The fabric of the children’s industry is changing. Production quantities are being influenced by cautious pre-season orders and demands for more immediate buys. Consumers are also becoming more educated about the sensitivity of newborns’ skin and the benefits of organic clothing. Combine this with advancements to incorporate a wider range of colors and fashionable styling into organics, and you have a recipe for success.
Krazy Ketchup is revolutionizing America’s favorite condiment by making it healthier! This ketchup includes a special blend of 100% organic veggie purees to its velvety tomato blend: certified organic carrot, organic sweet potato, and organic squash which creates a kid-friendly, nutrient-rich mouth explosion that is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber.
Hammocks bring to mind images of lazy summer afternoons spent swinging in the breeze, sipping a cool drink with a good book. Curiously, the origins of the hammock go way back in history. Some credit the ancient Greeks with its invention, while others point to the early inhabitants of the Amazon Basin. The Mayans knew that the hammock is an ideal sleep system for an infant because it surrounds the baby, simulating the mother’s womb, as it naturally responds to the child’s movement. The Giggle Guide™ surveys this alternative sleep system for babies, with selections from Hushamok, Kanoe and Mama Little Helper.
Moms and daughters have never been more fashionably synchronized, swimming in MamaOm bathing suits and beachwear. The matching Mommy-and-Me collections are super cool, trendy and comfortable. Swimwear is made of imported lycra, using the latest technology and styling, providing customers with outstanding quality. It’s never too early to see these bathing beauties at The Treehouse Showroom. (213) 688-8377.
Funny-face animals, bold shapes and bright colors are all part of the whimsical palette used by Norway-based Tyler Trends to entertain and comfort kids. This family-owned business offers high-quality children’s tee collections at affordable prices. Anette Tyler, the designer-mom of Tyler Trends, takes inspiration from her son and daughter who love her animal faces in bright, solid shades. In addition to one-piece shirts for infants, the collection includes long and short-sleeved shirts for ages up to 6 years old.
By The Giggle Guide - Wednesday, December 2nd 2009
Did you know there is an estimated 5-6 billion pounds of pre-consumer cotton remnants being thrown into our landfills every year? Fortunately, as a nation, we are becoming more and more environmentally aware. Today we recycle our bottles and cans, plastic containers and cardboard — but isn’t there more we can do? Is it possible to recycle or re-use fashion? Yes there is, and yes you can! Here are some children’s wear companies that are making this change for the better, through passion and innovation.
When Carol Yenne’s grandson was born prematurely, weighing only 2 lbs 11 oz, this San Francisco granny realized it was time to make hard-to-find preemie outfits readily available for other families. At her store, Small Frys, she now offers a variety of sweet clothing collections, designed for babies weighing 2 pounds and up. The preemie collections are from Coccoli, Kissy Kissy Preemie, Petite Bateau and Le Top. At Small Frys, they know that when babies come early, having comforting little outfits can make a big difference.
Finding children’s products manufactured in the United States can be difficult. Luckily, the book Made Here, Baby!, by Bruce H. Wolk, does exactly that. The Giggle Guide™ found five companies featured in the book that have been operating in the United States for more than 100 years: Fexible Flyer, Amana Woolen Mill, The Original American Kazoo Company, Johnson Woolen Mills and Whitney Brothers.
Parents understand that active children are best outfitted in playwear. They want comfortable, care-free clothing that will hold up to daily adventures and occasional mishaps. However, children also sweat. Perspiration retained by clothing can be uncomfortable and lead to heat-related conditions, including heat exhaustion. As children are more sensitive to these conditions, breathable fabrics become important. The Giggle Guide™ spotlights a few manufacturers that use special sweat wicking materials – Agoo Apparel, Outside Baby, and Engel Natur.
Blamtastic is an innovative new line of lip balms, launched by two super-sisters, Lily and Melanie Sandler, and their mom Retha who decided to forgo the questionable synthetic ingredients of traditional lip protectants in exchange for some wholesome goodness. Lily and Melanie know what kids, and their mom’s, like best. The Giggle Guide™ applauds enterprising youth, as we give our word-of-mouth recommendation to Blamtastic.
Spotlightbaby provides a variety of developmental tools and eco-friendly products to help babies reach their full potential. Founded in 2006 by Judy Kang, an occupational therapist specializing in infant and toddler development, the company has also made a point of paying its success forward. This encouraging combination makes Spotlightbaby a company worthy of our “spotlight.”
By kierstin carreira - Tuesday, November 17th 2009
The joy and excitement of being a new mother often comes with some unwanted side effects. Aches, pains, fatigue and mood swings can set in trying to steal the show. The Giggle Guide™ hopes to take the edge off by sharing some helpful product discoveries aimed at soothing, calming and comforting new moms and their little bundles of joy. These products could easily become essentials for the first year of motherhood. Introducing The Cozy Collection, Breast Buddies, Spa La La Hot and Cold Packs, and Mommy and Baby™ Calming Aromatherapy Oil.