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August 2009 | Vol. VIII - No. 8


TDmonthly's Top 10: Baby & Kids World, Tokyo

Flat Vases, Cushion Tubs and Pixel Art Made Their Marks

Japan's first-ever Baby & Kids World trade show, held concurrently with Reed Exhibitions' GIFTEX and DESIGN TOKYO shows, welcomed 106 exhibitors July 8-10, offering a variety of juvenile care items, clothing, toys and accessories. The trio of exhibitions saw more than 19,000 visitors, an increase of 24 percent over last year, with a collective gathering of 476 exhibitors from 20 different countries and regions. The following list includes innovative baby, gift and decor items that stood out as TDmonthly Magazine walked the floor:

This flat, flexible vase expands into a three-dimensional piece of art when filled with water, and stands upright while displaying flowers. Several designs are available in addition to this classic curved model. It has a tear-off top.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24700      (added 7/20/2009)

The paintdots collection of totes and pen cases allows individuals to decorate their product with the included markers based on dot-color instructions generated from an image uploaded to the paintdots Simulator program. The tote has three pockets on the exterior and there are two sizes of pen cases available.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24796      (added 7/30/2009)

This colorful storage basket with handles and a curved roof measures 50 cm x 30 cm x 44 cm.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24793      (added 7/30/2009)

Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties

Designed by Been KIM, the DrinKlip is designed to clip right onto tables or desks in order to hold drinks securely without requiring surface space. It is available in a several different colors.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24792      (added 7/30/2009)

Age Range: 0 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Bath
Infant & Toddler

Designed for versatile use as a cradle, bathtub and crib for babies, the Peititen Cushion Tub-Bed features a cushioned floor and wall for comfort, with an antimicrobial surface that makes it safe for even newborn babies. Available accessories include a cradle and baby tub stand. It is available in white, pink, blue, cobalt and light green. The company makes both round (shown) and neckrest types.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24798      (added 7/30/2009)

Designed for quick, simple cutting of Scotch-type tapes, this dispenser cuts large quantities of tape to a 3.8 cm length with a single rotation of the handle. It may also be used as storage for pens, scissors or name cards. The product is available in pink, light blue and yellow.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24794      (added 7/30/2009)

MSRP: $450.00
Age Range: 1 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Furniture & Decor
Infant & Toddler

Made out of patented stylewood, this contemporary set features clean lines, chairs that nest perfectly underneath the table, and slide-out storage trays. It is available in cappuccino, natural, cappuccino orange, and natural orange. It is suitable for children 18 months and up. The table length is 31”; height is 21.5”.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24791      (added 7/30/2009)

Gender: Girls
Category: Furniture & Decor

This set of butterflies can be used to jazz up a wall in a child's room. The decals are designed to be easily repositioned on walls and furniture, without damaging surfaces.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24699      (added 7/20/2009)

Available in blue, orange and lime green, these portable round cups feature a lid with a sturdy straw, and a clear body so the drink level can be monitored. They may be used with one or two handles, or without.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24799      (added 7/30/2009)

MSRP: $200.00
Age Range: 1 to 2
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Vehicles - Riding
Infant & Toddler

The unique 4-in-1 Smart Trike Recliner designed for babies from 6 months and up, provides the child with a safe and comfortable ride. The adjustable seat is equipped with a reclining position to allow baby to nap. The multi-position adjustable handle guarantees an easy solution for the parents to steer and, by releasing the clutch, the child takes control for fun, independent riding. The Smart Trike Recliner includes a washable, quality seat cover and is available in a range of colors together with a useful functional bag. It is available in green, pink and red. Smart Trike “Recliner” is the winner of the “Toy Innovation” Award in the Fun + Sport category and “Right Start Award” Overall Winner in the 0-3 category and “Gold award” in the Sit n Ride category.
— As of 05/13/2011 this product had 4 out of 5 stars from 20 reviews on Cons: Doesn't easily stay in a straight line; sun shade doesn't align with the rest of the trike.

Past Videos:
Product Demonstration
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24797      (added 7/30/2009)

See also TDmonthly's top-10 lists from these tradeshows:

2009 ASTRA Marketplace & Academy

2009 Western States Toy & Hobby Show

2009 American International Toy Fair


Julie L. JonesWriter's Bio: Julie L. Jones has written articles for both newspapers and magazines. Before joining the staff of TDmonthly Magazine, she worked as a communications writer and provided editorial support for a market research company. Read more articles by this author


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