Shouts can be sounds of praise or anger. In this edition of “High Five,” picture me standing on my invisible soapbox. High Fives to good work, and fewer digits for retailers’ endless sales. Plus a raised fist for those that don’t consider promotion as important as the light bill. What makes your “High Five” list?
When it comes to creative and imaginative toys, Hape is producing miles of smiles! There is nothing Hape loves better than to watch children laughing, sharing, and enjoying the toys they have created. Products range from educational puzzles and mazes to a complete line of eco-friendly doll houses and furnishings. All Hape toys are created with a child’s development in mind. Each toy is constructed of eco-friendly, high quality materials so that children can be children and play with their toys for years to come, and then hand them down to younger children to enjoy.
When a couple finds out that they are expecting twins, their life instantly changes. Looking at those two precious dots on the sonogram screen, initial shock turns to joy, then eventually the realization sets in that the early months of feeding and diapering are going to be extra, extra challenging. Raising twins (and other multiples) takes plenty of patience, helping hands from friends and family, and innovative baby products that make life a little easier. Products by Stroll-Air, TP Toys, TwinTrexx and Toddler Tables are a few such retail recommendations. Check them out on the double!
Beginning June 1st and running through July 3rd, pediped® footwear will host its Purchases with Purpose fundraiser to benefit children’s charities. During this period, select styles of pediped® shoes will be marked down as much as 50 percent on pediped.com. Half of the dollars from this sale will be earmarked to The pediped foundation™, which in turn donates 100 percent of the proceeds directly to children’s charities including the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Henderson, NV (May 2011) — pediped® footwear, one of the leading children’s footwear companies, has always had the mission of giving back. pediped® will continue that tradition this Memorial Day by honoring military families with a “Buy a Pair to Give a Pair” event to benefit Operation Homefront.
David Holdridge is the kind of child who thinks about the needs of others. In 2008, when he was just seven years old, he thought up a way to bring his little sister more joy. He knew she loved her soft, fuzzy blanket, and her favorite stuffed lovey. He thought that if he could combine the two, it would surely bring a smile to her face. With the help of his mom Emily, David was able to make his vision a reality, and Happy Blankie was born! Happy Blankies are blankets that kids want to cuddle with at first sight. These cozy covers come in a variety of styles, each featuring an adorable, wide-smiling creature.
Cradles, cribs, bassinets…and a basket floating down the Nile? Well, not quite, but the Little Merry Fellows Baby Moses Basket has everything except baby Moses! This gorgeous basket is a must-buy for those who want to pamper their newborn with the softest, snuggliest spot in the house. Little Merry Fellows strives to cater to not just the needs of the market, but to the individuals within. With comfortable organic blankets, stuffed toys and baskets, Little Merry Fellows helps build a world where babies and children can be both cozy and inspired to eat, drink, think, learn and be… merry!
Produced four times a year, the ENK International Children’s Club in NYC in early March was a great success and positive spirits ran high. Both Stanley Kaye, Show Director for the Children’s Club, and Elyse Kroll, chairwoman and founder of ENK International, took it as a sign that the market is “bouncing back.” Floor traffic was steady and the variety of sellers both nationally and globally offered a lot to consider. March’s event included a runway fashion show sponsored by Vogue Bambini, with the models sporting back-to-school trends. The show introduced many newer players including: Malibu Sugar, Babysoy, Knitoes & Co., and Tuff Cookie.
The 2011 Fall buying season has arrived, and retailers hoping to make the grade are diligently studying the selection of back-to-school necessities for boys. Even the most tenured retailer will tell you that the choices can be overwhelming! Thankfully, The Giggle Guide® is an open book on A+ buys for the little guys on campus. From the latest lunch gear and book bags to hip and happenin’ clothes, our curriculum highlights first-rate finds that pass both parents’ and kids’ criteria with flying colors! So sharpen your No. 2 pencil and take note of these exemplary products from Kids Konserve, Beatrix, Knuckleheads, and Wonderboy.
They have been immortalized in marble, regaled in poetry, noted in song, and celebrated with commemorative days. They have been reflected in the adoring faces of little children, had their names tattooed on their sons’ arms and their figures captured in crayon on their daughters’ refrigerator art. In whatever language — madre, muti, moeder, mère, mãe — they are mothers! Recently, www.Babble.com chose the “Top 50 Mompreneurs of 2011” to honor for their entrepreneurial spirit and prowess. Among the distinguished honorees are Kelly Meyer Douglas of Itzy Ritzy, Jenny Ford of Monkey-Toes, Julie Aigner-Clark of Baby Einstein, and Aileen Chen of Belly Armor. Congratulations!
For youngsters, nothing’s more exciting than a sleepover with their best friends. Pajama parties are a timeless tradition, and sleepover supplies are always in demand, so why not revitalize tired sales with some up-to-the-minute slumber party products? The Giggle Guide® is here to help with some super stocking suggestions! For little ones longing for the hippest, coziest pajamas, New Jammies are a dream come true. Imaginations run wild with fun craft activities by Janlynn. Mint sports posh backpacks, duffel bags, and travel pillows for the night away from home, and kids will want to pack some classic clothing from Olive Juice for playtime the next morning.