American toymakers and clothing designers may appreciate tradition, but they also love innovation. They can integrate the best of old and new to produce products that are unique and functional. 3 Marthas, Two Bros Bows, Papersalt, and The Beaufort Bonnet Company are all very different enterprises. A clothing company reaching its silver anniversary, a business that makes a rugged outdoor sport safe and fun, a publisher that helps to inspire family values, and a designer who recreates novelties from the past. Each one embodies the American spirit in its own way and makes us proud.
How many milestones do babies reach in the first twelve months? How cute is their baby belly when they walk, talk, eat, roll over, or laugh? Sticky Bellies, a memory-making line of re-positionable stickers, helps parents mark each month with their child photographed in a one-piece or shirt designating their age in months. Sticky Bellies really does begin at the beginning though, with stickers in weekly increments for expecting moms.
Often, when a company does good deeds or creates life-enhancing products, they benefit by getting increased media attention and positive word of mouth. It’s Business 101; when customers feel good about their experience with a company, they’re likely to buy from that company again and to recommend it to others. It also helps if your products are interesting and unique. Seeds of Happiness and Peace Passion Positivity are two companies that are getting plenty of good buzz right now.
Graphically clean and high on hipness, the newest offerings from typebaby are tee-shirts practically begging to be bought to gladden the hearts of those shopping for little ones. Transportation Tees sport cool designs of construction, driving and flying machines, each presented in an ultra-contemporary silhouette design. typebaby, which designs and manufactures garments in the “big shoulders” city of Chicago, came to life early in 2013, the brainchild of new mom and graphic studio owner, Lidia Varesco Racoma. She feels that creative shoppers can use merchandise from her collection to express the type of personality they see in their offspring.
Kids have their own way of looking at their environment, in large part due to their imaginations. For example, in the child’s mind, the terror of the monster in the closet might have been a cute character from a comic book when the lights were on — but now it has changed into a grim ghoul. Families have been challenged by children’s fears, and more than one parent has spent the night sitting up next to an anxious child’s bed. But now parents have a new champion: Vicki Sewell, author and creator of The Magnificent Sprinkles. Sewell just experienced a strong showing at the AmericasMart in Atlanta, where her plush critters and storybook garnered serious attention.
As careful consumers, families not only want to provide beautiful, durable garments for their little ones, but also are mindful of the impact those purchases have on local economies. Helena Hubbard understands the desire to provide sophisticated designs that meet the values and ideals of an increasingly informed customer base. “We have seen an enthusiastic response to our commitment to handcrafting every garment in England,” explains Hubbard, the founder of Crowns & Coronets. She is committed to providing luxurious, natural clothing that makes every little prince and princess shine.
The pediped® collection of Adventure Line™ sandals are back by popular demand! This durable sandal is machine washable, water-safe and engineered for adventure. The Spring/Summer 14 Collection will return this February in its largest size run yet, EU 20-36. The Adventure Line™ collection offers nine different styles including the top selling Sahara sandal newly available in fuchsia, turquoise, lavender, king blue, and red. Two new styles have also been added to the collection this spring, Shorebet and Shoreline.
Baby Bella Maya not only created a fashion forward brand for expecting mommies and daddy’s but they are also the to go-to name in baby fashion when it comes to shopping for gifts. Gifts sets vary from hooded towel & washcloth bundle to Onesie, headband and bootie sets and everything in between. Baby Bella Maya’s little luxuries make buying gifts even more fun and exciting with trendy prints and irresistible style. All gift sets come packaged in delightful gift boxes with ribbon to complete the set.
No Slippy Hair Clippy®, the premier brand of children’s hair accessories, boasts impeccable quality and design. When searching gift worthy brands, No Slippy Hair Clippy is a perfect fit! Hair accessories are popular impulsive add-ons, ones that can be reordered all year around. The attractive MSRP range of $4-$10 will keep your customers coming back for more!
The HALO SleepSack wearable blanket and SleepSack Swaddle replace loose blankets in the crib that can cover baby’s face and interfere with breathing. In addition to sleeping more safely, babies also sleep better in HALO products. Since 2005, the American Academy of Pediatrics has suggested the use of wearable blankets, and currently over 1250 hospitals use HALO products to promote safe sleep.
‘Tis the gift shopping and buying season for retailers who are looking for what’s new for all seasons. In the children’s market, gifts are a strong category and welcoming new babies remains top on the list. For shower gifts, the range of options is limitless. Check out the latest finds in our Gift Spotlight and preview popular choices in eyewear, accessories, boy’s outfits, hair bows, footwear and more!
What does it take to make that indecisive customer happy? Offer a comprehensive children’s collection that spans ages, genders and tastes. Honey Bunny brand products are a vast collection of affordable baby accessories that make grabbing and gifting super simple. They are all unique but complementary enough to mix and match. For the baby basics, Honey Bunny features rich flannel receiving blankets and contoured crib sheets. Thermal blankets littered with cute characters like giraffes, crocodiles and koalas will also be a hit.