If you are pregnant or have a new little bundle of joy at home, congratulations! You are probably not surprised at how excited (and maybe even nervous) you are about impending motherhood. But what may surprise you is the amount of stuff that you suddenly need. How can one wee person require so much?
Between the clothes, stacks of diapers, safe sleep spaces, car seats, blankets, and anything moms and dads need to help make the day easier, it doesn’t take long to pile up. Finding the right gear, the best items and the most comfortable pieces as an expectant or new parent is made easier when you know where to look. Here are some places in the Ottawa area to shop for pregnancy, baby and post-partum recovery.
There isn’t much baby gear you won’t find at baby enRoute on Hunt Club Road. Name brands that are sought after by parents are bountiful, including strollers by Diono and UPPABaby. Stylish parents with a love for interior design will appreciate the selection of high chairs and bassinets in muted grey colours and fashionable designs.
You’ll recognize this long-standing shop by its former name, Extraordinary Baby Shoppe, since it has been helping Ottawa parents for over a decade with their fantastic service and selection of cloth diapers and baby wraps. They have rebranded to Hintonburg Kids and you’ll love that the shop grows with your little one. Look for local suppliers of adorable baby wear and a selection of eco-friendly items.
This popular shop in Wellington West has been helping parents with their baby shopping since 2007. Trendy nursery furniture and popular brands can be found along with baby toys. We love the selection of big-ticket items but also smaller gear like bottles and bibs.
MilkFace Nursingwear has long been providing outstanding parenting and breastfeeding support to families in Ottawa. They have become a valued resource for new and expectant parents and offer not only products you need but helpful workshops and events as well. You’ll want to shop here when you are pregnant to find comfortable and stylish clothing to wear for work or special occasions and when baby comes to stock up on nursing tops and nursing bras that will fit you comfortably.
From baby wash and lotions to nontoxic baby toys, terra20 offers a selection of eco-friendly baby items and maternity needs. With two locations in Ottawa (one in Hintonburg and one on Pinecrest) plus their vast online store, shopping here is convenient. If you are wanting to choose products that are sustainable and earth-friendly, terra20 has a large selection including clothing for baby, and self-care items for moms-to-be.
Not every baby item or maternity top needs to be brand new, and a budget-friendly option is to seek out consignment offerings. Boomerang Kids has many locations in the Ottawa and Gatineau area and is a great spot to find baby gear like high chairs or play mats or cute outfits for every special occasion and photo shoot with your new baby.
Pregnancy style is elevated at Haute Mama. Shopping is by appointment only at their Kanata shop but this is where you can find quality and stylish maternity and nursing clothes. We love how this is a customized, personal shopping experience; expectant mothers deserve that extra bit of pampering.
One of Ottawa’s newest baby stores is Snugglebugz. They’ve been available in the Burlington area for some years and online but now Ottawa parents can step into the store and discover everything they need for when baby arrives. Located in Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre, you’ll find highchairs, strollers, cribs, and so much more.
At the Train Yards in Ottawa, shopping for baby gear is made easy at BuyBuyBaby. You’ll love their baby registry that lets you build your registry with your friends and family by sending them the link. They’ll be able to help you and your spouse add all the items you may need when baby arrives. We love the selection of outfits, toys and nursery items.
We already know that baby gear can be pricey, and the more you have to buy (which in the early days seems like piles of it) the more the budget creeps up. That’s why we love checking out Once Upon a Child in Orleans for gently used baby clothing, strollers, high chairs and more. You can also sell your own items to Once Upon a Child when you are done with them, saving you space, and making you money.
This stylish locally-owned store has a shopping location in Gatineau, but you can also conveniently shop online. There are select items for baby in-store and online to help you cross items off your list, but we also love this shop for moms to shop. For on-trend, stylish and comfortable maternity, post-partum and women’s fashion, you’ll be excited to shop for new clothes for you.