A lot of you have asked about our products and how we grew from a crochet Octopus that I was making myself to a whole line of comforting Baby Products! It's actually a long and exciting story about how the business has evolved, and I am going to give you just a snapshot of that today and answer some FAQ's specifically about our baby gowns.
Baby Octopi began with a crochet Octopus, a vision to bring comfort to babies and passion to celebrate the littlest people in our world. After creating one product that mamma's and babies all over the world loved, we knew we could be doing more to fulfill our vision. I LOVE all things baby and happen to be married to a graphic designer, so together we began designing, sampling and testing products, all with the common thread of comforting babies (especially newborns!) When we introduced our knotted gowns, they were a best seller right away and we were flooded with 5 star reviews, gorgeous pictures and of course lots of questions! I have to admit that I love seeing all you mamma's do your research about the products you are buying and putting on your little one.
So, I've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions in to one little blog post just for you!! If you think of any that I've not answered PLEASE send them to me and I will get back to you or update this right away! :)
1. What are the gowns made of?
Our gowns are a cotton/spandex blend. We chose this fabric for a number of reasons. The first being that it is buttery soft and stretchy! It is also easy to wash and a reasonable price, so we can pass the savings on to you - which I know y'all love!!
2. Do you make the gowns yourself?
No. I have a lot of skills, but sewing is not one of them! :) Once we decided to create these gowns we sourced the perfect fabric, tested and tested and tested until we had perfected the sizing, and connected with a number of manufacturers known for ethically producing high quality apparel. Once our design had been created by each of the manufactures, we chose the one that was able to handcraft the best product for the right price and now we work closely with them to fulfill all your orders.
3. How long does shipping take?
The gowns are stored, packaged and shipped out by me, from our headquarters in St.Thomas, Ontario. When you place your order, we ship it out within 1 - 2 business days and depending on where it is headed, you should receive it within 3 - 5 days after that. We use Express Shipping via Canada Post - If you order only 1 gown (nothing else) we can ship it letter mail for about $4.00 but it may take longer and is at your own risk because it's untracked - contact me if you want more information about that option.
4. Will it fit my newborn?
Good Question! We specifically created the gown to allow for maximum amount of use. The size is technically newborn, but we want it to fit from 0 - 3 or 4 months. The length is adjustable because of the knot or open at the bottom making it easy to use as babes grow, as far as the top you CAN put it on your newborn, but you would likely need to roll up the sleeves and the neck might fit a bit big. I find the perfect fit to be around 1 month of age or 9 - 10 pounds.
5. What's next for the knotted gowns?
I am glad you asked! :) This goes back to the previous question, as SO many of you are wanting to use the gowns for hospital or newborn pictures - we are launching a true newborn size in April, which will fit a lot more snug up top and still leave lots of room at the bottom for the knot! These beauties will also have no scratch mitts sewn right on and be available in some of our classic colours as well as some new ones! (think blush!!)
6. Are there more open gowns coming?
YES!! We will be launching our second open gown for all the 'brave' babies out there - keep your eyes peeled - they are coming SOON!
If you have any more questions, just let me know!! I love chatting with all of you and meeting all of your baby gowns needs! :)
Founder of Baby Octopi
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