Sept. 1, 2021
By Lauren Uppington, Vice President, Omni Merchandising Baby Hardlines, Walmart
Modern parenting is evolving quickly, but the love, excitement and stress new parents experience will never change. As a mom of three kids and a proud aunt to a dozen more, I know that. I’ve lived that. And I know firsthand, especially now, that parents could use some extra help and support as they navigate this joyful and challenging journey. It’s why our team at Walmart is focused on supporting moms and dads, every step of the way.
The next generation of parents continues to navigate life and parenthood through a pandemic, and they — more than anyone — understand the delicate balance of doing it all. We know these moms and dads are very focused on connectedness — with their baby, with themselves and with the products they buy. To meet the specific wants and needs of millennial and Gen Z parents, Walmart has expanded its baby assortment, introducing 600 new baby products and brands in the last 12 months alone. From the latest smart tech and more organic products to neutral and eclectic nursery décor and clothing, some of the biggest trends we’re bringing to Walmart include:
- Baby Care: When it comes to baby care, diapering and food, parents today are looking for quality products. Popular Walmart products include Hello Bello, Zarbees and Live Clean.
- Diverse and Multicultural Products: Over 50% of babies born today are diversei. Walmart is committed to being a baby destination for all parents, and we’re proud to continue bringing products designed to meet the unique needs of diverse families to our shelves, including our recent launch of a new inclusive product line with Baby Dove, created to meet the specific needs of babies with melanin-rich skin and textured hair.
- Smarter Nurseries: With the increased interest in tech-focused baby items, we’ve expanded our selection of smart tech for babies. From wearable baby monitors and sleep trackers to wireless sound machines, Walmart offers the top brands like Owlet, Elvie and VTech.
- Prioritizing Postnatal Care: The past year encouraged us all to focus more on our mental health, and this was especially significant for new moms. More than ever, this generation of moms is opening up and sharing their authentic, honest postnatal experiences, encouraging other women to be more comfortable discussing the challenges and putting their health and wellness first. To support new moms and the special care they need and deserve, we’re thrilled to offer products like Milkmakers Lactation Cookies and Frida Mom Postpartum Gummies.
- Getting Back On The Go: As people begin enjoying more time outside of their home with new babies, we’ve seen a boom in the sale of strollers and car seats. Walmart continues to offer exclusive products from some of the most trusted baby brands, including strollers and car seats widely recognized for their safety features like Graco, Evenflo and Cosco.
It's no surprise that on average, it can cost new parents nearly $20,000 in the first year of their child’s lifeii. We think there’s enough to figure out without having to worry about how they’ll afford it. Walmart is committed to offering our everyday low prices on all our baby assortment across the store. And to give our families a little extra support, we’re rolling back prices on more than 25 popular items throughout the month of September and offering online promos on over 700 products.
Just as important as affordability, we know this generation of parents prefers a simple, convenient shopping experience. For many, that means shopping online. We’ve seen baby e-commerce explode in the last year, with online sales now accounting for more than 50% of the total baby market. Walmart offers a fast and easy shopping experience with many convenient pickup and delivery options – including free two-day delivery and same-day curbside pickupiii. And, best yet, parents can shop Walmart.com any time of day (hello internet browsing during the 3 a.m. feeding!).
Walmart supports parents through all stages of parenthood. Whether you need an emergency pack of diapers delivered through Walmart+ or help picking out a car seat, we’re here for you. You’ve got this.
iii Min. $35 order. Eligible items only. Marketplace & freight items count towards the $35, but shipping is case-by-case based on location.