Who could resist a mash-up of music that transforms greatest hits from the Beatles, No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails, Radio Head, Pearl Jam (and more!) into soothing baby lullabies? We can’t. These records by Rockabye Baby (available at Dandelion Kids) trade drums and singing for instrumentals that area ideal for introducing your baby to your groove.
1206 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 604-676-1862
Wild Bookends from TJs the Kiddies Store
No nursery is truly equipped until some classic books by Dr. Seuss, Beatrix Potter and Maurice Sendak are lining the shelves. Keep them standing true with some super-cute book ends by Skip Hop. Choose from pairs of owls, monkeys or dogs. Even better: get a few sets to mix and match and create a bookshelf menagerie. Find them at TJs the Kiddies Store.
88 Southwest Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, 604-324-2888
Modern Monitoring System from Active Baby
Today’s baby monitors would impress James Bond with all their bells and whistles. They don’t just give busy parents peace of mind, they eliminate the frustration of static and interference, so you can relax without running to check on your child every time you hear a grunt or gurgle. Active Baby has a great selection, including the Peek Plus Baby Internet Monitor System that lets you hear and see your tyke on your iPad, smartphone and other digital devices.
1985 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, 604-986-8977
Sleepy-time Mobiles from Westcoast Kids
No nursery is complete without a mobile dancing above the crib to delight and eventually lull your baby to sleep. Westcoast Kids has an amazing array of battery-free mobiles that simply catch a gentle breeze and drift across the ceiling, setting woodland creatures, counting sheep and flying sparrows in motion. It’s like bringing a touch of nature indoors.
12411 Bridgeport Road, Richmond, 604-288-1168
Bright Lights from Pottery Barn Kids
The sparkle of a chandelier or the soft glow of a reading lamp can bring form and function to your child’s room. At Pottery Barn Kids, girlie lampshades bloom with ruched fabric roses, while more sporty styles feature bases made of dump trucks, clocks and gears. Plus, there’s an assortment of mix-and-match shades and bases so you can tailor a look to suit your nursery’s style.
2935 Granville Street, Vancouver, 604-638-7494
Sweet Storage from Pebble
Don’t let wet onesies, soiled bibs, and small toys take over your nursery. Adorable laundry hampers and storage bins by 3 Sprouts help you keep clutter out of site, while amping up the room’s cute factor. At Pebble, you can find these rugged bins that sport animal motifs like goggle-eyed octopuses, pink elephants, long-armed orangutans, toothy beavers and more.
2675 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, 604-568-6923
Mini Mid-century style furniture from ella + elliot
Want your tot to cultivate an appreciation for classic design at an early age? Pass on the moulded plastic furniture and head to ella + elliot to pick up an elegant Cherner Child’s Classroom Chair instead. The moulded plywood classic features the same curvy lines and arms as the original, which was designed in 1958. There’s even a Cherner-inspired table to match.
126 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, 604-563-1845
Chic and Cuddly Bedding from Lusso Baby
Searching for sheets that are cuddly and cute? Lusso Baby has you covered with a stellar selection of 100 per cent cotton crib sets. The Skip Hop collection includes items embellished with the alphabet, treetop friends and chirpy birds, while the Sweet Kyla line is more understated with its classic chevrons, stripes and dots.
2699 Granville Street, Vancouver, 604-736-0648 and in North Vancouver, 1037 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, 778-340-0648
Convertible Cribs from Crocodile Baby
Before you know it, the words, “you’re growing like a weed” will be uttered to your sweet cherub by everyone around you. And it’s true. So consider buying a crib that can grow along with your little one. One of our favourites from Crocodile Baby is the Tulip Soren convertible crib that easily morphs into a double bed. The solid oak crib is made in Canada, is GREENGUARD GOLD certified and meets all Canada and U.S. safety standards.
2156 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, 604-742-2762
Well-dressed Walls from Hip Baby
When bedecking baby’s room, do you go with graphic black and white, opt for gender-neutral yellows and greens, or create a colourful wonderland so magical that Teletubbies would romp there? At Hip Baby, artful options abound for every style. Some choices include graphic prints from Vancouver’s Banquet Atelier & Workshop (think sailing ships in black and white and bold red bears), colourful posters from Eric Carle who illustrated The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Petit Collage wood art prints of retro-looking owls, typewriters and robots.
Janet Gyenes is a writer, editor, beverage columnist and co-founder of 70 magazine, an online travel publication. She has co-authored two travel guidebooks on Vancouver and has put her insatiable curiosity to work in words and photos, covering topics such as tasting sherry in Spain, mule-riding in Molokai, and tracking textile trends in Turkey. She regularly writes for BCLiving about food, beverage, design and more.