Vancouver Shopping for Kids, Part I: Fun Baby Stores

Photo © Anastasia Chomlack / Hip Baby

When you have a baby, there are a million and one practical items you need—like diapers and burp cloths and pacifiers—that are best bought wherever you can get them cheapest; Vancouver has lots of discount stores suited to that kind of shopping. This post is not about those stores. This is about the fun baby stuff: the toys, the latest trends in baby clothes and room decor, the decadent items that make wonderful baby shower gifts, the stuff that’s actually a joy to shop for, whether it’s for your own little one or someone else’s.

So where are the most fun, locally-owned baby stores in Vancouver?

Kitsilano’s West 4th Avenue has two of the most popular: Hip Baby and Crocodile.  Hip Baby lives up to its name with the latest in hip toys and baby accessories; Crocodile is a good place to try out a selection of upscale baby strollers. You can combine fun with practical (and skip Babies R Us altogether) at the Metro Vancouver-based TJ Kids, located farther west on 4th Ave, just across from the Naam.

Commercial Drive has two of my favourites, the charming Dandelion Kids, which offers local products alongside innovative toys, and the awesome Room for 2. Room for 2 is co-owned by a childbirth educator and doula, and the store absolutely reflects that awareness and attitude: the staff is well-informed, the products are top-of-the-line and there’s a good selection of clothes and accessories for new moms, too.

Modern Kid in Gastown

In downtown Vancouver, there’s My Little Green Shop, an eco-friendly boutique in the West End, and Gastown’s Modern Kid. Gastown is the destination for modern and luxe interior design in Vancouver, and Modern Kid fits right in, carrying chic and urban baby and kid furniture, decor and artwork.

Know some fun baby stores that I missed or want to share your love for these Vancouver baby stores? Please let me know in the comments!

Also in this series: Vancouver Shopping for Kids, Part II: Granville Island Kids Market

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