Featured Retailer – Diaper-eez

Bloor West Village… more like Bloor Best Village! Diaper-eez is located in one of Toronto’s not-so-hidden gems. The neighbourhood is great. The people are great and the baby clothing stores, fantastic. Especially when the premier one of the neighbourhood has some of the best cloth diapers available on the market.

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If you haven’t been to Diaper-eez, here’s a couple reasons why you need to check them out!

 

They are family owned and operated

Diaper-eez was established in 1994 by Elva McCurdy and daughter, Susan Tomaszewski with a vision to create a comfortable and educational environment for new and expecting parents to learn about cloth diapers and other necessities.

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The staff are informative

Let’s just say, they know what they are talking about. Check how they debunk some common myths about cloth diapers on their amazing website.

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They diversified

Including, but not limited to, carrying the brilliant and fabulous Wee Urban (who’s that?) Diaper-eez has expanded to cover a large variety of great products that are essential. Check out their full shop page here.

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You can order online!

Much like other traditional brick and mortar’s, Diaper-eez has added the ability to shop online. Right now they are offering free Canada-wide shipping on orders over $75.00

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Check out our friends now! And stay tuned for the next WFR! (Wee Urban Featured Retailer)

Featured Retailer – West Coast Kids

We love our retailers! And it’s time to shed light on everything that’s great about them.

This is the first of many upcoming features on Wee Urban retailers.

We start off with our long time partners over at West Coast Kids.

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If you live in Alberta or B.C. chances are you already know everything there is to know about West Coast Kids. With 2 stores in Calgary, 1 in Edmonton, another in Richmond, BC. The just about a year old Vancouver location and……

THE BRAND NEW Toronto location! Yes West Coast kids moved East… And we could not be happier to have them in our great city. There grand opening is this weekend! Go check it out!!!

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Here are three reasons why we love West Coast Kids, and why you should too!

 

Selection

I challenge you to find a quality product that West Coast Kids doesn’t carry online or in store. Wee Urban ourselves are in every single West Coast Kids store! Other brands that they carry range from stroller, to car seats, to bedding, to clothing. Everything you need is at West Coast Kids. Including Wee Urban, did we mention that already?

 

Family Mentality

West Coast Kids is a family run store. E-Children was started by Marsha Dashefsky almost 40 years ago in Winnipeg. In 2007, they went ahead and opened up the mammoth that is West Coast Kids today. With Marsha’s daughter Robyn, fully on board, the flagship store in Richmond started to produce the quality service, advice and products that we all are accustomed to. No matter how large West Coast Kids has became over the last 8 years, the family mentality comes through in their commitment to provide a great service and to keep the best interests of their customers above everything else.

 

Charity

Not the charity you’re currently thinking. What I’m referring to is the often misused version of charity, which really should just mean, “giving back”. Whether it’s through giveaways (like the one they ran with us in Mid May) or DOTD’s (Deal of the days) where they give 25% of a selected product in their stores and online. WCK is constantly giving back to their loyal customers! Not only is their gear amazing, if you pay attention, it could be free!

 

West Coast kids is currently offering free shipping on orders over $49.00

You can find our sleep bags in store, and right here

Thank you West Coast Kids for being such an amazing supporter of Wee Urban over the years!

And thank you to all of our fans. We promise to continue to bring you quality products, and be associated with quality stores and people.

Spring into Spring! & don’t waste a minute!

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Hello Wee Urban World!

How has everyone’s Winter been? Horrible right!?

We are getting ready for Spring, and although the weather has been nothing if not unpredictable. We’ve been on the search for great things to do this Spring!

We found the most AMAZING checklist of 50 Fun Spring Activities! Right here.

Our favourite’s are:

  • See the cherry blossoms
  • Walk on a deserted beach
  • Pick strawberries…
  • … and of course… Mix up a pitcher of margaritas

 

But if you really want to know what we have planned this Spring, all we can say right now is that it rhymes with blue peak leg.

But it’s not blue… or is it?

 

Stay tuned!

 

~ WU – DS ~

Third Trimester: Tips to Handle the Home Stretch

The third trimester of pregnancy is a time of both exciting and nerve racking for mom. It can seem to drag on forever, but for some, the last months may seem to go by quickly. Here are some ways to handle this last portion of pregnancy with finesse.

Things to Do for Yourself
During the third trimester, the added weight of your growing baby causes more pressure on the spine, so it’s important to pay attention to your posture. Sit on a chair with a sturdy back, and sleep on your side at night, with a pillow between your legs for greater comfort.
It’s especially important to eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water during this time, which will help with constipation. Many women in their third trimester suffer from heartburn, so stay away from spicy foods. If you do get heartburn, try drinking some ginger tea to relieve it.
You will probably feel more tired at this stage, so take frequent naps when needed. Try to follow a mild exercise program each day, which will help with bodily functions and help you to get a better sleep at night. Frequent urination at night in the third trimester is normal. To keep it to a minimum, try not to drink fluids before you go to bed.
Above all, try to avoid getting stressed out. Although you may still have a regular job or other children to take care of, try to find some time each day to pray or meditate, which will help to alleviate stress.

Things to Do for Your Baby
Your baby can definitely respond to your voice and touches at this stage. Speak softly to your baby, and try massaging it several times during the day. Some expectant mothers find that babies in the womb enjoy certain types of music. Try playing some relaxing music, which will help to soothe both you and your baby.
By now you probably have a birthing program set up and ready to go. Try to spend some of your time in the third trimester learning as much as you can about breastfeeding and recommended ways to take care of new baby. The more you learn, the less concern you will have after baby is born, and the better you will be able to care for it.
The third trimester of pregnancy is a good time to begin searching for a good pediatrician for your baby. Your baby’s first visit to a pediatrician should be soon after he or she is born, so it’s definitely not too early to begin the search. Ask friends or family for references. Choose a doctor who is situated nearby, can accept your health insurance, and has working hours convenient for you.

Things to Do with Your Doctor
You will be having regular visits with your doctor of choice in your third trimester, probably as frequently as once a week. Let your doctor know if you notice anything unusual happening with baby, such as less frequent movement. Dr. Gilbert Webb also suggests you let your doctor know about any unusual changes in your own body, such as bleeding, pain during urination, nausea, or early contractions. Regular visits to your doctor will reassure you that your last trimester is proceeding as normally as possible.
If you have any special medical conditions that could interfere with birthing, your doctor may refer you to a high risk obstetrician or maternal-fetal specialist. It’s important to follow the instructions of these medical experts as closely as possible, to insure a safe delivery.

Third trimester can be a challenging time, but following these guidelines will help make it less of a challenge and more of a joy.

 

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

5 Tips on What You Can Do to Make Your Baby #SunHappy

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Oh Summer, how you take so long to get here, and leave so quick.

Despite Summer’s quick exit, we all seem to somehow manage to get ourselves a little sunburnt during its brief but smouldering appearance. It’s imperative that our little ones are fully protected from the Sun’s harmful rays, and the heat. So with your help, we have compiled a list of 5 tips that will be sure to help out any new parents.

#1) Shade

Sounds like a no brainer, but it isn’t. Shade is where baby should be at all times. If there is a case where natural shade is not available, it can be manufactured. When carrying the little one around in the park. Check out the new brand Shaidee, and learned how to keep them covered!

#2) Long Sleeves

Naturally, one would think Summer means short sleeves, but in a baby’s case, it’s completely indifferent. In fact, long sleeved Rompers and Onesies made from breathable fabrics like Bamboo Cotton, make your lives as parents, that much easier. If you follow step #1, and your baby is in the shade, it will be cooler there. A long sleeve/long pant option doesn’t seem like they’re going to be melting in it. Furthermore, it protects from the Sun, and you don’t have to put sunscreen on their arms or legs. And don’t forget about mosquitos! Long sleeves always help when dealing with pests like that!

Now for some shameless self promotion of Long Sleeved breathable rompers – Wee Urban

#3) Hydrate

The Sun does a lot more to us than just burning our skin, it also dehydrates us from the overwhelming heat. It is so important to keep your baby hydrated when outside. Not only with water, and formula when feeding. But also, electrolytes need to be mixed in as well. These will hydrate them and can be found in many fruits and fruit juices, but especially Bananas. Bananas are high in Potassium which is an essential electrolyte for getting blood moving and keep the body fully hydrated.

#4) Hydrate More

Hydration isn’t just needed inside the body, the Sun dries out your babies skin as well. Here is a list from the Fans of Wee Urban of the best available moisturizers on the market per what they use.

  • Babyganics
  • Johnson & Johnson’s
  • Green Beaver
  • Baby Sun Care Creme by Substance Matter
  • Mustela
  • Earth Mama Angel
  • Delish Naturals lotion.
  • Coconut Oil
  • Vaseline and Glaxal Base Mix
  • Aveeno Baby

#5) Sunscreen!

Our same friends also gave us a list of the best sunscreens that they have used. Check them out!

  • Hawaiian Tropic Baby Faces SPF 50
  • Baby Blanket SPF 50+
  • Aveeno baby
  • Badger
  • Green Beaver
  • Think baby sunscreen
  • Babyganics
  • Foley Honest sunblock
  • Arbonne baby sunblock
  • California Baby
  • Honest Company sunscreen

 

If you have any other tips for dealing with the Sun, comment below!

 

10 Tips for Being Eco-Friendly During the School Year

eco friendly during school yearNow that the school year is underway, we have a tendency to slip into old habits. It’s understandable; we’re a lot busier than we were a month before, so we’re tempted to choose convenient solutions, rather than choices that protect the Earth. Here are some tips to start the school year out right and stay eco-friendly along the way.

1. It doesn’t all have to be new.

It’s tempting to show up on the first day of school with brand new supplies and a whole new wardrobe, but after the first day it’s all unnecessary. Last year’s notebook still had some pages in the back and that backpack is still in good shape. Honestly evaluate the school items and only buy what needs replacing.

2. No more “brown bagging.”

If you send a lunch to school with your child, opt for reusable containers rather than throw-away lunch bags. The disposables are tempting because they’re easy, but reusable bags and utensils are much better for the environment. You’ll just have to teach your kids to care for them.

3. Don’t buy in bulk.

Buying in bulk is only a good strategy if you’ll actually use all of the items you purchase. Do you need that 5-pack of glue sticks? Or the box of 100 pens? Take realistic estimates of what you need and buy that and no more.

4. Buy from local producers.

Whenever you can, opt to buy from local companies for lunch foods and snacks. Since these items weren’t delivered across the country, they didn’t cause carbon emissions from the trucks and the burning of energy.

5. Walk, bike, or take public transportation to school.

If you live close enough to the school, encourage your kids to walk or ride their bike. It’s healthy for the environment and they’ll get a bit of exercise in the morning (which is proven to help focus at school). If your student needs a ride, have them take the bus rather than driving them yourself.

6. Buy eco-friendly clothing.

When you buy clothes, choose items made with healthy, organic materials. Organic cotton and bamboo are great materials that cause little impact to the environment. Ideally, choose products that were made locally.

7. Set up a carpool.

If bussing isn’t available, create your own system. Gather some other parents on your route to school and set up your carpool. Your school may even have some information on setting one up, including parents who are looking.

8. Choose products with minimal packaging.

Packaging is usually just waste. When you pick up products, choose items that don’t come laden with boxes or plastic wrap. Items that come packaged should be wrapped in biodegradable materials and made from recycled products.

9. Turn off those computers.

When not in use, make sure all devices (computers, laptops, tablets, etc.) are turned off. If you’ll be buying a device for the school year, choose a manufacturer that is taking steps to reduce their environmental impacts (through reduced energy use and eco-friendly materials).

10. Lead by example.

Like any other lesson, teaching your kids to be eco-friendly starts with you. Teach your kids to reduce their impact on the environment by doing your part to help the earth. If you can change your fundamental habits, your children will naturally fall into step.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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