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.
As children’s spa birthday parties and sleepovers gain popularity, parents are left trying to find affordable but appropriate products for sweet little faces. Sweet Dream Girlz founders Brea and Halle Holmes turned that frustration into an emerging business. At the young ages of 16 and 10 years old, these tween/teen sisters created a line of natural skincare products for at-home spa treatments. Just three years later, the brand has expanded to natural skincare that smells good enough to eat.
Turkish towels have long been a staple in the most well-appointed homes and hotels. Turkey’s long history of loom-woven textiles, combined with its history of luxurious bath houses make it the perfect birthplace for towels that are soft, absorbent, and beautiful. The best-known type of Turkish towel, the pestemel, was a favorite that, along with other towel styles, made its way from the baths of Istanbul to the bathrooms of millions of Americans in the last century. Today, the Turkish textile legacy carries on to the next generation in towels, clothing and other materials made by Little Ashkim.
Teeth are milestone markers for parents and kids alike. Painful coming in and sometimes coming out, we all know brushing and flossing is crucial to keeping pain away in between. Anyone who has tried to teach a wriggling toddler how to properly swish and spit knows a lot more toothpaste ends up in gullets than in the sink. Thankfully that worry is lessened with natural toothpastes such as Jack N’ Jill. Made in Melbourne, Australia starting in 1949, the toothpaste is 100% safe for young children. Flavors like banana, blackcurrant, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry make for fruity fun.
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.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Wednesday, September 17th 2014
The Made in USA label has always meant durability, local design and processing. Now it can also indicate stylish, modern and organic designs unique enough to be featured in your store. Beautiful beasts come out of Brooklyn with Snuggly Ugly dolls and décor that add flair to nurseries. Clever child nicknames gave birth to nini & pumpkin and their moon cocoon wearable duvet. Young ladies get the royal treatment with the Ecoprincess line of makeup and bath products by Organic Beauty Now. Take note of Tree by Kerri Lee for a handmade movement in music that will replace plastic music boxes forever.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Monday, September 15th 2014
Early in the morning, Julia Feldman would place her daughter in her stroller, cover her with her blanket, and head out for her run. Yet, within minutes the blanket was coming untucked, dragging on the ground and getting caught in the wheels. Shaking off the dirt-ridden blanket, she thought, “Maybe we can tweak this.” Bella Bundles offers blankets, bibs, sleep sacks and hooded towels that are altered ever so slightly to strengthen their functionality.
From August 3rd through 5th, 2014, ENK International hosted Children’s Club, at New York City’s Pier 94. Over 650 brands ranging from traditional to contemporary; ready-to-wear; swimwear; footwear; accessories; and gift items for infants to pre-teens participated showing Holiday, Resort and Spring 2015 offerings. More than eighty first-time exhibitors were on hand. Among the many outstanding labels, Leesa Valentino from The Giggle Guide® was especially taken with Dress Rags Playwear, Bonnie Baby London, Tokyo Baby Cafe and mbaby by Munchkin, making its debut at the show.
UviCube is the first product of its kind in the United States to use UV light to disinfect baby bottles, mobile phones, electronics, toys and other personal and household items. The UviCube founders will be demonstrating the new product at the ABC Kids Expo at booth #4625 on September 7-10, 2014. Primarily designed to dry and disinfect baby bottles, UviCube houses a highly reflective inner chamber that allows UV light to be reflected in all directions, effectively killing 99.9% of exposed germs with the touch of a button.
It all started with a caring husband looking out for his pregnant wife. She was losing sleep as she attempted to find comfort contorting and repositioning her pregnant belly. Soon Eyal Levy and his wife were seeing and utilizing the concept of stretchy fabric beanbags and they began to play with the idea. Immediately they started filling their basement with unique bean bag designs and products, until very quickly it became too crowded with all the Yogibo products that customers were waiting to buy. Products range from YogiBalls and neck pillows all the way up to their six foot Max, a gigantic bean bag.