Long before backpacks, students in early America often shared books so the need of a way to tote them was not part of the picture. Fast forward to today when, despite the electronic revolution, most kids carry masses of books not to mention phones, game players and personal treasures to and from school each day. Hence the popularity of the student backpack. At first, backpacks were simply functional, but now style is critical. Kids like packs that make them stand out, are easy to get into and can take the wear and tear they are subject to on the bus, in lockers or just sitting on the floor. Some of our favorites are from Uanyi, Herschel Supply, MadPax and Apple Park.
Bitybean bills itself as the Cleverly Compact Child Carrier and satisfied customers attest to its practicality and ease of use. This carrier is smaller and lighter than any soft-sided carrier currently on the market. It can be tidily tucked away in a pocket or bag! It is designed to tote infants and toddlers from eight to forty pounds. Your customers will be delighted to find a classy carrier that weighs in at a mere eight ounces and is as teensy as a child’s water bottle. Designed and developed by a socially-conscious Vermont company, Bitybean is the brainchild of company founder, Doug Hartwell.
Office chairs are designed with a wide range of ergonomic functions to improve back posture and the work environment. Until now, this same attention to back pain has not been extended especially to new mothers. Momby Baby Support changes all of that. A new mom’s back gets tired for many reasons: c-section pain, carrying the new baby, toting gear and from repetitive feeding at awkward angles. With frequent feeding intervals, the back pain can interfere with daily participation in her child’s life. Conventional breastfeeding pillows offer little support for an aching back. The Momby Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding Support is a revolutionary product that provides supportive materials and an ergonomic design to help reduce back stress and make feeding easier for mom and baby.
Keeping up with the tween set may be a challenge for parents, but you can help by stocking interchangeable fashionable items in your store. Doll clothing changes are a blast and super fashionable with SnapDolls totes and shirts. These dolls tell inspirational stories while donning aspirational frocks. Pack up the boring backpacks with Squid Packs, that feature silicone straps that can be removed and changed so kids can easily identify their belongings. Fashion is easy peasy with CAPeezy magnetic rings with interchangeable design collections. Tween moods change frequently, and so can their bling with MOGO interchangeable charms that stick to bracelets, purses and even sunglasses.
We would like to share our exciting news with everyone! bINK’d is the winner of The Parent Tested Parent Approved Award! We have received the seal that bINK’d is a product that has been given a seal of approval that families trust and that companies seek. bINK’d is proven to be an exceptional product and is now recognized by this worldwide seal of approval.
A benefit of a global economy is that stores can offer beautiful and unique items from beyond their own borders. Having this kind of reach means you can be the hero for parents and gift-buyers by offering something nobody else can get. In apples-to-apples comparison, England-based Apples to Pears offers the cutest gifts, complete with their own decorative tin packaging (no need to wrap!). Tablets can be cushioned from child-like blows with tabCoosh direct from Australia. The Scottish can be so eloquent with adorable 2D and 3D gallery frames from The Articulate Gallery. From France, TAPIKID playmats by DEUZ stimulate imaginations to fuel the fun.
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!