“Time to get clothes out for tomorrow!” It seems like an innocuous phrase, but in homes across the world, it’s really the call to battle. Dawn Farver understands this type of combat only too well: the Indiana mother of four is a veteran of many closet conflicts and has extended a helping hand to desperate families. She founded Girls Looking Cute with a strong desire to promote children’s budding style choices while still allowing for parental guidance. GLC delivers the dream: a life-sized (48” or 56”), laminated wooden doll that is ready for the child to dress in her (or his) own clothes.
The One World Doll Project has targeted one of the biggest trends to hit the children’s industry: multicultural dolls and products that reflect real family values. The Prettie Girls! are all about celebrating the wonder and inspiration of every nation. Five, 11.5” dolls offer a multicultural and positive message that parents around the world can appreciate. The Prettie Girls’ appeal to young girls is obvious: they are fresh, fashionable, and truly different with a hip, positive attitude. These dolls have a genuine pull on the increasing number of families that not only want to promote an understanding of other cultures, but also instill this value in their own children.
Today, many schools and daycare establishments take advantage of the energy-burning and motor-skill-building benefits of tricycles and other riding toys for young children. Europeans especially have promoted wheeled riding toys as good for kids’ physical education, and schools there often invest in high-quality tricycles that are made to be safe and durable enough to stand up to the demands of the playground. If you ever visit Denmark, you’re likely to see school children riding on Winther trikes. Winther has been a respected Danish company for nearly 8 decades, and is still on the cutting edge of trike and cycle design.
New parents no longer have to listen to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” for the zillionth time, since they can instead enjoy lullaby arrangements by today’s top artists. Designed to soothe little ones while enhancing the enjoyment of music for all ages, Baby Blanket Music features sounds babies enjoy, including vibraphones and music boxes paired with classical instruments such as strings, woodwinds, pianos, harps and soft percussion. The gentle tones are calming and make for easy listening for both tots and adults. Baby Blanket Music is a sound way for parents, grandparents and caregivers to share music with a child.
Children’s books need to have engaging characters, an interesting problem… and the ability to wrap everything up in about 30 pages. Author Boots Hensel, a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, really knows how to weave an enchanting tale. Johari’s Joy will delight children and bring parents back for more. The story focuses on the loneliness of two very different creatures — a black rhino and a pig — and on the universal needs for understanding, friendship, and belonging. It touches on the awareness of each creature as an individual with hopes and dreams.
When it comes to Christmas holiday books for children, it can seem as though every storyline has been thoroughly explored and that there is nothing new under the tree. It’s a challenge for an author to color outside the lines in order to produce an original story, while at the same time drawing from meaningful elements of traditional Christmas tales. A Christmas Holiday with the Clauses by Cheryl Kelley is a modern take on a holiday fantasy adventure. In it, a young boy goes on an out-of-this-world adventure to the North Pole and finds out that there’s a thin line between reality and imagination.
Critical Exemption for Manufacturers with Sales Under $1 million and Production Less than 7,500 Units
REMINDER: If you are a registered small batch manufacturer with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for calendar year 2013 and you wish to continue in this status, you must register again for calendar year 2014. By registering, you get relief from certain third-party testing requirements. Registration must be submitted annually. On or about December 1st, 2013, the CPSC will release instructions on how to renew your registration.
Appreciation for American-made products is all around us. As the economy recovers, more entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the benefits of doing business here at home. You can see them at every trade show and market, bringing their innovation and creativity to wholesalers. Retailers are realizing the impact of a “Made in the U.S.A.” stamp. When customers buy American, they can be confident that they’re purchasing a product that is manufactured to high standards in responsibility to the environment, treatment of employees and reliability of delivery. The Giggle Guide® presents another selection of these products, including Raindrops, Tidy Tots Diapers, Pure Play Toys and AXL Brand.
Michael Musolino, CEO of Make Good Choices, and his team are all about helping children develop sound decision-making skills. “We are doing our very best to make this world a better place, one good choice at a time.” This philosophy has opened up doors for the company’s message: its support of fundraising efforts has resulted in a strong relationship between many community organizations and Make Good Choices. The company’s logo has appeared on everything from key chains and wristbands to hoodies and hand sanitizers.
Many parents have at least one memory of their child having a close call or injury. These moments stick with a parent and can make them cringe even decades after it happens. For inventor Jay Conohan, the experience of his son’s fall in the bath tub led to a spark of genius and eventually the creation of his product. Bath and Play is a playard specially designed for the tub. The structure fits directly in the tub itself, transforming it into a little stall where a kid can safely enjoy the bath. It features foam sides and a textured floor that allows children to stand, hold on and move around while in the bath.
Bike riding forms a cornerstone in the memory, not only as a fun way to break free, but also as a rite of passage. Companies that capitalize on that desire understand that they are delivering more than just a bike or accessory; they are fulfilling part of a customer’s dream. KaZAM brings extra sturdy bikes to kids, while Yedoo keeps everyone in the family on wheels with their bikes and scooters. Nite Ize and Bike Brightz help kids kick it up a notch with decorative lights that illuminate the path to warm memories.
Griddly Games creates award-winning party and board games that bring people together while encouraging social interaction, learning, strategy and challenges that everyone can enjoy. Griddly Games was founded in 2007 by a mom from Vancouver, BC, Canada, who wanted to fill the void for quality products that inspired laughter and fun while promoting healthy, active lifestyles. Wise Alec is the multiple award winning, hilarious, family trivia game with a witty twist. Over 1000 questions in history, science and spelling get brains going, while included activities get bodies moving!