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Seems a lot of folks are looking for information on baby stores in Bangor!  We have lots of options, from the big boxes by the mall to the downtown area. Here’s a list, but let me know if you have any to add!

Big Box (Hogan Road/Stillwater Ave area)

  • Target (gear, clothes, diapers, creams and lotions, etc)
  • Walmart (gear, clothes, diapers, creams and lotions, etc)
  • Kmart (gear, clothes, diapers, creams and lotions, etc)
  • Baby Depot/Burlington Coat Factory (gear, clothes,some creams and lotions, etc, widest selection of strollers that I’ve seen)
  • Toys R Us (gear, diapers, creams and lotions, etc — a mini Babies R Us inside a toy store)

Small Box (Hogan Road/Stillwater Ave area)

Bangor Mall

Downtown area:

Used:

  • The Growing Place (clothes, toys, gear)
  • Goodwill (clothes)
  • Craigslist (clothes, gear, toys, books, supplies — you name it! Posting an ISO –’in search of’– is a great way to get what you need. It’s how we’ve furnished our backyard.)

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The Kids Shoppe is located at 1002 Olive Street, in Veazie. They are a resale shop with tons of clothes and toys for kids of all ages. Currently, they are running a television ad that if you mention you saw their ad on WABI, you get 20% off.

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The Mad Hatter is a new children’s clothing store located at 63 Union Street. (Just before the bridge, in the former Goodwill location.) They carry lots of brand names, and some homemade fashions as well.

The Mad Hatter 

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The Growing Place has a website! Located on Hammond Street, it’s a great little consignment shop for furniture, clothes, toys, and even maternity wear. They are open M-F, 10-5 and Saturday, 10-4.

The Growing Place

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We relied heavily on the Baby Bargains book when looking to buy gear for the baby, and haven’t been disappointed with our purchases. The publishers of Baby Bargains have a very active message board website, where parents from all over contribute their practical experience and advice for all kinds of products, from sippy cups to crib mattresses. A tip: ALWAYS use the “Advanced Search” function when searching, as the default search is horrible. Make sure if searching for a brand name, ie: “Britax Marathon” that you choose the “AND” delimiter (it’s apparent in the Advanced Search panel), as it defaults to “or” and you’ll get a ton of pages that aren’t necessarily what you’re looking for.

Baby Bargains Message Board

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In getting ready for baby, I found that a lot of the stuff I was looking for wasn’t available in Bangor. Internet shopping has saved us a ton of money in addition to helping us stock up for baby. When shopping local isn’t an option, the internet is your next stop.

Some vendors I’ve used, and would recommend without hesitation:

Albee Baby

Based in NYC, they offer great deals on all kinds of products. We got our stroller and carseat through Albee Baby, for a great price, with no tax, and free shipping (for orders over $100) delivered right to our door.

BabyBecause

We use cloth diapers here, and ordered our initial setup through BabyBecause. No tax, and free shipping for orders over $125. They sell a lot more than cloth diapers, though, so check them out.

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BangorMama gets stopped all the time when she’s out and about with her BangorBaby. Not because of the baby’s inherent beauty, but because Mama is wearing her in a sling. There are lots of great reasons to use a sling, but unfortunately, slings are unavailable in the local area.

BangorMama has been seen in a Kangaroo Korner fleece pouch, a TerraBaby cotton pouch, and a Slingset pouch around town, and in a MeiTaiBaby around the neighborhood. None of these were purchased for retail price, though, because thebabywearer.com has a “For Sale or Trade” forum where one can find any kind of baby carrier you can imagine in great used condition.

For us, babywearing means no wrestling with the ubiquitous “baby bucket,” almost never needing a cart when out shopping, and being able to have my hands free while holding the baby. It also means that BangorBaby is at lower risk for deformational plagiocephaly, as overuse of carseats as carriers has been determined to be a major risk factor. (But you should ALWAYS use your carseat in the car, of course! )

If you have any questions about babywearing, as always, email me at bangorbaby@gmail.com.

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The Growing Place, on Hammond Street, is a consignment store with lots of baby clothes, baby gear, furniture, maternity clothes, and more for sale at great prices. It’s at the corner of Webster Ave and Hammond.

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