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Favorite Finds at NY NOW 2013

Last week I attended NY NOW which is one of my favorite trade shows all year. Not only do you get to showcase your product line to great buyers from around the world, you also get the chance to spend four fun-filled days making new friends with the other exhibitors. It’s always inspiring and every bit entertaining. And, another great perk is being able to scope out all the cool new products in the Baby & Child section. Below are a few of my favorite finds:NYNOW_ElectrikKidz

Electrik Kids, the brand that makes you want to make babies!” I love that description.
They won the Best New Product in the Apparel category for this darling Japanese-inspired mermaid gown. Congrats Christian and Ariane!


3 Sprouts was created by 3 friends who share a love of babies and an appreciation for unique and modern products. I was obsessed with this whimsical, over-sized Raccoon storage bin and had to have it along with the Camel. Thanks, Amit, for saving them for me!


Home Grown Books combine simple language and interesting subjects to honor kids’ intelligence and create a successful reading experience. Engaging for parents and children alike, the book sets encourage creativity and confidence in the earliest reader. We are proud owners of The Play Set by Cecile Dyer and The Adventuring Set by Case Jernigan. I really enjoyed talking with Kyla Ryman, Founder, who is a reading specialist and advocate of organic learning for young children.


Lollacups are innovative infant/toddler straw sippy cups that are BPA-free and made in the USA. Yay! The product line is adorable. The packaging is perfect. And the masterminds behind this great brand are super, super sweet and I’m honored to call them my friends. Mark and Hanna are a Shark Tank success story!

NYNOW_Lille Huset

Lille Huset is a collection of doll houses and play things to inspire the next generation of makers. The portable, cardboard doll house makes the perfect travel toy. I can’t wait to take them on our next road trip. I featured some of our other favorite travel toys earlier and I would definitely add this one to the list!

Sweet! Best New Product Award | Toy Category at NY NOW

Box Play for Kids | Best New Product Award | Toy Category

Box Play for Kids | Best New Product Award | Toy Category

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Cathy Steel, 203-340-9251
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Decor-Storage Beanbag By mimish Named “Bloggers’ Best”

NEW YORK, NY, August 17, 2013… Five companies were named Baby + Child Best New Product Awards recipients today, in connection with the summer 2013 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home & Lifestyle (formerly NYIGF®), which runs Saturday, August 17, through Wednesday, August 21, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. These five honorees also are eligible for NY NOW’s first-ever “Best of Lifestyle” Award, which will be determined by online balloting during the show.
Mimish received “Bloggers’ Choice” top honors for Decor-Storage Beanbag. In addition, winners were recognized for excellence in four categories: toy, décor, gear and apparel. A panel of ten editors from trade media, kid-centric blogs and websites selected products which exemplified innovation, design and style.
The summer 2013 winners and finalists, selected from 70+ products, are:

mimish (Brooklyn, NY) for its Storage Beanbag, a patented storage beanbag with beans on top and storage on the bottom.

Winner: Box Play for Kids LLC (Phoenix, AZ) for its Box Play for Kids Ice Cream Truck, recycled craft stickers that repurpose old milk cartons into new toys.
Finalist: T egu (Darien, CT) for its Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks 42 Piece Set.
Finalist: PlanToys® Inc. (Union City, CA) for its Curvy Click Clack.

Winner: Tree by Kerri Lee (Long Eddy, NY) for its Letters to Santa Mailbox, a family keepsake and Christmas decoration.
Finalist: Manny & Simon® (Del Mar, CA) for its Reindeer + Sleigh.
Finalist: AREAWARE (Brooklyn, NY) for its Infinite Tree.

Winner: 3 SPROUTS
(Toronto, Canada) for its Stroller Organizer, a completely wipeable stroller organizer with two drink holders, discreet back pocket with velcro closure and a roomy main cargo area.
Finalist: Benbini® Watches (Atlanta, GA) for its Benbini Watch.
Finalist: ZoLi Inc. (Burlingame, CA) for its Tween B nail buffer.

Winner: Electrik Kidz
(Montreal, Canada) for its Mermaid gown, a night gown with mitts and bottom tie for easy changing.
Finalist: JoJo Maman Bébé (London, United Kingdom) for its Linen mix suiting for boys.
Finalist: Two Mice, A Bear and A Bunny, LLC (New York, NY) for My First Jammies By Hélène Lauré.

“With the increasing consumer demand for well-styled juvenile products, the design bar has risen to a new level,” said Melissa Engongoro, Baby + Child Sales Manager. “Representing both trade and consumer audiences, our panel of a judges selected these for their stand out qualities.”

All five winning products automatically qualify for consideration in the first NY NOW “Best of Lifestyle” Award, which will be determined through online voting at www.redclay.com/nynow. “Peoples’ Choice” balloting runs August 17-20, and the winner will be announced on August 21.

The Best New Product Award judges were: Jamie Cohen, Giftmama.com; Joanna Dreifus, MyMomShops.com; Elina Furman, Mamaista.com; Nanci Gregg, Baby & Children’s Product News; Lynda M. Johnson, KidStyleSource.com; Caroline Kennedy, Playthings; Audrey Kingo, Earnshaw’s; Jane Kitchen, Kids Today; Leesa Valentino, TheGiggleGuide.com; and Barbara Wujick, Baby & Kids.

Presented as part of NY NOW’s LIFESTYLE Collection, Baby + Child features some 110 companies offering sophisticated and purpose-driven products for children 0-10 years. NY NOW’s four comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE, HANDMADE and NEW! – will encompass 100,000 products in 400+ product categories. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nynow.com.