Things We Love: Babies and Copper Pearl -Feb 27, 2019
How could I write about things we love, and not talk about babies, grandbabies in particular? Here at Ab Fab, we are three grandmas, one mama and an auntie, with seven assorted babies or grandbabies 5 years and under to cuddle and love, and that number is likely to increase!
With all these little ones arriving on the scene, it only made sense for us to create a baby category in the store. We always carried a few things but last year made the leap into a dedicated section. It includes feeding baby from birth to toddler, along with things to help sleep, bathe, entertain and sooth. Many of the things we sell have been ‘tested’ by our own babies and grandbabies. Having first-hand experience gives us confidence in the products.
One such product line is by Copper Pearl. This company is a happy story of two stay-at-home mums who decided that they wanted more for their babies. Kristen is a redhead, and is the ‘Copper’ while Stephanie is blonde so is the ‘Pearl’, and that’s how the company got its name ‘Copper Pearl’. The two women had a desire to create products for babies that were fun and functional. The items have to perform well, wash beautifully, and look good for a long time. Since they have seven children between them, there has been lots of testing.
Bibs were the first items Kristen and Stephanie created as they saw a need in the market for accessories that were absorbent and attractive. Copper Pearl launched in the summer of 2015. The line has grown to include swaddle blankets, hats, multi-use covers and burp cloths. Made in India, the 100% cotton knit material used in the line is very versatile. The patterns are so pretty! Soft florals, gentle images, warm colours and the stretchy knit fabric are all part of the appeal. Cold water wash and hang dry or gentle dryer will prevent shrinking and maintain colours.
When my granddaughter Gwen was born last March, she was little, just over 5lbs. Swaddling was one of the best ways to both sooth her and keep her warm. The knit fabric of the Copper Pearl swaddle blanket makes it easy for a new mum and dad to do a good job on the swaddling; there is a definite knack to that! The bibs are packed in 4’s with snaps to adjust from little to big as the baby grows. The soft cotton is comfortable against a little neck and is very absorbent. Babies can be pretty messy. The little beanie hat has room for a knot in the end, adjustable to help fit to your baby’s head. My favorite item from Copper Pearl is the Multi-use Cover. It can be used as a car seat cover, a nursing scarf for privacy, slip it over a shopping cart seat or a restaurant high chair to protect from germs, and Mum can wear it as an infinity scarf so it is always at hand.
Copper Pearl is a fabulous line of products and we like the start-up story. The patterns make it attractive, and you’ll be tempted to snuggle into one of the swaddle blankets yourself, baby or not!
Did you know? A receiving blanket is smaller than one that swaddles. It will swaddle a small baby but most little ones grow out of that size quickly.
Cathy and staff
- Catherine Reid