There’s never a bad time to give a baby gift, but the perennial problem that plagues most givers is the selection. When it comes to babies and toddlers, this can be an especially tricky issue. Companies with long track records of service and quality are great places to start when it comes to solving this problem. Experience always tells, and this is true for businesses, too. AM PM Kids, an offshoot of the Mullins family company that has been serving customers for over 30 years, delivers quality gifts based on a strong understanding of what families want.
Even after a toddler is comfortable using the toilet, accidents happen. Remember that potty training is a complex skill in which a youngster has to both make and understand connections between their body and that big, porcelain throne. We have found that items from vendors, including Intelligent Potty, Clouds and Stars, Earth Friendly Products and Tots on Mars all help make toilet training a little easier. Parents appreciate having a range of helpful merchandise available to smooth the road to freedom from diapers.
‘Tis the holiday season, but it’s time for retailers to think about the sea ‘n’ sun. The Summer 2013 sales season is on! While shoppers are thinking about filling stockings, take a few moments to consider stocking your shelves with hot products for next summer. All these featured Spotlight brands have something to offer throughout the year and are ready to make your season bright… in the sun.
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Sunblock has become a family essential for every day, all year ‘round. Kids often make putting it on a battle, hating the feel of cold spray or greasy cream. Because actress Anne Heche had so many skirmishes over sun protection with her own young sons, she decided there had to be a less stressful, happier way to get the essential stuff on her family. Heche partnered with the founders of La Bella Donna to come up with Tickle Time Sunblock, a mineral, brush-on sunblock that is especially formulated for kids — the first of its kind!
How can we help expectant moms get some peace of mind? By giving them what they really want: a break from the concerns and discomforts of pregnancy. Cares include nutritional issues while pregnant, facing the pain of labor, breastfeeding and attachment problems. Other problems concern discomfort; during and after pregnancy a woman’s body is never the same. Companies such as The Clueless Chick, Owie Pillow, MomBod Fitness and Belli are available to give mom exactly what she needs.
I first met Claire Ekelund, co-founder of Bébé au Lait, about 8 years ago when she introduced her collection of designer breastfeeding covers, which was a first in what became a new product category for nursing mothers. I loved that she had the practical sense of humor to name her creation “Hooter Hiders,” which was brilliant too because it quickly told the function of the product, which previously had not been so fashionably conceived. The company, Bébé au Lait, has evolved into a multi-line brand that is equally known for its fashion and function.
Scratches and scrapes are part of an active child’s life, so when they happen, parents can be ready to soothe them with Ouchies, latex-free bandages in a playful range of styles. For young ladies who are bound to stub a tiny toe, show your customers the 4Girlz offering, packed in a charming, show-offable tin box. These bandages come in twenty spiffy designs, four each of Flower Power, Pink Camouflage with Hearts, “Girls Rule” Tattoo, and Desserts & Doodle. Customers shopping for girls will also be delighted to recognize the Olivia bandage design based on the popular book starring everyone’s favorite pig.
Everyone knows that a baby’s soft skin is delicate. Little ones suffer from a number of external irritants that wouldn’t affect adults, because an adult’s outer layer of skin is more developed. While problems like diaper rash are common issues, the increased permeability of baby’s skin also means that more irritants can pass through it. Wouldn’t it be great to provide products that give your customers peace of mind and help little ones stay comfortable? Safe, non-toxic products that protect infants and toddlers, such as the lotions from BabySpa, may just be what the doctor ordered.
Trade Show Executive Magazine has released its “Fastest 50” list, and the 2012 ABC Spring Educational Conference & Trade Show was ranked #42 in attendance growth in North America.
In its fourth year, the specialty retailer conference and trade show was held at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 25 - 27, 2012.
Total attendance for the event was 825, an increase of 11.6% over 2011. Retail store attendance was up 28% at 183, with buyer attendance up 31% at 330. Media attendance was up 84.6%. There were 126 exhibitors and 187 booths.
For many parents, bath time is an aspect of baby care that sparks a bit of apprehension. Handling a wiggly infant is challenging enough when he’s clothed and dry; a soapy, bare baby can be a challenge for the new mom or dad. The CuddleCloth is a unique product that helps take the worry out of bathing baby. This large, soft receiving blanket/bath towel makes it easy for a caregiver to quickly and easily transfer a baby from the tub to the changing table or other surface without slipping or dripping, making bath time a more fun, pleasant experience for baby and adult alike.
As retailers, it’s hard to ignore the green revolution. More young families are demanding natural, organic or sulfate-free products. Nowhere has “clean and green” been more in demand than in cleaning products. New parents need the strongest stuff on the market to clean up the messes, but want those products to be safe and gentle as well. It isn’t easy for retailers to wade through the growing waters of products marked “natural” or “organic,” so we’ve helped out a bit and feature a few favorite brands: BuggyLOVE, Better Life,Dapple and Fresh Wave.
For many customers, God is present in all aspects of their daily lives, making them appreciate visual reminders of God’s goodness. Retailers can tap into the spiritual needs of customers by offering brands that inspire, with a lively spirit of practicality and fun. Dedicating and reflecting a family’s faith on baby’s clothes and other items is a way parents celebrate and give witness to their beliefs. Products from LittleDisciples, Wee Believers, Band Angels and Dicksons, Inc., proclaim a Christian message.