Most Popular Posts of 2016 & What’s New for 2017 | Edmomton

Happy New Year, everyone. I’m Rachel Jones, author of the blog Edmomton — Becoming a Mom in Edmonton. I launched this blog on April 6, 2016. If you have just discovered it, or have been following since April, muwwwah. Why did I start? I needed a creative outlet after a surprise home birth and rough start to…

Free Finnish-Inspired Baby Boxes: How to Get Them In Alberta

I’ve been doing some researching into Finnish-inspired baby boxes for new moms in Edmonton. I’ve found two kinds of free baby boxes, each inspired by Finland, but both very different. You are eligible to get a free, safe-sleep Baby Box from The Baby Box Company (Canada) if you are an Alberta resident who has had, or…

Raising Baby in the ICE District: 3 Reasons To Love It and 3 To Loathe It

Do you associate ideal family living with the new ICE District in Edmonton? While most don’t, there are many families living comfortably in the core, including mine. We’re the Joneses. My husband, toddler and I live in the heart of downtown, two blocks away from Rogers Place and the developing entertainment hub that’s attracting attention…

6 Free Social and Support Groups for New Moms (in Edmonton)

New moms need other moms. Period. Here is a list of free social and support groups that are perfect for you if you’ve just had a baby. Sure, it can be time-consuming to pack up baby (or babies), your own essentials, and get out the door — but give it a try. Don’t stress about being on…

Why I Left My Dream Job — In One Word

You’ve heard the news. A few weeks ago, I hesitantly handed my boss the resignation letter I never thought I’d write. Those close to me knew this choice was out of character, especially for a woman with “so much potential” in my career. I’d recently returned back to work after maternity leave, still unsure of how to…

9 Baby-Friendly Edmonton Pubs

Here’s the epic list — I’ve found 9 baby-friendly pubs in Edmonton. I know some of you might be thinking — babies and pubs — no way. But I’m saying yes — yes way — and I’ve found 9 pubs that will welcome you with open arms. New parents have it hard enough. I’m not talking babies…

13 Baby-Friendly Edmonton Coffee Shops

Edmonton is home to some incredible coffee shops. New moms love coffee, and need to socialize, so cafes are generally hot-spots for mamas carrying bucket seats. For mamas with younger babies in Edmonton, I’ve put together this list of 12 baby-friendly coffee shops. They’ve got high chairs, change tables, a stroller-accessible entry, comfortable seating, and are…

32 Baby-Friendly Edmonton Restaurants

The food scene in Edmonton is spectacular. I feel like I hear about a new restaurant every week. All I have to do is search #yegfood and a ton of mouth-watering pictures appear. While many Edmonton eateries are popular for special date nights, quick grabs, or picky palates, they may not always be the best choice…

The 5 Elements of Being Baby-Friendly

I’m on a mission to make Edmonton more baby-friendly. But what does “baby-friendly” really mean? Have you ever had to change your newborn baby on the dirty tile floor of a restaurant or coffee shop? What about the seat of a booth or a hard, water-covered bathroom countertop? Or on the display bed at a department store? (Guilty…) Or gone…

My 4 Juicy New Mom Confessions Not Shared On Facebook

As a new mom, who is now one year in, I still don’t have it all together. Not even close. I’m pretty sure none of us do. Not all the time, at least. If we say we do… there’s a really good chance we’re lying. I have four things to confess from this last year. My not-so-picture-worthy mom…

Sarah Chan: 5 Key Questions on Becoming a Mom in Edmonton

I’d like to introduce you to the marvelous Sarah Chan. At only 35, she is a force of change and positivity in our city as a passionate social advocate, a bicycling and public transit enthusiast, a piano teacher, and most importantly – a mother to two beautiful babies (well, they aren’t babies anymore!). Oh yeah,…

15 Essentials for New Edmonton Moms

I had first-time-mom tunnel vision. I’m not afraid to admit it. I thought pregnancy was the hard part and that the intensity of taking care of a baby wouldn’t surprise me. I needed to brace for impact. While pregnant, I spent a wild amount of time thinking about and preparing for labor, like most first-time pregnant ladies do. I insisted on finding one midwife…

Ok, It’s True — Juniper Bistro is Actually the Best Baby-Friendly Cafe in Edmonton

Shhhhh — I know the name of the best baby-friendly cafe in our city. Don’t share this post, cause you’ll never ever get a seat in there again. (I’m kidding, share it!) It’s called Juniper Bistro, a beatuiful cafe/restaurant nestled into a strip mall in the community of Strathearn. I’m in awe of how incredible it…

Pregnant in Edmonton? Don’t Miss Out On This Incredible Workshop

Pregnancy and empowerment — for me, those two words didn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand when I was expecting my baby in 2015. My options for prenatal and motherhood preparedness workshops seemed limited in availability and in scope. Where would pregnant Rachel go for the best advice in Edmonton? What prenatal vitamin or supplement was actually good? My…

Brown Butter Cafe: A Beautiful, Minimalist Edmonton Bistro Opened by Two New Parents

Think you could have a baby and open a brand new cafe at the same time? Guess what — Heena and Mike did!  Most new parents would agree: after you bring a baby into the world, everything changes. Night and day blur together. Your new addition constantly needs you. That is why, when I meet couples…

Boe Couture: The Most Colourful and Creative Baby + Mommy Clothing in Edmonton

You can’t mistake a Boe Couture design. Stephanie Tooke made sure of that. This local Edmonton Mama and Fashion Designer combines colourful patterns and fun designs with all the baby and toddler clothing she creates. It’s a completely different style — guaranteed to impress your mom friends, because it’s not mass-produced. Think Star Wars, Skulls, Harry…

Idea: Mail a Card to the Canadian Armed Forces this Christmas

My lovely moms and dads, friends and family — are you sending out Christmas cards this year? If the answer is yes, would you consider mailing one to the Canadian Armed Forces? That’s right. You can do that! It’s a thing! The four biggest overseas operations that our Canadian Troops are in, are: Op IMPACT –…

Kepler Academy: Edmonton’s Newest Childcare Centre Opens January 2018 + Offers Robotics, Jujitsu, Yoga and More

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Kepler Academy. In exchange for this post I have received compensation, but all opinions are my own. Feature photo: Mike Isaak Photography  Finding a daycare (let alone a quality, affordable, accessible one) can be a huge struggle for new parents in Edmonton. As a mom blogger and momma to…

How Baby-Friendly is Edmonton’s John Janzen Nature Centre?

New moms in Edmonton — have you heard of the John Janzen? Have your mama friends been talking about that “cool nature centre” or the “nature place” with the indoor beehive and squishy acorns? With cool treehouse that you can climb into? And a beaver dam with a water stream? And an area with nature-inspired…

Baby Can Boogie: It’s a Halloween Dance Party + Your Babies and Toddlers Are Invited

Morgan Norwich is a local Edmonton Mom to one-year-old Ronan, a DJ, Emcee, and a Coordinator for Theatre Alberta. She also launched the ultra-popular Baby Can Boogie last Mother’s Day, along with Keren Tang, another new mama who recently ran for Edmonton Ward 11 City Councillor. Baby Can Boogie is a totally unique spin on a…

Yes, Take Babies & Toddlers to Live Theatre in Edmonton — Like Munsch-O-Rama!

Moms and Dads, have you ever wondered if babies and toddlers were welcome at live theatre productions in Edmonton? Guess what? They ARE! One of Edmonton’s local professional theatre companies, Kompany Family Theatre, is bringing “Munsch-O-Rama” to the stage for only two days in November. Remember 50 Below Zero, Paper Bag Princess, Pigs, Thomas’s Snowsuit,…

Surprisingly, High Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is Very Baby-Friendly

Mamas, I have a new secret baby-friendly gem to share with you. To my surprise and delight, the High Tea in the Harvest Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is incredibly welcoming for moms and babies, and anyone else who’d love to join. Your investment: around $60 per adult at tea. The payoff: being spoiled…