Thanks to an invite by the lovely mama behind Stroller in the City, I was recently lucky enough to attend ENK Childrens Club, an international exhibition featuring hundreds of brands in children's fashion, accessories, and more. Held at the Javits Center in New York, it was huge... HUGE!!!
It took me a good FOUR HOURS to meander through the aisles, stopping and chatting with the reps when a certain item caught my eye. After a brief pumping session in the bathroom, I finished the day at a blogger & brand meet and greet, another awesome opportunity to hear about the latest trends in children's fashion and make some great connections (which means plenty of product reviews and giveaways coming soon for YOU, my loyal and fabulous readers).
OK, without further ado, I'm happy to present you with some of the brands and products that blew me away!!
Chiggy & N Sunglasses
My three-year-old son was recently diagnosed with terrible Fall and Spring seasonal allergies (thanks to my hubby), so when I ran across these full coverage sunglasses my immediate reaction was "NO WAY!!! Are these anti-allergy sunglasses?!?!?!" And you know what? THEY ARE!! Not only do they help keep the pollen out of kids' eyes, they're super cute, extremely durable, and have UV 400 protection. They go for $30 a pop on their website and Amazon - in black, blue, or pink - one size fits all (ages 4-10).
Watchitude Slap Watches
Do you remember those slap bracelets we used to love in grade school, that became illegal because it turned out they were dangerous? Well, Watchitude figured out how to make them safe again, using silicone, and turned them into a very very cool "slap watches". They have a bazillion designs, and retail for about $22 on their website and Amazon.
Hoonana Kids' Elastic Waist Pants
I will be the first to admit I love maternity pants. So freaking comfortable!! Baby pants also feature this uber awesome elastic waist, but once toddlers graduate to bigger sizes you are stuck with the annoying side elastic button thingy, or have to use a belt (which can be frustrating for younger kids to get on and off by themselves). So, when I saw Hoonana Kids' pants featuring the elastic waist in sizes 12 months through 8 I was like helllllll yes!!!! Not only practical, but super cute! They retail for $46 on their website.
Keenz Stroller Wagon
This one had all the bloggers talking at the show, and for good reason. We've never seen anything like it and we all WANT ONE!!! As a mother of 3 kids under 4, this thing was begging for me to take it home. This 29-pound stroller wagon features two 5-point seat belts (one on each end), a 110 pound weight limit, 1-step on/off brake, removable fabric, adjustable simulated leather handles on each end, built-in storage, retractable roof (hello - convertible!), and a fairly compact fold. Offered in green, purple, or gray, it retails for $450 on their website.
You know how annoying it is to change your baby's swim diaper when they're wearing a swimsuit? Fasten does and they've solved the problem by making diapers easily accessible in their baby swimsuits which open at the waistline via magnetic snaps!! Can't get much easier than that! They retail for about $35 on their website and Amazon.
Meiya & Alvin Teether Toys
Created by our Canadian friends over at Great Pretenders (see our review of my son's amazing superhero cape here), Meiya & Alvin feature adorable books, teethers, and toys made from natural, sustainable, and recycled products. I especially fell in love with their super cute plush toys which are like little stuffed animals with heads made of natural rubber - perfect for teething! They retail for $22 on their website and Amazon.
Blade & Rose Baby Leggings
I mean, come on, just look at the photo. I want these on my girls!!! I can just picture them toddling around falling on their adorably decorated bums! Available in sizes infant through 4 years, in tons of designs (matching bandana, sock, and body suit available!!), they retail for $16 on their website and Amazon.
Baby moccasins and crib shoes are all the rage these days, but I've never seen anyone with fun quotes and designs like Silly Souls! In love with these!! They retail for $20 on their website and Amazon, in sizes 0 - 24 months.
I'm not sure how I got in and out of this booth without a million pictures, actually not even one (SMH), but they have pretty much the cutest boys clothes I have ever seen. Like, SO COOL, basically how your hubby dresses (or how you wish he would dress), but in miniature. LOVE LOVE LOVE their stuff - high quality and super fashionable! Boy moms (and dads), definitely check them out!
Tick Talk Wearable Phone & Locator
Track your kid, talk to them (one or two-way), send a voice message, and even turn the watch off remotely (like when they're in school and shouldn't be using it). Pretty cool way to ease the minds of both parents and younger children in the absence of their parents. It requires a data plan, and retails for $150 on Amazon.
So there you have it, my top picks in childrens' fashion and accessories from the Summer 2016 ENK Childrens Club!! There were SOOOOOO many amazing brands, I just can't mention them all, but I did want to take a second to mention a few trends I noticed popping up again and again:
So, what do you think? Are you pumped about any of the above items?? Are you already a die hard fan of one of these brands? Share in a comment below!!
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