From the age of ten, when she started her first business (selling out of a catalog), Krista Williamson knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur. During her maternity leave in 2003, she came up with the idea to do something that would combine her three loves: family, sewing and business. So, with the help of her husband, she started making baby linens and accessories, named her business ‘Cheeky Monkey’ and hasn’t looked back since.
A busy mom of three, Krista began with a five page website. She participated in local craft fairs, school sales, fundraisers and other community events, and before long, Cheeky Monkey was being mentioned on chat sites, community boards, blogs and even a shout-out in Chatelaine! Her business quickly expanded across Canada and the U.S. and, in 2006, she opened her first retail store in London, Ontario.
Cheeky Monkey is an invaluable resource for parents in the London area, assisting with advice and expertise on breastfeeding, cloth diapering, maternity wear, teething and more. They carry innovative products that not only make parents’ lives easier, but are chic too.
Here are my favourite picks from Cheeky Monkey:
I had many of the Rockabye Baby CDs for my kids when they were little and loved how they lulled them to sleep while I hummed along. I wish I had this one, though – Journey is a favourite of mine!
This limited edition pacifier lovey from Wubbanub is seasonally appropriate and adorable!
I’m a huge fan of sleep sacks because they keep little ones warm when they would normally be kicking off their covers. Less waking at night means more sleep for everyone.
My kids received Cloud b turtles a few years ago for Christmas and they are still going strong. This hedgehog, another item in the Cloud b lineup, makes my list of favourites because it’s not just a night-light, but also a wake indicator. It helps teach kids when to wake at the right time, which means more sleep for you!
Kids’ Apron – Snug As A Bug
If your kids like to help with cooking or baking, this fabulous apron from Snug As A Bug will make them feel like an official member of the kitchen crew! My son has this cookie apron and loves it; the quality is phenomenal and it washes up well, too.
For a child in preschool or kindergarten who still naps, this mat from J.J. Cole is the perfect comfortable solution that rolls up when not in use.
I had this indispensable changing station by Skip Hop in basic black when my kids were babes, and it’s still on my ‘must-have’ list for all new parents. The best part? It’s now available in chic prints!
This beautiful wooden hedgehog puzzle from Janod makes the perfect, timeless gift that can be passed down for generations to enjoy.
Munch Mitt Baby Teething Mitten
This ingenious invention helps baby self-soothe and stays on baby’s hand, so there’s no hunting around for lost teethers!
If you live in the London area, be sure to visit either of Cheeky Monkeys’ two locations for amazing customer support, advice, workshops and great product selection.
590 Oxford Street East,
1061 Wonderland Road South,
Toll Free: 1-877-645-6706