– Cristi Lundman
My name is Cristi Lundman. I own Huckleberry Baby Shop and you will often find me at the store with my very social toddler in tow. We are truly a family run business. My husband, parents, and four daughters pitch in to help keep things running smoothly. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree and have extensive experience working with expectant parents, infants, and young families. Supporting parents in making gentle choices for their families and the environment is of utmost importance to me.
Huckleberry Baby Shop is located at A – 3148 Barons Road, in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. We have a 2,000 square foot store which is open from 10:30 – 5:00, Monday through Saturday. This location was new to us in August of 2013.
We also have a staff of some terrific women at Huckleberry Baby Shop. Currently, Jen, Amy, Emily, and Laurie make up our staff roster.
I started out cloth diapering my first child nine years ago, using flat cotton diapers which I folded and fastened with pins then covered with “rubber pants.” Following the birth of our third child in October of 2006, we discovered a whole new world of cloth diapering. The choices are endless! Because of the myriad of options available, there is usually a cloth diapering system to fit most family’s budget and lifestyle. The huge variety can be overwhelming to new parents, though. Huckleberry Baby Shop is my way of trying to bring a large range of cloth diapering products closer to home for parents in the Nanaimo area. When I first opened, I offered Nanaimo’s first in home consultations for parents looking to touch and feel cloth diapering products before they make a purchase as well as a novel cloth diapering trial program. Parents get a chance to use a cloth diaper tester kit for two weeks so they can try out a variety of different diapers. In 2009, we opened a store location in Nanaimo so that Vancouver Island families can come in to shop and learn. It is my desire to have parents choose cloth diapers that will truly fit the needs of their baby and entire family.
Baby wearing is another passion of mine. All of my children have been carried extensively. Current research on infant brain development tells us that babies thrive when they are held and touched. “Wearing” or carrying your baby in a soft carrier helps your baby’s brain develop, assists in the bonding and secure attachment process, keeps your comforted so that he/she cries less, prevents plagiocephaly or “flat head,” allows a mother to have her hands free will keeping her baby close, and feels natural! I stock a variety of different baby carriers and am happy to share my experience to assist in finding an option that works for you!