Today’s parents are determined to protect their children from harmful chemicals, and raising their little ones to take care of Planet Earth is also a priority. Organic children’s clothing is growing in popularity, but consumers are often disappointed by bland color choices, scratchy textures and ordinary designs. The Origany brand has overcome these objections as it satisfies aesthetic sensibilities and strives to provide “Clothing Made Organic by Nature™.”
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.
Playtime New York, the international trade show dedicated to universes of children, junior and maternity, is planning an array of special exhibits and activities for its second show, March 5 – 7, 2011, at SoHo’s 82 Mercer (82 Mercer Street between Spring and Broome Streets).
Among the attractions will be a special Pop-Up Shop, art exhibits, trends space and more, complemented by Playtime’s signature sophisticated yet whimsical ambiance. As a special convenience for visitors, the show will also operate a complimentary shuttle service between 82 Mercer and the Jacob Javits Center.
Animal, vegetable or mineral? Unlike the children’s game, no guessing is involved when products are labeled “certified 100% organic,” manufactured as food, fiber/textile or personal care products to confirm the quality, prevent misrepresentation, and encourage organic commerce. Since 1985, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) has been an advocate and force of change in promoting organic standards for certifying products and instilling consumer confidence. The Giggle Guide® showcases four OTA members to highlight some of the ways their products support the certified 100% organic label: Sckoon Organics, B nature, Pure Blankz, and Fresh Organics.
With gifts being one of the strongest sales category in the children’s business, thousands of gift lines were on display January 12-19 at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. This year marked the 50th anniversary of AmericasMart, the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings and area rug marketplace and trade mart complex. In honor of this golden celebration, The Atlanta gift show hosted retail buyers from around the globe to explore more than 7 million square feet of products over eight days. Among the merchandise featured, The Giggle Guide® chose these standouts to highlight in our post-show review:Mark-My-Time, Scribble Mats, BRELLI, and Zebi Baby.
A good night’s sleep filled with sweet dreams is every parent’s wish for their young one each night. A cozy crib with comfy bedding is the perfect setting for peaceful rest. Yet, as the makers of Nook Sleep Systems know well, not all crib mattresses and bedding are created equal. Through their extensive research, the Nook Design Team found that many infant mattresses are actually made using harsh chemicals which release potentially harmful gasses and toxins. They developed a revolutionary sleep system that would not only provide a good night’s sleep but a healthy one as well.
Decorating a baby’s nursery is a project filled with possibilities that adds to the excitement and anticipation of the child’s arrival. Paint, window treatments and art on the walls are meant to provide babies with an uplifting environment including plenty of colors and images to keep them entertained. However, accidents can happen, and pretty decorations may pose a danger if they are too easily pulled off the wall by an admiring, young art lover. Luckily, there’s a safe and fun alternative to wood and plastic decorations: soft wall décor by Loveable Creations.
The new Urban Smalls and Small Plum catalog is now available to view at www.urbansmalls.com/catalog. Check out best selling Urban Smalls styles in conventional and organic cotton, and the splendidly soft Small Plum line in the viscose of organic bamboo.
The Giggle Guide’s inaugural Spotlight shines on gifts for children. Gift is consistently one of the best-selling categories year-round in the children’s business, as consumers are perpetually in need of baby shower, welcome home, recognition, birthday and holiday presents.