The city has a new breed of recliner.
The Baby Roommate is the most popular baby recliners in Canada, and they’re selling for $9.95 a pop.
“I’m very pleased with it,” says owner-builder David Miller.
He’s been putting the refurbished recliner up for months in the backyard of his home in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, which is located on the edge of a residential neighbourhood.
It’s not just a novelty, says Miller, but a very smart investment.
“You’re getting the very best for the money.
You’re getting a comfortable, well-ventilated, well padded, well ventilated recliner, with a nice interior,” he says.
A few other companies are starting to bring their own babies recliner lines, too.
These are not as easy to find, Miller says.
He has had some success with a $1,800 crib, but he says he has also had problems finding $2,000 recliners.
“The recliners are getting older, the legs are getting thinner, and the knees are getting shorter,” he explains.
But Miller says he’s also seen the Baby Rooms on the rebound.
“When you see a baby rocking on the couch, you’re looking at a recliner that is at least two years old,” he notes.
Miller says this is not just an issue for families with young children.
“They’re having a child at the same time,” he adds.
“A couple of years ago, I had a family with four children.
They were having an event and one of the kids had to go out to go play in a park.”
Miller says the babies are also becoming more and more comfortable to sit on.
“Now, I have a three-year-old sitting on a chair, and he loves it,” he exclaims.
In the coming months, Miller plans to introduce a $2.50 crib that will be offered in a baby recline that he calls the Baby Rooombah.
The new Baby Roombah, however, is not an upgrade from the previous one.
“We’re going to have a two-year bed,” he said.
Miller has also seen some positive feedback about the BabyRoommates.
“It’s been great, and we’re seeing it across the city.
There are babies getting their feet wet, and I’m seeing them bouncing around on the seat,” he tells CBC News.
“There are lots of kids that are having fun.
There’s lots of happy families and lots of people having fun.”
The price of the BabyRooombahs in Canada has been dropping over the past couple of months, as the demand has gone up, and Miller says that is helping to offset the decline in the Baby recliners sales.
“For a while, people would come to the city and spend $10,000 on a recline and then they would go out and spend about $1 million on a crib, or a bed, or two beds.
Now they’re going back to $500 a bed,” Miller explains.
Miller estimates that if he continues to offer a $500 crib, he will be able to keep his business afloat.
“Right now, we’re doing better than ever, and there’s going to be lots of room for growth.
But right now, if I had to pick one crib, I’d go with the $1.50 one.
I would probably buy it myself,” he admits.
“This is a great time for us, and this is a good time for the city.”
But is this a trend?
Miller thinks so.
“Absolutely,” he declares.
“But I think it’s a trend, and you’re going see more of it.”
The baby reclining craze in Canada continues, and while Miller says there is still room for improvement, he’s optimistic about the future.
“Our city is so diverse, so it’s really exciting to see people moving to new areas,” he predicts.
“And the more people that move to cities, the more they are going to look for their own comfort.
And it’s just going to make life better for everybody.”