Thoughtful companies put as much time and effort into packaging as they do into their products. Why? Because the package is the first engagement with the customer. Good packaging draws shoppers’ attention by making items stand out. That’s the start of a sale. Each of these companies — Nawi Kids, Baby Essentials, ToeBlooms and Apple Park — employs well-thought-out packaging that engages customers. These companies offer terrific wares; the addition of creative packaging reflects each brand’s quality and image. Stock goods from these vendors and watch your customers channel their attention.
Not every little darling has a grandmother or aunt who is a whiz with knitting needles. Satisfy the urge to give a tot a hand-made knit item with hand-made sweaters, hats, booties and more from Toto Knits, made to order from organic cotton in Kenya. Options are huge and include the drapey blanket cardigan in charcoal or cream that makes a perfect layer for any day. A large wooden button closes at the neck. Other sweater choices include a varsity sweater with a large letter on the front, and a pink, blue or natural cardigan with a perky daisy, giraffe or elephant.
Babies have a tendency to chew on anything and everything. Since they spend so much time in their crib, the railing makes for a tempting teething tool. But some baby furniture and toys are made with harmful chemicals, linking to some seriously scary side effects. At Babee Talk, only organic, high-quality materials are used in its collection of organic bedding and toys. Let baby chew these products as they are all safe plus non-harmful to the environment too. Babee Talk is a company that puts children’s safety first and has a unique marketing strategy, making its products a great choice for parents and store owners.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Thursday, November 20th 2014
Be prepared to sweetly surrender to Sweet Bamboo. Forget everything you once thought true about eco-friendly –– the boring beige, the thick inflexible fabric, the utter blah of the whole thing. Designer Wendy Besio created Sweet Bamboo to add luscious luxury to ecological friendliness. With the holidays quickly approaching, customers will flip for the soft fabrics of Sweet Bamboo. Before or after wee ones leave the womb, the Newborn Essentials collection will wow. The perfect going-home outfit, the Receiving Gown is a limited edition garment made with super soft antimicrobial bamboo.
Beautiful fabric, internationally inspired design, and eco-friendly clothing create the perfect blend of quality children’s clothing. Paper Cloudz is the model place for retailers to stock their shelves year-round with products that have a positive impact on consumers. Lively prints and durable, soft fabrics help children forget about their wardrobe and focus on being a kid. All materials and processes are chosen for less global impact, from the cotton and bamboo plants to the final product. Every sale earns a donation to a charity for causes in need of funding, making Paper Cloudz a leader in globally-aware fashion.
Finding an inviting place to get away from it all can be as close as one’s back yard – if that back yard comes equipped with hammocks where you can read and relax. La Siesta not only provides this luxury for adults, but has a line for children and babies as well. These quality products are sustainably made with only the finest materials. Hammocks for children may be just the unusual, novelty item your customers would love to see in your store.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Wednesday, November 5th 2014
If children are our future, then focus needs to extend beyond just what they eat to what they use to eat it. Get past the plastic with alternative eco-friendly materials like stainless steel, bamboo and chemical-free plastic substitutes. Dining out or dining in, The Giggle Guide® recommends these environmentally-safe products that are portable, safe and stylish: ZoLi, Innobaby, ANYWhere by Untangled Living, and Bambooware by Bamboo Studio.
If you have moms coming into your store who want a comfortable product for both them and their baby while on the go –– and are also concerned about environmentally-friendly living which will leave baby with a clean, green planet, you will definitely want to invest in Poncho Baby products. This line of baby products offers mom and baby both comfort and convenience, with a focus on sustainability. Not surprisingly, since baby needs a clean, safe place to play or just relax while out and about, the Roly Blanket is one of Poncho Baby’s more popular products.
Last month’s ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas was the fourth largest event in the show’s history. Total attendance was 12,462, including 5,339 retail buyers. Retailers from 65 different countries participated, with a total of 969 manufacturers exhibiting. Exhibitors and retailers all gave the show high marks and they and the ABC Kids Expo team look forward to the ABC Spring Conference and Trade Show to be held April 30 through May 1, 2015, at the Rio Hotel & Suites, Las Vegas. Among the exhibitors that interested The Giggle Guide® were Spbang, Creepy Crawlers, Cozy Cocoon and Andy & Evan.
When Paul Barton’s sister got pregnant, he and his wife, Sandy, discovered a gap in the children’s market. They searched for baby clothes that were both fashionable and sustainable, but couldn’t find anything that they liked. Clothes produced in an ethical manner all seemed to be frumpy and boring, whereas the cutest baby clothes were in no way sustainable. When the couple discovered they had a baby of their own on the way, they decided to take on the challenge themselves. Spence Baby was born, named after their new little girl, Spencer Grace.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Monday, September 22nd 2014
Over thirty years ago, Becky Cannon asked herself how she could provide natural care both inside and out for her future family. She spent the next three years studying and teaching young children about natural foods in Japan. There she had her daughter Emi. After moving back to the States and preparing for the birth of her second daughter, Mari, she missed the unique baby products she discovered in Japan. Soon, Cannon started importing diaper covers from Japan to make them available for other parents. Today, Cannon and her daughters are the mother-daughter owners of i play.®, as they continue to focus on creating the best baby-friendly products.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Wednesday, September 17th 2014
The Made in USA label has always meant durability, local design and processing. Now it can also indicate stylish, modern and organic designs unique enough to be featured in your store. Beautiful beasts come out of Brooklyn with Snuggly Ugly dolls and décor that add flair to nurseries. Clever child nicknames gave birth to nini & pumpkin and their moon cocoon wearable duvet. Young ladies get the royal treatment with the Ecoprincess line of makeup and bath products by Organic Beauty Now. Take note of Tree by Kerri Lee for a handmade movement in music that will replace plastic music boxes forever.