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October 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 10
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At the ABC Show in Vegas last month, "mompreneurs" and other inventors showed off innovative, problem-solving products that free up parents' hands and time while keeping kids safe and healthy. TDmonthly Magazine brought its camera crew so that you could see for yourself which new products will be right for your clientele.

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MSRP: $59.99
Age Range: 0 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Safety



The BabyBeeCool® Universal Cooler Pad does everything the Car Seat Cooler Pad does and so much more! It is a larger cooler pad for all seats, infants to adults that fits all car seats. It can also serve as a pet cooler for the floor or crate, a steering wheel cooler, and also function as a beverage or food cooler. Folds up neatly and the shoulder straps keep the hands free. BabyBeeCool received The Toy Man Seal of Approval in 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19925      (added 7/25/2008)
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MSRP: $35.00
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Toys
Award Winners



Portable Playtime is a backpack that converts into a playmat designed to fit airplane tray tables.  Pack up the toys and fold into a backpack.  Pockets zipper to keep toys secure.  Holds over 20 toys, snacks and games. Playmat designs include Plane Fun, Aero-Playin', Princess Adventure, Pirate Passage, and Enchanted Journey.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20030      (added 8/8/2008)
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MSRP: $24.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



This set includes the Miss Gigi-Mae™ Tether System and the Miss Gigi-Mae™ Learns to Read: The Letter A book. The tethering system allows for young toddlers to keep their belongings close to them while the book introduces the letter A to a young child's learning of the alphabet.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19530      (added 6/23/2008)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Sporting Goods & Accessories



This sleek, smart (and always safe) shooter sends super durable, specially-designed bands flying in a snap! Load up a band and pull back the firing arm until the spin action release sends the soft ammo soaring. This shooter turns stretch power into super speed! It’s a souped-up, tricked-out rubber band gun with no trigger necessary.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20392      (added 9/3/2008)
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MSRP: $74.95
Age Range: 1 to 4
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Safety
Preschool



CARES is a safety restraint for airplane seats and is certified for all phases of flight – taxiing, take off, turbulence and landing. CARES is manufactured exclusively by AmSafe Aviation, the foremost manufacturer of aviation seatbelts and pilot restraints in the world. To help parents become comfortable with CARES, each unit comes with an instructional video and card in an easy-to-handle carrying case. It takes only a few minutes to learn to use CARES – and it installs on the airplane seat in just 1 minute. This product received a PTPA Media 2009 Fall Seal of Approval.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18960      (added 5/21/2008)
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MSRP: $12.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



The design of the Baby Dipper® bowl includes a non-slip surface at the bottom of the bowl to prevent any sliding, an interior shaped to guide food towards a collection point for a spoon to scoop up, and a transparent frame to see the food in the bowl at any angle. A special spoon is included to go with the bowl, but any similar sized spoon can also be used.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19970      (added 8/1/2008)
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MSRP: $14.99
Launch Date: August 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Safety
Infant & Toddler
Novelties



There’s nothing more terrifying to a parent than the thought of being separated from his or her child. Award-winning Spot Me ID™ “animated” ID bracelets were invented by a mom who lost her 7-year-old daughter for a terrifying 15 minutes while on vacation in 2007. As these uniquely themed ID bracelets are moved back and forth,  a “magical” effect is created that brings our safety dog “Spot” to life. On our everyday series bracelet, Spot winks, wags his tail, and waves. Using the included marker, parents simply write their names and cell phone numbers on the back of the easy-to-recognize safety products. Spot Me ID™ animated ID Bracelets are waterproof, affordable, and require no batteries. "There is nothing on the market like Spot Me ID™," said Jamie Rayko, CEO of Spot Me ID, Inc. “With over 2,000 children lost every day, there is nothing more important to parents than keeping their kids safe. Every family needs Spot Me ID™ - Because Kids Get Lost™.” Patents pending. Launch date:  08/01/2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20064      (added 8/14/2008)
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Age Range: 0 to 3
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



Kissaluv’s Organic Fitted Kissa’s share the same features of the fitted diapers, with the addition of a snap-in soaker. Organic cotton and natural hemp make the diaper ultra-absorbent, anti-bacterial and super-soft. With superb fabric that brings the goodness of organic cotton and the durability of hemp fibers, super-trim design, yet very absorbent, elasticized leg and back openings, sturdy plastic snap closures, and overlapping wings to ensure a good fit for skinny and chubby babies alike.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20929      (added 10/10/2008)
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Age Range: 0 to 2
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



The Tata-Mia is a three-in-one system that allows parents to easily transition from a baby recliner to a swing to a high chair. It can also fold up quickly and tightly for each storage. It comes preassembled; only the casters must be added, for easy transportability. Launch date: 2008
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20467      (added 9/12/2008)
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MSRP: $8.00
Age Range: 0 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Gifts
American-Made



The No Slippy Hair Clippy features magnets for a tighter clasp, plus a velvet cover to keep them soft and comfortable. They stay in little girls' hair even during play. They're also handmade in America.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20466      (added 9/12/2008)
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Age Range: 2 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Toys



Made of rubber and covered with colorful flocking, these fun, easy to handle activity vehicles are as durable as they are soft. Available in micro, mini and large sizes and an assortment of colors – collect them all. (Product was formerly dist. by PlaSmart)
Past Videos: ABC Kids Expo 2008
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15578      (added 10/2/2007)
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MSRP: $45.95
Age Range: 0 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



Flat Friends are unstuffed soft toys made of 100% Australian sheepskin. The 11.8" sea turtle is brown and green and comes with his own totebag and gift card.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20468      (added 9/12/2008)
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MSRP: $26.00
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Apparel



An African Elephant graces this "me tee" with a brief factoid running vertically across the shirt, describing the elephant as the largest land animal on earth.  The "me tee" has the image printed on the shirt both rightside up and upside down, allowing for the wearer to also see what everyone else sees while wearing the shirt.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20189      (added 8/22/2008)
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The BellaBand is designed with pregnant women's bodies in mind. The top hem is wide and flat to minimize visible lines under women's tops. The main body of the BellaBand is seamless-knit so there are no side seams to show if the band is folded over. The fabric is designed to stretch and recover to fit throughout pregnancy and beyond. The bottom hem is double-sewn to better grip pants, skirts, and shorts to prevent the BellaBand from riding up.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20411      (added 9/4/2008)
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MSRP: $13.00
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Plush
Gifts
Collectibles



Pawparazzi Pets have a nose for style and whatever they’re wearing is what’s PAWpular in fashion! Girls will gasp when they see this tail-wagging collection of stylish clothes and fashionable accessories. They can dress their posh pets up for a night on the town or get together with friends and put on a fashion show. High-profile style for Little Pets Living Big Lives!™
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20381      (added 8/28/2008)
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Age Range: 0 to 3
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



Abiie® G2G® stroller. G2G means "Good to Go." From now on, parents will enjoy the freedom to change their babies anytime, anywhere. This unique design provides a public changing table’s convenience for average users, while not altering the habits of parents used to normal strollers. After the diaper has been changed, the changing table’s waterproof material can be cleaned with antibacterial wipes. Folded up, the table hides neatly in the seat compartment. BabyDeck® is designed with child safety as its highest priority and complies with US ASTM standards. The seat is designed with secure locking capabilities. Any time the seat does not properly lock when folded back, the baby’s weight will press it to fully-locked mode. It also features a “safety bump,” which prevents the seat from folding out unintentionally.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19633      (added 7/1/2008)
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Age Range: 2 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Audio & CD
Videos & DVDs



Sesame Street Playground is an exciting world music adventure for kids, with each song and video produced in its country of origin. Thirteen songs from Brazil, France, China, India, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Palestine, Russia, South Africa and Tanzania complement two from the U.S. flagship production. The two-disc package features a music CD with 13 songs, featuring favorite Sesame Street Muppets, plus characters developed to reflect the unique cultural and social development needs of children in each host country. The DVD features 5 music videos that visit distant locales such as Russia, South Africa and Mexico.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19582      (added 6/26/2008)
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MSRP: $27.00
Age Range: 0 to 2
Gender: Boys
Category: Infant & Toddler
Gifts
Apparel



Each pair of socks comes with an elasticized ankle and a non-skid grip that help babies learn to walk without slipping. Each six-sock set comes in a ready-to-mail gift box. Socks sized for babies newborn to 1 year are $25 per set, while socks sized for 1- to 2-year-olds are $27 per set. A variety pack for girls is also available.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17974      (added 3/17/2008)
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MSRP: $13.99
Age Range: 0 and up
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Plush



Paci-Plushies® are an extraordinary new pacifier holder that connects popular name brand infant pacifiers with a super-soft and light plush toy using a patent-pending flexible Hug Ring™. Paci-Plushies® are the answer a common problem: the all too often missing pacifier. When a Paci-Plushie® is attached to Baby's pacifier, the pacifier becomes easy for both Mom and Baby to find. Pacifers are fully removable allowing for proper sanitation of both the pacifier and plush toy. Paci-Plushies® are compatible with over 200 varieties of name brand pacifiers allowing for ultimate usability and versatility. Launch date: 2008
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20478      (added 9/15/2008)
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MSRP: $8.99
Age Range: 0 and up
Launch Date: January 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Special Needs
Developmental Toys



This dual-headed gripping spoon is intended to be used prior to an infant/toddler actually needing it to eat.  This allows a child to target the path from table to mouth ,so when they are fully fledged table eaters, there are less mishaps and increased success. The arc-shaped handle with angled lateral guard forms a wedge-like shape to reduce hand shifting along the handle.  This allows for a more consistent path from table to mouth. The dual lateral guards pevents gagging and the dual heads prevent choking.  Additionally, the arc-shaped handle makes the spoon–end angle toward the mouth so by just pivoting at the elbow toward the mouth enables success (no wrist movement required).  This reduces the need to coordinate the movement of multiple body parts, which reduces neurological stress and increases time on task and focus. Launch date: January 25, 2007
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20477      (added 9/15/2008)
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Age Range: 0 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Furniture & Decor



Create-a-Dream's mix-and-match bedding packages let moms and dads design a custom sleep environment for their little ones. The "Joey" pattern features a cute little boy who can be found on crib bumpers, comforters and shams. There are also designs just for girls, plus geometric shapes in a variety of colors to let parents get creative. All bedding is 100% cotton percale.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20476      (added 9/15/2008)
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Now even the tinest Baby can have a Zoobie. The Baby Mashaka plush toy  un-Velcroes to become a comfy pillow, then unzips to transform into an infant-sized blanket. The blanket even features fuzzy "comfort corners" to stimulate Baby's interest in textures. Release date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20531      (added 9/18/2008)
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Alison MarekWriter's Bio: ALISON MAREK is an award-winning writer, director and cartoonist whose work has been published by Fairchild Publications and DC Comics (Piranha Press), broadcast on Showtime and other cable networks, and viewed worldwide in film festivals. See her short films and print work on www.alisonmarek.com. Watch her nefarious villains in the web series www.MuggsMovers.com. Get inspired by her cartoons "Daily ARFFirmations to Unleash Your Inner Fido" at www.ARFFirmations.com. Phew! And then ...  Read more articles by this author

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