With kids spending almost 9 hours a day sitting on their rumps, offer ergonomic products that let them hunker down without getting a humpback. Moll desks are designed to encourage healthy posture, aligning legs, arms and spine for the perfect perch. Not only do these desks protect posture, but they also deliver dollar value. One adjustable desk can take a tyke from preschool to high school. The desk height and tilting desk surface are easy to position to just the right fit. It enables the child to work at an angle to reduce eye and neck strain.
In houses the world over, little ones are eating dinner, then getting tucked in. And it’s a sure bet most of those little rooms have a night light, the cure for monsters under the bed and aliens in the closet. For parents who don’t want to serve dinner on plastic divided plates, or ruin the décor with the ubiquitous frosted white night lights, add a little spice with Time Concept, Inc. Incorporated in 2006 and affiliated with Spice Co. Ltd., one of the leading design and distribution companies in the Japanese Gift Industry, Time Concept, Inc. carries modern dining and nursery décor.
The ABC Kids Expo returns to Las Vegas October 15-18 and that has made a lot of people smile. I know that I always have a good time at ABC, and am looking forward to some laughs together with my explorations for new juvenile products. Before the show begins, I wanted to find out what makes some of the exhibitors laugh, and how they plan to generate big smiles from buyers. I was particularly pleased to hear that most of the manufacturers I asked said that their children, spouses or family members are what makes them laugh the most. I agree!
Brea, California-based Child to Cherish was founded in 1987 by designer Patrice Lowe who created the industry’s very first child’s handprint kit in a tin. Lowe creates each item in the Child to Cherish collection with a focus to capture precious moments in time and to “preserve the innocence” of a child and make memories that last a lifetime. The distinctive Child to Cherish collection features more than 300 unique, high-quality yet functional children’s keepsake items and gifts best for any given occasion. For more information visit www.childtocherish.com.
NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle (formerly the NY International Gift Fair), ran from August 17 to August 21 in typical grand style at the Javits Center. New companies as well as seasoned veterans basked in the updated venue. The LIFESTYLE Collection featured the Baby + Child category, where over 100 companies congregated to show the freshest ideas in the market. The Wind & the Sail, Hickies, PishPosh Mommy, and Fluf were just a few of the in-demand product providers that exhibited at the show.
The Atlanta Fall Gift and Home Furnishings Market, which ran from July 10 to 17, was tuned toward exhibitor and attendee success. “The July market boasted nearly 70 new and expanded permanent showrooms,” says Chelsea Peabody, Strategic Relations and Media Relations Manager at AmericasMart Atlanta. What can show attendees and exhibitors expect from the “largest permanent wholesale marketplace”? They can expect to find interesting companies like Opal & Twig, Wristy Buddy, Butt-Ons, and What a Dish!, all of which made a splash at the July show.
Get ready for NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle, which runs Saturday, August 17, through Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94. Overall, NY NOW, (formerly the New York International Gift Fair), will encompass 100,000 products in 400+ product categories. The event anticipates that 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries will attend. Our preview of discoveries includes mimish, Wash with Water, Funkins, and Kira.
A baby’s nursery is in many ways their first introduction to the world. Parents want that introduction to be peaceful and charming, and of course it doesn’t hurt if it’s as coordinated as the ads in the parenting magazines. San Franciscan Nidhi Chanani says Everyday Love, her line of original illustrations and prints, celebrates the simple pleasures of everyday life and love. But her illustrations are far from simple. There’s a sweet dreamy quality to each of her over 600 original pieces. With her vast collection of illustrations, greeting cards and prints, each design signifies life’s treasured moments that are both heartwarming and joyful. They do more than just decorate a room: they tell a story.
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.
New parents want their babies surrounded by the best, and that is precisely what Bivona & Company provides in its collection of cribs, dressing tables, tall dressers, double dressers, nightstands, hutches, guard rails, bed rails, mattresses, and Hollywood style frames. The centerpieces are the cribs. Designed “in the round” so they are beautiful to look at from all sides, the Dolce Babi line features elegant and timeless pieces. If you want a showpiece for your store, bring in the Bambino Collection. The Cream Frosting color is neutral enough to go with any nursery, but special enough to stand out.
Other than the child’s name, nursery decorating might be the most important part of a baby’s early identity. Retailers looking for a new profit possibility might consider carrying paints in addition to crib bedding and coordinating accessories. Dirt has never looked so clean and chic with the natural pigment of Green Planet Paints. Sweet ones will slumber peacefully with medical grade mattresses and pads by Moonlight Slumber. Creative and chic, Carousel Designs has over 100 options for a natural nursery. Stokke stocks some of the most versatile furniture on the market, including beds, dressers and diaper changing tables that convert as children grow.
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!