Oh Baby! Canadian Fashion Brands We're Loving
When it comes to baby fashion, there are a TON of options out there. Here at Maples to Mountains, we love supporting Canadian brands and small shops, so we have collaborated to put together a round-up featuring some of our current favourites. We are positive this is going to be a reoccurring post - there are just way too many AMAZING shops to feature in only one post. Below, you will find some brands based out of B.C., Ontario, and some larger scale Canadian brands. In true courteous fashion, we will showcase ladies (in this case, baby girls) first, covering the West end of all things baby fashion.
I have put together a small list of small businesses in B.C. that have created well-made baby items that are great for the summer and into fall. The list below will literally have your baby covered from head to toe, and perhaps even something for yourself too!
2. Nooks Booties & Shoes: Nooks is a Kelowna-based business and you can find their product in a few locations around town, including the Kelowna Farmer's Market as well as Alchemy downtown. Nooks up-cycles fabrics to use to create their adorable (and functional!) booties and shoes. I just recently purchased Ashley’s son, Robbie, a pair of the booties for him to use this fall and, for Joelle, I purchased her some shoes. Many people have raved about how great these Nooks are, so I am looking forward to trying them out. Check out their Etsy page here for a large selection of items.
3. Nooks Sun Bonnet: I also just purchased Joelle a bonnet from Nooks (she outgrew BOTH of her sunhats just over the last few weeks - she is growing like a weed right now!). The size is 12-24 months so I feel like it should fit for the spring and early summer at least, and the material is soft. I loved the bonnet so much, she wore it ALL day long today… yes, even inside the house! LOL! Nooks also makes rompers and the pieces are b-e-a-u-tiful and so stinkin’ cute (I am thinking that one of the rompers might just be the perfect outfit for Joelle’s first birthday photos coming up with Captured by Kelsey Photography).
4. Brok Boys Romper: Another local favourite of mine is Brok Boys, which is also a local mama entrepreneur. They use bamboo material that is SO soft and comfy. Joelle has one of their rompers that is sized as 12-24 months so we can literally get a year-ish out of this piece and get a lot of wear out of it. Brok Boys offer both boys’ and girls’ pieces, bandanas, beanies, and (wait for it...) clothing for adults too! Yes that’s right ladies and gentlemen. You too can get a sweet snapback hat, bamboo dress, tops, and sweaters from Brok Boys. Do yourself a favour and check out their site!
5. Oliver Baby Accessories: When it comes to baby accessories, Oliver Baby has you covered. The owner of Oliver Baby and I went to nursing school together, and when I saw that she started her own business after the birth of her son, I was impressed and inspired. She makes adorable and functional baby accessories for both boys and girls. She sells the cutest bow ties, in addition to reversible baby bandanas and spit/drool scarves.She sells everything from hair bows to door jammers to “baby is sleeping” magnets to carrier/car seat strap covers, and even an airplane hammock (I wish I had known this sooner!). What’s even better? Everything is SO reasonably priced, and who doesn’t love that?!
6. OAVAS Design: A mama entrepreneur friend of mine has started a business called OAVAS Design. She creates baby harem pants and baby shoes that look so easy to put on baby’s feet. I haven't tried any of her items yet, but they look like they would be so comfy and functional for the littles. She is having a sale RIGHT now where she has slashed all of her prices. Check her out!
And now it’s time for those favourites for fella’s from far to the East in Ontario...
I have to admit, I haven’t tried all of the local (Sudbury brands) for summer. Friends of ours had a baby boy exactly a year before Robbie, and lucky enough for us, they’ve given us all of their gently used boy clothing. Robbie has fit everything for every season, it’s been great on our bank account!
However there is one main brand we have a couple items for summer from and that is Sprout Handmade. They have these precious shorties that are such a comfortable and easy fit for Robbie, we we’re able to pick them up @Stitch and Stone downtown but I know you can also order from their website directly (see the pic above for cuteness!)
As per the collage above, these are some summer staples we have found to be great products:
1. Flapjack Kids Hats: We have the reversible Cute Canuck/Busy beaver summer hat. It was purchased for Robbie for his birthday from @ElMercado downtown. What I love most about it: REVERSIBLE! But not just that it’s reversible, even the chin straps are reversible. Also, it’s a bit of a heavier material which I find better for those windy days or boat rides.
2. JoeFresh Baby Boy’s Woven Fedora: I originally purchased this hat, from the @The Real Canadian Superstore, for Robbie’s Cake Smash photo sessions with @Scrappy Sisters (see pic below for cuteness) , but it has since become our ‘stroller, panama jack, cool dude’ hat that he wears when we are going out, but not going to be in much sun. It’s super cute because you can dress it up for weddings or special occasions, or dress it down for a more casual look.
3. BabyBanz: We have had these sunnies since Robbie was only a few months old. I purchased them from @JumpBaby and they are great. He will pull anything off of his head and face, so this velcro strap that grows with them makes eye protection simple. I think he looks a bit silly, but if it means his eyes are protected from the sun, I’m game!
4. Bummi’s One-Size Swim Diapers: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these! Also purchased @JumpBaby, one of the greatest investments (I have been definitely thinking more along the lines of cloth diapering after using these, but stay tuned for Jasmines post on Cloth Diapering). It’s a one-size swim diaper, meaning it grows with him and you adjust the diaper. So, no need to purchase several pairs of swim trunks, baby boy is going to be rocking these for a while!
5. Rashguards: Purchased from @Carter’s Oshkosh, we have both the Whale and Ahoy Matey as pictured above. Robbie is super fair-skinned and so I’m sure would burn easily, so these are an outdoor essential at our house. I swear, if they had a full-body, long sleeve version, we would own several for outside water play. These are great! I’ve tried a couple of other brands, but I find that these one’s have given us the best sun protection. They are nice and light, dry easily, and keep the sun from harming his precious skin.
6. JoeFresh Baby Boy Short Sleeve Sleeper/Bodysuit: I’m not sure about all of you, but I hate to be super hot while I’m sleeping. These short sleeve sleepers provide enough coverage with enough breathing room for Robbie at night. We don’t have AC, so these sleepers have been a saviour for those super hot nights. They wash well and maintain their colour, plus they are super cute! I mean, the dog on the motorcycle, precious!
7. JoeFresh Baby Canada Day apparel: Let’s be honest, if you’re not wearing red on Canada day, in some form, you’re crazy! In our household, we get decked out! So, in order for Robbie to rock the red this Canada 150 weekend, I wanted to make sure we were covered in case the weather didn’t cooperate. I picked these up @The Real Canadian Superstore while I was picking up a few groceries and I think they are a win for cuteness!
We hope you enjoyed checking out our baby boy and girl fashion favourites. What are some of your favourite Canadian and local baby fashion brands? Please let us know in the comments so we can be sure to check them out!
Xo, Ashley & Jasmine