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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sweet Pea

Peapod Creations sent me some products to review. But before I share about my experience, let me tell you a bit about this Peapod Creations.

I asked them some questions so you could see what makes them a Canadian company to take note of:

What products do you provide?
Our products include the CuddlyWrap™, wrap-style baby carrier in 100% certified organic cotton and The Baby Essentials set (1 double-sided blanket and 2 double-sided burp cloths) also manufactured in 100% certified organic cotton.


Baby Essentials Photo
 
What's your mission?
Our Company’s mission is to provide top quality products that support close nurturing family ties starting with fulfilling the basic need of a newborn to be held in close contact with a parent which in turn facilitates parental/newborn bonding.


CuddlyWrap Photo
 

Why should Canadians buy from your company? What makes you unique compared to your competitors?

Canadians should buy from our company for a number of reasons:

  • Winnipeg-made: With the exception of growing and spinning the organic cotton, all the production and manufacturing of the CuddlyWrap and Baby Essentials set and all packaging is done in Canada and mostly, within Winnipeg.
  • Design & Fabric: Our fabric sets us apart from other wrap-style carriers as does the design of the CuddlyWrap: it’s length, width, the weight and one way stretch of the fabric and the tapered ends. Also, the 100% certified organic cotton is consistently of top quality, making our fabric incredibly soft and durable. 
  • Quality Control: Because our products are manufactured locally and the packaging and shipping is done by us, we have excellent quality control too. 
  • Boost to our Economy: Peapod Creations has been supporting the Canadian and local economy since 2004.
  • Instructions: From the very beginning, Peapod Creations has invested in providing instructions and packaging based on the recognition of learning styles and respect for the importance of language. We were the first North American baby carrier manufacturer to have all our instruction materials – printed and available on the internet – in all three of the major languages of North America: English, French and Spanish.

 



Where can Canadians purchase your product?
We have both in-person and online retailers across Canada and the list can be accessed on our webpage. Because we believe in the importance of supporting our retailers and their local economy, we do not sell direct to consumers.

 


 

What did you choose Wholly Canadian to feature your product?
We chose Wholly Canadian to feature our products in order to support connections among people who share our commitment to Canadian made products, fair trade, reducing the carbon footprint, protecting the environment and contributing to local economies and charities.



 

What does local living mean to you?
As a business, local living to us means working with small independent retailers rather than getting into the big box stores with our products; shopping local independent retailers as much as possible rather than going online to find less expensive options; buying business supplies/services (for example, trade show materials; website development; graphic design; office furniture) locally or Canadian wherever possible.

 
CuddlyWrap Photo

 

When I visit a shop, I usually ask for Canadian-made products. Inevitably, many a sales associate tells me, everything is made in _____. Not true, I say!

Peapod Creations is an example of quality Canadian-made products.  Lead by a group of four Winnipeg women, these ladies do Canada proud!



Jennifer, Andrea, Shirley and Deb Phillips
(daughter, daughter, Mom and daughter-in-law)

Product Review:

1. CuddlyWrap:

I hadn't worn my baby in a wrap since he was 6 months old. So when Peapod Creations asked me to try out their CuddlyWrap for my 19 month old I was surprised.  For some reason I thought I needed a structured carrier when he was heavier. . .or at least that is what my original wrap indicated--that a heavier baby is not suitable.  Well, Mom & owner, Shirley Phillips, set me straight! When I asked why I could wear a toddler in this wrap, and not my original wrap, she said it's because of their type of fabric: it's a one-way stretch fabric and has no elastic in it. That made sense to me. And it felt right. The first time we went for a walk with our CuddlyWrap, my husband commented how well our son seemed placed.

When Shirley arrived to deliver the products, baby woke up from his nap right on cue, and we did an immediate wrap.  She said something that has resonated with me ever since. While wearing baby, I was intuitively rocking back and forth and rubbing his back while chatting, and she noted that. She said, do you see what you're doing?  There's something about wearing our babies that gives us such an organic connection with them. That thought made me smile then, and still makes me smile. There is indeed something very special about wearing a baby in a cloth wrap.

I also appreciate the tapered ends. My original wrap had blunt ends, making for a bulky waist.

I still need a mirror when placing a bigger baby in the wrap. . . I guess I need more practice. I wrapped baby when shopping last week, and I think I amused a few folk.  This is why I keep the cloth wrap with me at home.  I like it for home use, or for short walks in the neighbourhood. I have found that there's a different connection when wearing a baby in a wrap versus pushing him for a stroller ride.


2. Baby Essential Set:

This organic blanket and burp cloth set is buttery soft. I love the little pocket in the blanket to hold a tissue, soother, or teething ring. Very pragmatic! The burb cloths are beautifully designed in their shape to stay in place on the shoulder.

Baby Essentials Photo

 

Are you expecting a baby? Know someone who is? Ensure this little one has a Canadian-made CuddlyWrap & Baby Essentials set.

Your baby deserves the best! Choose Canadian!


What's your favourite aspect about this Canadian Company?

Firstly, their products are made in Canada! People often say, everything is made in _____.  Nope, not true! Our country can boast of quality Canadian-made products! - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Giveaways/peapod.cfm#sthash.JA4lmgxH.dpuf
Firstly, their products are made in Canada! People often say, everything is made in _____.  Nope, not true! Our country can boast of quality Canadian-made products! - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Giveaways/peapod.cfm#sthash.JA4lmgxH.dpuf
Firstly, their products are made in Canada! People often say, everything is made in _____.  Nope, not true! Our country can boast of quality Canadian-made products! - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Giveaways/peapod.cfm#sthash.JA4lmgxH.dpuf
Firstly, their products are made in Canada! People often say, everything is made in _____.  Nope, not true! Our country can boast of quality Canadian-made products! - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Giveaways/peapod.cfm#sthash.JA4lmgxH.dpuf

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 12:00 AM

31 Comments:

Canadian of course!
October 16, 2014 1:47 PM By Isabel Topps
I like the fact that their items have proper quality control rather than the mass made, underpaid staff stuff found elsewhere.
October 16, 2014 1:53 PM By jan
Love that they are quality made Canadian products.
October 16, 2014 1:58 PM By Judy N.
I like that it is made in Canada I love to support Canandian products keep the Canadian business supported...but that they are a small business that put their heart and sole into it way to go ladies
October 16, 2014 2:11 PM By Tina F
I love being able to support Canadian, and especially Canadian-made products.
October 16, 2014 3:10 PM By Ashley Martell
Love buying Canadian - we all should!
October 16, 2014 3:58 PM By Heyer49
I love that it's made in Canada and based out of Winnipeg!
October 16, 2014 4:00 PM By Tara E
quality Winnipeg made products, it's great!
October 16, 2014 4:08 PM By Mark Cook
Love Canadian made and that it is local to me.
October 16, 2014 4:46 PM By Diana Z
I think it's better quality and workmanship since it's made in Canada!
October 16, 2014 6:27 PM By mary mary
Love that it's Canadian & of great quality!
October 16, 2014 7:33 PM By Nicole
Canadian made... quality products.... supporting local mom and pop shops...
October 16, 2014 9:15 PM By Jean Lapointe
I love that you're Canadian, socially responsible, and that you have regular giveaways!!
October 17, 2014 6:08 AM By Andrea allan
They had me at 100% natural
October 17, 2014 6:36 PM By Karine
I like that they have both in-person and online retailers across Canada
October 17, 2014 7:23 PM By Stephanie LaPlante
Love that it is Canadian 100%
October 18, 2014 10:50 AM By Judi Phillips
They have quality products made of natural fibers
October 19, 2014 4:54 PM By Linda
I love that it's Canadian.
October 20, 2014 9:54 PM By Catherine Brown
it's Canadian
October 21, 2014 12:18 AM By Heather Ritz
100% natural plus made in Canada, couldn't be better!
October 21, 2014 2:12 AM By Julie F
I love that it is Canadian!
October 21, 2014 6:09 AM By Irene Eichler
I like the quality control part. Well made products.
October 21, 2014 6:27 PM By Mary H.
I love how it is a Canadian company and buying from it boosts our economy! #MadeInCanada #OhCanada
October 21, 2014 6:31 PM By Jennifer C.
Canadian products!!
October 21, 2014 8:24 PM By Andrea allan
Firstly, I live in Winnipeg so that's exciting enough, but I would say being organic is a huge plus :)
October 21, 2014 11:49 PM By Dee Schwark
Love the fact it is Canadian, show pride in workmanship
October 22, 2014 6:38 AM By Joy
I love the family connection of this Canadian company
October 22, 2014 1:16 PM By jan
We have so many brilliant entrepreneurs in the neighbourhood -- and they stay here! Good on Peapod, good on local entrepreneurs!
October 22, 2014 8:01 PM By Lynne
Love everything this company stands for!
October 22, 2014 8:07 PM By Tracy
Love all things made in canada!
October 22, 2014 11:30 PM By Kristi B
It is a Canadian company and it's well made
October 27, 2014 10:40 AM By Jana L.

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