Island Parent Magazine

Abra-Kid-Abra carries new & used clothing, shoes, boots, dress-up, dancewear, furniture and equipment. Children’s car seat and infant furniture and equipment is available to rent. 2005 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria.

The Burnside Gorge Community Association offers Parent & Tot drop-in programs throughout the week that are free or low-cost. Drop-ins allow parents to meet other parents while their children play, learn and meet other children. Other Family Centre programs include: Fun for Little Ones, Kindergym, Toddler Art, and a Community Family Dinner. For program days, times, and drop-in fees please visit or call 250-388-5251.

Child Care Resource & Referral. May is Child Care Month. The BC government proclaims the month of May as Child Care Month in honour of the many child care providers and early childhood educators dedicated to the well-being of children throughout the province. Child Care providers across the province provide a valuable service for families and high quality child care enriches a child’s early learning experience. May 18 is Child Care Provider Appreciation Day to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contribution of child care providers and early childhood educators and the important supportive role they play to a family. Thank you!

Kool & Child. For your child’s first teddy bear, teether, or book, check out our great selection of infant and toddler toys. We also carry an extensive collection of games, toys, and puzzles, for all members of your family—from siblings to grandparents, or even yourself. Come explore our store! 102-2517 Bowen Road, Nanaimo. 1-888-390-1775.

Momease Baby Boutique specializes in innovative and functional baby gear and parenting accessories. Centrally located in Victoria, we offer a wide selection of items including strollers, car seats, carriers, cribs, clothing, shoes, toys, books and more. We are passionate about helping you navigate the road to parenthood and beyond, so whether it’s creating a personalized baby gift registry, or a first outing with your newborn, we love spending time with new or expectant parents. Visit us at our bright and bustling boutique at 1581 Hillside Avenue (778-265-5651), right across from Hillside Centre, or shop online at

Mothering Touch Centre is the comprehensive resource centre for new and expectant parents. We offer support through every stage of pregnancy and early parenthood: childbirth preparation, pre-and post-natal yoga, breastfeeding support, parenting classes, parent-and-baby groups, and baby massage. Our friendly staff inform and support parents and grandparents as they select cloth diapers, nursing bras, breastpumps and breastfeeding accessories and much more. Drop in for a chat, nurse your baby in our lounge, and experience the warmth of the Mothering Touch. 975 Fort St. 250-595-4905.

In opening Resthouse we wanted to help people solve their sleep issues as well as offer truly healthy mattresses and bedding. Resthouse provides sleep solutions that range from: custom fitted head pillows; natural bedding and wool comforters that promote temperature regulation; body pillows that assist those healing from injuries or people with alignment issues; plus carefully curated luxurious mattresses made from the finest quality ingredients. Resthouse also carries a full line of children and baby mattresses and bedding. At Resthouse our cornerstones are: transparent information, certified safe products and a passionate knowledgeable staff. We believe that everyone deserves a safe a healthy sleep. 126 Station St, Duncan. 1-844-855-REST (7378).

Spina Bifida Something so small can make such a big difference. Folic acid reduces the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida. It is found in some foods, but for most women, eating fortified food is not enough. To reach the recommended daily level you will need a vitamin supplement and it should be taken at least three months before pregnancy. Help protect your baby before it is born by getting enough folic acid daily.

Parents, have you heard that Thrifty Foods has a virtual store? We know you don’t always have time to get to the grocery store, so we’re ready to help you. You make the selections and your shopper chooses the best quality products and packages your groceries just like you would so they arrive to you in excellent condition. The convenience of Thrifty Foods Online Shopping is that you can shop any time of the day that suits you or your baby. Pay online with a credit card or pay upon pickup or delivery of your groceries with VISA, MasterCard, Amex, “SmileCard” or Debit. Visit and let us do the shopping for you.

Whether it’s diapers or decor, TJ’s The Kiddies Store is the place to go for all your baby needs. Welcoming your new baby into the world is a wonderful and challenging experience; so many decisions and so little time. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help make your decisions as stress-free as possible. Our selection varies from furniture sets to safety items and everything in between. TJ’s is also a great place for gifts—with a baby registry and many wonderful gift ideas you will be able to find the right thing to make any new parent happy. We’re easy to find at 3045-c Douglas St. (enter off Larch St)… we’re under Sleep Country. 250-386-2229.

Mark your calendars for September 30 and October 1, 2017. The 11th annual Vancouver Island Baby Fair is happening at Pearkes Rec Centre. Celebrate your growing family with us. Come visit an arena of exhibitors, a full lineup of main stage presentations, children’s performers, great shopping, parenting resources, fantastic prizes, our popular photo contest, baby races & more, for families ranging from pregnancy through preschool. Exhibitor registration begins May 15. Go to for details or call 250-686-5693.

Victoria Midwives. Midwives care for women throughout pregnancy, birth and for six weeks postpartum. Midwives offer personalized care and provide education and counselling that address the physical, emotional, and cultural needs of women and their families. Midwives offer a choice of birthplace either in hospital, or at home. Midwives provide breastfeeding support, ensure the mother is recovering from the birth, and monitor the baby’s growth. Midwifery care is covered by your care card. See our ad on page 9.

Welcome Wagon’s New Parent Market reaches new mothers with greetings and congratulations personally presented at home after the birth of their babies. A package of pertinent information on civic and community services is presented, followed by a directory of our sponsors and token gifts from participating businesses, and where appropriate, printed invitations for the family to redeem at their place of business. We also do Baby Showers for expectant moms. There we provide civic and educational information. It is given to her before baby is born. For more information please visit or call 1-866-518-7287.•


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