Mealtime with kids can sometimes prove to be a challenge. Often more food ends up on the table than in little ones’ bellies! On top of the mess, children tend to get bored sitting and waiting for their parents to finish. Modern-twist has designed an eco-chic solution to mealtime mayhem, while making a trendy statement in any modern home. Modern-twist’s stylish, silicone placemats offer a non-porous, germ-free surface, making clean-up a breeze. Equally appealing are the placemats’ cool graphics, which invite children to channel their creative side by using wipe-off markers to express themselves.
David Gaunt of The Giggle Guide® takes a look at Natural Wondies’ line of organic apparel at KidShow in Las Vegas. Their loungewear is made from 100% organic cotton, dyed and printed free of any hazardous chemicals such as AZO, and other chemicals throughout the entire production process.
Check out the softer side of organic baby and toddler clothing and bedding with Frenchy Baby Organics. In just three short years from its 2008 launch, Frenchy Baby has created brand awareness with certified 100% organic cotton clothing that is low impact on the environment but high impact on style. The Spring 2011 line features a color palette of black and white that is anything but basic, with finishing touches of ruffles that elevate the contrasting solid and stripes fabrics. Items available are easy to mix and match to create a wide range of chic outfits which feature simple, timeless elegance and charm.
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!
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.