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.
Budding entrepreneurs and the grown-ups who help nurture hands-on business skills will make a “shark” frenzy about these activity kits from Bizainy. Not strictly toys, these creative kits offer a way for kids to learn useful life experiences about business and money management. The three activity kits include projects for hands-on learning-as-fun, including DIY banners, books, decorate-your-own money boxes, stickers, sales pads, postcards and more.
Moms who have really done their homework know that one of the most important things they can do for their child’s development is breastfeed if they are able, and then start the child on a high-quality diet with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. This dietary transition can be a tough. Many commercially-made baby foods are not organic, thus running the risk of exposing a child to pesticides, or contain additives. That is why many mothers make their own baby foods at home, and Ruth Yaron’s book, Super Baby Food, gives great guidance on making baby purees and on what and when to feed babies to keep them healthy and support their growth.
Toys don’t always have to be large, noisy, expensive or digital. Some of the most entertaining options are right at your fingertips… in this case, quite literally. With Finger Puppets Inc., this notion is all too true. Kids will love the creative designs of these unique Peruvian puppets. Parents will appreciate teaching their kids about different places around the world and enhancing their social skills. Crafted in the high plains of Peru by local families, these puppets are a tribute to the ancient ways of entertainment. Lessons can be learned and remembered through fun stories.
America is such a diverse country with so many points of view and traditions to draw on, it’s almost impossible to pin down one look and label it “American Style”. While we don’t have one standard look, we do have a set of ideals we’re known for, and these can be seen in the products we wear and use. Our love for wide open spaces is apparent in western wear like you’ll find at Cuddlestar. Our innovation is seen in the “Why didn’t I think of that?” simplicity of the The Little Lasso. Our respect for the innocence and beauty of childhood shines through in fashions from companies like Malley & Co. and A Little Annafaith.
In today’s world, many daily interactions are quick-paced and short-lived. As electronics and screen time take over lives, occasionally kids forget the most basic, natural part of childhood: play. Germany takes us back to the basics with wonderful, traditional toys that rely on brains, not batteries. HABA has branched out from its classic wooden toys to create modern versions with heirloom quality. sigikid takes its cue from children’s need for cuddling, and creates developmentally appropriate toys. Ravensburger produces puzzles that will forever change how people think of putting pieces together. Hape Toys focuses on wood toys made from natural materials.
If you have moms coming into your store who want a comfortable product for both them and their baby while on the go –– and are also concerned about environmentally-friendly living which will leave baby with a clean, green planet, you will definitely want to invest in Poncho Baby products. This line of baby products offers mom and baby both comfort and convenience, with a focus on sustainability. Not surprisingly, since baby needs a clean, safe place to play or just relax while out and about, the Roly Blanket is one of Poncho Baby’s more popular products.
Studies show that children who are exposed to multiple cultures and languages while growing up tend to be more successful and creative adults. This was definitely true for Yaiza and Isabel Ambruster, a pair of sisters whose unique multicultural upbringing inspired them to launch their own children’s clothing collection, Little Lelia. The collection is designed in New York, made in Germany, and draws from the rich textile traditions of Latin America, showcasing vivid patterns in block-print style as well as other pattern types. Moons, butterflies, and polka dots are present, but not in same graphic artistic style usually found on children’s clothing.
There are plastic baby bottles, there are glass baby bottles, then there’s 5 Phases. These unique bottles combine the classic benefits of glass bottles with the safety and durability of BPA-free plastic. 5 Phases’ innovative feeding system includes a glass bottle that nestles inside a protective cover. 5 Phases is a baby bottle company founded on the Eastern principle that life is divided into 5 stages, each with its own unique joys and challenges.
The Sili Squeeze™ is the original reusable squeeze pouch with both a spill-proof and free flowing spout. Perfect for all your homemade baby food and smoothie recipes, healthful purees, and those ready made favorites like yogurt and applesauce.
Last month’s ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas was the fourth largest event in the show’s history. Total attendance was 12,462, including 5,339 retail buyers. Retailers from 65 different countries participated, with a total of 969 manufacturers exhibiting. Exhibitors and retailers all gave the show high marks and they and the ABC Kids Expo team look forward to the ABC Spring Conference and Trade Show to be held April 30 through May 1, 2015, at the Rio Hotel & Suites, Las Vegas. Among the exhibitors that interested The Giggle Guide® were Spbang, Creepy Crawlers, Cozy Cocoon and Andy & Evan.
Experts agree that babies should sleep on their backs for the first several months of life in order to reduce the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). While back sleeping helps prevent a major danger it can sometimes lead to or exacerbate a lesser-known but significant problem. Some infants suffer from what is commonly called Flat Head Syndrome. Enter the Tortle Head Repositioning Beanie, a unique type of head-wear that’s made specifically to counteract Flat Head Syndrome and other minor to moderate head positioning problems in infants.