If Christine and Peter were married instead of business partners, how they got together would be a classic romcom meet cute. Christine was selling her car to make money for her new venture – the perfect BellyBelt for maternity and post-maternity clothing issues. Peter turned up with his mother to look at the car, took one look at this mompreneur and instead of buying a Volkswagen, he bought half the business and grew it into Fertile Mind. Belly Belt grew as fast as her belly as Christine had three more kids, and she and Peter hired a staff of mostly working moms who helped them develop all the necessities for maternity and postnatal accessories.
Summer lovin’ is here, so take advantage and fill your stores with waves of wonder! No more tying a towel around the waist; kids can wear their towels proudly with Kiki’s Nation. This innovative company designs pants, jammers, skirts and even bags all made of super-absorbent towel material. Under the sea has never been more fun than MerFins, imaginative beachwear that allows girls to experience Ariel’s world by morphing from legs to fins. Art meets fashion with Kaeli Smith Designs beautiful resort wear in vibrant colors, perfect for a summer BBQ or garden party. Babies stay safe seaside with sport & water wrap baby carriers by Beachfront Baby.
Time magazine’s “Curious Capitalist” Rana Foroohar penned these words that always seem to elicit sighs of relief from some quarters and cheers from others: “Made in the USA is making a comeback.” Having products made in The States not only supports local communities, but also provides other tangible benefits. Quality control is high on that list: a quick walk down to the factory floor can straighten out an issue. Small quantities of well-made products can be created without trouble. Plus, more customers are interested in purchasing US goods. Companies that continue to provide goods made in the USA, like Alex Marshall Studios, Little Korboose, Connor’s Kits for Kids, and Harrisville Designs, are staying strong.
We are excited to announce that registration is now open to manufacturers for the 6th Annual All Baby & Child Spring Educational Conference & Trade Show, being held May 20-22, 2014 in Orlando, Florida!
What does a new mother need most? A third set of hands? A night of uninterrupted sleep? Enough time for a quick shower? “Yes” is the answer to all these questions, but here’s an item that will also win an approval shout-out. Poncho Baby is the answer to how to modestly nurse a baby in public any time anywhere, even when Mom and tot are out and about. The innovative design that covers both a woman’s front and her back allows Mom to keep an eye on her baby while she’s feeding. It is also a very useful garment for nursing women to use when pumping breast milk at work.
You may have been offered a penny for your thoughts, but what would you say to someone who is willing to plunk down a cool $15,000 for them? That’s what Huggies is offering to moms who come out on top in its MomInspired grant program. Kimberly-Clark’s Huggies brand, long known for its quality baby and child products, also lends a helping hand to moms with bright ideas. The Huggies grant is awarded to ideas that are creative, useful, and have marketing power. Past winners include companies like Linda M. Varga’s Solar Eclipz (ezShade) and Allyson Phillips’s Tilty Cup.
Gifts and Accessories for Stylish Infants & Toddlers
Known for our trendy designs and eye catching style, Baby Bella Maya offers a wide variety of gifts and accessories. We design fashion forward products that are perfect for baby showers, birthdays, holidays or any occasion where oohs and ahhs are sought!
Several new items are being introduced for 2013, including five beautiful infant car seat covers, matching blankets and our cute Lacy Leggings in expanded 3T and 4T sizes
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve already seen this quote, “The customer doesn’t care.” I wish I could take credit for having uttered this phrase but alas it was actually Gary Wassner of the factoring firm Hilldun who made this proclamation at an event I attended recently. Out of all the insightful things he said, this was the one that really jumped out at me because it’s true: The customer really doesn’t care.
I am looking forward to attending the ABC Spring Educational Conference at South Point, Las Vegas on May 7-9. After attending so many trade events over the last 30+ years, I enjoy learning more about the children’s business, and especially seeing new things that may take me by surprise. The ABC SEC is one event that allows buyers, manufacturers, reps and media to get to know more about each other. The element of surprise is always part of new experiences. That’s why I asked several exhibitors these questions: “What would someone be surprised to know about you?” and “What will buyers be surprised to see in your 2013 line?”
Earth Day isn’t all about singing and turning off lights; it’s also about buying earth-friendly products all year long. Help the world and clean your shelves with these natural items. Want to offer diaper bags as hot as handbags? Evie Bett bags are cool in croc while being vegan-friendly. With the green start® line by innovativeKids, parents can make good decisions without sacrificing fun. Say an earthy “heyyy” to Hello Kitty muslin swaddles, towels, blankets and bibs through a joint effort of aden + anais and Sanrio. Never has “batteries not included” been as welcome as it is with Pure Play toys. Kids can make their own fun while parents can bask in noise-free sun.
Organization seems to top the list of things most people feel they could use improvement on. This quest leads to a search for products that will make their lives easier, more efficient and save time. When kids are involved, it adds an even greater urgency in finding methods and products to simplify storage and cleanup, especially of toys. Neat-Oh! ZipBins were born out of necessity, the brain child of a mom and her 10-year-old son Max. The ZipBin is a unique container that holds building blocks or other small play toys and unzips to form a play mat or other play surface.