The Giggle Guide® attended the 4th Annual ABC Spring Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas, and we’re pleased to report that we heard no complaints about the event that provided an all-in-one combination of business education, trade show, networking and plenty of good food, fun and industry fellowship. Packed with informational seminars and plenty of opportunities to network, the streamlined trade show portion included 187 booths. This year’s event showcased a variety of new and returning baby and juvenile brands. A few head-turners included Notch, Ergobaby, guavakids and SnoozeShade.
According to Perception Research Services, a company that studies consumer reactions to product packaging, packaging design affects the success of a product even more than the quality or use of the product itself. To get new customers, products have to grab shoppers’ attention. An effective way to stand out on the shelf is changing the packaging structure, “thinking outside the box”. Packaging that literally breaks the mold will inherently stand out on the shelf and get noticed. Examples of quality products, with self-sell packaging include: Baby Aspen, Kee-Ka, The Baby Bunch and Carrie and Company.
Beloved the world over, Sesame Street entertains and educates children in over 160 countries. What better way to help parents teach children about the world outside their borders than to bridge the gap with the little muppet faces kids (and their parents) know and love? Kiwi Industries adds to the global appeal by launching the “Sesame Street Around the World” collection. It features all the familiar faces with designer colors, updated graphics, and the character’s name in three different languages. Children will enjoy learning what their favorite characters’ names are in different languages, and parents will appreciate the designer look in 100% washable organic cotton.
The Woombie offers a unique swaddle for every baby’s needs
Designed by a Certified Infant Care Specialist, the Woombie will provide the safest and most comfortable swaddle for baby. Gently hugging the shoulders, tummy and hips –– the Woombie allows for natural movement, softly cocooning baby without restricting mobility or development.
Joseph and Laralyn RiverWind are the founders and co-owners of Native Touch, an all-natural body care company. Based in western North Carolina, Native Touch knows one thing that sets them apart from other body care companies is that they are not rebottlers. All Native Touch products are original, proprietary recipes formulated by Laralyn, an herbal biologist. Native Touch’s philosophy is inspired by the teachings of their elders, who taught them, if you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your body. Their vision for the future revolves around the ancient indigenous wisdom of basing the decisions of today on the way it will affect the next seven future generations.
Gonna find out what’s haute-y and nice for Holiday 2012! Our list includes picture-perfect dressy dresses from Donita and cachcach, stylish shoes from award-winning pediped, and innovations from Woombie’s new upscale brand of swaddles — the eco-friendly Mod’Swad collection. Luxurious, eco-conscious bedding and clothing by Silkberry Baby, and heirloom-quality christening gowns and special occasion attire by Little Things Mean a Lot are also sure to be in high demand.
At Satsuma Designs we love babies! And we believe that holiday gift giving is the perfect way to celebrate baby this season and throughout the year. That means creating cozy, all natural and beautiful gifts that are useful, durable and affordable.
The capes and ponchos trend is back and it’s hitting the younger set fast. Light, breezy and easily layered, this trend is totally wearable. Unlike many sweaters or jackets, capes and ponchos give kids the warmth they need while letting them move the way they want. Parents love the combination of style and functionality, and girls love the twirlability. Big-button capes and detailed ponchos are in for fall, so deliver with these designers who do the trend best, including the little hummingbird, NICO.NICO, Girl and a Mouse and Babylady Inc.
Health and beauty products that are eco-friendly, gentle and all-natural have become important to find for parents and their young children. Consumers have become more educated about skin; a living, breathing tissue that covers and protects bodies but, at the same time, absorbs what comes in contact with it. It makes sense to stock products for kids that are chemical free. Here’s an opportunity to share with your customers effective yet gentle personal care products for the family. A few brands recommended by The Giggle Guide® include: Hot Tot, Willa, Sweet Dream Girlz and Lafes.
The ENK Fall 2012 Children’s Club, held at the Javit’s Center in New York City March 11-13, 2012, featured almost 700 exhibitors. Two new trends spotted were more Made in USA and eco-Friendly brands. There were over thirty-five companies on hand that make their merchandise in the USA; another fifty tout themselves as eco-friendly. Exhibitors reported that sales were up from the previous year, a good sign for all. Here are a few of the brands especially selected by The Giggle Guide’s Leesa Valentino who attended the Fall Children’s Club: Pipopipo, SugaPlum, Knitwits and Bambeeno.
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.
Until recently, shoppers searched high and low for stylish leggings for little girls but had to settle for dull, limited colors and barely any designs. Hello Luna Leggings, that look as spectacular as they feel and wear! Luna Leggings is a fashion-forward collection of tights for girls 0-8 years old, full of whimsical prints in sturdy fabric. Lunas are made of a blend of high quality organic cotton to produce super-soft leggings that last wear after wear, wash after wash. Nylon stitching and seams maximize stretch and strength while a wide, reinforced waistband adds the comfort young fashionistas crave.