Ah, new parenthood – that blissful time of newborn softness and that intoxicating scent of a beautiful baby. Chubby cheeks and downy soft hair offer cuddles on the couch, and soon little arms will wrap around your neck, as a small voice whispers, “I wuv you, Mama.”
New parenthood – pretty much what you expected, right?
Or maybe not?
Amid the joy, exhaustion, cuddles, and hard work, new parenthood can be a time of fulfilment and frustration, often at the same time. Having a baby can bring surprises to the most prepared person, ushering you into a world filled with activities you never thought you’d do and things you never thought you’d need. (Nasal aspirator, anyone?)
London Drugs, always more than a pharmacy, is here to help make your transition into new parenthood as smooth as possible. (Okay, they can’t help you with sleep or a night out. But you’d just worry about the baby, anyway, right?) Sure, you’ve shopped at London Drugs before, but trust me, the world looks different when you have a tiny human to take care of.
5 Things You Never Knew You Always Needed at London Drugs
1. Baby Welcome Package (and all the other accouterments that you’ll love)
For such a tiny person, new babies seem to come with a ton of stuff. From the big items, like cribs and strollers, to the adorable mini-me outfits, your shopping will take on a whole new focus. The best diaper cream will actually be a topic of conversation. You’ll need those teeny-tiny nail clippers, and clipping their tiny fingers by mistake will be more traumatic for you than for them. (Ahem. I may or may not be speaking from experience.) And those nasal aspirators? An actual life-saver.
Plus, sign up for the London Drugs Baby Welcome Package to receive product samples, as well as helpful information and special offers. You never know what treasures you might fall in love with. Whether you prefer to shop in-store or online, London Drugs makes the job as easy as possible. While you’re buying the diaper cream, wander down a few more aisles, and complete some Christmas shopping at the same time!
2. Health Advice
Okay, spoiler alert, having a baby is not all sunshine and roses. Maybe you’ve never worried about a cold before, but now, anything from a sniffle to rashes to (heaven forbid!) a fever can be cause for stress. The London Drug pharmacy not only has all the products you need to survive common baby ailments, but their pharmacists are on hand to answer any questions you have. They can confirm that any issues are indeed, common baby ailments and not something more serious. They can recommend over-the-counter medications that are safe for your baby and provide information on things such as diaper rash, eczema, cradle cap, constipation, pain and fever, rashes, teething and more. There is no question you can’t ask.
3. Breastfeeding & Bottlefeeding
Whether you choose to breastfeed or bottlefeed, you’ll find everything you need at London Drugs. If you bottlefeed, you’ll need formula and you can choose from a wide variety of bottles and nipples, and you might want a bottle sterilizer or dry rack, too. And maybe your countertop has room for one of these: Baby Brezza Formula Pro. (After all, you have your Keurig®, right? Throw a few pods into the cart for yourself, while you’re at it.)
If you breastfeed, what might seem like the most “natural” thing can be incredibly difficult. London Drugs teamed up with Medela™ to help answer some common questions surrounding breast pumping. They also have a good selection of breastfeeding products from trusted companies to help you on your journey. Breast pumps, nipple shields, or nursing pads: whatever makes the path smoother for you. They even sell a bustier to make pumping more convenient. Okay, so maybe it’s a little different from your bustier of earlier years, but don’t knock it till you try it!
4. Diaper Station
So, what goes in must come out. It’s remarkable how much better your day can be after finding a great place to change your baby, and maybe get some help to deal with a few surprises. The London Drug stores in Calgary have introduced in-store diaper stations. The diaper stations are stocked with wipes and a variety of diaper sizes for those days when you forget the diaper bag or the baby just blows through everything you packed. (It will happen. Unfortunately.) The diaper stations can be found at:
- Mount Royal Village – 1508 – 8th Street SW
- Brentwood Village Mall –3603 Brentwood Road NW
- London Place West – 5255 Richmond Road SW
- Sage Hill Crossing – 50 Sage Hill Plaza NW
- First Calgary SE – 4701 – 130th Avenue SE
5. Preserving Those Beautiful Baby Moments
In spite of the stress and sleepless nights, you’ll want to remember these precious baby moments forever. (And because of the stress and sleepless nights, you might need extra help to remember the precious moments. Or maybe that was just me?)
London Drugs has an extensive photography department and can offer great advice on what equipment is best for you to capture your baby’s firsts. Print your pictures and find the easy way to create baby announcement cards, either in-store or using the online Photo Lab. And with the holidays coming, photo gifts make the BEST presents for anyone who loves your little one, plus, that makes your Christmas shopping so easy! (Cut yourself some slack this year; trust me on this.)
When you’re ready to head on vacation with the newest member of the family, London Drugs is an expert in taking infant passport pictures. Even with stringent passport rules, they have tips and tricks to make it as easy as possible, and they offer a London Drugs $50 Quality Guarantee. If the photo is declined for quality reasons, they will refund your purchase, retake the photo, and give you a $50 London Drugs gift card for your inconvenience.
Bonus! LDEXTRAS: Or How to Make Your Life Easier
London Drugs has a loyalty program called LDExtras. When you sign up for this program, you earn “visits” when you shop. The more visits you earn, the more Extras, like offers, rewards, and experiences, you’ll unlock. Plus, the more you use the program, the more London Drugs can customize your rewards and experiences specifically for you!
London Drugs has all the essential baby needs, from head to toe, for you and your baby. Before long, you won’t even remember what it was like to visit a store without a trip to the diaper station, you will have all your own opinions on the best diaper cream, and you might even keep a nasal aspirator in your purse.
It also won’t be long before a trip to London Drugs could result in a meltdown in aisle 3 (hopefully the child’s, not yours, but we would never judge), so even if you can’t believe it, enjoy your tiny, sweet baby, because they grow up so quickly!
London Drugs Locations in Calgary:
Mount Royal Village: 1508 – 8th Street SW
Brentwood Village Mall: 3603 Brentwood Road NW
London Place West: 5255 Richmond Road SW
Sage Hill Crossing: 50 Sage Hill Plaza NW
First Calgary SE: 4701 – 130th Avenue SE
Beddington Town Centre: Suite 400 8120 Beddington Blvd NW
Royal Oak Centre: Suite 500 8888 Country Hills Blvd NW
London Town Square: 3545-32 Avenue NE
Heritage Plaza: 8330 Macleod Trail, SE
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.