Seattle-based Satsuma Designs loves babies! Every design, business decision, daily detail and inspiration comes from their mission to create cozy, all natural and useful products for little ones. Satsuma Designs’ products are made from all natural fibers that treat baby and the environment with a soft touch. They use an assortment of natural materials that include bamboo, organic cotton and more. Recently, The Giggle Guide® caught up with owner Jennifer Porter to learn more about this bestselling brand.
J.L. Childress Co. was started 30 years ago by Jan Childress. Today, Childress’ daughters Kate Doti and Sarah Gray are continuing to grow their mother’s legacy. “Jan’s needs as a working mom who wanted to breastfeed her daughters for as long as possible were the inspiration behind J.L. Childress’ first products,” Doti recounts. Childress first designed the Express Bag, which is a tote bag to carry breast pumps and the DuffleCOOL, an insulated bag with a reusable ice pack. J.L. Childress has grown to now celebrate 30 years and a position as a leader in gear accessories both in the U.S. and worldwide.
Diaper rashes, sports rashes, even rashes from hot, humid weather are terrible to experience. With Quantuminds Baby Powder Wipes, these can be wiped away and keep skin feeling fresh. The revolutionary combination of a wipe plus a powder makes this all-in-one product a fast solution. Do away with toting around rash powders, wipes, and medicated ointment. A more sanitary option, the user doesn’t have to worry about contaminating the infected area during application since the rash will only be touched with the wipe itself. Put this versatile product in the baby, exercise, and home improvement aisles to reach many target audiences.
Upon starting her career in the sports market at Nike and Reef (a surf lifestyle brand), Silly Souls Founder and President Shelly Foster found a real need for a fun and cool urban brand for babies. When Silly Souls launched in 2002 (originally called babygags), the urban, surf and skate brands had not yet fully entered the baby market. “The market was very classic pink and blue,” according to Foster. “I wanted to create a fun, funny, irreverent kids brand parents would love and laugh at.”
Take pride in what you sell by offering quality products that are safe for the environment, allergen free, and made here in the USA. All natural balms from Honestly Margo, adorable children’s clothing from reclaimed fabrics at Ode To Jeune, monster and bully protection with Spray ‘Em Away, and a variety of home accents from Samantha Grace Designs give retailers plenty of inventory selections. All options are from companies supporting the environment, helping charities, and creating jobs here at home. With such a variety to choose from, retail stores of all different types will find something that works perfectly on their shelves.
Dsenyo, an ethical fashion and fair trade accessories company, will launch a new expanded collection for moms, toddlers and babies available to consumers in April 2015. Building off the brand’s best-selling “Little Friends” handmade dolls, Dsenyo is already familiar with the children’s market and saw the potential for product expansion. The fair trade brand will now offer an assortment of colorful printed apparel and accessories for infants and toddlers. Items include a Baby & Toddler Sun Dress, Reversible Pinafore, Pocket Pants, Pleated Overalls, Collared Rompers, Bloomers, Headbands, and Hats in an assortment of colors and prints.
While swaddling is known to calm down a fussy baby, using a godee (a cloth pouch) takes baby to a whole new level of peace and comfort. Promoting a cozy place for baby to feel safe and happy, MeLuvKush makes godees in attractive patterns and prints inspired by India’s rich visual culture. The godee is great for people who aren’t very confident holding a newborn, since it keeps the baby supported better than outside of it, and easily converts to a changing pad when needed. Handmade by skilled women right outside of Delhi, India and made with safe fabric dyes, the godee is the perfect gift for new mothers right out of the hospital.
There’s a new way to look at diaper bags. Up to now, no company had delved into the world of microbes (aka icky germs) or anti-stick coatings, but that’s changed due to this dynamic duo of new licensed diaper bags: Ju-Ju-Be has begun a collaboration with Hello Kitty, the iconic brand everyone adores. The new Kitty collection features signature diaper bag designs in a range of shapes with –– retailers take note –– a custom print; bow zipper pulls; and super-cute, functional hidden surprises such as embroidery details inside each bag. Invite shoppers to peer inside the bag to get a look at the “hidden” three apples, a nod to Hello Kitty who herself is three apples tall and weighs five apples.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Monday, September 22nd 2014
Over thirty years ago, Becky Cannon asked herself how she could provide natural care both inside and out for her future family. She spent the next three years studying and teaching young children about natural foods in Japan. There she had her daughter Emi. After moving back to the States and preparing for the birth of her second daughter, Mari, she missed the unique baby products she discovered in Japan. Soon, Cannon started importing diaper covers from Japan to make them available for other parents. Today, Cannon and her daughters are the mother-daughter owners of i play.®, as they continue to focus on creating the best baby-friendly products.
Mothers would like nothing better than to carry an “It” bag that doubles as a diaper bag. From her styling and fashion experience, Cathryn A. Fisfis created an eponymous line that has style and taste. “Fashion is expensive; style doesn’t have to be” is the Cathryn A. Fisfis motto. Combining fashion with function, her bags have the aesthetic of a top-market handbag with the usability of a diaper bag. The Samantha model, with a cowhide body, lambskin bow and water repellant lining, has a wire frame opening at the top so it’s easy to locate whatever mom is looking for. The eleven pockets make it baby-friendly, while nickel detailing gives it a look of elegance.
It’s time for another crop of products proudly made in the U.S.A. Innovation has long been the benchmark of American products. Many American companies have designed products that put them ahead of the times, ensuring that their goods will impress prospective customers and securing their place in the business world. This fact is no less true for companies that produce products made for babies and children. Logan and Lenora, bZipt, theMINIclassy and Sweet Cottontail are all bringing something fresh and new to the world of children’s products.
Summer is here and it’s time to celebrate most of our American patriotic holidays. While there are solemn events to commemorate, the overall spirit is one of hope and happiness. The people who fought for freedom, built enterprises or became pioneers on this land didn’t just do it for themselves, but for the generations to come… the generation being born today. Companies like Kinsley Kouture, Liz and Roo, Baby Bits and Chibella are all examples of American entrepreneurship in action. So let’s light the sparklers, fire up the barbecue and get the party started!