chic and Moonjar.
Known for our trendy designs and eye catching style, Baby Bella Maya has a wide variety of gifts to choose from. We offer fashion forward products that are perfect for baby showers, birthdays, or any occasion where ooh’s and ahh’s are sought! Our line includes:
“Have baby, will travel,” seems to sum up what most parents are doing today. Portable, lightweight baby gear options are much needed necessities. Kim Strong and Jamye Baker are two moms who understand just how hectic life can be for families. One of the pitfalls of being so active is that mealtimes do not often happen at home. Kim and Jamye created the ciao! baby portable high chair with that fact in mind. The ciao! high chair, with attached tray, is a great solution that helps make mealtimes and snacks on the go much easier for parents and baby.
We’ve heard it time and again: “the customer is king.” But thanks to what can euphemistically be called a “sluggish” economy over the last few years, too many retailers and manufacturers have decided to let shoppers call the shots. The result is a marketplace that looks defeated, offering safe products instead of innovation. Rather than newness, we’re getting sameness because everyone’s afraid consumers won’t give new ideas a sporting chance.
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.