There are so many good reasons to support businesses and entrepreneurs in our own communities, especially around the holidays! Some of the most thoughtful and most-loved gifts I’ve received for my little ones over the years are made-in-Canada products. And now, as a business owner myself, I get to support other moms (and dads) around Canada who are doing what they love: creating amazing products for parents and their little ones.
This month, I thought it might be fun to put a face to some of the Canadian brands found at Maman Chic. I hope you enjoy getting to know these amazing entrepreneurs and on behalf of all of us: thank you for shopping small and supporting local!
The Over Company came to life after Sabrina & Michael’s daughter Olive was born prematurely and left the hospital at only 5lbs. Heading home with just a blanket over her daughters car seat, it was clear to Sabrina that she needed something more to protect her baby from the cold (and germs!). Enter the OVer Cover, the original multi-use cover for car sears, nursing and shopping carts. All OVers are handmade in London, ON and a portion of the company’s proceeds go to the London, Ontario NICU. (shop OVer Covers here)
Haley, the mama behind Beluga Baby wraps, started her company when her daughter Sawyer was a newborn. She wanted a business she could run from home and it was important to her to sell something that would make life easier for new moms! Handmade in Vancouver, Beluga Baby wraps help moms (and dads) stay close to their babies while letting them be hands free. The wraps are fashionable, comfortable, and above all, keep mom, dad and baby happy. A win for everyone! (shop Beluga Baby wraps here)
MiNi TiPi was founded by Trish and Mel, two young and practical minded mamas from Gatineau, Quebec,whose goal is to offer handmade products to quality-conscious parents. Their company is inspired by their cultural backgrounds: Ojibway, Quebecoise and Canadian. Trust me when I say their blankets are some of the softest I’ve ever touched in my life! (shop MiNi TiPi blankets here)
This Abbotsford, BC company is run by husband and wife team Amanda and Jeff. Amanda made the first ever pair of Minimoc moccasins from left over scraps from Jeff's handmade leather wallets and not surprisingly, after gifting a few pairs to friends, the orders started coming in! These made in Canada soft soled moccasins are perfect for indoor and outdoor play (weather permitting!). (shop Minimoc moccasins here)