In today’s world, many daily interactions are quick-paced and short-lived. As electronics and screen time take over lives, occasionally kids forget the most basic, natural part of childhood: play. Germany takes us back to the basics with wonderful, traditional toys that rely on brains, not batteries. HABA has branched out from its classic wooden toys to create modern versions with heirloom quality. sigikid takes its cue from children’s need for cuddling, and creates developmentally appropriate toys. Ravensburger produces puzzles that will forever change how people think of putting pieces together. Hape Toys focuses on wood toys made from natural materials.
From Victorian times to the pioneer days of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the bonnet was a staple for babies, young girls and grown women. While earlier generations wore bonnets to protect against harsh exterior elements, today’s babies and toddlers are enjoying the resurgence of the bonnet as the perfect outfit accessory. Of course, the sunshade aspect is a happy benefit. The Beaufort Bonnet Company is leading this return to days of the bonnet. In true Southern style, this South Carolina company was begun in 2009 by a mom to bring her love and appreciation of heirloom bonnets to this new generation.
It’s time for another crop of products proudly made in the U.S.A. Innovation has long been the benchmark of American products. Many American companies have designed products that put them ahead of the times, ensuring that their goods will impress prospective customers and securing their place in the business world. This fact is no less true for companies that produce products made for babies and children. Logan and Lenora, bZipt, theMINIclassy and Sweet Cottontail are all bringing something fresh and new to the world of children’s products.
Every home needs some ambience; a way for the inhabitants to feel cozy, secure and happy. Aesthetic touches like blankets, pillows, throws and other accessories do more than just provide physical warmth and comfort; they add a distinctive look and help create the right vibe. They also provide a way for the residents to express their unique style sense and show appreciation for the things they love. Scene Weaver describes itself as a “feel-good” company that offers multiple collections with a little something for just about everyone. Pickled is a branch of Scene Weaver that offers lighthearted children’s room décor and clothing collections.
There’s something special about handmade baby gifts because they’re so often handed down for decades and there’s always a great story. Your store can contribute to multiple generations of joy and warmth with Bunch & Rosa quilts. These quilters live and work in North Carolina and use traditional quilting techniques with a twist: their designs are totally modern. Unlike the delicate quilts of yesteryear that could only be neatly folded on the edge of a bed, Bunch & Rosa quilts use hand-sewn binding, ensuring the quilt can be loved daily and still passed on.
When it comes to sharing from the heart, a hand-written note beats email every time. It establishes that the writer feels strongly enough about you to set aside time to put thoughts into words, etching them onto a blank page with endless possibilities. Stacey Valle and Gina Stock, co-founders of Buzzable, LLC, understand how deep the written word speaks to the heart. Their fillable Buzzable Baby Book is the perfect way to provide friends, families, and loved ones the chance to express themselves on that most important of occasions: the baby shower.
Little Things Mean a Lot recently celebrated 30 years of providing beautiful christening and baptism gowns to the children’s clothing industry. Fulfilling the needs and wants of the customer has always been a top priority. Friendly customer service like you would expect from your own grandmother has been a company culture that has helped Little Things Mean a Lot fuel so many years of success. Looking forward 2014 you will find beautiful new gowns and tasteful accessories for all of your special occasions.
Blankets for babies and children do much more than provide warmth and decoration; these cozy items often become treasured keepsakes that are passed down from generation to generation. Of course, if a blanket is going to enjoy heirloom status, it should meet certain criteria. First, it should be unique. A mass-produced discount store blanket can definitely hold emotional value, and it’s often the child’s choice of favorite “blankie” that stands the test of time, but most parents would prefer that a special blanket be aesthetically pleasing and well-made. Naaya by Moonlight creates a luxury collection of child’s quilts created to last a lifetime.
Little boys might be made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails in the old nursery rhyme, but the new rhyme would include tux and tails if Unruly Blue has anything to say about it. This company has found a way to do the unfathomable: make flawlessly tailored finery for the reckless gentlemen ages 4-12. This luxury brand claims inspiration from the disheveled elegance of children. Melding the spirit of youth and whimsy with timeless, refined details, Unruly Blue was created to increase the standard of quality and variety available in clothing for boys, dispelling the idea that clothing is disposable.
Pockets of Learning from Soft Skills Learning Products offers a full line of uniquely designed, educational fabric toys that are made to last through generations of repeated play. These fabric toys can withstand the love and rigors of several siblings and will hold up as they hold a child’s interest. The toys and gifts can be personalized and make cherished gifts for children from birth to age 5. My Quiet Book is one of Pockets of Learning’s best sellers, along with the Lullaby and Goodnight Book and Right at Home Book in which the child helps each little animal find its home.
By Carolyn Kavarnos - Tuesday, September 17th 2013
It seems like it’s harder to find companies who are still manufacturing their goods in the U.S.A. So many companies have made the decision to take their manufacturing overseas. While they realize less expense, it comes at a cost for those in the United States. There still are companies that are committed to manufacturing in the U.S.A. The Matching Dots, Paty, Inc., Papersalt and Sugarbug’s Closet are four companies that are proud to be manufacturing their product lines in the U.S.A.
RED BANK, N.J. (June 3, 2013)—Kissy Kissy by Tatiana and Company is set to woo moms and gift-givers with the seasonal colors and themes they fancy along with a few surprises to keep them smitten. As always, the Spring ’14 collection is wedded to the brand’s signature Peruvian Pima cotton. The vast assortment—which spans preemie through size 4T—captures every aspect of baby’s life from sweet looks in the Kissy Kissy line, and bolder statements from Kissy Kissy’s Qt-Qt, to keepsake-quality christening apparel in Besos by Kissy Kissy and embroidered and smocked garments from Kissy Kissy Premier.