When an expecting mother isn’t feeling well, be it heartburn, morning sickness, insomnia or aches and pains, her first concern is to find relief that is safe for her and for her baby. Navigating the many over-the-counter remedies on the market can be maddening, especially since so many are on the “no” or “maybe” list for pregnant and nursing women. Until now, there hasn’t been a trustworthy, effective line of remedies made specifically for pregnant and nursing women, but Healthy Mama came along and changed that. The Healthy Mama line offers OBGYN-recommended remedies for some of the most common discomforts of pregnancy.
Apparel industry veterans launch the only online, wholesale marketplace where brands and stores can sell and buy off-price goods
BELLAIRE, TEXAS (November 3, 2015)—Flutter Sales launches to provide clothing, gift and accessories stores and manufacturers with a platform to buy and sell in-stock merchandise at a discount. By selling on the site, Flutter Sales allows brands to create cashflow by liquidating aging stock. And, like consumer sites that allow shoppers to snap up fashions at a steal, the online marketplace gives retail buyers the opportunity to shop at a fraction of regular wholesale prices.
Whether the style is artisan homespun, futuristic, or something in-between, the new generation of green products has something to offer to just about any shopper. ecoBibi is one of the notable companies bringing fun, new products to environmentally responsible families. To give kids a safe, healthy start, ecoBibi has designed a line of natural, organic burp cloths, bath towels, changing mats, wash cloths, and stroller accessories made from a soft cotton/bamboo blend. Gifts sets include various pieces that are perfect for new and expecting parents.
The bar is being set increasingly higher for boutiques to carry quality organic items that are also stylish; These brands make is easy to go green: Little Citizens focuses on modern pieces in soft colors and sweet patterns, all 100% organic cotton with sateen and flannel finishes. Fidoodle gets intellectual with their organic DIY kits and imaginative toys. Mitani is a graphic-heavy collection of baby items that will wow customers with the vibrancy of their non-toxic ink. There’s nothing archaic about the Organic Quilt Company and its modern patterns with high-quality, hand-crafted baby bedding and more.
Nearly everyone knows that sunscreen is one of the best ways to prevent burns, damage and skin cancer, but finding the right sunscreen isn’t always easy. Many parents nowadays are discriminating consumers when it comes to personal care products for their babies and children; they’re concerned about the chemicals and additives in many mass marketed sunscreens and want natural alternatives. Unfortunately, many of those natural sunscreens, while gentle and safe, don’t always do the best job of filtering out harmful rays. California Baby is known for its high-quality, effective natural sunscreen and other personal care products.
Most of the time, clothing designers are inspired by the work of other designers, or sometimes by the shapes, colors and textures they encounter in the world around them. In some cases, however, clothing designers have a more story-driven vision behind their clothing, one that imbues each collection with its own individual “personality” chosen from a cast of original characters. This is the case with Gardner and the Gang, a children’s clothing company based in Singapore. From punk rock bulldogs to DJ camels and beyond, these funky friends have their own rich pasts, hopes, dreams and hobbies.
Maple Landmark has been making eco-friendly, educational wooden toys, games and gifts since 1979 in Middlebury, Vermont. Many people know them for their NameTrains, but they craft a wide array of children’s products including heirloom wooden baby toys, toddler toys, board games and gifts. The Giggle Guide® recently caught up with Maple Landmark for a look behind the scenes of this topnotch brand:
Popupshop is a clothing company dedicated to producing high-quality garments and using ethical manufacturing practices. Running a business with standards this high isn’t easy; it’s a process that includes attention to detail right from the start. Popupshop’s clothing begins in nature, with organic, pesticide-free cotton and bamboo. Both these fabrics are known for being gentle on the skin as well as environmentally sustainable and easy to care for. Once these materials are turned into textile, they are brought to Popupshop’s certified factory in Turkey, where they are cut and dyed by knowledgeable workers. The result is a line of clothing that looks and feels great.
April showers bring… well, May showers. And June ones. And, well, the summer is just usually full of baby showers and your customers will be struggling to come up with something unique that’s also useful. Help them go beyond lame layettes and explore something totally new. Lima & Limon is bringing Pima cotton to America with fancy and fun footie styles. Make the choices easy with the Grow With Me! line of Spencer’s that takes developmental stages into account. Bring your customers to the next level with Baby Noomie, including a lightweight nursing blanket that will change women’s lives. Zippyz easy zip sleepers will wow at the shower.
Seattle-based Satsuma Designs loves babies! Every design, business decision, daily detail and inspiration comes from their mission to create cozy, all natural and useful products for little ones. Satsuma Designs’ products are made from all natural fibers that treat baby and the environment with a soft touch. They use an assortment of natural materials that include bamboo, organic cotton and more. Recently, The Giggle Guide® caught up with owner Jennifer Porter to learn more about this bestselling brand.
Channel the wanderlust of summer with The Sweet Potatoe, a modern organic children’s clothing brand inspired by travel and cities that embody culture and history. Create everyday wee wardrobe staples for curious little explorers with a brand that launched last year and grew from a farmer’s market stop to a boutique favorite. Lazers will never go out of style and The Sweet Potatoe knows it. They’ve even centered parts of their 2015 collections around them. The Lazer-T is a soft, comfortable all-season piece that can be layered under a sweater during chilly summer evenings, or paired with a skirt or short for hot summer days.