Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ToyFest West Continues to Show A Winning Hand at the South Point Casino Hotel & Spa

Extending its winning streak, Western Toy and Hobby Representatives Association (WTHRA) is preparing for its third toy and hobby trade show, ToyFest West, at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas. Held Sunday, March 8 through Wednesday, March 11, 2015, the toy show continues to gain popularity. A unique show designed and produced by local representatives and attended by factory personnel, ToyFest West gives retailers the opportunity to work with their local reps while getting valued input from worldwide manufacturers. With nearly 700 vendors unveiling their new products for 2015, this West Coast venue provides all the opportunities of New York Toy Fair in a comfortable and affordable work, stay, play atmosphere.

ToyFest West provides a professional atmosphere for colleagues to gather both on the show floor and at special networking events. On Sunday, March 8, this year's Gala Event will be hosted by WTHRA and will celebrate industry leaders. The 2015 Retailer of the year, Over the Rainbow Toys of Anchorage, Ala., will be honored. Game Night will be held Monday, March 9, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. WTHRA will also offer free shuttles to and from the Strip on the Monday and Tuesday night of the show, providing attendees an easy way to experience the heart of Las Vegas. When buyers attend ToyFest West, they receive a great experience from the show floor as well as the relaxing accommodations. Everything is under one roof—a premium hotel with amenities to suit a variety of interests. Buyers, reps, and manufacturers can enjoy one of many world-class restaurants housed in the hotel, the South Point casino, the luxurious spa, movie theater, bowling alley, shopping and more.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Toy Industry Association Unveils Nominees for 2015 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the finalists for the prestigious 2015 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY). Until January 11, 2015, toy lovers of all ages can visit the Toy Awards website to vote for their favorite toys, games and properties across 12 categories. The 2015 finalists were selected from more than 600 nominees submitted for consideration by 159 companies. Sixty academics, journalists, toy trend experts, play therapists, toy inventors and designers, and toy retailers staffed the nomination committees that narrowed the field to the slate of finalists.

Votes from mass retailers, specialty toy retailers, media, TIA members and consumers will be weighted and used to determine each of the 12 category winners. The winners—including the overall Toy of the Year and the People's Choice awards—will be announced at the TOTY Awards ceremony held on Friday, February 13, 2015 as the kick-off to the 112th North American International Toy Fair. "From innovative toys that inspire kids to explore their surroundings, to active games that encourage families to play together, this year's TOTY finalists shine a spotlight on the critical role that toys play in the healthy development of children," says Ken Seiter, TIA vice president of strategic communications. The finalists in each category are:

• Crayola Paint Maker by Crayola
• Hot Wheels Airbrush Auto Design by Mattel, Inc.
• It's My Biz by Fashion Angels
• LEGO Mixels by LEGO Systems, Inc.
• Roominate Chateau by Roominate
• Washi Tape Stickers by Klutz

• Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Fire Blastin' Dusty Crophopper by Mattel, Inc.
• Marvel Super Hero Mashers by Hasbro, Inc.
• Max Tow Truck by JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Action Figures by Playmates Toys

• BARBIE Fashion Design Maker Doll by Mattel, Inc.
• Kurio Xtreme by Techno Source
• LeapTV by LeapFrog
• LEGO FUSION by LEGO Systems, Inc.
• Skylanders Trap Team by Activision Publishing, Inc.
• Tiggly Counts by Tiggly / Kidtellect, Inc.
• Virtual Design Pro by Crayola

• GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope by Educational Insights
• GoldieBlox and the Builder's Survival Kit by GoldieBlox, Inc.
• InnoTab MAX by VTech
• LeapBand by LeapFrog
• LEGO Technic by LEGO Systems, Inc.
• Little Scholar by School Zone Publishing
• Remote-Control Machines DLX by Thames & Kosmos

• Bounce-Off Game by Mattel, Inc.
• Disney Eye Found It Game by Wonder Forge
• Kanoodle Genius by Educational Insights
• Peek-A-Doodle Doo! by Fat Brain Toy Co.
• Simon Swipe by Hasbro, Inc.

• Barbie Endless Curls by Mattel, Inc.
• Cool Baker Magic Mixer by SPIN MASTER
• Design Your Own Jewelry – Charm Bracelet Kit by Sugar Lulu
• Disney Princess Palace Pets: Magic Dance Pumpkin by Blip Toys
• Doc McStuffins Walk N' Talk Doc Mobile Doll by Just Play
• LEGO Disney Princess by LEGO Systems, Inc.
• Shopkins Small Mart Playset by Moose Toys

• Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset by VTech
• Gymotion Activity Playland by Yookidoo 
• In My Room Jr. – Mr. Happy Moon by Uncle Milton Industries• Lamaze Pippin the Push Along Pup by TOMY International
• PipSquigz by Fat Brain Toy Co.
• Tree Top Adventure by The Manhattan Toy Company
• Twinkling Firefly Frog by Cloud b

• Hot Wheels Street Hawk by Mattel, Inc.
• Laser Maze by ThinkFun, Inc.
• Loopa by Yvolution
• MiP by WowWee
• OGOBILD with AnimateIt! Studio Kit by OgoSport LLC
• Osmo by Tangible Play, Inc.
• Ozobot by Evollve Inc.

• Fantasia Bubble Machine by Bubble Blitz by Imperial Toy
• Firetek Bow by Zing Toys
• FUZE Cyclone Water Blaster by Skyrocket Toys
• Kidoozie Hop & Squeak Pogo Jumper by International Playthings • Nerf Rebelle Dolphina Bow by Hasbro, Inc.
• Razor PowerRider 360 by Razor USA LLC
• Y Fliker LIFT by Yvolution

• Camp Site by PLAYMOBIL
• Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile by Just Play
• Kidizoom Smartwatch by VTech
• LEGO Juniors by LEGO Systems, Inc.
• Razor Jr. Zombie and Monster Kix scooter by Razor USA LLC • Snow Glow Elsa by JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

• Disney's Frozen (The Walt Disney Company)
• Minecraft Series 2 (Mojang/Jazwares LLC)
• Skylanders Trap Team (Activision Publishing, Inc.)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon)

• Balance Boat: Endangered Animals Game by BeginAgain
• Gravity Maze by ThinkFun, Inc.
• Green Toys Safe Seas Set by Green Toys
• Magnetron by Tegu
• Monster Sewing Workshop by Thames & Kosmos
• Squigz by Fat Brain Toy Co.
• VEX Robotics Spider, HEXBUG by Innovation First International

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Editor's Pick: Susan Brown's Baby

Because of the relationship with the Brown family manufacturing business, International Flora Technologies, Susan Brown's Baby is a able to infuse its products with high concentrations of some of the most sought after emollients including Jojoba Oil, shea, cocoa, and moringa butters, as well as nourishing oat and soothing chamomile and calendula. All of their products are Dermatologist tested, paraben and phthalate free, contain no mineral oil and are sulfate free. They are never tested on animals and contain no animal ingredients.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CBME China Honors the Best of the Best in the Industry at CBME Awards 2014

This year, the Children Baby Maternity Expo Awards were presented during the CBME China Annual Autumn Summit. More than 400 key industry leaders gathered to witness the industry's significant moment.

The CBME Awards, in conjunction with CBME Industry Consortium, is China's children, baby and maternity industry's most anticipated awards. The awards are comprised of innovative products top brands and more. Winners were selected by the 100-person judge panel, together with votes by CBME China 2014 visitors including distributors, wholesalers, retailers, professional buyers and a simultaneous online vote.

The CBME Awards are comprised of:

1. Innovative Products Awards that honor original patented products that have shown rapid advances and innovations in the industry in the past year. Winners:
• Best Baby Bedding and Furniture: Harry 4-in-1 crib by Dolphinstar
• Best Feeding Product: Smart Dual-effect Electric Breast Pump by Pigeon
• Best Baby Travel Gear: Car Seat CS868 by Goodbaby
• Best Educational Product: Interactive Game Table by Huile
• Best Baby Care and Hygiene Product: Tap Extender by Aqueduck

2. Top Brand Awards acknowledges the most influential brands in the past year. Winners:
• Baby Bedding and Furniture: Les Enphants
• Feeding Products: Pigeon
• Baby Travel Gears: Goodbaby
• Baby Care Products: Pigeon
• Educational Products: Fisher Price
• Maternity Products: Octmami

3. Top Retailer Awards are granted to the industry's best retailers in the past year. Winners:
• Changsha Yiya
• Kidswant
• Leyou Babies to Kids

4. Best Baby Store in Sales Personnel Quality Awards
• Gold Award: Changsha Yiya
• Silver Award: Haomama
• Bronze Award: Youjiaaiying; Yangyang

5. Lifetime Achievement Award 
CBME China appreciates the contribution of key industry players to the industry with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Shen Yu Qing, Chairman of CBME Industry Consortium, Founder of Children Baby & Maternity Industry Expo (CBME), Fashion Baby magazine and China Children, Baby and Maternity Industry magazine, is the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.

The CBME Awards recognize the best of the Best and the movers and shakers of China's children, baby and maternity products industry.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Chicago Toy & Game Group Selects Laura Robinson to Host ChiTAG Fashion Show

The Chicago Toy & Game Group has announced that producer, actress, and game inventor, Laura Robinson, will join the upcoming Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) as the host of playCHIC, the innovative play-inspired fashion show. Robinson is connected to the toy and game industry as an inventor. First released in 1984, she co-created the best-selling board game Balderdash, a game of bluffing and trivia using nonsense terms. The categories contain real but unbelievable content about People, Words, Initials, Movies, and a new category, Laughable Laws. Players make up phony answers and leave it up to other players to vote on which answer is real, scoring points for guessing correctly. Robinson is currently in development to co-exec produce a prime time television version of Balderdash, for fall, 2015.

In addition to her appearance at playCHIC, Robinson will serve as a keynote speaker at the Toy & Game Inventor Conference (T&GCon), a forum for advocating, educating and bringing together people in the toy and game industry with unrivaled opportunities for private and confidential meetings, knowledge sharing, learning about new trends, pooling resources and generating new business.

For the third year, play will take center stage at playCHIC, an innovative runway show that combines fierce fashion with top toys during ChiTAG's Chicago Toy & Game Week. Pairing renowned haute couture designers with familiar toy and game brands to pioneer unexpected and creative designs, playCHIC fashions a one-of-a-kind runway of edgy, playful looks. The 2014 playCHIC fashion show will hit the catwalk on Thursday, November 20, 2014at Alhambra Palace Restaurant.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

First Candle Hosts Charity Gala on October 22nd at Guastavino's in New York City

First Candle, a national nonprofit dedicated to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies through the first years of life, will be hosting its annual Charity Gala in New York City on Wednesday, October 22. Proceeds from the evening's event will benefit Sudden Infant Death Syndrom (SIDS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), Stillbirth, and miscarriage programs and will support the organization's research, education, advocacy and family support programs.

The event will feature both a live and silent auction, and will recognize the evening's top supporters:
Love to Dream/Regal Lager for its sponsorship of the 2014 Childcare program; All Baby & Child for its sponsorship of the 2014 Media Stars program; Delta Children, for its sponsorship of the 2014 Military program; and The Boppy Company, for its sponsorship of the 2014 Safe Sleep Initiative.

This year's Marian Sokol Award for the Advancement of Stillbirth Awareness and Prevention will be presented to Sean Hanish writer and director of the Emmy nominated Lifetime film, Return to Zero, and his wife Kiley. The film is based on their personal experience of having a stillborn son and is the first movie to tackle the taboo subject of stillbirth.

ABC 2014 Records Fourth Largest Event in History

It has just been announced that the recently completed ABC Kids Expo held in Las Vegas by All Baby & Child Corporation was ranked as the fourth largest event in its history in terms of total attendance and retailer participation. Total attendance was 12,462 while retail buyer attendance was 5,339. Retail attendance from 65 different countries tied the prior year record, and a total of 969 manufacturers exhibited at the show.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Vandor Acquires Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles License

Vandor LLC, an industry leader in the design and marketing of licensed consumer goods – recently expanded its licensing catalog to include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and 10 new matching products – all featuring the four iconic, teenage crime-fighting, mutated Vandor's newest products will show off the faces of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael in the form of tin totes, 12 oz. collapsible water bottles, 16 oz. plastic travel mugs, 18 oz. oval ceramic "We are thrilled to now be a part of the enormously popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise," said Stacey Dobkins, Vandor's vice president of licensing and marketing. "The iconic crime-fighting foursome will certainly be one of our strongest licenses, and will ensure Vandor's lineup of legends Fans were thrilled to welcome the arrival of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' live action movie, on August 8, 2014, which further adds to the excitement of Vandor's newest Super Hero additions.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LaLaLounger Debuts New, Stylish Product

BaBaBurpie is a new line of burp cloths from the creators who brought you LaLaLounger. Made 100 percent from cotton diaper cloths, BaBaBurpie is soft to the touch and terrifically absorbent. They're designed with the LaLaLounger's playful patterns, making spit-up look cute. For older kids, there's no crying over spillage with these ultra-fun and cheerful patterns. BaBaBurpie will help parents keep the messes their little ones make at bay. The incredibly absorbent material will quickly whisk the daily drool and muck all away. Perfect for baby's soft skin, these burp cloths come in a wide variety of adorable prints and patterns that parents are sure to love so much.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kind + Jugend Wraps up Another Successful Show

The Kind + Jugend show that took place September 11-14 in Köln, Germany was yet again, a big hit. Not only did the number of exhibitors (1,052) surpass last year's record, but there were more attendees from abroad this year—109 countries to be exact. The award ceremony of the Kind + Jugend Innovation Award in eight categories traditionally marked the start of the trade fair. This year, 184 products were submitted by 135 exhibitors from 28 countries in a bid to win the coveted winner's seal. The jury of the Innovation Awards was made up of international trade journalists and safety experts. The winners of the 2014 Innovation Awards are:

World of Moving Baby: Six Seater – Childhome -Aerts NV (Belgium) 

World of Travelling Baby: Doona – Simple Parenting (Hong Kong)

World of Moving Baby & Travelling Baby Accessories: Ergo Pouch Sleep Suit and Sleep Bag – Ergo Pouch (Australia) 

World of Baby Safety at Home: 0 Emission Camera – Babymoov(France) 

World of Baby Toys: Tiny Love Double Sided Crib Toy – Dorel Europe (the Netherlands) 

World of Baby Textiles: Shoeps elastic laces – Miyali (the Netherlands) 

World of Baby Care: Aquanest – Babymoov (France) 

World of Baby Furniture: Pili Mat – BabyToLove (France)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Only 11 days left to ABC Kids Expo 2014!

Check out this exhibitor at ABC in Las Vegas:

Lucy Darling is making nursery and room décor look effortless with their line of closet organizers and art prints. Their modern style has a sweet touch with products like this watercolor Alphabet art print which is darling and educational.  

Check them out in Booth 1225.

Lucy Darling

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Only 18 days left to ABC Kids Expo 2014!

Check out this exhibitor at ABC in Las Vegas:

The Ubbi Pail is a great alternative to disposing diapers in standard trash bags, which can leave your home smelling less than appealing. Made of steel, the Ubbi Pail requires no special bags, contains a child safety lock so Baby can't get into it, and, above all, is simple to use, convenient and economical.  

Check them out in Booth 1737.

Ubbi Pail

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Only 25 days left to ABC Kids Expo 2014

Check out this exhibitor at ABC in Las Vegas: 

Magnificent Baby, a brand dedicated to making the lives of parents and kids easier—especially during those late nights—will be exhibiting at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas this September. 

Magnificent Baby uses Smart Close, a patented magnetic-fastening technology that allows parents to change their kids in seconds. Magnificent Baby makes late night changings a breeze with the magnetic technology without the hassle of unforgiving snaps and buttons. Check them out in Booth 6228.

Magnificent Baby

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NYNOW Seminar Sponsored by Giftware News and Baby & Kids

Don't miss out on a wealth of information by two industry veterans at NYNOW's seminar, Keeping It Fresh: Tips to Engage Customers, Excite Staff and Increase Sales, sponsored byGiftware News and Baby & Kidsmagazines on Saturday, August 16, from 1:00 to 2:00pm, Pier 94 and Sunday, August 17, from 8:30 to 9:30am, Javits Center. Whether jump-starting a new business or revitalizing an existing one, preparation is the key to success! Join two industry veterans—Helen Overly, NY NOW's buyer services representative, and Susan Tucker of Giftware News and Baby & Kids—for a lively discussion that will help improve your retail business expertise and increase your profitability, while also creating an inviting atmosphere for your clientele. As an added benefit, participants will receive a free tote bag, free magazine subscriptions and other materials to help you shop the show!

Tickets are still available. Register at

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Playtime New York Cordially Invites You

It has become a tradition for Playtime New York to extend the first day of their show into a cocktail party. A great occasion to see old friends and meet new people over a drink. To join the party, pre-register online by Wednesday, July 30, to save some time at the entrance of the show. The cocktail party will take place on Saturday, August 2 from 6-8pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY. End the first day of the show in a festive atmosphere with friends, both old and new.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Stanford Distributing Announces New Tools for Its Baby Registry and Ecommerce Program

Stanford Distributing announced updates to its baby registry and ecommerce program, providing users a great set of tools helping minimize daily tasks with their ecommerce websites. It includes a Point of Sale Import Tool for updating product data, a pricing feature for setting the sell price for multiple products in one simple step and a reward/gift card program.

"We understand that time is valuable, or in short supply, for a specialty store owner" says Roger O'Callaghan, president of Stanford Distributing. "These new tools will make it less time consuming for a store to manage products on their ecommerce and baby registry website so they can focus on customers in their retail store."

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Baby & Kids Partners With ABC Kids Expo

Baby & Kids is proud to announce their partnership with the ABC Kids Expo running September 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to print and digital show coverage, there will be four show dailies which will include a comprehensive look at products and companies being showcased, as well as event coverage during the show.

"Our continuing partnership with the ABC Expo Team has proven to be a very effective communication channel for Expo management, exhibitors and attendees," Daniel von Rabenau, publisher and president of von Rabenau Media Corporation, says. "The Dailies address the important questions, what, when and where during this marvelous event. We are totally committed."

For more information, email Joanne Fallon at

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Red Thread Collection Sews Together Little Hearts and Minds

Connecting hearts and hopes, the Red Thread Collection from Bunnies By The Bay is a true-blue collection of soft, lovable friends that binds together toys and owners. Each Red Thread item includes a cloth tag that reads, "A Red Thread connects your heart to mine." "We are painfully aware that many children are alone and not connected to anyone. A portion of proceeds from The Red Thread Collection is donated to orphans and abandoned children around the world and here at home," Jeanne Ming Hayes, sister and co-founder of BBTB, says. "We all long to be connected to someone who loves us. We believe an invisible red thread connects our hearts together."

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Eddie George Named 2014 Daddy of The Year By Daddy & Co. and Groundbreaking Web Series, My Life As A Dad

Former Heisman Trophy winner and four-time NFL Pro Bowler Eddie George has been named 2014 Daddy of The Year by Daddy & Co. the leading supplier of gifts for dads. Robert "Daddy" Nickell, CEO of Daddy & Co. and host of the groundbreaking web series, My Life As A Dad, bestowed the honor of 2014 Daddy of The Year to George for being a true family man and being so proactive in raising his two sons.

"Daddy and Company takes great pride in choosing its annual Daddy of the Year. This year we have selected Eddie George who is a man of great achievement but in his heart his greatest moments come from being with his family and children. I have personally interviewed Eddie and believe him to be an outstanding father who understands how to listen, and nurture his children. We all know any man can be a father but it takes someone special to the dad," Nickell says.

Named NFL Rookie of The Year coming out of The Ohio State University in 1996 and holding a host of NFL records, George could have stopped there, but he decided to go back to school get his MBA and begin to build businesses and a brand. Currently an analyst on Fox Sports and host of NBC's American Dream Builder, Eddie continues to train hard and find balance to maintain his peak physical, mental and spiritual condition to meet the challenges of his demanding schedule.

Married to Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George, a Grammy nominated singer with the soul group SWV ("Sisters With Voices"), which sold more than six million records, they are the loving parents of two sons, Eriq and Jaire. They enjoy a busy life of friends, family and kids' sporting events.

"I'm extremely excited and honored to be selected as Daddy of the Year. I never really sought out to be Daddy of the Year, it's just something I try to live every day, to be a better husband and a better father. My sons motivate me on a consistent basis to be a better man and hold me true to my own principals. They hold me accountable even when they're not around, and to receive an award for that is truly an honor," George explains.

George becomes the second Daddy of The Year honoree for Daddy and Company. Passing the torch over to Eddie is 2013 honoree Ian Ziering. As spokesman for Daddy and Company in 2013, Ziering exemplified what a true family man and true dad really is to his two beautiful daughters. Said Ziering of the award, "Being a dad is the best role I've ever had. Being named Daddy of The Year is like receiving a daddy Oscar."

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

AmericasMart Produces Largest Home and Gift Tradeshow of the Summer

AmericasMart Atlanta's 35th trade show categories and more than 2,500 temporary exhibiting companies at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market (Tuesday, July 8 to July 15) offer a depth and breadth of trend-making gift and home décor products unmatched by any other domestic tradeshow this summer. The magnitude of product introductions combined with AmericasMart's industry-leading tradeshow acumen makes the July 2014 Temporary Market (Thursday, July 10 to July 14) the top wholesale marketplace for the global retail community.

"The excitement for the July Market is palpable,"Jo Ann Miller Marshall, executive vice president of Tradeshows for AmericasMart, says. "Our exhibitors are eager to show off new lines and products, and our buyers cannot wait to visit their existing vendors and to discover new collections."

Updates at the July 2014 Market are the debut of Gentlemen's Boutique, a juried collection showcasing top lifestyle products for men, and the re-launch of the celebrated juried general gift collection as On Trend Gifts.

Gentlemen's Boutique features an impressive inaugural class with collections from Collard Greens, Bird Dog Bay, Inc., Just Madras, LLC., Smathers and Branson, Josh Bach Limited and more. The innovative assemblage is a result of AmericasMart's recognition of the increasing focus on and demand for men's personal products across the retail spectrum. The collection is located on Building 3, Floor 4.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nickelodeon and Funko Expand Multi-Year Licensing Dead to Include "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

Nickelodeon and Funko prepare to spread Turtle Power this summer, with the launch of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"-themed products. The new product line includes vinyl figures, mystery mini-figures; bobble heads and Hikari vinyl figures featuring series favorites, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, Splinter, Shredder, April O'Neil, Bebop, Rocksteady and more. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" joins Funko's roster of Nickelodeon licenses which includes an extensive "SpongeBob SquarePants" product line.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' is hotter than ever and we are so excited to expand our partnership with Funko to offer die-hard fans and collectors an opportunity to interact with their favorite characters from the iconic series with this cool stylized line of figures," Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toysand Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products, says.

"Working with the team at Nickelodeon on 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' projects has been amazing. They let Funko do what Funko does best, and that is create crazy, whimsical and cool items for the Turtles brand," Brian Mariotti, CEO of Funko, says.
The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" product line includes: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Series 2 Pop! Vinyl, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Hikari Japanese Vinyl Figures, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Wacky Wobblers and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Mystery Mini-Figures.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association Launches New Consumer Website

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has announced the launch of its online consumer safety resource, Baby Safety Zone (BSZ). BSZ is an innovative community format that provides the public and consumers with education and information assisting in the safe selection and use of juvenile products. 

"As an association, JPMA represents the product manufacturers," Kelly Mariotti, JD, CPA, executive director of JPMA, says. "The Baby Safety Zone is committed to reducing the number of nursery product related injuries through education and awareness on choosing and utilizing products, as well as preventative measures parents and caregivers can adopt immediately." 

Through the website and its social media outlets, BSZ provides followers with safety videos, tips, information and resources from its partners and JPMA manufacturers. Visitors can create their "safe nursery" by registering for JPMA Certified products, share pictures of their children and nurseries, communicate with other parents and caregivers and obtain immediate recall information and updates.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Baby & Kids' April/May Digital Show Issue is Now Available

April/May Digital Issue 


Stroller Accessories
 You'll want to be on the move with these accessories

Teethers and Pacifiers:
 Make the hand-to-mouth phase a soothing one

Mattress 101:
 Even a princess won't feel a pea under these mattresses

Baby Carriers:
 Carry on easily while keeping baby close

 These are our favorite Americana looks
Plus much more!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Celebrate Children's Book Week

May 12-18, 2014 is Children's Book Week, which is administered by Every Child a Reader and the Children's Book Council is an anchor sponsor. In 2014, official events from Book Week Online, which give kids the opportunity to connect with their favorite authors and illustrators in person, will be hosted in all 50 states for the first time in the initiative's history.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers Merge to Better Serve People in Need

Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation, Inc., announced today that they have successfully completed their merger as of April 7, 2014. Both K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers, U.S.-based nonprofit organizations with a global reach, were founded to secure donations of excess new product from manufacturers and retailers to provide relief for people in need. The official name of the organization is now K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc., and their new website is a call to action that emphasizes the organization's mission. K.I.D.S. was founded in 1985 by children's industry executives, and in 2005 Fashion Delivers was created by adult apparel and home fashions professionals to serve similar purposes. Moving donations of new apparel, home fashions, toys, books and other items is a huge effort. Cash donations and other financial support help pay for programs, logistics, coordination and transportation costs so that new product reaches the people who need it most. While the organizations' work in natural disasters has attracted the most attention, fighting poverty is a daily mission. The organizations have delivered over $1 billion of new product and efficiently operate with less than 3% overhead.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

pello Expands to More Than 200 Retailers Nationwide

In less than 2 years, Ohio entrepreneur Cindy Perry has expanded pello, her patented line of ultra-plush baby floor pillows, from a hobby created out of her home to a must-have baby gear product featured by the premier fashion retailer, and more than 200 retails shops across the country. This month, Nordstrom began selling six different styles of pello to its online customers. Known for selling fashion-forward, high quality products, Nordtrom's goals are aligning with pello. While Perry initially hand-made each pello out of her home, she quickly needed to identify a manufacturer as the number of retail outlets wanting to sell pello multiplied. In addition to, pello is sold at more than 200 gift and baby shops and boutiques in 37 states and 2 countries. The pello has been featured in Earnshaw Magazine's 2014 Ultimate Gear Guide for babies. Earnshaw's is the pre-eminent media resource serving the children and baby market and reaches roughly 13,000 executives in apparel, juvenile products and gift industries. pello has also been featured in Pregnancy Magazine and Baby and Kids and was selected as a Top Baby Gear item for 2013 by The pello features a distinct, donut-shaped floor pillow with raised edges, ultra-soft plush fabric and a soft padded center that benefits a child at all stages of development.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

California Market Center Plans Exciting & Productive Summer 2014 Market With New Resources & Amenities

Among other product mixes, buyers will experience an expanded selection of best-selling fashion accessories and children's merchandise at a unified California marketplace during the summer L.A. Gift & Home Market at the California Market Center (CMC), scheduled to be held Tuesday, July 15 through Monday, July 21, 2014 from 9am to 6pm daily, with extended hours until 8pm on Friday, July 18, 2014. This edition of the L.A. Gift & Home Market will present local and national retailers with the freshest gift, home and garden decor, fine furniture, decorative accessories, personal care and lifestyle products. In addition, buyers will be able to discover over 800 baby and children's resources showcased throughout the California Market Center.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ABC Kids Expo's North American Pavilion at the Harrogate International Nursery Fair!

ABC would like to thank the following exhibitors for joining the 2014 North American pavilion at the Harrogate International Nursery Fair: Baby Elephant Ears, Baby K'tan, foufou baby, Jazzy Toes, Mabel's Labels, Mixie Baby, Pacific Baby Incorporated, Pully Palz, Pura Stainless, RoomMates Décor, Sara Kety LLC, Wean Green and Zoli Inc.

The pavilion, which was located in the 100 year old Royal Hall for the first time, was a success with an abundance of positive feedback. ABC is expecting to increase their presence next year. If you would like to participate in this 'Royal' pavilion please be sure to contact ABC today before space sells out!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

This year's ToyFest West let it ride in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

Building on the enthusiasm for the new locale, this year's ToyFest West show was a win-win in all the categories –attendance, number of products, vendors being shown and ultimately, the number of dollars being written at the show. All of the lines were written, and reps were successful in sharing new products, as well as lines recently picked up in New York. Sales increased significantly for a multitude of companies. Having not attended the show in years, Teri Soelter of Teri's Toybox in Edmonds, WA, was excited about the move to Las Vegas and is considering the idea of skipping New York in the future in order to attend ToyFest West annually. "It is easy to get to from Seattle, not having to worry about bad weather flying in and out. I saw product that I missed in New York, and dealing with my local rep groups was a real plus."

One of the things that set this show apart from any other toy show in the country is camaraderie, especially at the annual Gala and Game Night. Many business owners say they appreciate the built in social events and getting to spend time with a variety of industry people. "It is a great way to learn how the industry is changing and growing, hear about product successes at other stores, and really just enjoy all the great people. And Game Night is the perfect way for me to learn about the games I will be selling in my store this year. The information I received is what my customers want to know," says Dana Chavez, owner of The Wonder Emporium in La Habra, CA.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Silikids Debuts New Web Site and All New Product Line of Safe, Modern Silicone Accessories for Kids

Silikids, Inc. the first mom-founded brand which focuses on creating children's products that are toxin-free, hypoallergenic and made entirely out of silicone introduces a broadened line of innovative feeding products. The new Silikids products now available at retail include: 

Siliskin Sippy-a stylish 8 ounce sippy cup where Silitop and Siliskin Glass come together as one.

Siliskin Top-a Silicone Top which stretches over and covers the top of a glass. Combined with the Siliskin Glass, the glass is completely encased and protected.

Silimap-a portable silicone placement with cool/fun educational themed graphics to teach kids about the US.

Silibib-an ergonomic designed bib that allows for it to lie flat. The bib includes a hidden pocket too that easily flips forward for use so the bib can be worn with the pocket in front or with the pocket flipped behind.

Siliskin Bowl-a sectioned ceramic bowl with Siliskin is ideal for young children starting solid foods and for suggested portions of the four food groups.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dallas' PBJ: Play. Baby. Juvenile. Offers Innovative Gifts & Gadgets

Dallas Market Center today announced that its juried trade event, PBJ: Play. Baby. Juvenile., will offer the most innovative gifts and gadgets across the baby and juvenile industries for its second show held Thursday, March 27 through Friday, March 28. The once-a-year event is held in conjunction with the Total Home & Gift Market and Dallas KidsWorld Market, among other shows. Dallas KidsWorld Market draws specialty retailers from across the country and internationally to the marketplace. PBJ further expands the existing selection of children's products, including apparel, accessories, toys, textiles, furniture, bedding, educational gifts and much more.

PBJ will feature several new exhibitors which will include:

Bugaboo USA Twenty years ago, Bugaboo designed the world's first modular stroller. Iconic, innovative and loaded with functionality, all Bugaboo strollers ensure a smooth and smart ride, and are built to last.

InchBug MyDrinky by InchBug is a two-piece juice box holder that adjusts in height to accommodate small 4-ounce juice boxes, all the way to larger juice pouches. The top locks in the drink to prevent squeezed juice from leaking.

Infanttech Always In View is a wireless, video baby monitor designed for use inside the car. An HD camera inside a plush toy transmits images to a color monitor placed on the dashboard of the car.

Little Dundi Little Dundi's flagship product, My Early Steps, is an award-winning, soft-structured baby walker. At PBJ, Little Dundi will reveal a line of boutique-quality, charming and sturdy paperboard clothes hangers for babies and toddlers.

Mixie Baby Mixie is the only self-contained 2-in-1 formula bottle, making feedings possible at any time. Formula and water are stored in separate compartments. For feeding, simply press the button on the bottle's bottom and shake to mix. Mixie is BPA, phthalate and PVC free and is dishwasher and microwave safe.

pNeo/Baby Shusher A revolutionary new tool for parents using an ancient, but doctor-tested and approved, technique to help soothe a fussy baby.

PunkinWrap The only single, made in the USA wrap purposefully designed to function safely and easily as a nursing cover, stroller blanket, sunshade, car seat cover, changing pad, chest carrier wrap and tummy time mat.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The 6th Annual All Baby & Child Educational Conference and Trade Show Gets Underway This May at Walt Disney World

Registration for the 6th Annual All Baby & Child Educational Conference will again be complimentary for all qualified products and specialty and maternity retailers that maintain brick and mortar store locations. This is the first time that an All Baby & Child event has been held at any of the Walt Disney World Resort properties, and it plans to make full use of the Walt Disney World Resort amenities and locales during the three day event. Following the opening educational sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to relax and socialize with a Cabanas Beach Welcome Reception which will be held lakeside at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. One evening, private buses will transport attendees to an exclusive event at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Guests will arrive as the park closes for exclusive access to Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain and DinoLand U.S.A. Attendees will have unobstructed use of the games and attractions that Disney has to offer. Providing valuable education, outstanding networking and an exclusive trade show, Lake Buena Vista welcomes this specialty store industry's event.