On trip to Raleigh a few weeks ago, I decided to swing in to SmartMomma on Glenwood Avenue. The brick, strip mall exterior belies how great and creative this place is inside!
This shop is full of all kinds of things baby and nursing related. I was pleasantly surprised with how much inventory was here: toys, strollers, cribs, changing tables, books, clothes, lotions, nursing bras, and so much more.
Now this is not a Babies R us or Buy Buy Baby. This is a small, locally owned shop. So you might not have the ultimate selection, but you are going to see things not at the bigger shops and you will probably get great service. The owner was working the cash register when I dropped by. Not only was she providing great advice to some parents expecting their first and trying to figure out their registry, she also gave me great advice.
Speaking of registries, SmartMomma offers a registry service that friends and family can shop off of in-store or online. And you can manage your registry online, too. If you choose a registry here, make sure you sign up for the Rewards Program and apply the points! After $500 of in-store or registry purchases (online non-registry purchases don't count), you get a $40 gift card. And, since most of you have kids, you know that $500 can go quick.
SmartMomma is unique as it also offers classes. These are diverse and run from Prenatal Yoga, to Meet the Doulas, to Breastfeeding Basics, to Playgroups for toddlers, to Mom & Baby Yoga, to Baby Sign Language, to Support Groups. All classes happen in a special classroom in the back of the store. Some of these classes are free (hooray!). Yet other classes you pay for a session or they are a drop in fee. It really varies depending on the class.
In addition to these regular classes, which you can find a full schedule online (see below), they also offer special events that are worth checking out.
And, like all great children's stores, there is a play area in front with a train table and other toys. It is close to the front door, but still a great little addition.
I had a really enjoyable experience at SmartMomma and was impressed. I encourage you to consider them as an alternative to some of the big box shops!
8701 Glenwood Ave