The One World Doll Project has targeted one of the biggest trends to hit the children’s industry: multicultural dolls and products that reflect real family values. The Prettie Girls! are all about celebrating the wonder and inspiration of every nation. Five, 11.5” dolls offer a multicultural and positive message that parents around the world can appreciate. The Prettie Girls’ appeal to young girls is obvious: they are fresh, fashionable, and truly different with a hip, positive attitude. These dolls have a genuine pull on the increasing number of families that not only want to promote an understanding of other cultures, but also instill this value in their own children.
European styling and a deep understanding of comfort merge to form some of the finest baby furniture and products in the world. These virtues are the hallmarks of BabyHome, the Barcelona-based, family-friendly company that has been wowing a global audience since 2005. With numerous awards and nominations, BabyHome has been confirmed as one of the premier suppliers of quality nursery items that have become a customer “want”.
There are magnets just about everywhere in our world, from cabinet latches to cars, computers, can openers and more. They’ve also enjoyed a stint of popularity in bracelets that allegedly relieve minor aches and pains. Now, magnets are being put to another practical use – baby and children’s clothing. Anyone who has ever struggled to line up the snaps an infant’s one-piece sleeper will appreciate the sheer simplicity that magnetic closures can bring. Considering the success of MagnaMini and Magnificent Baby, you can’t help but wonder whether magnets will be the paradigm, and if buttons and snaps will some day be nothing but decorative flourishes.
Today, many schools and daycare establishments take advantage of the energy-burning and motor-skill-building benefits of tricycles and other riding toys for young children. Europeans especially have promoted wheeled riding toys as good for kids’ physical education, and schools there often invest in high-quality tricycles that are made to be safe and durable enough to stand up to the demands of the playground. If you ever visit Denmark, you’re likely to see school children riding on Winther trikes. Winther has been a respected Danish company for nearly 8 decades, and is still on the cutting edge of trike and cycle design.
Moving a baby from a bottle to a cup is a big milestone… it’s also a messy one! As children learn to swig with a sippy, parents learn which carpet cleaner works best for the inevitable stains that results from loose caps and hard throws. Then once the sippy cup is mastered, parents have to take on the Herculean task of teaching their rugrats how to drink from a real cup. Kiddos can now drink with the big gulps thanks to the Reflo Smart Cup.
It doesn’t take a professor to figure out that busy families can always use an extra hand. But it wouldn’t hurt to have a former professor with kids figure out a way to help out. “The first time I took my new baby into a public restroom and couldn’t find a convenient way to hang my diaper bag near the changing table, I knew I had to develop a hook that could help every parent and caregiver…” explained Lulabop founder, Mina Yoo. Yoo’s gift to families is the LulaBiner: a two-ended carabiner. It sports two functional hooks to allow for hands-off peace of mind.
“My 1-year-old and 3-year-old have a splashing good time in the bath, and I used to feel like we were in the ‘soaker section’ at the Shamu show.” While SeaWorld sells special towels to spectators in the “soaker section”, there has never been a fool-proof solution for parents trying to get a wet child out of the bathtub. For little ones, the prospect of bath time can either be a struggle or a chance to splash a tubful of water across the bathroom. After years of frustrating bath exits with her daughter, Amanda M. West came up with a perfect remedy. By combining the best parts of a towel and an apron, the Kozybaby was invented.
In the first few months with a newborn, parents are generally in a constant state of blurry exhaustion. Yet, somehow through the fuzzy haze of sleeplessness, joy and fear, parents need to track what goes in and out of baby with some frequency. And few things are as fraught as monitoring milk consumption. As days and nights run together, it’s not always easy to recall exactly when that bottle in the fridge was created, and methods like markers and post-its just don’t cut it for accuracy. That’s why there is a need forEepples MilkCharms!
New parents no longer have to listen to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” for the zillionth time, since they can instead enjoy lullaby arrangements by today’s top artists. Designed to soothe little ones while enhancing the enjoyment of music for all ages, Baby Blanket Music features sounds babies enjoy, including vibraphones and music boxes paired with classical instruments such as strings, woodwinds, pianos, harps and soft percussion. The gentle tones are calming and make for easy listening for both tots and adults. Baby Blanket Music is a sound way for parents, grandparents and caregivers to share music with a child.
Children’s books need to have engaging characters, an interesting problem… and the ability to wrap everything up in about 30 pages. Author Boots Hensel, a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, really knows how to weave an enchanting tale. Johari’s Joy will delight children and bring parents back for more. The story focuses on the loneliness of two very different creatures — a black rhino and a pig — and on the universal needs for understanding, friendship, and belonging. It touches on the awareness of each creature as an individual with hopes and dreams.
Natural, organic health and beauty products for kids have gone from a trendy alternative to a staple of the personal care industry. Go into any pharmacy and you’ll likely see a collection of shampoos, conditioners, skin lotions, and more, all touted as having “natural ingredients”. But how often are these products as natural as they claim? A closer look may show that the purity of ingredients in children’s personal care products can vary widely. Dolphin Organics wants to set itself apart from the crowd by being upfront about the ingredients in its products.
When it comes to Christmas holiday books for children, it can seem as though every storyline has been thoroughly explored and that there is nothing new under the tree. It’s a challenge for an author to color outside the lines in order to produce an original story, while at the same time drawing from meaningful elements of traditional Christmas tales. A Christmas Holiday with the Clauses by Cheryl Kelley is a modern take on a holiday fantasy adventure. In it, a young boy goes on an out-of-this-world adventure to the North Pole and finds out that there’s a thin line between reality and imagination.