Since my own baby was born, I've become extremely well-acquainted with Vancouver's wide range of baby stores. With the help of the other new moms in my childbirth education group, I've found the best baby shopping in the city. Use this list of Vancouver's best baby stores to shop for babies, new moms, parents, baby showers, and gifts.
Room for 2 on Commercial Drive
Hands down the best baby shop in Vancouver, this little gem of a store--located on Commercial Drive--is packed to the rafters with all kinds of goodies for both mother and child, including clothes, nursing accessories, baby carriers, toys, and more. Co-owned by childbirth educator and doula Lorena Battistel, Room for 2 is as much an educational resource as it is a business. I got my first (fantastic) nursing bra here, and the saleswoman helped me find the perfect fit!
Forget Babies 'R Us: You can find everything you'd find at that chain store--including bedding, cribs, and health items--for a similar price in a much nicer environment with friendlier salespeople at TJ's Kids. B.C.-owned, TJ's has store locations around the Lower Mainland, including Vancouver, Surrey and Vancouver Island.
Hip Baby & Crocodile on West 4th Avenue
Kitsliano's West 4th Avenue shopping district is home to two great baby stores: Hip Baby and Crocodile. Both are excellent, though they are expensive. Still, if you can afford to splurge--or are looking for the ideal baby-shower gift--these are must-visit shops.
Hip Baby focuses on clothes, toys, blankets, and accessories; everything they sell is gorgeous and so yummy.
Crocodile has a large selection of top strollers and gear, some furniture (including cribs), and carries the "flushable and compostable" gDiapers.
Parade Baby & Meadow in Gastown
Vancouver's historic Gastown neighbourhood is the best boutique shopping in the city, and that includes baby and kids' stores. Two stand-outs are Parade Baby (which also has a location on Granville Island, inside the Net Loft) and Meadow.
Parade Baby is a great go-to shop for organic baby clothes and blankets, including onesies, footies, and hats, as well as eco-friendly baby and toddler toys.
Meadow is more of a gift store, with whimsical baby- and kid-items, perfect for baby showers. They have truly adorable cards, too.
Discount Shopping: Chain Stores & Used Goods
Discount shopping is a great way for new parents to save money, to buy bulk, or to find inexpensive mom and baby gifts. Costco and Walmart have great prices on diapers and baby wipes; Old Navy and Canadian Superstore sell a range of cheap hats and baby clothes. And don't forget Craigslist or Kajiji: We bought a gently-used crib and bassinet from Craigslist, which both saved money and made us feel better about furniture that had already "outgased".