NEW! Now you can shop online!

Now you can shop online! Many of you have emailed me to say that you would love to be able to purchase merchandise online. At long last, you are now able to do this.

We accept all major credit cards through PayPal.

We can deliver by mail, or if you are a regular RCH customer, you can also place your custom order online, pay and pick up your purchase the next time I am at Royal Columbian Hospital. This makes for a great way to custom order your gift baskets!

Visit the online store today at shop.cpbabywear.com!


Check out the new online store!

Monday, April 21, 2008

BPA free baby and kids bottles!

With the BPA (bisphenol-A) scare, I thought I'd post my experience with BPA freedom. I recently bought my son a new straw bottle. It's stainless steel, and called foogo, by Thermos.

My son loves drinking from a straw so I thought this would be perfect. I picked up the bottle, brought it home with him, and told him it was for him. I didn't really have to tell him it was for him because he was already excited upon seeing it. I barely got it out of the package when my son picked it up and began sucking on the straw! Wow - he is a happy camper now, and Mom is definitely worry free.

Of course BPA is in so many things it's hard to avoid, even if store owners are pulling the obvious items off the shelf.

For moms of little ones, here's a great site that helps you weed through BPA free baby items.
Z Recommends: The Z Report on BPA In Children's Feeding Products, Third Edition
It's also a great place to learn more about BPA.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Great Baby Shower Gift Ideas

I was one of the first among my friends to have a baby. At my baby shower, many long time and wise moms came to wish me well, as I anxiously approached parenthood.

When I opened my gifts, I knew little about what I really needed. I have to thank my twin sister, though, for helping me choose my baby registry items. Many approaching parenthood are inundated with the hundreds of possible "baby needs" that may or may not prove useful for new parents.

Many pregnant friends have asked me what items they should include in their registry. So, I've come up with my own list of must-haves and nice, but not necessary items. The crib, car seat, stroller, and high chair being a given, the following are the items Moms should include in their wanted list, and are highly recommended if you are deciding on a great baby gift.

1) baby carrier
This is definitely a must so Mom can be out and about, and show off her new bundle of joy.

2) sling
It's not the same as a carrier, but great for short trips to the corner store, or at home. Mom can rock baby to sleep in it, have hands free to do other things, and can even nurse in it! There are so many absolutely beautiful choices now, many made by Momtrepreneurs!

3) bouncer
Mom will need somewhere to put the baby down besides the crib during the day! A bouncer is a great way to give Mom a break, and can sometimes even put baby to sleep - especially the ones which vibrate.

4) diaper bag
Yes, a must have for new moms, todays choices are endless. That being said, I still haven't found quite the perfect bag. In fact, I'm even considering creating my own. Moms: let me know what you love and hate about your bag, so I can incorporate them into my ideas!

5) receiving blankets & diaper cloths
New parents will be surprised how fast they go through receving blankets in the first few weeks of a newborn's life. They will need plenty! And, forget burp cloths, get larger all purpose diaper cloths which are much bigger and have multiple purposes - from emergency receiving blankets, to spit up cloths, these will come in handy from morning till night.

These are my top five. Let me know if there's anything critical you think I've missed, and send in your ideas for my next post.

A New Blog!

My son Erich is now 2 years, 3.5 months, and is just like a little energizer bunny! He keeps me so busy, on top of my part time (80%) job, that I've been neglecting this blog a bit. This must change! My husband and I have been discussing this blog, and have been brainstorming for some ideas on how to liven this poor blog up.

So far we've agreed that I should posts "tips and tricks" on gift ideas, nursing, parenting, and related topics. I am by no means an "expert mom" but I have been told by my friends, that I do give good advice on occasion. If you have ideas on posts, or have questions on these topics, please let me know. All right then. So, here I go.

p.s. Let me know what you think of my new look!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Eve at RCH

Hi All,

I will be at the Royal Columbian Hospital on Christmas Eve, Monday Dec 24th. I'll also be there again on Friday January 4th.

I'll be armed with winter boots for girls and boys, blankets and winter gear for kids. I'll also have my usual new born baby outfits.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

More Dates at Royal Columbian Hospital

I will be back Friday November 16th.
I'll post more dates this winter when I can secure more days!

Monday, August 20, 2007

upcoming dates at the Royal Columbian Hosptial

Hi Everyone

I will be selling more baby items and toddler and children's shoes on the following dates:
Friday August 24
Friday August 31

Hope to see you there!

Karen

Friday, June 29, 2007

My Big Day - A Success

Thanks for coming back. My big day was relatively successful. I had an interesting time trying to set up because my cabinets were all locked and I had to wait for the key. I got the key, but then it was the wrong one, so had to wait a bit longer. When I was finally set up, I put out a nice assortment of products. It was a bit difficult to decide what to put where, and being only 4'10" I had an interesting time trying to reach the top shelf! My husband had very kindly packed the car for me the night before, and had included a step ladder, but I did not bring it. Anyway, after a bit of re-arranging, I was pretty happy with my display. I had several blankets, many sleepers, crib shoes, soft shoes for beginner walkers, and some adorable socks. I also had a few toddler shoes, which there was quite a bit of interest in - to my surprise! Next time I am back I will definitely be bringing more toddler shoes! I should tentatively be back on Friday November 16th.

I will be posting some photos very soon, so if you saw me at the Royal Columbian Hospital, please come back soon, or email me what you are interested in, and I will send you some photos and prices.

I will also be going to other hospitals in the Vancouver area, so will keep you posted of these locations and dates.