If you’re a cloth-diapering Mama, you may have heard of BerryPlush and Baby Kangas. Hilary Lane, who designed these popular diaper lines, began selling them out of her basement seven years ago and soon opened a retail store to keep up with demand.
That store is this month’s featured boutique – JamTots, in Victoria, British Columbia.
JamTots has come a long way in seven years – they’ve grown to include a wide assortment of children’s gear, feeding and diapering accessories, toys, nursing wear, and much more. They carry all of the big brands you’d expect to find at a children’s store, as well as lots of other innovative products from up and comers.
Some of my favourite picks are… LittleLife backpacks for toddlers (the animal packs are the cutest!), BFly watches and jewelry (for older kids), Tuffo Muddy Buddy suits (so you can be prepared for anything), Oball footballs that even the littlest hands can grasp, BabySpats reversible legwarmers (because you don’t have to take off shoes to remove them!) and the ever-useful Monkey Mat. JamTots is also a flagship store for Melissa & Doug toys, so you know they’ll have a great selection of gifts for kids of all ages.
And, with a fabulous selection of seasonal toys, your kids are sure to be occupied this summer!
What really makes JamTots special, though, is the innovative in-house products that Hilary designs. She has since moved on from making cloth diapers and now focuses on her fabulous teething accessories. Both of her lines, Amber Glow (amber anklets and necklaces) and Sili Pearls (silicone teething accessories), are wildly popular and have been sold to many retailers across Canada.
In particular, the Sili Pearls Kids line is a big hit with parents of children with sensory issues (like autism) or any other mild to moderate sensory needs, to replace chewing of fingers or clothing.
If you’re lucky enough to live close to Victoria, you can visit the store in person. While there, be sure to check out Hilary’s line of custom tutus called Bells & Whistles… they’re so cute that girls of all ages will swoon! For those who don’t live nearby, you can shop the JamTots website and be sure to like their Facebook page to keep abreast of their fabulous weekly deals (often at 50% off!).
JamTots Baby & More
111 – 2945 Jacklin Rd
Victoria, British Columbia V9B 5E3