About Us

Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine is a free, full-color, glossy magazine published four times per year: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Each magazine issue features timely editorial content, baby and toddler product reviews, contests and information on breastfeeding support, mom and baby/ tot programs, local retailers, and educational services. Highly appealing articles geared to pregnancy, babies, toddlers and young children has set Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine apart from other parenting magazines.

Raising a young family has its challenges. Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine is designed to help busy parents get access to information proactively – when they need it most.

Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine readers are intelligent, discerning and influential. We offer advertisers a fantastic channel to reach and impact this affluent audience.

Our magazine can be picked up at over 500 locations throughout Metro Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and surrounding suburbs.

Distribution points include medical and maternity clinics, children and baby retailers, hospitals, doctors’ & midwifes offices, Toys “R” Us & Babies “R” Us, community centres, libraries and we also provide distribution through direct mail and exclusive partnerships with Movies for Mommies, Shop n’ Stroll Classes, Bellies to Babies Celebration Tradeshow, Roger’s Santa Claus Parade and other Community Events.

Our Team

Lara Leontowich –  Publisher

When it comes to making the transition –from the daily commute for a management job –to taking on a series of  entrepreneurial ventures, Lara knows the feeling all too well. The turning point was when she became a new mom. She began the process of reinventing herself so she could have a business she loved and still spend ample time with her son. Several ventures later, she is still loving it.

Lara is the founder of Bellies to Babies Celebration, a twice-annual trade show showcasing products, services and resources for new and expectant parents. She is also the owner of Runners and Booties Fitness helping new moms get/stay fit through weekly social interaction with other moms and babies.

As a graduate of several post-secondary programs in business administration, marketing and new media, she draws on copious amounts of creativity, innovation  and business acumen. In addition, she is an accredited fitness instructor, specializing in pre-and post-natal fitness, and a highly seasoned event planner. She also brings a notable internet marketing, event planning and marketing  savvy to her work through prior roles as Marketing Manager for large corporations.

At the heart of Lara’s business success lies one key goal—effectively enabling new moms to be inspired, empowered and enlightened.

 Our Contributors

Daniela Ginta, M.Sc., resides in Kamloops, with husband and two sons. who give “her ample reasons to keep reinventing herself as a mother”. Daniela believes that some of the most valuable gifts she can offer her boys including unconditional love and her time. The whole family spends almost every weekend exploring unique places. With each venture, there is a memorable story to remember as a family.


Natacha V. Beim, Founder of Core Education and Fine Arts, lives in Vancouver  with her husband and two sons. She tapped into her unique perspective when creating the all-day early learning program at CEFA, designed for infants and children up to five years old. The enriched curriculum features a blend of subjects to give children the freedom to learn and grow through play. She divides her time between researching; writing; professionally speaking and most importantly being a mom.


Julie Romanonwski, resides in Surrey, and is the owner of Miss Behaviour: Parenting Coach & Consultant Services. As a licensed Early Childhood Consultant specializing in children’s behaviour; discipline; anxiety; development; and communication through a positive and respectful approach. Julie has helped parents learn key skills and techniques to enjoy raising their children. She is passionate about being a motivational speaker and inspiring parents to achieve their very best.


LindsayCoult100Lindsay Coulter, David Suzuki’s Queen of Green with a Zoology degree and a passion for nature she courageously leads and inspires others to live more gently on the Earth. She answers fan and follower questions, offers DIY recipes and tips without judgement and guilt, and regularly appears as a “green” expert in the media. As a mom of a toddler, she can lead a mean worm hunt, loves to ride horses in the Rockies and throws the best neighbourhood block parties!


kimphoto100Kim Vopni resides in Port Moody with her husband and two sons. She is the owner of Pelvienne Wellness Inc and co-founder of Bellies Inc. Her passion for helping women optimize their pelvic health began with her own pregnancies and has made her a go-to resource on all things pelvic floor related. Known as The Fitness Doula, she educates and empowers women in pregnancy and motherhood so they can get through birth in one piece, laugh without leaking, and have core confidence for life.


kirstenyarker100Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD and Child-feeding expert helps Moms and Dads support their picky eaters to try new foods on their own (without being forceful or sneaky). A speaker, writer, and dietitian, Kristen is a picky eater turned food-lover herself. Her passion: enjoy healthy eating (from the very first bite). Since 2008 she has been working with families to provide good nutrition for their kids today…and, instill a LOVE of food that lasts a lifetime.


Our Mommy Ambassadors

lindsayN100Lindsay Nieminen, lives in Langley with her husband and two sons. She wears many hats besides being a wife and a mom: she is the General Manager of a local distribution warehouse, a child and family photographer, and a family travel blogger. She loves the outdoors, playing soccer, learning new things, and traveling. Read Lindsay’s blog at www.carpediemourway.com


Melissa100Melissa Collins, resides in Langley with her husband and two daughters. She’s a lover of coffee and self-proclaimed lip-gloss junkie residing in Langley. While she’s not working in marketing for Recreation at the City of Surrey, she’s blogging about the realities and the humour in parenting. She’s a glamper and loves to unwind at her trailer at Mount Baker, cozied up on the hammock with a good book. Read Melissa’s blog at www.mellysmommymanual.blogspot.ca


Christie100Christi Manson, resides in Surrey with her husband and daughter. Christi works in Procurement in the Life Sciences field, and still finds time to write, travel, dream and spend time with her family at their family getaway in Point Roberts.  A lover of all things travel related, Christi has a passion for sharing travel advice with other families and her articles can be found here: www.carpediemourway.com

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