Father's Day Gifts That Rock!

Gifts for Dad, too!

The Hello, Baby! shop has tons of amazing, locally made and environmentally friendly products for the whole family. This Father's Day come into the shop and check them out - you might be surprised at all of the amazing gift ideas you will find.

Lookin' cool and smelling fresh.

What to get Dad for Father's Day?!  The struggle is real, friends. If the Dad in your world likes gifts that check all the boxes, then you want to check out these dad-approved gift options! 

 Keepin' it real with our Pretty Good Parent Club T-Shirt available in sized M - XXL.

Keepin' it real with our Pretty Good Parent Club T-Shirt available in sized M - XXL.

The Pretty Good Parent Club T

The Pretty Good Parent Club T-Shirt is a must have!  Locally designed and printed, these gems are on point. Comfy fabric, huge range of sizes, and a great message mean this shirt will suit everyone's taste. What Dad doesn't like a snappy T?!

 Simply Natural Canada has some amazing slices of soap in delicious scents that are sure to please the Dad in your life!  Beer + Soap = Dadlicious!

Simply Natural Canada has some amazing slices of soap in delicious scents that are sure to please the Dad in your life!  Beer + Soap = Dadlicious!

Beer + Soap. 

Dads like to get clean, too!  These soaps from Simply Natural Canada (made right here in Peterborough) are just the ticket. The smells AMAZING with blends like Dandelion Beer and Juniper Cedarwood Ale. These thick cut slabs of soap are sure to impress the Dad is your life and you will enjoy him smelling like an herbacious alehouse! 

We've got you covered.

Shopping for Father's Day can be tricky - we know it!  But don't worry, we've got you covered with some local, sustainable, and cool Father's Day gifts perfect for the Dads in your life.  Come into the shop and pick up your gifts before the weekend - Dad will be be pumped!

Elate Cosmetics at Hello, Baby!

Beautiful. Natural. Guilt Free. 

Hello, Baby! is STOKED to carry Elate Cosmetics because we believe that not only is this line of makeup gorgeous and well worth your dollars, but because we believe in the values of the Elate brand. 

Hello Baby Peterborough Elate Cosmetics

Vegan. Toxin Free. Sustainable. Canadian.

Elate Cosmetics are some of the best made in Canada - trust us, we have looked. The quality of the ingredients is obvious as soon as you touch the product. Seriously - next time you are in the hub smell the lipstick. SMELL IT!  It is divine. 

 Some of the beautiful ELATE Cosmetics line in the Hello, Baby! shop, downtown Peterborough. From left to right: Elate Essential Mascara, Bamboo Trio Palette, Elate Cream Lipstick, Goddess Glow Bronzer.

Some of the beautiful ELATE Cosmetics line in the Hello, Baby! shop, downtown Peterborough. From left to right: Elate Essential Mascara, Bamboo Trio Palette, Elate Cream Lipstick, Goddess Glow Bronzer.

Part of your ritual.

One of the things we love MOST about Elate is their belief in ritual. We know that as new parents time is limited. Putting on makeup is not high on the list of priorities for a while but, slowly, as you are able to work that part of your self care back into your day being able to use products that are not only beautiful but that are nourishing, healing, and made with positive intentions can become part of a ritual of self care and that is a beautiful thing!

Come in to the shop and play!

Our Elate Cosmetics collection is slowly growing and we want you to come in and explore the products. Play with the colours, touch and smell the eye shadows and blushes, and get to know the product so that you feel as confident as we do in making this part of your life!  

Massage for Pregnancy & Labour

Meet Melanie Wood, RMT

Melanie has been an RMT for 11 years with extensive experience treating prenatal and postpartum clients. She chose massage therapy as a profession because she has a passion for using the positive touch of massage to help others improve their well being and assist in their healing. Melanie knows how important touch can be during pregnancy and labour and is excited to bring this great workshop to the Hello, Baby! Hub for you!

Hello Baby Workshop Massage

Touch is an important tool

It is very common for pregnant people to have back pain, sore hips, and all sorts of other aches and pains. Your body is changing and you are carrying a whole other person around! Massage is a simple way to help make yourself comfortable. Anyone can learn the basics and all you need are two hands!

Massage is also an amazing tool to help bring comfort while you labour. Whether you are giving birth for the first time or looking to try something different with this next birth experience, practicing touch and massage in different positions is a great way for you and your birth partner to learn to work together to make your labour smooth and comfortable. 

Add massage to your tool kit!

This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to learn skills that will help them work through the intensity of labour and birth together with a partner. Whether you are a first time parent or having your second or third baby, touch can play an important role in managing your labour together with your partner.

During the workshop, Melanie will give you tools to:

  • Feel empowered as a team to cope with the physical changes of pregnancy and birth

  • Confidently know how and when to perform massage

  • Decide which positions may be more helpful at different times and easily accommodate the use of massage

  • Manage the different stages of pregnancy and labour naturally with massage techniques

  • Increase your sense of connection, support, and relaxation as a birth team

Go team!

Register for this great workshop happening Wednesday June 20th from 7-9pm at the Hello, Baby! hub, downtown Peterborough. The workshop fee includes a spot for you and a partner!

Holding space for loss

Doulas and loss

As doulas we are passionate about supporting people through pregnancy, birth, and the weeks and months of postpartum transition and healing that follow. We work hard to make sure that we are always learning and building our skills to offer the best support possible - to be whatever you need.

 Doulas can support you through a loss or a pregnancy after loss with sensitivity and consistent support. 

Doulas can support you through a loss or a pregnancy after loss with sensitivity and consistent support. 

The further into this work we go, the more we are learning that supporting our clients through a loss will continue to be a significant part of our work.  Whether it is the loss of a pregnancy in the early weeks, a stillbirth, or the death of a baby postpartum - loss affects many families in our community in so many ways. As doulas, it is our responsibility to support our clients through these losses in whatever way is needed. There are so many ways for us to do this, but most important is our ability to hold space for our clients as they grapple with loss and to acknowledge their experience and the life lost. 

Holding space

Holding space sounds very vague out of context but it can be one of a doula's most important skills both in birth and while supporting a family through loss. Holding space can be especially important while someone is working through the complicated process of grieving and healing after a loss. As a doula, holding space can include anything from sitting, listening, and bearing witness to consoling, reflecting, and helping to celebrate or mourn the life lost. Most of all, holding space means being there - observing and responding because, as with birth, loss is experienced differently by everyone. 

 From holding space to holding hands, a doula can be with you as you work your way through grief and loss. 

From holding space to holding hands, a doula can be with you as you work your way through grief and loss. 

Acknowledging the life lost

Time and again, we hear parents who have lost explain how isolating the experience has been for them. People are afraid to talk with them about it expect in expressions of condolences or pitty. The more we learn about working with people and families moving through loss, the more we are seeing the deep importance of acknowledging the life lost. When a pregnancy ends or a baby dies, it is not only that one life that ends. Of course, parents and siblings continue on but the life they expected - the new family they had prepared themselves for - is also gone.  After the initial loss has passed, engaging with parents on their own terms to help remember that little life is something that everyone ought to be able to do, and is something that as doulas, we strive to support. 

PAIL Advocate Training

What has brought on this sudden bought of reflection on our work as doulas?  For those of you who follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram, you may know that Jenn has started taking a course to help the Hello, Baby! team better support our clients through loss and grief when we find ourselves there with them. Being able to communicate well, help our clients understand what may be happening to their bodies and babies, and to support them as they move through grief is something we believe is so important to our work.  If you have been affected by the loss of a pregnancy or baby, we want you to know you are not alone - we are always here to listen and help lift you up however we are able.