Toy Fair -
New York City, New York (2/14/15 - 2/17/15)
Valentine’s Day is all about love, and when you’re a kid, there are few things you love more than your toys. Considering this, it makes sense that that the 2015 New York Toy Fair kicked off its opening day on February 14 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Toy Fair brings together hundreds of exhibitors from far and wide. The whopping 422,000 net square feet of exhibition space was divided into convenient product zones, making it easy for visitors to find the types of products and companies they were looking for. Manhattan Toy, Lil’ Orphan Nannies, Le Toy Van and OgoSport all felt the love in their respective product zones.
It’s almost spring break, which leads to summer road trips. Despite what it looks like outside, in most of the U.S., we’ll all be on the road soon. And that means trying to offer the best in road trip entertainment. Parents will love you for offering something small, super portable, and with zero noise. Offer them a mini respite from the beeps of modern life with MiniLou. A children’s product company dedicated to bringing creative and portable products to families, MiniLou offers illustrated coloring books, paper pals and bookmarks for trips both short and long.
While most companies are now making the switch to more eco-friendly products, Babysoy has been environmentally conscious since its inception. Their entire newborn clothing line is made from soybean pulp, adding very minimal impact to the environment when processed. The fabric that’s produced is incredibly soft, breathable, and completely free of chemicals. This isn’t your average all-natural clothing line; it’s the ultimate in sustainable living.
It can be difficult to sell a line of plain baby carriers, but thanks to Cuddleroo, it doesn’t matter what the carriers look like. These adorable animal-themed covers are the perfect way for one to stand out among the rest. They work with most soft structured carriers (ones worn as a backpack or on the chest), and help protect baby from the elements too. Great as gifts for parties, baby showers, or themed events. There are plenty of options to choose from; your store could offer the whole zoo!
By Stephanie Hanlon - Thursday, February 19th 2015
London street fashion has been making its way across the world in magazines and runways, and now little dudes can dress in edgy duds no matter what side of the pond they live on with Duke of London. Since launching in 2012 as the dream of an Australian mother who simply loved dressing her boys, the edgy brand has filled a gap in the fashion market. Unique designs by Kiri Proctor are uber cool comfort clothing for boys aged 6 months to 6 years. Duke of London is named after Kiri’s boys, London, 3 and Duke, 2. The style is revolutionary and radical, which is proving right on trend for the fashion forward mothers.
By Hannah Driscoll - Wednesday, February 18th 2015
While a lot of toys are used to simply keep babies distracted, Tiny Love offers products that support a child’s growth and development. Mobiles, gyms, and carriers are all made with the thought of how to make these first years a great beginning in a child’s life. These products are more than just a baby item, they stimulate an engaging and interactive experience. Multiple awards in best innovation and development show how instrumental parents will view Tiny Love products as educational choices for their babies.
The gold standard in toys for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, European-based HABA USA celebrates its 35th year in North America – and the 10th anniversary of smash hit, award-winning, preschool stacking game Animal Upon Animal – with the release of dozens of brand new toys and games designed to delight a whole new generation of children. With hundreds of products spanning dozens of categories, HABA USA is the high-quality, high-design choice for millions of parents around the world. In addition to products manufactured in the German headquarters, HABA USA also distributes several innovative, European brands throughout the North American market.
Thames & Kosmos continues to lead the charge in energizing young minds with a passion for STEM-related subjects. The award-winning company is set to release 26 new science kits including the Kids First Series, which introduces science to children as young as three, and a new collection of space-theme kits, which captures the spirit of the latest efforts from around the world to pursue space travel and exploration. In addition, the company will announce its expansion into the board game category starting with a carefully curated series of six, high-quality, German-style board games from the internationally renowned publishing powerhouse, Kosmos.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Friday, February 13th 2015
ZipIt is the brainchild of Israeli Industrial Design student Ishay Halmut. The products range from pencil cases to backpacks to women’s bags. Each bag is unique, playful and practical. ZipIt aims to ignite creativity and inspire its customers to think differently in order to unlock their potential. These products are for the young, and young at heart, who want to enjoy clever design at accessible prices.
KIDShow Las Vegas kicks off on President’s Day, Monday February 16th this year at Bally’s. The three-day event expects to host more new and first-time KIDShow exhibitors than ever before. Show Manager Denise Raeside says, “We are very excited to report that our exhibitor list has grown to over 60 new brands and first-time exhibitors and multi-line rep showrooms, in addition to many loyal brands that have supported our show from the beginning.” KIDShow is known for its welcoming atmosphere, excellent buyer and exhibitor relationships, and range of quality exhibitors with something for every retailer’s price point from mid-tier to high-end.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Wednesday, February 11th 2015
The age-old adage about teaching man to fish holds universally true, and never more so than at Haiti Babi. Many of the 500,000 children in Haitian orphanages are put there by parents who simply cannot afford to provide for them. Haiti Babi was created with the crucial mission to keep kids with their parents. What does it take to keep kids out of orphanages and with their parents? It sounds so simple: get parents work. Putting moms to work is just one of Haiti Babi’s missions. A job empowers these moms to earn a living while caring for their families. Haiti Babi hires moms in Haiti to knit and crochet high-quality artisan baby goods.
There are a great many kids who feel lonely and think they don’t fit in. Let’s face it, children like to be just like those around them and often don’t have the skills to understand and appreciate what makes them unique and special. In the book A Different Kind of Safari, by Helen C. Hipp, the story is inspired by a real African safari that the author took with her 14-year-old special needs son, Ray. On the trip, Ray spotted a hippo gone solo, standing apart from the herd. This particular hippo was not only alone, she was pink. Ray asked the guide why the hippo was a loner — the answer inspired the book.