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Pregnant? You don’t want to miss this event!
Baby Time Pregnancy Event
Sunday, March 6th
In the Baby Time Classroom
There is so much information out there for new mothers. Join us for an exclusive new Mom event! For a ticket price of $99 (including the mother-to-be and one person to accompany her) get two hours of awesome information, light refreshments and a gift bag worth $200! There are a limited number of tickets available. Only 8 couples are able to join us for this event. Register here!
Presenters include: Kristen Mead CD(DONA) and Sacred Pregnancy Instructor, Jill Hawtrey and Mackenzie Hootman of Nurtured Journey Childbirth Services, Jennifer Pitkin IBCLC and Kimberly Hendricks CLC of Encompass Lactation, Katie Sullenbrand, CNM of Eastern Iowa Midwifery and Stacey Schmitt from Toula Yoga.
Gift bag items:
Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mom package (worth $50)
Teething Bling necklace
Mariposah Organic Swaddling blanket
Mom and Baby Healing Amber set
Eco Smart Yoga Mat
Baby Time is closed Tuesday, 2/2/16 due to inclement weather. However, you can still shop online! All purchases by midnight tonite will qualify for double bonus points! As always, free store pick-up!
We wish you all a Merry Christmas! Due to the holiday the shop will be closed at these times.
Thursday, December 24th-Monday, December 28th.
Friday, January 1st (Happy New Year!)
Kristen will be away with family and won’t be shipping or answering emails until Tuesday, December 29th. Thank you for giving us this time to focus on family. We wish you a very happy holiday!
Be sure to join us over on the Facebook page or Baby Time Bonus group to get the Twelve Days of Christmas Savings. Each business day the special will change. Today (Saturday the 12th) all Imagine Baby products are 15% off! This even goes through December 23rd.
Also enter to win a $25 Baby Time gift certificate if you fill out a Holiday Wish List. Keep the list here for family members to shop, or take it home with you.
Our next Mom’s Night is featuring The Roaming Canvas. We’ll be painting the Cardinal and still have room for this lovely winterscape! Cost is $30, BYOB and a snack to share.
Holiday Hours: We’ll be taking time to celebrate the holiday with our families.
December 24-26 – Closed
January 1 – Closed
And finally, check out these cool printables from Best Bottom Diapers!
Just a reminder that we will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with our families. Thank you for understanding!
However, we’ll be open on Saturday, November 28th for our Small Business Saturday Sale and Event!
11am-3pm: Storewide Sales
The first 10 customers who spend $25+ will get a free canvas tote
20% off ONE non-sale item of your choice (some exclusions apply)
20% off all Action Baby Carriers
20% off Earth Mama Angel Baby
20% off Aura Cacia
20% off GroVia
15% off Boba products
15% off Thirsties products
15% off Planet Wise and Imagine Baby
15% off Tots Bots
12:30-2pm: Santa pictures and free craft by Kittd
Create a special holiday memory on Saturday, November 28th from 12:30-2pm with Santa. Angie, with Jungling Photography, will be taking the picture and Kittd will also be there to do a kid-friendly activity while you wait.
Cost is $10 for either a digital image or a 4×6 print. Other packages and gift items will also be available for purchase at special event pricing.
Thank you to all of the businesses who donated to our Swag Bags and Giveaways. Baby Time’s Third Anniversary celebration was much more fun because of your generosity!
Action Baby Carriers
Awaken Family Chiropractic
Bows by Joanna
Carseat cover or cape donated by Angela Tastad
It Works! by Sara
Jamberry Nails by Roxy
Keep Collective by Jennifer
Mary Kay Cosmetics by Karissa
Music on the Move by Lisa
Pampered Chef by Lisa
Perfectly Posh by Melissa
Planet Wise and Best Bottoms
Polka Dots and Denim
Rebekah Stewart Photography
Reiki by Lauren
Thirty One Bags by Angie
Tupperware by Cheryl
Younique by Marlena
The winners for the drawings are:
$100 VIP Baby Time Gift Certificate: Julie Kruse
Car Seat Cover or Cape (You choose): Lindsay Peterson and Stacy Knebel
Boba Wildflower Wrap: Kimberly Hendricks
Action Baby Carrier: Kate O’Brien-May
Osocozy Diaper Sprayer: Carissa Untiedt
Thirsties AIO: Jennifer Pitkin
Planet Wise Pad and wet bag: Katie Jones
Best Bottom Shell and 3 inserts: Tonya Barger
Healing Amber set: Jessie Dorman
Rebekah Stewart Photography Gift certificate: Abby Schmidt
Polka Dots and Denim Gift Certificate: Megan Calcara
Bow/Bowtie by Joanna: Alison Edgerly
Bow Set by Joanna: Cailey Nachazel
Reiki Session by Lauren: Stacy Knebel
Congrats! Please pick up your prizes this week!
I’m gearing up for my 3 year celebrations and that finds me revisiting goals and envisioning the future.
But most of all I’m thankful. Many of you know I started this business out of my home with an online store in February of 2012. I’ve had a new website in the building stage for a couple of years now, but am still not ready to launch. Partly because I still love my website design and partly because my in-store business is so busy I keep forgetting. Ha! I’ve been so blessed over the past few years getting to serve the community as well as getting to know your families. Thank you! And a big thank you to my staff: Mackenzie and Renae – I wouldn’t be able to function without you! And to my family too – I love you!
So what are my goals for the future? As much as I love my little shop in Glenbrook Centre I’m starting to outgrow it. Shelves are bursting and sometimes I sit here at the checkout counter and I feel like everything is creeping in on me! However, where to go? How much will I need to increase sales, hours, and staffing depending on my move. And of course moving costs money! But that’s the first thing on my mind for my fourth year in business.
I’m always looking for new products, especially locally-made, to offer in my shop. I like unique one-of-a-kind items too. I’ve had to drop a few of my favorites because they are in the big box stores.
I’d love to offer new classes and workshops too! Any instructors or ideas for classes are welcome!
There are several special events planned to celebrate my three years in business. Check out the events calendar for dates and times! Friday Oct 23rd is our VIP night for all our Bonus Card Members and Saturday, Oct. 24th is our daytime celebration. We also have some fun holiday activities planned for Small Business Saturday on November 28th.
I hope to see you all there! ~Kristen
I was approached by a Gazette reporter a couple of weeks ago regarding doulas and what we do. I am thrilled to show you the article she put together and am excited to educate more of the Cedar Rapids area about doulas! The article is here!
I’ve been watching the online craze for a particular brand of carrier for the last year or so. As a business owner who likes to stock what my customers want, I did look into them as a brand to carry at Baby Time. But after hearing story after story from other retailers and the fiascos stocking caused I decided to not pursue it further.
Now, I get how things cycle and new items/products get super popular and a year or so later are yesterday’s dirty diapers. But you know what sticks around?
Good customer service.
These are the manufacturers I want to have in my store. Who honor warranties, who don’t intentionally understock to create a frenzy, who give local shout outs to their retailers, who send out promotional items for my annual events and best of all, I know they have my back.
Why would I give a company part of my inventory budget and my time to promote their product if it was lower quality and/or more expensive than when I currently offer? And if they intentionally sell over their retailers heads or don’t support them? No thank you.
I’ll just sit back and watch this craze from here.
Now, if you decide to order these items online, that’s fine for you. But know the power of your dollar. If you hate that these items don’t even stay in stock for you to buy them, that you pay more used than what they are worth new because of the print frenzy – don’t buy them. Don’t buy into that mentality. Put your money towards companies who do whatever they can to help you and make you happy. Better yet – you can do a double favor by buying local.
Locally, not only do I employ two lovely Cedar Rapids ladies, but I pay business taxes and have local consigners in my shop. I pay rent to a local company for my location, I buy lunch at local shops when I forget to pack mine. I support American and North American made companies whenever I can. Your dollar stays here.
Another plus to buying local?
- I have the customer service to help you out with whatever you purchase.
- Buy a carrier at Baby Time and come in for free fittings whenever you need help.
- Questioning your wash routine for your diapers? I’m just a phone call or text message away or stop in and we can trouble shoot.
- Looking for like-minded moms – we have classes and events to help build your tribe.
This is a community we are building through Baby Time. You dollar speaks to that. I will continue to stock quality products, as much USA-made as possible and provide a resources to the community. But the only way I can do that is if you shop here. Thank you for your business!