Playing outside in the sun is great, but rainy day fun has a charm all its own. Most kids have fond memories of days spent splashing through puddles, twirling umbrellas, and catching raindrops on their tongues. However, no matter how much fun playing in the puddles may be, the right gear is necessary. Butler Boot was founded to ensure that every puddle hop is a happy one. The company makes bold, bright rain boots that are easy and convenient to wear. Instead of the regular rain boot that’s worn in place of shoes, Butler draws on the design of traditional galoshes that fit over the shoe.
There’s very little funny about some of the cold winter temperatures around the world, but it’s all good in the hood if you have fun with your outwear. Rasta Imposta is the real deal when it comes to costumes and accessories for kids of all ages and their Ha Ha Hoodies are sure to get laughs from even the most embittered winter survivor. These zip-up hoodies are made to be warm and can be used as costumes or just conversation starters throughout the year. Your older customers will smile with nostalgia when they find out Rasta Imposta began over 20 years ago when Robert Berman created the Original Rasta Hat in the 90s.
Parents have all kinds of tricks in their bedtime toolkit. From the perfect lighting – not too dark and not too bright – to the most relaxing rocking rhythms. Sounds also play a large role in getting a baby to go to sleep and stay asleep. There’s no lack of variety these days when it comes to children’s room décor and accessories; there’s something for just about every age group, taste, and budget. Elli & Nooli, Aloka Designs, Jay@Play, and Little Giraffe are among the companies and products that stand out from the crowd for their innovation and quality.
Start a life in Buenos Aires, mix in mucho time spent in Spain and Italy, transport the whole bundle to Brooklyn, NY and what do you get? The stunning creativity of stylist Lula Aldunate, who has turned her life into lulaland, the company for which where she creates bright, imaginative clothes for kids. Aldunate and lulaland are big on vibrant color, timeless patterns and silhouettes that make clothes easy to don and delightful to wear, pleasing factors for both shoppers and children.
On-trend but never off the good-taste chart, baby items from AD Sutton & Sons are proven winners. This fourth generation, family-owned business opened its doors in 1909, maintaining corporate headquarters in the heart of New York City’s fashion district. As time passed, the company began acquiring licenses to produce goods for many companies.
After some sun, who doesn’t want to take a refreshing dip and take in the underwater sights? Those using a traditional snorkel often end up disappointed with foggy goggles they have to continually clear, missing out on time beneath the surface. Out of the fog came a bright idea when Murray W. Scott decided to clear the way for the Snorkelboard. This personal body board is fully equipped with anti-fog goggles built right at the top of the board so riders of all ages can get a wider field of vision with no cloudiness. With bodacious buoyancy and sensational stability, the Snorkelboard is easy to paddle and doesn’t require lessons or advanced skills.
Some kids don’t want to participate in organized sports, they want to live on the edge. And for them there’s a whole world of adventure sports that can be set up right at home. Take for example, slacklining. GIBBON and Slackline Industries pioneered slacklining and continue to offer cutting-edge accessories. Skateboards and swings might seem more familiar to your customers, but classics have been tossed firmly into this century at Flexdex with lighted boards, and at Spring Swings with swings, ziplines and hang bars to encourage creative outdoor play. Help kids get fit in the most fun ways with new outdoor adventures.
Baby monitors have been around for a couple of decades now, and as with most electronic devices, their evolution has been remarkable. Since smart phones became the standard, there have been ways for parents to use them to monitor their baby’s activities, usually by using separate devices that link to the phone. The Smart Baby Monitor by Boston-based company Mimo is one of the best devices of this kind. Its convenience and wide range of options helped make it a fast favorite among moms and dads in 2014.
A nursery often transforms over the baby’s early years as his or her unique tastes and preferences begin to emerge. Parents who had planned for a princess who loves pink may soon find out they have a tomboy who adores baseball, or vice versa. Whatever the case may be, moms and dads usually want to furnish their little ones’ rooms with all the necessities and flourishes that create a safe, attractive and mentally stimulating environment. KidKraft, Design Skin, Funny Friends, and Judith Raye all offer great products to make a room into a child’s personalized cozy kingdom.
For little ones’ snap suits that bring a smile to the face of everyone who sees them, head straight to The Spunky Stork. This New York and Florida-based company uses only the softest organic cotton to produce snap suits for babies and t-shirts for toddlers — basics with the added punch of entertaining designs. For a cooler-than-cool take-to-the hospital gift, display the snap suit with large blanks to fill in baby’s name, birthdate and other pertinent information.
There’s nothing worse than looking into a closet full of clothes only to realize you have nothing to wear. You wouldn’t think babies would have this problem, but unfortunately, not all one-pieces are a perfect fit. American Posh was created to give parents (and babies) more sizing options, with custom adjustable, high-quality bodysuits that fit a wide range of children.
There’s a reason Optari takes its name from the Latin word for “desire.” Your customers will covet all the brightly colored Optari offerings, including customizable bags and accessories and a new line of Spikeletz bracelets, pens, and journals. Founded in 2010, Optari develops products that are fun, colorful and useful. Not sure what to buy? Optari makes it easy with multiple floor display packages. Package 1 is the best place to start with 9 Crossbodies, 8 large Sol Totes, 6 small Sol Totes, 14 packs of Fobbz charms, 8 packs of Mini Fobbz charms, and a 2-sided floor display.