There’s something about European kids’ fashion sense that makes them extra cute. The boys look put together while they play with friends, as if they were born chic. Italy especially sets the bar high by blending style and function with children’s wear that goes from playground fun to dinner with the family seamlessly, and Ciao Marco Classico Italian style is no exception. This clothing line, inspired by the designer’s family trip to Italy, shows how boys can look put together without being uncomfortable. Boys will want to wear the fun, bright prints while parents will love the refined style.
Road trips are hard enough, with all the packing and planning and getting the kids into the car. The last thing any parent wants to fiddle with is the floppy seat belt buckle. Let’s face it –– backseat buckles are a burden! They move around, get stuck in seat pockets and get wedged under bulky boosters. Parents no longer need to be Olympic gymnasts to get kids in the car. A mom of three, Meghan Khaitan designed MyBuckleMate to lock into place around a car’s backseat buckle bases to keep them firmly propped up. With this product, reaching and putting the seat belt on with one hand is a snap!
It wasn’t too long ago when children’s television and family sitcoms were full of teachable moments. Nearly every episode featured the characters encountering a situation that required them to make a moral or ethical decision of some kind. Soon, those lessons cloaked in humor faded out and “very special episodes” became a trope associated with the past. The new generations of kids were thought to be too savvy to be preached to; they wanted sarcasm, attitude, and chaotic comedy. But is that what kids really need? The Principles of Our World is a book series designed to help children develop a strong sense of character and ethics.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Thursday, November 20th 2014
Be prepared to sweetly surrender to Sweet Bamboo. Forget everything you once thought true about eco-friendly –– the boring beige, the thick inflexible fabric, the utter blah of the whole thing. Designer Wendy Besio created Sweet Bamboo to add luscious luxury to ecological friendliness. With the holidays quickly approaching, customers will flip for the soft fabrics of Sweet Bamboo. Before or after wee ones leave the womb, the Newborn Essentials collection will wow. The perfect going-home outfit, the Receiving Gown is a limited edition garment made with super soft antimicrobial bamboo.
As long as there are little girls there will be dolls for their enjoyment. For the ultimate in handcrafted beauties that work as collectables, keepsakes or just treasured toys, show off the ultimate in high-end dolls from Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane. Everything about these dolls says luxury, starting with the Certificate of Authenticity that accompanies every one of these petite charmers and continuing with exquisite attire. Dolls from Miss Kiki are all handmade, embroidered with care and love by a small team of artisans and filled with sustainable corn fiber.
It’s not easy for babies to adjust to the bright lights, loud sounds and new smells of the outside world after having lived for 9 months in the warmth and safety of the womb. Swaddling can work wonders to keep a baby relaxed and happy. It allows babies to sleep securely on their backs, protects them from scratching their faces, and helps reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by eliminating the need for loose blankets. SwaddleDesigns, Cuski, Kyte Baby and HALO Innovations all produce excellent products that make swaddling easier, safer and more stylish.
Beautiful fabric, internationally inspired design, and eco-friendly clothing create the perfect blend of quality children’s clothing. Paper Cloudz is the model place for retailers to stock their shelves year-round with products that have a positive impact on consumers. Lively prints and durable, soft fabrics help children forget about their wardrobe and focus on being a kid. All materials and processes are chosen for less global impact, from the cotton and bamboo plants to the final product. Every sale earns a donation to a charity for causes in need of funding, making Paper Cloudz a leader in globally-aware fashion.
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.
There are busy moms and there are even busier ones –– those who have more than one child. On behalf of these women, here is a line of children’s clothes specifically created to make life easier. When you point this out to your customers, you’ll see shoulders drop and deep inhalations of relief. That’s the signal to unveil charmers from Peanut Buttons. Gentle pricing and durability are hallmarks of this company that recognizes that kids keep growing. Bright designs, spirited colors and the ability to stand up to whatever comes their way make clothes from Peanut Buttons a great choice for today’s shoppers.
Finding an inviting place to get away from it all can be as close as one’s back yard – if that back yard comes equipped with hammocks where you can read and relax. La Siesta not only provides this luxury for adults, but has a line for children and babies as well. These quality products are sustainably made with only the finest materials. Hammocks for children may be just the unusual, novelty item your customers would love to see in your store.
6 Snow Day Safety Tips
When you’re young, there’s nothing better than a snow day. Not only do they get to experience fun new activities like building snowmen, snowball fights and sledding, but their usual games take on a whole new element (tag in the snow is a lot different!). Like all things, however, we have to consider safety. Here are some snow day safety tips to keep in mind.
1. Sled Down Well-Used Hills
By Stephanie Hanlon - Wednesday, November 5th 2014
If children are our future, then focus needs to extend beyond just what they eat to what they use to eat it. Get past the plastic with alternative eco-friendly materials like stainless steel, bamboo and chemical-free plastic substitutes. Dining out or dining in, The Giggle Guide® recommends these environmentally-safe products that are portable, safe and stylish: ZoLi, Innobaby, ANYWhere by Untangled Living, and Bambooware by Bamboo Studio.