Whether you're a first-time parent or a seasoned pro, these shops have what you need to deck out your baby, the nursery and even to spoil yourself.
A version of this article appeared in our August 2013 issue with the headline, "All the best: Baby gear stores," pp.92-6.
From swings and bouncers to cots and playpens, this cross-Canada chain can’t be beat on selection. (Tip: If you’re not sure which model works best, the online customer reviews are incredibly helpful.) Here you’ll find all of your baby basics, plus a simple- to-navigate registry that far-flung relatives can easily access. Top sellers include the Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium, the Cloud B Sleep Sheep Plush Sound Machine, and the Summer Infant Right Height Bath Center Tub.
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Furnish your dream nursery, from bassinet and crib to change table, and pick out the perfect accessories to match, from the bedding and rug to the all-time prettiest mobiles. Don’t be surprised to find a lot more than the gender-specific, preppy styles Pottery Barn Kids is widely known for – grey continues to rise in popularity, including in one of their most popular nursery items, the Chevron Stripe Crib Sheet.
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This department store also offers a reliable mail-order catalogue and delivery service for expectant parents in Canada’s more remote corners. You’ll find a solid selection of traditional choices for everything on your newborn checklist, plus nursery furnishings and baby-proofing essentials. Products include Stork Craft cribs, Graco car seats and the Chicco Foldable 360o Table Seat. Bonus: If you correctly guess your baby’s arrival date, you could win a gift-card reimbursement of eligible purchased items.
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Now available north of the US border, this cheap-chic chain is a one-stop shopping destination for parents who want attractive design at a reasonable price. You’ll be smitten with the sweet selection of nursery furnishings, especially the bright, modern bedding and storage accessories from house brand Circo. Plus, being able to pick up every last thing on your list, down to diapers and baby soap, while sipping a drink from the in-store Starbucks? Bull’s eye! (Target Canada had no official plans for a baby-registry program at press time.)
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It’s no surprise that this e-retailer has an extensive array of baby gear, with more than 25,000 items and counting. The department is officially known as “The Baby Store,” and while it doesn’t have a traditional baby registry, the site’s signature “Wish List” stands in nicely, even years after birth. You’ll love scrolling through most popular related items for each of your searches, and even if you decide to test drive a stroller offline, you’ll love rolling through all the reviews online beforehand.
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From feeding accessories to sleep sacks and everything in between, this is a one-stop shop for bringing home baby. Customers here most often choose Ergo carriers, Britax car seats and the Britax B-Ready stroller. Bonus: Three on-staff car-seat technicians are available weekdays by appointment to check your car-seat installation (free, no purchase required).
Westshore Town Centre, 111-2945 Jacklin Rd., Victoria. 250-478-1737
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Stylish shoppers will find a trove of well-designed baby gear, including strollers, car seats, apparel and nursery furniture. Popular picks include modern-mom standbys Aden + Anais swaddles, the MamaRoo bouncer and swing, and two proudly eco-friendly Canadian products – the stunning nursery furniture line Tulip, and adorable children’s sleepwear by OM Baby.
1037 Marine Drive, North Vancouver. 778-340-0648; 2699 Granville St. Vancouver. 604-736-0648
Get more information at lussobaby.ca
Owned for almost 30 years by a mother/daughter duo, this Commercial Drive shop is packed floor-to- ceiling with practical baby gear, including as many made-in-Canada products as possible – top-sellers include Au Fait Mama maternity/nursing wear, Wee Urban bamboo sleep sacks, Bummi’s diapers, Dimpleskins Naturals Bum Bum Balm and the organic Cuddly Wrap by Peapod Creations. It’s also the only place in Vancouver where you’ll find not only all the replacement parts for most breast pumps, but also friendly staff who will troubleshoot problems you may be experiencing with the product. There’s also an unbeatable selection of nursing bras, all the way up to cup size “M.”
1409 Commercial Dr., Vancouver. 604-255-0508
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Don’t let the name fool you: This mom-and-pop shop isn’t just for mama, it takes care of baby, too, all the way to toddler. The husband-and-wife owners curate it carefully, with all of the little things that make parenting simpler, including Aden + Anais dribble bibs, ChewBeads, Dr. Brown baby bottles and Beco baby carriers. There’s also a practical selection of well-designed Canadian finds, like the Kangapouch sleep sacks, Babywrapper bath towels and the Baby Buddha stretchy carrier.
110-3911 Moncton St., Richmond. 778-297-7379
Get more information at stevestonvillagematernity.com
There’s something at every price at this cross-province chain, from newborn essentials by Kushies and Safety 1st, to products like higher-end strollers from UPPAbaby, as well as car seats for every budget. If you’re looking for something baby-related, you’re bound to find it here. Top-sellers include Medela breast pumps, Stork Craft cribs, Kidco safety gates, beu0301beu0301-jou bath tubs and Canadian brand Guzzie + Guss strollers.
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With a 13-year history of being a meeting point for the natural parenting community, it’s a given that you’ll find a well-considered selection of breastfeeding supplies, cloth diapers and carriers here. Staff are trained to teach cloth diapering basics and baby wearing, fitting ring slings, Mei Teis and structured carriers. It’s no surprise that the products customers register for most include Ergo carriers, bumGenius diapers and GlamourMom nursing tanks.
12413 Stony Plain Rd., Edmonton. 780-448-1384
Get more information at bosom-babies.com
This one-stop shop has a huge selection of baby gear, from carriers and furniture, to strollers and all the little things in between. It also has a spotlight on eco-friendly essentials, including natural bug sprays for baby, AppleCheeks cloth diapers and more. Best-sellers include the Baby K’Tan wrap, Bravado nursing bras, Snack & Play Travel Trays and Pediped shoes. Sign up for the newsletter to be notified of VIP shopping nights throughout the year (with special sales, door prizes and swag bags).
124-2755 Broadmoor Boulevard, Sherwood Park. 780-416-2188
Get more information at babyandbeyond.ca
There’s something charming for everyone at this sweetly named shop. Staff are experts at helping pick gifts, from locally made fleece swaddling blankets to Zoe Organics baby skin care. What parents choose the most are Zoli gummy sticks, Ergo baby carriers and Mountain Buggy mini strollers. And of course you can find all your other essentials, from cribs to car seats. Free perks: On Mondays, moms come to the store for Bonkers for Books play circles (there’s a monthly book giveaway), and on Thursdays, the store is the starting point for a parenting walking group.
105-6829 Kateri Dr., Grande Prairie. 780-832-0100
Get more information at clementineandjasper.com
Expectant parents from across the province come to Hello Baby for the personalized service and a wide selection of strollers, baby carriers, diaper bags and furniture. Owned by a husband-and-wife team, a lot of the product has been tested with their own two kids. Customer favourites include Aden + Anais Cozy Sleeping Bags, Baby Jogger City Mini GT strollers and Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balms.
2555 Quance St. E, Regina. 306-757-2229
Get more information at hellobaby.ca
This practical parenting store is a great place to shop for nursing gear and baby carriers, from pouches to Mei Teis and slings. Amber teething necklaces, the Chimparoo 2.0 multi-structured carrier, and Petunia Pickle Bottom bags sell particularly well. More than a dozen other pretty diaper bags are also on-hand, including Jujube, Skip Hop and more. (Extras: The store also runs a pump- rental program and offers baby-wearing demos and on-demand bra sizing for nursing moms.)
601-18th St., unit C, Brandon. 204-725-4412
Get more information at lilbitbaby.ca
This Canadian chain has stores in British Columbia and Alberta, but the Winnipeg location provides unmatched baby gear and nursery furniture selection in the province. If you want beyond what the average baby store has available, or first access to limited-edition stroller styles, you’ll be smitten. Choose from more than 19 brands of strollers and 10 different carriers, and pick up your play yard and bouncer at the same time. Here, must-haves include the BabyBjou0308rn balance bouncer and the Canadian-designed Monte glider.
103 Princess St., Winnipeg. 204-942-1237
Get more information at westcoastkids.ca
This York Region specialty store stocks a wide selection of best-selling baby gear, including Baby Jogger City Select strollers, Ubbi diaper pails and Natart nursery furniture, as well as harder-to-find favourites, including Woombie swaddling sacks and the Ciao! baby portable high chair. Staff is fully trained on all inventory, including breast pumps. The store is also a rental depot for Medela and Ameda pumps, and workshops happen throughout the year with TV-parenting-expert Nanny Robina.
446 Hollandview Trail, unit 3, Aurora. 905-841-2223
Get more information at babyingear.com
Parents in the Greater Toronto Area who want the very latest products on the market register here. With an extensive selection of everything from pacifiers to play yards, and car seats and strollers, the in-store experience is unbeatable for comparison shopping. Popular registry picks include the Kiinde Kozii Breastmilk and Bottle Warmer, the BabyBjou0308rn Balance Babysitter and the Air-O-Swiss Digital Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier.
72 Doncaster Ave., Thornhill. 905-881-3334
Get more information at dearbornbaby.com
Canada’s oldest baby gear and clothing store boasts the largest selection of Britax in the Ottawa area, and the complete line of BabyBjou0308rn carriers. Its warehouse location has more than 50 test-drivable strollers on display, plus 13,000 square feet of furniture, including popular brands Dutailier, Natart, Scandinavian Child and Stokke. All three store locations include an impressive selection of accessories for feeding, bathtime, nursing and travel.
3 Ottawa locations. 613-733-7443
Get more information at kiddytown.ca
Parents who seek salespeople who know their stuff shop here. Each staff person is trained for her specific department: baby-wearing specialists are taught to fit each model of carrier; bra specialists are experts in fitting; and the stroller staff can easily demonstrate any fold. Top- sellers include UPPAbaby strollers, Bravado bras and BabyBjou0308rn carriers. Also very popular are the monthly on-site seminars, including baby first-aid, sleep and sign language.
1642/52 Bayview Ave., Toronto. 416-489-3838
Get more information at momstobeandmore.com
This well-stocked superstore has everything you’ll need for sleeping, feeding, playing and strolling. It’s well known for its quick cross-Canada shipping and extensive, in-stock car seat inventory. Snuggle Bugz also has great vacation gear, including the BabyBjou0308rn portable play yard, My Little Seat portable high chair, and a good selection of travel bags. Bonus: The website’s user reviews are helpful and convenient when you’re shopping online.
3245 Fairview St., Burlington. 905-631-0005; 1160 Steeles Ave. E., Milton. 905-636-0105
Get more information at snugglebugz.ca
Expectant moms from around Grey and Bruce counties flock to Sweetpea for its big-city selection and small-town service. The shop has everything on your list (except the stroller), as well as a locally made section features one-of-a- kind swim diapers, bamboo linens and wool blankets. Many of the best-selling items are Canadian too, including the Monkeywear newborn wrap, 3 Sprouts storage bins, Tugley sheepskin-lined, crocheted booties, lulujo muslin swaddling blankets, and the Boob nursing hoodie.
833 2nd Ave. E., Owen Sound. 519-371-5100
Get more information at sweetpeawholesomebaby.com
This 30,000-square-foot baby gear destination displays car seats, strollers and high chairs in bright, beautiful rows. Seeing each item side by side and having knowledgeable staff who take their time to listen makes shopping here a breeze. The store also offers hard-to-find designer lines, including the ZAZZ high chair by European brand Nuna. Monthly seminars teach new parents the basics of how to choose a stroller, bathe your babe and more.
3520 boulevard St-Joseph Est, Montreal. 514-948-3666
Get more information at roseoubleu.com
With three locations across the province, this long-standing baby store is known for convenience. The stores are large and well staffed, with everything you need for baby, and delivery is widely available. Prices are on par with department stores, and sales are frequent, particularly on car seats, strollers and cribs. Top-sellers include the Ergo Sport baby carrier, Mamas & Papas high chairs and Skip Hop crib sheets.
Get more information at bo-bebe.com
Regular customers to this modern, eco-friendly baby store drive in from across Nova Scotia and as far as Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. You can cross everything off your checklist in one stop, including car seats, strollers, furniture and accessories, and never worry that you’ve chosen something that’s not fantastic. Going fast right now at the busy shop is Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT and hand-crocheted Louis Lobster baby rattles.
300 Prince Albert Rd., Dartmouth. 855-405-8803
Get more information at gofiddleheads.com
Customers from across the Atlantic provinces come to Ana Banana for the excellent selection of trendy baby gear, including Oeuf nursery furniture, Dutailier gliders and 7 A.M. Pookie Poncho stroller/car seat covers. The shop is also loaded with all the practical stuff you’ll need – you can find everything from bottles to baby gates. The Bumbleride Indie stroller and the OXO Tot Sprout high chair are amongst the top of their list of most popular products.
1612 Mountain Rd., unit D, Moncton. 506-386-2229
Get more information at anabananababy.com
Families flock from across the province, and even outside it, for all the baby gear you can’t find at your average store. Three of the most popular products are AppleCheeks cloth diapers, GroBag sleep sacks and Robeez shoes. The shop also offers cloth diapering classes, and half the retail space is consignment, so you can drop off and sell what you’re no longer using.
620 Coverdale Rd., unit 7, Riverview. 506-388-1777
Get more information at shoplollipopsandgumdrops.ca
This carefully curated boutique specializes in pregnancy and newborn. There’s everything you need to outfit your bun in style, from the perfect basic dress to workout gear. The cuteness continues with an adorable array of Livie and Luca shoes for the little one. The store also stocks a selection of gear for feeding, bathing, bedtime and nursing. Baby wearers take note: Moby Wraps, Sewfunky slings and Cybex 2.Go carriers all sell well.
Coaker’s Meadow Plaza, 286 Torbay Rd., St. John’s. 709-237-6262
Get more information at belliesandbundles.ca
Strollers, car seats and carriers are the bread and butter of this baby boutique depot, but you’ll also find lots of diaper bags and little things, like pacifiers, baby sunglasses and teething aids. Here, must-haves include the BOB Revolution stroller, Beco Gemini baby carriers, Gro-Anywhere blackout blinds and Blooming baby baths.
655 Topsail Rd., St. John’s. 709-747-9595
Get more information at coochicoo.net
The owner describes this store as a “full gear store with pretty much every awesome baby item out there!” Named six years ago after her first daughter, it has since been doing brisk business – shoppers come from across the territories. The storefront is divided into bed, potty and mealtime, and there is a cloth diapering expert on staff. The stroller of the moment is the Bumbleride Indie, the Ergo continues to outsell all other carriers, and cloth diaper sales are soaring.
Horwoods Mall, 101-100 Main St., Whitehorse. 867-393-4488
Get more information at yukonkids.com
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