Brand Spotlight 33
Building on its tremendous success “Down Under”, Australian company Valco Baby has now established their brand all over the globe and we are excited to bring these products to Canadian families nationwide.
Designed not only to look great, Valco Baby strollers have outstanding performance features as well. Their strollers are able to meet the needs of your growing family as they are infant car seat compatible*, offer a double stroller option in each of their series and the X series even has the option for a third toddler seat!
*specific models only with adapter
Lightweight Convenience – Snap 4 and Snap Duo
Valco Baby’s urban strollers, their Snap series, are known for being lightweight. In fact, their Snap Duo is the lightest full featured double stroller in the market today. Weighing just 21.5 lbs., the Snap Duo combines an ultra lightweight frame with individual canopies, adjustable footrests and roomy comfortable seats.
If you’re in looking for a convenience stroller boasting first-class features, the Snap4 is the ideal one for you! Coming in at only 14.5 lbs. the Snap4 sets the benchmark for comfort, manoeuvrability and portability in compact strollers.
Elegant Versatility – Snap Ultra & Snap Ultra Duo
The Snap Ultra series establishes a new level of style in addition to function for parents looking for a lightweight ride from birth & beyond without sacrificing on features. The Snap Ultra and Snap Ultra Duo not only makes a fashion statement, but incorporates great features such as an ultra-lightweight frame, super extended canopy, adjustable footrest and reversible, roomy, comfortable seats. YES! Both seats are reversible! And as a bonus feature, the strollers INCLUDE beautiful luxe boot covers!
Rugged meets Luxury – TriMode X and Trimode Duo
Valco Baby’s all terrain stroller options are the TriMode X and TriMode X Duo. Both strollers in the TriMode X series folds compactly allowing you to take it anywhere and the full reclining seats allow children to sleep anywhere. The pram seat also has no contact with the outside when folded so it stays cleaner for longer so you don’t have to be afraid to take it wherever you go.
Like what you’ve read? Want to test-drive one for yourself? Come to any of our Snuggle Bugz store locations between April 24th and 30th to test out a Snap Ultra or a Snap Duo and enter to WIN one for yourself!
Have you heard of Stonz? They’re a great, made in Canada line that I’ve wanted to try forever, and so I got my hands on a pair of the new Toddler Booties! At first the boots are a little weird and take some getting used to as they’re much different than other boots on the market. First off, your toddler can wear their shoes inside if they like, so they’re a much softer boot than the general hard boot you’d find out there. If you do want to use their shoes inside, you need to buy with that in mind. Then they have liners (“linerz”) for warmer winter use and you can remove them for fall and spring. How versatile is that? As you can see I opted for the most exciting colour/pattern around: all black (although they come in 14 different designs).
These ones are “new” in the Stonz line because they have a new waterproof sole on them – it’s more durable and slip resistant than previously and you can RECYCLE THEM when you’re done. I’m a huge fan of that! You can find the new sole on the medium, large or x-large booties. The soles contain something called PLUSfoam so I took a swing by their website to learn a bit more about the product. It’s nice to know I own a product that is made with responsible manufacturing processes in mind, and these are no exception – they claim their products produce no manufacturing waste and zero post-consumer waste. Sounds good to me!
One of the best things is that they’re SUPER lightweight so your kid isn’t lugging around a giant pair of boots that weigh close to what they do. The two drawstrings are great on the boots as they keep them on in two places (and prevent the surprise of arriving at your destination to a toddler in barefeet).
I’ve long been a lover of Nook for their approach to making products with both the health of babies and the planet in mind. While I was never lucky enough to own one of their mattresses, I loved the idea that they are built with breathability and a lack of toxins as the foundation of their design. When I heard that Nook also makes a playmat, the LilyPad, I thought this may be just my opportunity to give them a try. Aside from his crib, my son spends the majority of his awake time on the floor on a blanket/carpet/mat and I started to really think about what toxins he was being exposed to on some of these surfaces. Given his limited ability to keep his face off the floor, he is breathing in (and chewing on) that surface more than anything else in the house, so it should be a safe one!
We began using the Nook LilyPad when he was just over two months old and have loved it from the start. This is not your traditional ‘covered in wild juvenile designs and filled with fire-retardant foam’ kind of playmat. The LilyPad texture can best be described as feeling like a gel insole for your shoes. A cushiony, comfortable solid colour surface that is perfect for babies to lie on both their back and tummy, it is as stylish as it is functional. This item remains out and on the floor at my house on a regular basis, and unlike other mats and baby blankets, it is not overly juvenile and can complement your homes aesthetic instead of tarnishing it.
At four months old he is now practicing his great first move to independence, rolling over. I feel safe that while he is on his LilyPad he can roll, kick, push up, face palm, chew, drool, and cry in frustration at the whole process in utter comfort and safety. The mat is round and has clips to fold it up into a flat package and is also very easily ported from one room to the next. Made with a water resistant cover, it is super easy to wipe clean and for anything that does stain, the entire thing can be thrown in the washing machine! I always give major bonus points to any baby gear that can be machine washed.
- Non-Toxic, breathable, hypoallergenic, no off-gasses
- Made from recycled plastic water bottles, a planet friendly product
- Ultra Comfortable, tummy time lasts longer than on other surfaces
- Water resistant, wipes clean and machine washable
- Easy to transport and travel with for use anywhere
- Raised pebble surface allow breathability and airflow to baby
- Stylish and simple design
- A little on the small side. Once baby rolls a few times he is off the mat.
- Pricier than some other mats.
Overall, I love this playmat almost as much as he does! I see this lasting us well beyond the tummy time, infant stage and taking us into toddlerhood as a great place to play with toys, read, and relax.
For those who are interested in trying the Nook LilyPad out, Snuggle Bugz and Nestled are Nook’s retailer of the month for February and all Nook products are 10% off until February 28, 2017. The LilyPad can be found online and is also available in the newly renovated Nestled store at Snuggle Bugz’ flagship location in Burlington, Ontario. If you haven’t been to the new store yet, it is a must see. With over 20 complete nursery rooms to inspire your dream nursery, a design centre, and exclusive furniture and accessories for your baby, it is a destination you can get lost in for hours.
The Nook LilyPad is a winner in my books and I am still discovering alternative uses for it everyday (I can’t wait to take it to the beach in the summer!). Take advantage of the sale now if you are looking for a great place for baby to play and discover that is both comfortable and safe.
Like it or not your baby gear is going to end up all over your house. So if there’s no avoiding it, why not have it be chic baby gear all over your house?
That was the idea behind the new Jonathan Adler Collection crafted by Fisher-Price. A collection of premium baby products with modern chic designs, wood accents and a sleek gender neutral look.
When Fisher Price announced that Jonathan Adler would be their new Creative Director, fashion conscious moms cheered. This iconic potter, designer and author brought a sense of sophistication to baby gear so that it can blend seamlessly with any home décor.
He brings together black and white geometric patterns with cute animals in bright colours. A high contrast combination that babies love!
Adler said that animals are one of his favourite things to sculpt and you can find a lion, elephant and giraffe incorporated into the functionality of several pieces of the collection.
We here at Snuggle Bugz are proud to be a select retailer for this collection that so far consists of a Deluxe Bouncer, a Sensory Gym, a Deluxe High Chair and a Projection Mobile. Besides it’s on trend look, we’ve listed some of our favourite features of the collection below.
The Deluxe Bouncer gently moves with your baby’s natural motions but also provides calming vibrations and music to soothe baby.
The Sensory Gym has an extra-large mat for your baby to explore plus 9 linkable activity toys. The overhead mobile plays music and has 4 coloured lights to encourage eye tracking.
The Deluxe High Chair has the convenient functionality of growing with your child by also converting into a booster seat that attaches to your dining chair.
The Projection Mobile features 3 plush rotating animals and plays soft gentle music for your baby. Plus, the mobile arm is removable so the image can also project on the ceiling.
If you like what you’ve just read, guess what? You can WIN all 4 of these pieces from the collection by clicking here:
Entries for the Fisher-Price® Jonathan Adler Collection prize pack must be received between 12:00am est on January 30, 2017 and 11:59pm est on February 5, 2017 | Prize includes a Jonathan Adler crafted by Fisher-Price® Sensory Gym, a Jonathan Adler crafted by Fisher-Price® Deluxe High Chair, a Jonathan Adler crafted by Fisher-Price® Projection Mobile, and a Jonathan Adler crafted by Fisher-Price® Deluxe Bouncer | Total prize value $559.96 | Contest open to Canadian residents only, excluding residents of Quebec | Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received | No purchase necessary | Contacted prize winners must answer a skill testing question in order to claim their prize | For your convenience, the long form rules can be obtained here.
Independently owned and operated, Nook Sleep Systems operates out of Southern California and sources as many North American organic materials and manufacturing processes as possible. Nook’s mission is to continually challenge themselves to make their products healthier, safer and smarter. Their sleep products are the foundation of the company, however, they have added new products to their line that we are excited about as we love discovering safe and healthy products for our tiny customers and their families.
Nook’s focus on breathability is at the heart of the construction of each mattress. Research shows that a sleep environment rich in oxygen is critical for cognitive and physical development in infants. It also helps them sleep longer and deeper. Nook applies this knowledge in all products by facilitating better airflow in and around the crib and by ensuring smarter temperature regulation at nap time and nighttime. Their innovative structural design includes raised “pebbles” that are filled with organic cotton that allow maximum air flow through the mattress but also raise the child’s head slightly off the rest of the mattress to allow them to breathe unobstructed. Utilizing products like eucalyptus, low-impact dyes, and natural latex promotes increased ventilation, temperature regulation and oxygen flow.
This is Nook’s best selling mattress, and we are big fans. A 2-sided mattress, one for infant and the other for Toddlers, this will carry you far past the baby stage. Made of all natural, organic materials, this mattress is made to be breathable and hypo-allergenic, promoting a better sleep for children. Covered in an organic, zip off, machine washable, waterproof wrap that is available in 7 different colours, you can rest assured that your mattress will be protected and stylish at the same time.
Designed to be lighter than the all natural Pebble Pure, this mattress is not organic, but is made of 100% non-toxic certi-pure foam, which is the safest foam on the market. Available in 3 colours and covered in the same great organic cover as the Pebble Pure, this one is a winner if you are searching for a lighter non-toxic option.
The newest member of Nook’s Crib Mattress Family, the Pebble Air offers Certi-Pur foam but at a lighter and thinner profile. You can still receive all of the natural benefits of the organic, waterproof covering, but with a size that can be easier to maneuver.
Nook also has a line of 100% organic cotton fitted sheets that fit over any standard mattress. Nook mattresses do not require a sheet, however, it may be hard to resist some of their vibrant colours and patterns and an extra protective layer. If you want a matching set, Nook also offers a decorative toddler pillow to complete the look. While your Nook mattress will come equipped with it’s organic, washable cover wrap, you are also able to order a second if you want to have an extra for when you are washing the original. You can never have too much of a good thing!
One of the newer additions to the Nook line, a feeding pillow called the Niche was introduced last year. Made of 100% organic Kapok – a fibrous cotton like substance that grows around the seeds of the ceiba tree. This pillow is broader than most and contours to your body but also allows ample room for baby to rest on while feeding. It can also be used to prop up baby in a seated position or on their front for tummy time. Using the same waterproof wrap as the mattresses, this beauty comes in 4 vibrant colours and is one of the prettiest nursing pillows we’ve seen for some time.
Ideal for tummy time and play time, the Nook LilyPad provides breathable comfort for babies, toddlers and their parents. Use indoors as a play mat or fold it up and take it with you for a comfortable, convenient, and healthy rest time anywhere you are. This mat is made from recycled PETE plastic (Water bottles) and is non-toxic and machine washable.
Sleek, modern design makes the Pebble Lounger a welcome addition to any room in the home. Designed for toddler and kid lounging from 18 months and older, this chair has a removable waterproof, washable cover that makes clean up simple. Lightweight and easy to carry, this comes with a handy travel bag for on the go lounging! This certi-pure, non toxic foam is actually a memory foam that will pop back into shape as soon as you leap out of it!
While this change pad comes in at a higher price point, it does not sacrifice on quality. The certified non-toxic foam core provides contoured support while your baby is being changed. The cover is made with all-natural eucalyptus that is lined with a gel backing to make it stain resistant, waterproof, removable, and washable. An additional layer of waterproof fabric is provided between the core and Pebble fabric to ensure maximum cleanliness.
This product is made with Mama in mind! Made with a resilient memory foam, this pillow is a life saver during those sleepless pregnant nights. Contouring to your body, this gem can work it’s magic to provide comfort and support where you need it. Like its sister products, it is waterproof too!
Snuggle Bugz is delighted to be Nook’s hand picked retailer of the month from February 1st – 28th 2017 and as such we are offering 10% off any Nook purchase in-store and online! Have you tried Nook yet? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments or if you have any questions we are happy to answer!
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