By Laura Vaillancourt - Friday, September 26th 2014
A few years ago, Majorie Labrèque Lepage was asked to sew a stuffed toy for a friend’s new arrival. At once, she received copious praise from everyone for her furry creation. She soon realized the joy she felt for creating these unique creatures. As a daughter of an entrepreneur, she could not help but start her own business –– Velvet Moustache. The brand has a number of lines, including cushions, soft toys and fashion. The cushions are square-shaped animal and people-like characters with wide eyes and over-sized ears. Their furry fabric makes them a great accessory for beds and playrooms.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Thursday, September 25th 2014
School is back in session and some of that summer brain drain is showing up in full force. As kids struggle to adjust to new schedules and schools, your store can help bring them back to basics with NumbersAlive! After more than 30 years of working with and teaching about numbers, Dr. Rebecca Klemm founded NumbersAlive!, an innovative framework for demystifying numbers and math. Presented as fun and friendly characters rather than complicated facts and figures, numbers come alive outside of math in areas like art, science, architecture, sports, nature, culture, and folklore.
By The Giggle Guide - Wednesday, September 24th 2014
Frazzled, overloaded, and out of breath. You’ve either seen or been this type of traveler at the airport, trying to carry a stroller, luggage, car seat, plus a child across a crowded airport to catch a flight. End the chaos with a Phoondi Car Seat Trolley. Put everything onto it, securely — yes even a child can safely ride on it too. Now getting to the next terminal will actually be an enjoyable experience for everyone. This is a must-have product for traveling families, especially around the holiday and vacation seasons. It will revolutionize how people travel with children.
There are plenty of occasions when parents are in the market for good quality dress wear for their sons, but it isn’t always very easy to find. Most stores are awash in pretty dresses and accessories for girls through all seasons, but many of them have a relatively meager selection of dress shirts, vests and slacks for boys. Even when these items can be found, they’re often the same old same old, without many interesting touches to make them stand out from the crowd. Andy & Evan, Tailor Vintage, Dsquared2 Kids, and Cufflinks, Inc. are all about those defining touches that make an outfit special. These companies have what it takes to make boys into instant gentlemen.
There’s a new way to look at diaper bags. Up to now, no company had delved into the world of microbes (aka icky germs) or anti-stick coatings, but that’s changed due to this dynamic duo of new licensed diaper bags: Ju-Ju-Be has begun a collaboration with Hello Kitty, the iconic brand everyone adores. The new Kitty collection features signature diaper bag designs in a range of shapes with –– retailers take note –– a custom print; bow zipper pulls; and super-cute, functional hidden surprises such as embroidery details inside each bag. Invite shoppers to peer inside the bag to get a look at the “hidden” three apples, a nod to Hello Kitty who herself is three apples tall and weighs five apples.
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 Laura Vaillancourt - Friday, September 19th 2014
After traveling the world attending toy fairs, Michael Sellinger noticed there were no contemporarily designed, open-ended toys in the U.S. market. So, he created Sound of Fun to “correct the situation.” Sound of Fun offers two lines: the Kiddimoto — a wooden balance bike, and the Roomii — a ride-on toy chest. Both Kiddimoto and Roomii are awarding-winning English brands that represent the best in UK design, while meeting all American and European standards.
Playtime NY took place August 2-4, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Each year the show has a unique theme that influences the décor and ties the various displays together. This time the theme was Luna Park, in honor of the famed Coney Island theme park destination. As a nice break from work-related activities, all Playtime participants got their pictures taken in a fun photo-shoot featuring backgrounds by the graphic design firm Colorium. Among the smiling faces were representatives from Be Lucky Kids, Two and Two Kids, poème & poésie, and Luna & Stella.
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 Stephanie Hanlon - Tuesday, September 16th 2014
Fall sports are in full swing and parents are often rushing to feed their kids on the go. They may be able to deal with football fumbles better than the kids’ big spills. The Spill Spoiler is available to help. This robust but easy to use cap screws on to almost anything, including baby bottles and nutrition drinks. With Spill Spoiler caps, parents can be sure the nutrition gets into the child and doesn’t end up on the floor or backseat. The Spill Spoiler Sports fits single-serving bottles of sports drinks, including Gatorade and Vitamin Water. Spill Spoiler caps also fit on protein drinks for kids who need a boost or to make it from soccer practice to dinner.
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.
Anyone who has been involved in a bambino eating session knows that it can be incredibly frustrating as food flies and tempers — both child and adult — are lost. To smooth the mealtime process, show your customers a brand-new product that keeps little ones engaged at the table while encouraging healthier eating habits. The secret is the Munch-Mates Meal Set by Modern-twist: a three-piece bowl, lid and toddler-sized tumbler cup that fits perfectly into those little hands.