Best stores for NYC babies
Find everything you need to take care of your new addition at these city stores.
Fri Dec 16 2011
The three-floor Union Square outpost of this megachain has just about everything you could ever need to feed, bathe, diaper, clothe, transport and entertain your babe. Even though it specializes in the affordable, it does carry plenty of high-end brands, like Bugaboo and Timi & Leslie. 24-30 Union Sq East between 15th and 16th Sts (212-798-9905, babiesrus.com)
A stroller parking lot, an in-store changing table, daily product demos and a weekly storytime are just a few of the amenities at these everything-for-baby spots. Be sure to check out their line of organic cotton toys (we love the plush animal finger puppets) and bodysuits. *120 Wooster St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-334-5817, giggle.com). *352 Amsterdam Ave between 76th and 77th Sts (212-362-8680). *1033 Lexington Ave at 74th St (212-249-4249).
LULU'S FOR BABY
Located next door to the kiddie hair salon Lulu's Cuts & Toys, this shop sells strollers, carriers, clothing, swaddle blankets, playthings and baby-care products—from companies such as Under the Nile and Phil & Teds—for newborns to two-year-olds. 44 Fifth Ave between Bergen and Dean Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-399-2540, lulusforbaby.com).
This store is packed with carriers that allow you to strap your baby to your chest, back or hip, from the popular Ergo to Asian-style mei tais. A collection of diaper bags, toys, nursing items and bibs rounds out the offerings. 821 Park Ave at 75th St (212-313-9600, metrominis.com).
SPROUT SAN FRANCISCO
Owned by New York City native and mom Suzanne Price, this organic-leaning boutique features a slew of clothes, toys, baby gear and furniture from brands like Apple Park, Oeuf, OXO, Bink Link and Newport Cottages. There's also a play area complete with a Central Park--themed mural and wooden toys, plus weekly classes (Playtime with Sammie and Tudie, Rockin' with Andy, Mommy and Me Pilates by Kinected) for kids. 1375 Third Ave between 78th and 79th Sts (212-861-0670, sproutsanfrancisco.com).
Z' BABY COMPANY
This chic children's destination on the Upper East and Upper West Sides sells a mix of clothing made up of overseas brands and in-house designs. The salespeople will help you pick out fashionable layette items—including blankets, hooded towels and bodysuits—for baby. *996 Lexington Ave at 72nd St (212-472-2229, zbabycompany.com). *100 W 72nd St at Columbus Ave (212-579-2229).