When my husband and I learned that we were expecting our first child, we were over the moon, excited beyond description. We dreamed about all the incredible ways our lives were going to change as we welcomed a baby into the world and I instantly went into mommy mode, decorating the nursery in my mind and thinking about all the things we’d need to get baby-ready.
I was quickly overwhelmed. Thank God for my sister and my friends who I turned to with a multitude of questions about … everything! I took advantage of their experience and expertise to help prepare me for what was to come.
And the truth is, new moms do need a bit of guidance because there’s just so much stuff out there and it’s hard to weed through it all. Enter The Baby Cubby, a retail baby store in Lindon, Utah with a philosophy about moms, babies and family life that really resonated with me.
“We believe that moms are superheroes, unsung and often unappreciated. Moms quietly create and mold the future of the world. We believe that children can bring the best out in everyone. Children give us an opportunity to grow, to learn, to put someone else’s needs before our own.”
These words, among many others about their beliefs as a company, are reflected in the work that they do to recognize the challenges parents face and to make shopping for baby as easy and enjoyable as possible. Through a selective process and product testing, they do the legwork so busy parents don’t have to and the result is a collection of high-quality and safe baby gear that’s as stylish as it is functional. They also price match every day (even with Amazon) and offer free shipping nationwide at BabyCubby.com.
I was thrilled to discover their website, full of great finds for parents and kids, whether you’re at home or on the go. Here are 12 of my favourite finds from The Baby Cubby.
1 All Aboard London: A Travel Primer Book, $10
The benefits of reading to a baby are well-documented. Reading aloud helps babies learn not only language and listening skills but also fosters their social and emotional development. I love this hardcover book for my baby – it’s a book of few words but the words, paired with beautiful illustrations teach him about one of my favourite places in the world: London.
2 Fridababy NailFrida Snipper Clipper and S – Shaped File, $12.99
It’s actually shocking to me how fast my baby’s nails grow so I never leave home without his nail clippers; his nails seem to get long and razor sharp overnight. Like many new moms, I struggled with trimming my baby’s nails, petrified of nicking his skin and hurting him. The first (and last!) time it happened, he cried for two minutes, I cried for two hours. And then I found the Nail Frida Snipper Clipper and trimming his nails stopped being a problem (and this was after I’d tried at least four different products that stressed both of us out.) The Snipper Clipper has a safety spy hole so you can see exactly what you’re cutting and it has made all the difference!
3 4Moms BounceRoo Plush Bouncer, $119.99
Bouncy chairs have come a long way since I was a kid! I love this modern interpretation of the classic bounce seat not just for its ability to soothe baby but also for its contemporary design and small footprint. The 4Moms BounceRoo has three vibration settings and three intensity settings and can be used from birth to 25 lbs or until baby can sit up unassisted or tries to climb out, whichever comes first.
4 ErgoBaby 360 4 Position Cool Carrier, $180
A baby carrier is a travel essential; it provides another option for babies who can’t yet walk but don’t want to be in their stroller all the time. I love the Ergobaby 360 four-position carrier because it provides four different ways to wear baby but I like the front forward-facing position best as it gives your little one lots to look at as you take a walk together. I also love Ergobaby for its ergonomically friendly design that ensures baby’s hips are properly positioned in the carrier.
5 Tegu 8 – Piece Pocket Pouch, $25
These Tegu magnetic blocks are the perfect toy to throw in your purse because they’re so compact and come in a handy little carrying case. They’ll keep your little one amused, whether you’re out to dinner or on an airplane. But also worth noting, the spirit of Tegu as a company, their ethos and their determination to do good in the world makes them a company worth supporting.
6 Skip Hop Highline Convertible Diaper Bag, $200
I have to admit, I hate diaper bags that look like diaper bags, which is why I was drawn to this one. I love its subtle stripes and colours but better than that, it transforms from a backpack to a tote to a crossbody bag, making it super functional. Plus, it’s got Napa leather details to give it a more luxe look than your average diaper bag.
7 Goumikids Mitts, $12
Unfortunately, my little guy suffers from eczema, the worst of it on his beautiful face. When it really irritates him, he scratches so hard, his face bleeds so little scratch mitts are a necessity wherever we go. There are lots of baby scratch mitts to choose from but after lots of research, I settled on these ones and I’ve been really happy with them. They’re made of a soft cotton and bamboo-derived viscose blend and they have little velcro straps so that they stay on. And they come in a variety of graphic prints that are designed to promote infant brain and eye development.
8 Nuna Sena Playard, $249.95
Once your little one is mobile, you’ll be grateful to have a contained spot for him to play safely. The Sena playard from Nuna is lightweight, easy to set up and portable and can be used around the house, taken to grandma and grandpa’s or packed up to take with you whenever you travel. It easily folds with just one hand, has a soft, quilted mattress and comes with a travel bag for easy transportation.
9 DockATot Deluxe, $185
Designed in Sweden, DockATot is a lightweight, portable bed for baby that provides a safe and secure environment to nap, lounge, sleep, play or do tummy time. I love the DockATot because it’s easy to take around the house with you and lay baby down wherever you are and when you travel, you’ll have a safe, clean spot for your little one. Read my full DockATot review here.
10 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller – 2017 Pascal, $529.99
Finding the right stroller can be tough because there are SO. MANY. OPTIONS. to choose from. UPPAbaby is a trusted brand and the 2017 UPPAbaby CRUZ stroller is perfect for toddlers. It’s got reversible seats, multiple recline positions that you can change with just one hand, an adjustable canopy, a telescopic handlebar, one-step fold and an SPF 50+ sunshade. It’s got a narrow frame, which makes it easy to fit in the trunk of your car and to get around crowded streets and store aisles, too.
11 Copper Pearl Baby Bandana Bibs, $19.95
Bibs come in handy, not just for keeping baby’s clothes clean during mealtime but also to clean up spills, wipe baby’s face and my boy just likes to suck on them to soothe his teething gums. I love the designs on these bandana-style bibs, which have an absorbent front made from 100% cotton and a fleece backing. Plus, they’re so cute, your little one can just wear them as part of his outfit.
12 Skip Hop Grab & Go Baby Food Storage Tower, $10
No one likes a public meltdown so make sure you’ve got Junior’s snacks packed and easy to find at a moment’s notice. This food storage tower from Skip Hop has three containers that can be used individually or stacked together. They have interchangeable twist-and-lock lids, rubber handles and indented bodies for easier grip.
This is a sponsored post but all opinions expressed within are my own.