Today, June 24, is known in Québec as La fête nationale, or La Saint Jean Baptiste! It’s the day that Québec celebrates itself as the unique “nation within a nation” that it is. You can take the Maman Loup out of Québec (and put her in Alberta), but you’re going to have to fight her to give up her favourite made-in-Québec products!
To narrow the selection of my top made-in-Québec goodies, I decided to choose the items that I use practically every day. Québec’s manufacturing sector is particularly successful, I think, in the “Mom & Baby” market, so I always felt privileged to be a Mom & Baby Products Blogger calling Montréal home. Now I’m eager to spread the word about these ethical, sustainable, québécois companies beyond La Belle Province.
I have to start with Öko: this company wins hands down if “favourite brand” is equivalent to the brand that dominates my daily life. I stuff all Cub’s pocket diapers with their trifold hemp inserts. He gets his bum wiped with their wipes, I use their panty liners, apply all cosmetics with their reusable makeup removal pads and dry off Cub at bath time with their Bath Poncho. Once baby comes, I’ll be adding their PUL-backed nursing pads, hooded baby bath towel and a couple new products only I know about to the daily Öko line up! All Öko products are made in their adorable workshop in Ste-Rose, Laval.
Bébé Hibou Liniment is a very recent revelation for me. This natural, oil-based cleanser is all I use now to clean Cub’s bottom at diaper changes. It leaves his skin moisturized, and paired with a cloth wipe, does away with the big messes way better than any disposable wipe could. I’ll be ordering more since I know there will be a lot more messes to deal with once Little Miss Cub arrives.
Of all the brands on this list, Bummis was my first made-in-Québec discovery. Their diaper covers and prefolds were how I cloth diapered Cub right from the start. Bummis is an industry leader in North-American-made products, with their line of diapering and baby supplies all made in St-Jean, Québec or across the border in the States. We’ve used each size of Bummis cotton prefolds throughout our cloth diapering journey, and right now, their largest size is tucked into AppleCheeks size 3 for our overnight solution. The Simply Lite is a trim and versatile one-size cover that we use often when travelling. In fact, Cub was a tester for the prototype!
Oh, dear maternity pillow by Coussins etc., how I love thee. I’m comfortably lying on my bed with my third-trimester belly supported by it as I type. There’s no way I’m going to sleep without it. I have the waterproof cover on its way to me so I can use it to help me during labour!
Arguably the most popular and obsession-creating cloth diaper brand, and it’s based out of Québec! I never had a chance to visit their headquarters near Montréal, but it’s a Mecca-like destination for Peace. Love. AppleCheeks fans in Canada and the US. I was actually late jumping on the AppleCheeks scene, winning one almost exactly two years ago in the Made in Canada Giveaway. To try one was to fall in love… and this led to the massive collection that I now call mine. I even started a Size 1 stash before getting pregnant with Little Miss Cub. Cub uses Size 2s during the day and Size 3s at bedtime.
I have yet to publish my review of the Les CocoNuts line of products, but I have been working as Social Media Manager with this St. Bruno natural body products company for a month now and have been getting to know (and love) their products. Their soaps, their scrubs, their lip balm and their deodorant: all impeccably crafted with ingredients safe enough to eat. (And seriously, the products smell edible…) Right now I am obsessed with their Coffee Cocoa Scrub, which has solved my eternal summer struggle with my nasty, rough heels.
I discovered Belly Bédaine along with Coussins etc. at the Montreal Baby Expo. A sweater than I can wear during pregnancy, then wear over my baby carrier to keep Little Miss Cub warm? Yes, it’s genius, and yes, it’s made in Québec. I recently professed my love for the Belly Bédaine Maternity and Babywearing sweater in this review.
Do you have a favourite made-in-Québec brand? Are you a loyal fan of a brand that’s local to you?
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