The countdown is on – Fi has only eight weeks to go until her bub arrives! Having recently moved she can finally start nesting and creating a nursery. To help get her sorted, Fi and I recently spent a day zig-zagging across Melbourne on a shopping expedition in search of beautiful and unique children’s stores.
As part of the Paint the Town Ford challenge we hit the road in a Ford Ecosport Titanium. The compact SUV size means it was perfect for zipping about town while the rear parking sensor makes it a breeze to squeeze into tight parking spots. What’s more, it’s got a slim steering wheel that’s made for easy-handling, a great turning circle and sits high with a good view of traffic.
Even though the Ford EcoSport Titanium is known for its compact design, I was really surprised by the proportions of the boot. It’s short but deceptively deep and perfect for loading a new pram and all our shopping into. ..which was just the excuse we needed to shop up a storm!
First up, we visited Kiddie Country for all the ‘big stuff’ that a little baby needs. Since opening in 1975, it’s been a one-stop-shop for the best prams, car seats, cots, furniture, toys, clothing and baby accessories.
What really makes Kiddie Country more than your average kid’s store is its owners, Mike and Martine. They’re a lovely, attentive couple who have a knack for making all the overwhelming baby gear choices – Should I get a three or four wheeler pram? What cot looks good while still being practical? Which car seat should I get? – seem simple by taking the time to understand you. They don’t make you feel rushed into a decision and always have time for a chinwag, especially when they found out Fi was from the same part of South Africa as they were!
Fi’s Favourite Find: Let’s just say, it was love at first sight when Fi laid eyes on the Joolz pram! Created by a young Dutch company, the Joolz is the whole package – ergonomic design, easy to use and manoeuvre and looks drop-dead gorgeous. From $1,299 available in store or online.
Kiddie Country // 79-83 Union Street, Armadale, VIC or shop online here.
We then crossed town to visit Big Dreams. With an eclectic mix of toys, clothing, footwear and treasures, Big Dreams is brimming with pieces that have a healthy dose of personality and are a bit different to what you see everywhere else. They’ve also got a handy nook under the staircase for your rugrats to play in while you shop.
Fi’s Favourite Find: Beautiful Australian-made, Uimi blankets. The bold patterns and bright splash of colour make this the type of piece that you’ll use as a cot blanket, for tummy time and snuggling into as your little one becomes a big kid. From $139, available in store or online.
Big Dreams // Northcote Store: 267 High Street, Northcote, VIC // Collingwood Store: 336 Smith Street, Collingwood, VIC // Or you can shop online
Our last stop was The Woodsfolk. With an entire room dedicated to all that is sweet and whimsical for children, this homewares store made me feel awfully clucky – just so I would have an excuse to buy cute baby things and deck out a nursery! Something that The Woodsfolk are very clever at is sourcing one-of-a-kind pieces that work well in a nursery (hello giant metallic bunny!) but still look right at home and just as relevant in a toddler’s room or a big kid’s space.
Fi’s Favourite Find: Felt rugs that are the perfect colour pop in a neutral nursery. Starting from $180, they can also be customised to the size you want.
The Woodsfolk // 39 Church Street, Hawthorn East, VIC
Where are your favourite kids stores in Melbourne?