The Freya-Sophia Waldorf and Steiner Book Store is here to nurture the gentle unfolding of childhood throughout the seasons. We are staffed by knowledgeable Waldorf educators and enthusiasts who are inspired by the insights of Rudolf Steiner. Our store is for all parents who are seeking healthy alternatives to our high tech world who would like to learn more about nurturing the soul needs of their children from pre-birth through adolescence. Children can play in our cute little gnome home while mom or dad get to browse our beautiful store and discover the wonderful things we have to offer. We are open Monday through Saturday 10-4.

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. koolandchild.com.

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 momease.ca.

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. motheringtouch.ca.

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. sbhabc.org.

Sutubra Naturals and Organics has searched high and low to bring you the best and most beautiful earth-based products. We focus on naturals and organic products from all over North America, Germany, and New Zealand. We have a wide selection including natural baby products, sunscreens, hair and skin care, makeup, bath essentials and more. Come visit us today at Hillside Mall where you will meet our friendly and knowledgeable team to help you chose the best product for you. sutubrabeauty.com.

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.•