It’s time for another crop of products proudly made in the U.S.A. Innovation has long been the benchmark of American products. Many American companies have designed products that put them ahead of the times, ensuring that their goods will impress prospective customers and securing their place in the business world. This fact is no less true for companies that produce products made for babies and children. Logan and Lenora, bZipt, theMINIclassy and Sweet Cottontail are all bringing something fresh and new to the world of children’s products.
Crawling is a milestone for any busy baby and it takes many forms… the army crawl, three-legged dog, slither. No matter the method, it’s a full-body experience and most learners have the bumps, bruises and rug burns to prove it. Thanks to Crawling Forward 123, crawling can now be a cushy experience for both parents and babies. Exclusively designed for a baby’s crawling stage, the Crawling Forward 123 accessory is worn on top of baby’s everyday outfit, protecting the front from the floor and supporting the knees with inside padding.
Footwear can be pricey for families with children, especially those on a budget. Kids grow out of shoes so quickly, it can be tempting to go to a local discount store and pick up the least expensive pair, hoping that they don’t wear out before the child moves up to the next size. But the selection at many large chain stores can be surprisingly small and not always what the parents are looking for. Luckily, shoes don’t have to be expensive to be cute and stylish. Itzy Bitzy carries a great selection of trendy kid’s shoes that won’t hurt the family budget.
All ages are crazy about electronic devices and here is a new way to show them some love. The creators of Bubble Buttons are back with the next round of fun and quirky tech accessories that dress up and personalize virtually any device. Bubble Buttons are stickers that fit right on the home button, offered as six packs with cute designs like the animal group that includes an owl, penguin, angry love bird, ladybug, panda and goldfish peering out of his bowl. Kids love to trade and stick Tech Tattz on iPads, iPods and iPhones to give them personality. Retailers should note that they also make original small gifts and ideal party favors.
At every stage, finding the right furniture, bedding, and accessories is important, not just for aesthetic purposes but to create a sense of security and happiness. Children will end up spending lots of time in their bedroom (even more for those who get grounded frequently!) so décor and atmosphere count for a lot. Help your customers create the bedroom of their dreams with stylish furniture and décor from Lil Dreamer, Pine Creek Bedding, Muniré Furniture, and 3 Sprouts.
Take a pinch of magic, wish hard and get transported to a far away land where children stay young forever. That is the spirit behind a book that is a sure-fire fave designed to win the hearts of kids, especially girls aged six to ten. The Never Girls: A Pinch of Magic is the seventh entry and newest in the blockbuster series by writer Kiki Thorpe who has already rocked the pre-teen world with the earlier Never Girls books including The Space Between, A Dandelion Wish and The Space Beyond. Thorpe sets the stage for wishing, dreaming and, most of all, reading — an activity parents are beyond thrilled to have their daughters pursue.
Tied-up T-shirts have gone through several phases of popularity, from 1950’s California beach girls to 1980’s pop stars and beyond. From a practical standpoint, it’s a means of keeping an oversized shirt from getting in the way of movement, but it’s also a cute, flirty fashion choice that complements a number of looks. For years, rubber bands have been the T-shirt tie of choice, but now there’s T-Shirt Tails.
After spending over 35 years inspiring and encouraging youth as a teacher, Belinda Daise felt it was time to solidify her mark. She recognized that there were common factors that often prevented students from having a successful social and emotional experience: peers and self-perception. With a love for children and fashion, she created B Ukneeque. The clothing and accessories line is for girls aged 3 to teens. Products range from shirts to accessory kits to iPad covers. Their very popular accessory kit includes a belt, a “BU” buckle, a bow, and socks; all packaged together making it the perfect gift.
Even though it’s worn under clothes and rarely seen in public, underwear has become quite the fashion item. A time traveler from Victorian times would likely be horrified by the way we freely talk about and advertise undergarments, but it’s no shame at all for companies that manufacture these necessities. Houston-Based Fun Boxers lives up to its name by making fun, hip undergarments for men, women and children. Whether they’re for little kids just learning how to dress themselves or older tweens with picky tastes, these comfy, colorful and trendy garments are designed to look and feel great.
Just Bones began when Mompreneur Jennifer Weisman was unable to find bathing trunks for her twin sons. Her guys loved the look of boardshorts, but all the available models slipped down their skinny bodies. Weisman took a long look at what was out there and then invented the adjustable waist, concealing it under a small flap held shut by Velcro. Starting with just a few retailers, Weisman hit it big and now Just Bones boardshorts have become a hot item with lots of love flowing their way.
Many families with children understand the struggles of raising a picky eater. Some younger kids may only be interested in one or two dishes, while others will only eat food of specific colors or shapes. In older children, pickiness tends to be more about resistance to change, leading to an unwillingness to try unfamiliar foods. Parents of a picky eater generally want to fix the situation, but find that forcing the issue with threats and punishments is no use; they either have to wait it out or inspire the child to make a change using fun, interactive methods. The latter option is the premise of Joanne Oppenheim’s The Prince’s Breakfast.
Loud, proud, funky and fun –– Hootkid gives off great energy with a spectacular line of edgy streetwear and accessories for kids. Founded in 2011 by savvy Melbourne-based business woman Caroline Marvelli, these handcrafted clothes have been winning wows from buyers. Shoppers looking to dress mini fashion-setters, urban cowboys, little princesses, budding musicians or experimentalists will find the perfect item from this bold and comfortable collection that offers clothes for hanging at home, for action-filled days of play and everywhere in between.