Are you expecting a baby and exploring stores looking for some useful items? Or your friend has a newborn baby or a little kid and you’re looking for both lovely and practical gift?Than look no further, and check out our list of some of the best baby stores in Toronto!
- Baby on the Hip
- Marlene’s Just Babies
- Balafant Boutik
- Bumbleberry Kids
- Love Me Do Baby and Maternity
- The 100-Mile Child
Location: 2309 Bloor Street West
Like its name suggests, this particular retail space is dedicated mostly to selling reusable, eco-friendly diapers to new parents. Its helpful staff is committed to providing helpful advice and tips on the benefits of using cloth diapers as opposed to the more expensive disposable ones found in most stores. The staff also provides hands-on tutorials on feeding, diaper changing, and diaper washing. In addition to that, there are many other products on offer at Diaper-eez, such as eco-friendly toys, clothes, accessories, stylish baby carriers, and much more. Check out their location or at least their online shop to find out more.
Location: 969 Queen Street East, 786 College Street
One of the only exclusively “green” retail spaces in the city devoted to babies, this store carries quite a large range of eco-friendly baby products. All items contain naturally sourced materials and there are no battery-powered products in sight! Customers looking for unique and safe infant gifts have flocked to this store for years. The official website offers an online registry service that allows both parents and loved ones to purchase items freely and seamlessly. You will also find a detailed list of the shop’s various workshops throughout the year — everything from infant CPR courses to newborn care and cloth diapering are included on this year’s workshop schedule. Baby on the Hip recommends that if you’re interested in participating in one of its classes, you call ahead and book your spot through one of its retail associates. Space is limited and spots fill up rather quickly!
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Location: 188 Strachan Avenue
Widely known throughout the industry as having “Canada’s best selection of modern baby furniture, modern kids’ furniture and décor,” this baby hotspot is conveniently set up like a gallery. Patrons are encouraged to wander around the shop floor and pick out the items they like most. There are two locations in Canada — Toronto and Vancouver — and both carry a vast selection of sleek, Euro-inspired children’s furniture. Ella+Elliot is an exclusive Canadian retailer for a number of popular furniture brands and its official website offers its customers the convenience of online shopping and special online savings.
Location: 631 Dupont Street
Marlene’s Just Babies does sell a wide range of baby products but its specialty lies in infant strollers and car seats. All management and store associates have been trained and certified by St. John Ambulance Canada and are therefore highly qualified to install any car seat you may have purchased. The store offers installations free of charge and car seats are encouraged by the City of Toronto to ensure that all infants and toddlers are safely buckled into any and all motor vehicles correctly. Many times, car seats and booster seats are installed incorrectly, resulting in injuries. So, if you’re in the area, stop by and feel free to ask the staff of Marlene’s any question you may have. You may even want them to take a look at your existing car seat if you feel it hasn’t been installed correctly.
Photo by Marlene’s Just Babies
Location: 1360 Bathurst Street
If you’re looking for a unique, family-friendly retail environment, look no further than the Balafont Boutik! Not only is this a store dedicated to providing trendy, in-demand baby products to new families, but it’s also a buzzing hive of activity. At the rear of the store is an arts and crafts playground that regularly swarms with young children and adults. Balafont’s friendly staff hosts activities frequently and all patrons are encouraged to take part. As far as its range of products goes, a selection of its inventory comes locally sourced and Canadian brands are stocked throughout. This is a truly jovial atmosphere and is certainly the perfect destination for those looking to have fun and shop at the same time.
Photo by Balafant Boutique
Location: 1584 Queen Street East
This popular store in Toronto’s Beaches community is perfect for those on a budget. Every item in the shop comes priced at a steep discount. For example, you can find loads of deals on clothing items that are all priced at $10 and under! Perfect for savvy shoppers and bargain hunters alike. Customers are rarely disappointed when they pop in for a quick browse. Although the inventory changes quite frequently, there’s always plenty on offer in regards to clothing, toys, accessories, and child carriers. If you’d like to stop in and drop off your gently used baby items, see the store manager, who will price your items and issue you a significant discount on any store merchandise you may have had your eye on.
Photo by Bumbleberry Kids
Love Me Do has been open for two years now in Liberty Village. (and it offers free parking!). This high-end eco store sells a large variety of products for young parents. Here you can buy almost everything from clothing for kids and moms, including swimwear, footwear and other accessories, skin & hair care products, bottles, strollers to toys, and storage options. The staff is always very friendly, helpful, and knowleadgeable about their products. They are also parents so they know what it means becoming one. Many customers appreciate their excelent customer service. You can come to the store with your little one – kids love to have fun at their play area, so you will have enough time to find everything you need. For those who like to do their shopping from home, they have user-friendly e-shop.
The 100-Mile Child is a children’s store at Danforth. They believe that as consumers people have the power to bring about positive change through conscientious purchasing. They source products that are made within one hundred miles of the store. Their offer consists of clothes made from natural and organic fibres, toys handcrafted form recycled materials, and selected for their eco-friendliness, educational value, and safety standards. In addition to clothes and toys, there are many other products for kids, such as cosmetics, books, and much more. The staff is very polite, they can either help you find what you need, or simply entertain your kids while you’re shopping. At the end you’ll get your purchased products packed in their gift wrap for free.
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When it comes to shopping, Toronto never really disappoints, does it? We’re lucky to live in a city that’s so varied and accommodating when it comes to brand selection and product pricing. There’s literally something for everyone, and rarely will you venture out to the shop and return empty-handed. Now that you’ve done your research, it’s time to get out there and start browsing for that perfect gift item for the new baby (or babies) on the way!
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Roland is an amateur photographer in Toronto. He is a graduate student in humanities at York University and his photography is focused primarily on architecture, both interiors and exteriors. He has taken photographs in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa as well as his native Georgia. Roland uses HDR tools to transform the presentation of the imagery of architectural elements. Self-taught, he takes every opportunity to take pictures and experiment with them; playing with lines, patterns, light and selective colour.