Toy Fair -
New York City, New York (2/13/11 - 2/16/11)
Step right up, don’t be shy! Take your pick from all these fabulous toys and prizes! The Giggle Guide™ had a blast taking in all the sights and sounds at recent trade shows in NYC, and we discovered plenty of goodies to cheer about at Toy Fair 2011. We grinned with childhood delight at Nowstalgictoys’ Squirmles. Creative products from Center Enterprises won our stamp of approval, and we felt like kids again as we “test drove” ride-alongs from Playsam’s. Our Geeky nature was fed too, with ThinkGeek’s joystick for iPad and interactive guitar t-shirts. Want to play? Add these exciting knickknacks, games and action-packed products to your store’s toy aisle and let the good times roll!
Help is here for working moms! The Smart Solutions Toolkit for Working Mothers is the newest can’t-do-without-it product for soon-to-be moms. Created by a working mother of two, this unique maternity/new baby product includes 18 sanity-saving tools uniquely packaged together in one beautifully designed gift box.
ImagiPLAY’s motto, “Toys with Integrity,” guides its business philosophy. The toys help educate children in an imaginative way that connects them to the wonders of the planet. Founded by Barbera Aimes over ten years ago, ImagiPLAY creates products made from eco-friendly materials that are safe for the environment and children. The toys teach fundamental lessons, such as counting, the alphabet and animal recognition. All of this is done in a creative manner that keeps children curious, interested and entertained.
It’s a life-changing event when one decides to become an entrepreneur. Starting a business can be extremely exciting, but it can also be taxing on your time, finances and emotions. Depending upon your background and prior experiences, the learning curve might feel more like a mountain. Most start-up founders will lean on friends and family to not only offer emotional support for the stresses that come with starting a business; many will also rely on these same people for operational support. Here are some tips for managing both expectations and emotions for yourself and those that surround and support you in your business venture.
Roundhouse Design Collaborative, the makers of the Oh Plah! Teething Bracelet are happy to welcome three new sales reps to their sales force. MDA Sales in Seattle is covering WA, ID, AK and MT; they can be reached at 206.525.7597 or
. With the territory of OH, N.KY, W.PA, and WV, Judy Wein, with rep group Knox and Associates, can be reached at 216.832.3456 or
. And lastly, Michelle Moore of Babies and Moore covers KS, MO, NE, IA and can be reached at 816.245.9648 or
Potty training is often a challenging task for parents of toddlers. Some experts say to wait as long as possible, while others proclaim the earlier the better. Many parents reward with treats and stickers, while others use strict, no-nonsense methods. No matter which philosophy a parent chooses, toilet training products can ease the transition by offering toddlers greater independence, security, and a bit of fun. The Giggle Guide™ presents innovative products from Kinderspirit Creations, My Carry Potty, Bambino Mio, and Primo Baby that help propel every little prince or princess to prodigious success on the family throne!
Parents often grow nostalgic when their children pass milestones that indicate they are growing up. There is one element of childhood, however, that parents are eager to leave behind — the seemingly endless diaper trail! Unfortunately, toilet training can become a stressful battle of wills between caregivers and kids. Help your harried customers out with innovative products that ease the transition from diapers to “big kid” underpants. Tinkle Time Training Stickers from Goo-Goo Baby, Keep Me Clean™ Disposable Potty Protectors from Summer Infant, disposable travel potties by Poteez, and fun learning tools from Potty Tots make potty training a positive and rewarding experience for all!
Mealtime with kids can sometimes prove to be a challenge. Often more food ends up on the table than in little ones’ bellies! On top of the mess, children tend to get bored sitting and waiting for their parents to finish. Modern-twist has designed an eco-chic solution to mealtime mayhem, while making a trendy statement in any modern home. Modern-twist’s stylish, silicone placemats offer a non-porous, germ-free surface, making clean-up a breeze. Equally appealing are the placemats’ cool graphics, which invite children to channel their creative side by using wipe-off markers to express themselves.
What is black and white and cute all over? Tutortogs! Discover a new innovation in this captivating line of infant and women’s clothing. Tutortogs apparel initially appeals to moms with its bold patterns and classic designs. However, Tutortogs takes the concept of infant clothing a step further by featuring colors and designs that babies enjoy. Studies have shown that babies prefer high-contrast edges and patterns and later become aware of colors. The rompers, infant gowns and caps featured in the collection have a dual purpose in stimulating an infant’s visual development while making a stylish fashion statement appreciated by all.
They have been immortalized in marble, regaled in poetry, noted in song, and celebrated with commemorative days. They have been reflected in the adoring faces of little children, had their names tattooed on their sons’ arms and their figures captured in crayon on their daughters’ refrigerator art. In whatever language — madre, muti, moeder, mère, mãe — they are mothers! Recently, www.Babble.com chose the “Top 50 Mompreneurs of 2011” to honor for their entrepreneurial spirit and prowess. Among the distinguished honorees are Kelly Meyer Douglas of Itzy Ritzy, Jenny Ford of Monkey-Toes, Julie Aigner-Clark of Baby Einstein, and Aileen Chen of Belly Armor. Congratulations!
“Eleanor the hippo talked a lot, which is good sometimes… but sometimes not. It’s fine to have a conversation full of honest information, But sadly what she’d sometimes do is tell a tale that wasn’t true.” People, famous and not, have been making observations about truth versus lies for centuries. Andy McGuire, author of Eleanor the Hippo Learns to Tell the Truth, adds his sage observations to the mix with an engaging children’s book teaching kids ages 3 through 8 the benefits of, and reasons to practice, honesty.