The bar is being set increasingly higher for boutiques to carry quality organic items that are also stylish; These brands make is easy to go green: Little Citizens focuses on modern pieces in soft colors and sweet patterns, all 100% organic cotton with sateen and flannel finishes. Fidoodle gets intellectual with their organic DIY kits and imaginative toys. Mitani is a graphic-heavy collection of baby items that will wow customers with the vibrancy of their non-toxic ink. There’s nothing archaic about the Organic Quilt Company and its modern patterns with high-quality, hand-crafted baby bedding and more.
Playhouses make the perfect hideouts where kids can create their own cozy kingdoms of fantasy and fun. Traditionally, playhouses have been outdoor buildings, usually small sheds or the classic tree house. Of course, not all kids have access to the type of outdoor spaces that allow for these options, not to mention the fact that tree houses and outdoor buildings can be difficult to build and aren’t the best options in bad weather. Yuhuhugs introduces children to a whole new set of options with their innovative line of indoor playhouses.
In early May, ABC Network’s reality show Shark Tank was in Detroit looking for entrepreneurs to showcase on its upcoming season. Julie Andreae, co-founder of Secure Beginnings, a Detroit based manufacturer of a revolutionary breathable crib mattresses, jumped at the chance to participate – and was selected to advance to the next round. One of the requirements of advancing into the next round of consideration for Shark Tank is the creation of a video detailing the product. Andreae was given only a few days to ideate, shoot, edit and submit a video, so she called on Media Genesis to help pull the video together quickly.
Maple Landmark has been making eco-friendly, educational wooden toys, games and gifts since 1979 in Middlebury, Vermont. Many people know them for their NameTrains, but they craft a wide array of children’s products including heirloom wooden baby toys, toddler toys, board games and gifts. The Giggle Guide® recently caught up with Maple Landmark for a look behind the scenes of this topnotch brand:
As options open in the home decor market, new parents are clinging to their identities as modern humans, even if they’re feeling less than human thanks to sleepless nights and dirty nappies. With a shared aesthetic and appreciation for design, Jennifer Kelly and Rebecca Perren found a void in the market for what they wanted for their own homes — the right mix of classic and modern, the subtle balance of fresh yet sophisticated design. They created Pehr Designs’ Petit Pehr line to answer the call of modern moms everywhere, creating classically simple home accessories sure to fly off your shelf.
The All Baby and Child Conference and Trade Show is an opportunity for those in the children’s product industry to not only display their wares, but also to participate in seminars that are designed to expand their knowledge of the industry and keep up to date on the latest trends. The show took place April 29-May 7 at the Rio All-suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nikiani, Mixed Pears, Oribel and MüV Baby were all present at this exciting event. It was a wonderful opportunity for all involved to gain exposure, learn new ways to make their businesses more profitable, and make valuable professional connections.
Liz and Roo Fine Baby Bedding unveiled its new “Monogram Basics Line” at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas April 28-May 1. A complete line of reasonably priced “basics” in six color groupings includes everything you need in nursery bedding, including curtains, crib sheets, crib rail covers, crib bumpers, crib skirts, minky receiving blankets, baby pillow shams, and changing pads. These mix and match pieces can be combined to create a custom nursery, with many coordinating colors, including the current popular mix of coral and navy.
Children’s fashion was out in full force last month at the Playtime New York trade show. The event, which took place at Metropolitan West in downtown Manhattan, welcomed 120 presenters and thousands of visitors. Today’s children’s designers are challenged to create clothing and room decor that suits the updated, more sophisticated style that older grade school kids and tweens often want. Even babies are getting in on the action with simpler, more understated styles. RaspberryPlum, Lorena Canals, Ellie Fun Day and Finger in the Nose introduce fresh, exciting products to the kids’ fashion scene.
Barcelona, Spain-based Babyhome, an award-winning manufacturer of high-quality children’s products, introduces the Air Bassinet. Babyhome’s newest bassinet model offers a range of innovative features to meet the practical needs of parents.The Air Bassinet comes complete with a handy changing pad that easily attaches to the bassinet with a zipper to allow for parents to conveniently dress and undress baby. For parents’ complete peace of mind and baby’s comfort, Air also has a practical mesh window hidden on its side under the fabric.
Parents have all kinds of tricks in their bedtime toolkit. From the perfect lighting – not too dark and not too bright – to the most relaxing rocking rhythms. Sounds also play a large role in getting a baby to go to sleep and stay asleep. There’s no lack of variety these days when it comes to children’s room décor and accessories; there’s something for just about every age group, taste, and budget. Elli & Nooli, Aloka Designs, Jay@Play, and Little Giraffe are among the companies and products that stand out from the crowd for their innovation and quality.
A nursery often transforms over the baby’s early years as his or her unique tastes and preferences begin to emerge. Parents who had planned for a princess who loves pink may soon find out they have a tomboy who adores baseball, or vice versa. Whatever the case may be, moms and dads usually want to furnish their little ones’ rooms with all the necessities and flourishes that create a safe, attractive and mentally stimulating environment. KidKraft, Design Skin, Funny Friends, and Judith Raye all offer great products to make a room into a child’s personalized cozy kingdom.
Expired: December 13th, 2014 - December 31st, 2014
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