The Biz: The Grapevine

From frustration to fruition, that’s the story behind Frogglez, a new kind of swim goggle for kids. So many brands of swim goggles are a challenge to put on — they pull on kids’ hair, slip down or make little ears stick out uncomfortably. Put an end to swim time struggles with Frogglez. These unique goggles are made of neoprene (the stuff used in wetsuits) and coated in a gentle fabric so they glide over hair instead of yanking on it. They have a strap that stays over the ears where it’s meant to be, and one size fits pretty much any head aged three to twelve with easy-to-manage adjustments.

Expectant parents make a lot of purchases in the time leading up to the birth of their baby. Friends, family and other well-wishers also contribute to the collection with their useful, cute, funny and practical gifts. Of all the items parents acquire during the exciting days of expectant and new parenthood, very few are meant to have a long shelf life. Baby Bump is a uniquely versatile product that offers years of usefulness, thanks to its multifunctional design.

Welcome to the 24-7 Daddyhood. No red cardigans or fuddy-duddy t-shirts… here, dads can find the perfect graphic t-shirt to wear. From unique gift ideas to Father’s Day winning tees, Josh Beatty of 24-7 Daddyhood has created something screen-printed for everyone from dads to moms, babies to toddlers and anyone else that wants to sport a memorable graphic. His handiwork and attention to what the new 21st century modern family wants in apparel is evident in every edgy or funny or heart-warming design.

Ten year-old entrepreneur and inventor, Alina Morse, has just introduced Zollipops®, “the clean teeth pops”, to the marketplace. Zollipops are natural suckers which contain erythritol, xylitol and stevia, healthy sugar alternatives. By helping raising the pH (a scale used to measure acidic or base qualities) in the mouth, Zollipops neutralize acid and help reduce cavity-causing bacteria. Zollipops are currently available at many fine retailers, including Whole Foods Market.

In 1986, a Wisconsin-based company called Patch Products, Inc. began producing puzzles for preschool age children. Inspired by the growing trend toward boisterous board games made just for kids, they jumped on the band wagon and brought some of their own great game ideas to life. Their leap of faith paid off, and over the years the company grew to include a huge variety of board games and puzzles for kids, including Buzzword, 5 Second Rule, and 100 Wacky Things. Eventually, Patch Products branched out away from just puzzles and games to offer an even bigger line of products, including licensed products featuring popular children’s characters.

There’s a reason role playing is part of developmental questionnaires once kids exit toddler parallel play and start getting into true socializing. It’s a true indicator of the child’s ability to understand and mimic the adult world around them. And it doesn’t hurt that the pretend play can turn into real helping down the line. Casdon has a reputation for innovation and has been renowned for toy innovation for over 65 years. Casdon relies on reputable domestic brand licenses like Dyson to create truly life-like experiences for children of all ages.

The uphill battle of getting a baby to remain asleep drives many parents to frustration. Manasi Gangan knows this struggle very well. Her youngest son had difficulty staying asleep, and like many parents, she went through the nightly routine of holding and comforting him back to sleep, only to have him reawaken each time she tried to set him down. She felt that swaddling was the answer, but wanted to add some of her own unique touches to enhance the swaddling experience. After some brainstorming, she came up with the idea for the Zen Swaddle.

Funnybone Toys® is proud to announce receiving several National awards including The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, The Tillywig Toy Award, and the Academics’ Choice Award. “I am thrilled that our games won these prestigious awards. When I speak with store buyers and parents, awards are considered one of the most important factors in deciding what to buy,” shares Julien Sharp, President of Funnybone Toys.

Nobody can deny the sway that sports hold over our culture. From the multi-million dollar extravaganza of the Super Bowl to the buzzing excitement of the hometown baseball game, sporting events and teams are the focus of an impressive amount of our time, money and devotion. Baby Fanatic is a Virginia-based company that offers a full line of adorable, comfy team-themed baby clothing and other gear for infants. You name the team, and Baby Fanatic probably has pacifier, bib, or bottle with its emblem or colors, helping any baby to look super-stylish when mom and dad take them to the big game.