Expectant parents make a lot of purchases in the time leading up to the birth of their baby. Friends, family and other well-wishers also contribute to the collection with their useful, cute, funny and practical gifts. Of all the items parents acquire during the exciting days of expectant and new parenthood, very few are meant to have a long shelf life. Baby Bump is a uniquely versatile product that offers years of usefulness, thanks to its multifunctional design.
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.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Wednesday, April 22nd 2015
NapiNol Nursery Therapies creates all-natural skin care products with only the most necessary ingredients. They vow to use as few ingredients as possible, and each with a vital purpose for the skin. Their products contain no synthetics, no chemicals and nothing that isn’t on the label. Their products meet the strictest standards set by the Environmental Working Group, scoring a zero toxicity rating. NapiNol values this honesty and clarity because they have a working knowledge of both natural maternal needs and pharmaceutical formulation, allowing them to find natural solutions to product development where others resort to synthetics for help.
Bath time will never be the same with fun, interactive products from BKids Toys. The bright colors and adorable animal collections keep children entertained, while the safety lock features put parents at ease. Each bath product is made with smoothed corners and durable plastic to ensure safe play. The Tub Time Water Park Playset and the Stack’n Squirt Pals make the perfect gift set. Include some bath essentials in a display for a water friendly section that will be sure to attract customers of all ages.
One evening Danielle Stangler was out to eat with her family when she looked over to see her 18-month-old daughter covered in macaroni and cheese. Stangler knew that her tired little one was going to hate having her face wiped and was anticipating the scene that she was about to endure. She asked her husband to dip his napkin in his drink and proceeded to wipe her face. To her surprise, the reaction to the napkin was “nummy, nummy!” As it turned out, her husband’s drink was lemonade. Stangler was able to get every last piece of food off with no battle at all. From there, the idea for a flavored face wipe, NeatCheeks, was born.
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.
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.
Snails nail polish is the first washable and water soluble European nail polish for kids. While there are some children’s nail polishes that claim to use fewer harsh chemicals, Snails’ unique formula is so gentle that even kindergartners can wear it without worry. Snails’ founder Jeanette Sklivanou is a French mom and entrepreneur who makes it her mission to create children’s cosmetics that are both attractive and safe. Snails comes in a range of kid-friendly colors that are big on sparkle and shine, and are so trendy that even grown-ups are jumping on the band wagon.
New York isn’t the only place for amazing trade shows. At this time of year, it makes sense to head south! The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market is an impressive forum for new and established businesses of all kinds to introduce their products and court new customers. This year’s show brought out hundreds of vendors and thousands of guests, setting new records for sales volume. In such a large venue that features businesses from so many industries, it takes a lot for a children’s product vendor to stand out. Indy Plush, Zoocchini, Paper Punk and Just Born all made their mark on the Atlanta scene this year.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Wednesday, January 21st 2015
It’s a parent’s nightmare. Swim lessons are over and junior has already been crawling, or in some cases licking, the potentially staph-ridden pool floor and now it’s time for the showers. Thousands of kids before him have created a less than inviting scum itching to get under toenails. But flip flops present a bigger problem, creating slippery surfaces ripe for falling onto hard concrete. Even though Showaflops were created for an older student’s problem of having to use a dirty dorm shower, the idea is the same: Showaflops protect feet.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Thursday, December 11th 2014
Tragedy struck the Leonard family in 2005 when Monica endured a stillbirth of her daughter Molly. As a pediatric nurse, she knew she had done “everything right” in her pregnancy. Leonard started to research and found a study done on cord blood which identified over 120 toxins found in newborn baby cord blood. These toxins are passed through several generations and originate in many chemicals found in homes. Leonard said, “It was a starting point for me, I began doing research and finding out what products were safe, and what products were not.” Thus she created Molly’s Suds, an all-natural, toxin-free detergent line.