Since this is Earth Week 2012, the increased environmental awareness provides The Giggle Guide® with an opportunity to share some eco-friendly toy companies and their products. Isn’t it appropriate that toys and games which are marketed for children are manufactured and packaged in ways that protect and preserve the world for them? Help support toys and games made with sustainable, recyclable materials, using safe dyes, inks and paints. Here are some recommendations: Green & Groovy Crafts, DoodleTown Toys, Tegu and Green Toys.
This year’s Earth Day, April 22, marked the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Help your customers and the environment by offering goods that are planet-friendly and help lead to a sustainable future. You, your shoppers and the people they shop for are all in this movement together. Here are a few brand suggestions that can help you go “green” in more ways than one: Lifefactory, Itzy Ritzy, Dandelion, and Kids Konserve.
Trends come and go, but one thing always stays the same: classic clothing. While customers are sure to scoop up a few of the latest trends for their children, they are happy to invest in foundational pieces that never go out of style. Vintage clothing and accessories speak directly to our nostalgia, our sense of sturdy, trusty fashion, and remind us of our heritage. Partnering with vintage purveyors, including Home Spun Vintage, Grass & Clovers, Rachel Riley and Bottleblond Jewels, offers a timeless way to add to a retailer’s sales foundation.
The 4th edition of Playtime New York was held in March at 82 Mercer. Retailers are drawn to the cutting edge and modern selection of creative, exclusive and upscale merchandise that demands a setting that is different from traditional trade shows. Within an increasingly strong dynamic nourished by the international network of the Playtime trade fairs, this New York edition took place in an atmosphere that was stimulating and relaxing. Many fresh designers, including Neve Inspired, JUMINA, LOUANN and boy+girl previewed their fall/winter collections.
Why are butterflies so fascinating? Is it because they’re beautiful, delicate and graceful? Does wearing a butterfly hair accessory make you feel like a beautiful flower?
The following butterfly hair clips will highlight any girl’s natural beauty.
The April is a 1 ½” sequin crochet butterfly on a pinch clip. This meticulously handcrafted clip is wrapped in high-grade Swiss velvet and looks best with a contrasting color baby dress or monochromatic outfit. The April is available in bubblegum.
Trying to stuff a wriggling baby into outer garments is something of a challenge. If you are in a car, you have to loosen the car seat strap which is not at all safe; if you are carrying the tot, it can be incredibly awkward; and on top of these nuisances, half the time the child gets overheated during the process. Enter Hoodebaby, a simple way to keep a little one warm. Slip the hood over the head and wrap the child in the blanket. If the tot is in a stroller or car seat, just use the blanket as a coverup.
Every year, companies that specialize in children’s products roll out new, trendy items just in time for September. With all the options being marketed to kids, parents have to choose which make sense and will benefit their child the most as they begin a new grade. Back to school gear should be both stylish and practical. It should help give children confidence and offer easier, better ways of doing what kids do each day. This means moms and dads should be shopping for durable clothes, tough backpacks, and convenient portable storage options. Here are some brands that score high marks from The Giggle Guide®: Junebug, Lily & Momo, Madpax and Innobaby.
The TV series “Art Attack” took the UK by storm in 1990, eventually landing on American screens via Disney in 2011. “Art Attack” is a non-stop ad for fun, exciting art projects. But it’s also doing double duty for its viewers: research has shown that crafting and art are vital to children’s brain development. Creative activities not only provide a fun, artistic outlet, but also influence the development of hand-eye coordination and the perception of the world. Arm your customers with the provisions for their very own Art Attacks at home. Stock quality supplies from crafty companies, including ALEX Toys, eco-kids, Colorbök, and Creativity for Kids.
Going organic is so much more than just a good business choice: it’s really a whole-life approach. Manufacturers that only create organic products or utilize low-toxin processes export a safer lifestyle to their customers. Fewer pollutants in the air and contaminants in the land, animals and crops all translate into healthier people and a better world. The fabrics used by Natural Wondies, New Jammies, Lapsaky Organic and Skylar Luna are cuddly, breathable, and kid-friendly. Smart consumers are reaching for the future with organic fabrics that feel great and help form a better world.
Fashion-forwardness in the infant and toddler set is becoming a hot trend for designers. No longer content with mass-marketed clothes, many parents want sartorial uniqueness for their mini me’s wardrobe. Enter Little Trendstar, whose name says it all. The brand is dedicated to little kids with big personalities. Creator Nicole Worth knows kids love the spotlight; she’s seen it countless times in her own two little boys. Her designs are all about capturing attention by focusing on fashionably creative graphics and plenty of style. Little Trendstar has already released seven new designs for 2012, including Beat Goes On, a guitar graphic tee that embodies the spirit of a true performer.
New “Little Chicks” Marquisette Swaddling Blankets join SwaddleDesigns collection. SwaddleDesigns® – Considered by many to be the gold standard in swaddling blankets. When you want the very best swaddling blanket for your baby, you can confidently select SwaddleDesigns Ultimate Receiving Blanket® and the SwaddleDesigns Marquisette Swaddling Blanket.® Swaddle Designs swaddling blankets are lightweight, premium 100% cotton, breathable and feature beautiful designer colors and prints.
Amanda Boyd, the designer for Adore La Vie was born and raised in Iowa. Amanda knew since the age of five that she wanted to be a fashion designer, remained true to her childhood dream and achieved a degree in Apparel Design with a minor in Creative Design, from both Iowa State University and London College of Fashion. In 2008, Amanda decided to pursue her big dream of launching her own design company, Adore La Vie, which means “love life.” From the designer with a Midwest soul and West Coast spirit, Amanda showcases this vibe through every collection she creates