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Babies ’R’ Us
Call 888-222-9787 for store locations.
Everyday items like diapers and wipes are just down the aisle from clothing and cribs at this cavernous national chain, which works its own brands in with the top sellers in every category. The Trend High Chair from Baby Trend has six different height positions, so baby can play close to the ground or eat at the dinner table ($89.99). There’s also an infant car seat by Graco that features a 180-degree rotating canopy to keep the sun at bay ($89.99), and a Sweet Dreams Deluxe Pack ’N Play crib by Graco that offers battery-powered vibration and music options ($129.99).

Baby Depot
707 Sixth Ave., near 23rd St.
Upstairs at the Burlington Coat Factory, a surprising one-stop shop for infant and toddler essentials, there’s a large selection of brand-name cribs (from around $100), high chairs, strollers, and baby accessories. Strollers from trusted brands such as Graco (starting at $49.99) and Evenflo (starting at $69.99) are among the hot items here.

Natural Baby Food
Integral Yoga Natural Foods
Opened 32 years ago, this vegetarian market has been specializing in organic products since long before healthy living became the “in” thing. Their natural baby foods from Earth’s Best include mashed food, cereals, and teething biscuits.

270 Seventh Ave., at 26th St.
This regional chain, which opened its Manhattan branch two years ago, aims to put a friendly face on the big-box store, offering one-stop shopping for clothing, cribs, car seats, and practically everything else. The lower level has an impressive display of foreign and domestic strollers, including the U.K.’s Maclaren, Italy’s Peg Perego, Inglesina, Bugaboo, and Chicco (from $30 to $730). There are also adult rockers (Dutailier and Best Chairs, $300 to $600) ready to test out, and a furniture showroom with over 35 room displays.

Happy Days Children’s Wear
4802 Fifth Ave., at 48th St., Sunset Park, Brooklyn
50 Belmont Ave., at Osborn St., Brownsville, Brooklyn
56-40 Myrtle Ave., near Catalpa Ave., Ridgewood
These massive stores carry all your child’s basic needs. While the Belmont and Myrtle Avenue locations offer larger furniture selections, the Fifth Avenue store is loaded with clothing and accessories for newborns to teens, from Polo, French Toast, and Phat Farm (from $7.99). There’s also a large selection of high chairs, strollers, and car seats from Graco and Delta (from $29.99).

Heights Kids
85 Pineapple Walk, near Henry St., Brooklyn Heights
Tucked away off one of Brooklyn Heights’ main drags, this eight-year-old boutique offers classic specialty European brands like Playmobil for newborns all the way up to 10-year-olds. Playmobil’s popular Viking series of boats and dragons go for $14.95 to $39.95; you’ll also find accessories like breast pumps (Pump in Style by Medela, $300). And for those whose children demand high-end transportation, Heights Kids carries a new stroller by Stokke that will run you $750.

Hoofbeats, Ltd.
232 E. 78th St., near Third Ave.
A charming, homey little store, Hoofbeats has developed an impressive following among Upper East Siders who are looking for sweet, out-of-the-ordinary baby gifts—personalized hooded bath towels (from $29) and robes (from $53), for instance. Burp pads are $12.95. Bibs with embroidered animals are $25. North American Bear mobiles are around $45.

1100 Broadway Mall Hicksville, N.Y.
1000 Ikea Dr., Elizabeth, N.J. (New Jersey Turnpike exit 13A)
At the Jersey store, older siblings can watch planes land at Newark and dig into Swedish meatballs at the cafeteria while parents stock up on frugally priced cribs and beds ($79–$199), lamps ($9.95–$24.95), and simple Scandinavian toys (the Måla paint set, $4.95). Hop the free shuttle bus from Port Authority on weekends, every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; return trips noon to 6 p.m. (call 800-BUS-IKEA for details).

Pondering life's necessities at Just for Tykes. (Photo Credit: Kristine Larsen)

Just for Tykes
83 Mercer St., near Broome St.
This full-service high-end children’s store in Soho, complete with a play space, carries clothing up to size 4, bedding, furniture, specialty wooden and cloth toys (hardly any plastic), and does custom-built furniture and bedding. Whimsical toys like rocking horses (and sheep and ladybugs) from a new U.K. company called Mamas & Papas are around $100, and a company named Wallcandy Arts is selling Colorform peel-and-stick themes for bedroom walls, like spaceships and farm animals ($54 to $160). Then there’s the hot Bugaboo stroller from the Netherlands ($729), and the bedding department gets raves for carrying unusual brands like Dwell (bumper sets, including sheet, skirt, and quilt, are $300) and Judi Boisson (quilts start at $230).

Kid’s Supply Co., Jr. Homestore
1343 Madison Ave., at 94th St.
On the second floor of this high-end kids furniture shop—a cross between a design studio, a showroom, and a retail store—are the infant supplies: You’ll find, among other offerings, around ten different cribs ($700–$1,900) and several dressers that convert to changing tables ($1,350–$2,000).

Kimberly Hall Kids
44 E. 21st St., near Broadway
Modernist parents will love the sophisticated wares on display at this brand-new shop, geared toward families eager to have the best of the best. Upscale offerings include the Om Zone, a zebra-print O that converts from a climbing toy to a playpen ($2,090), and cribs made of Lucite and lacquer (priced upon request). Fans of the aesthetic but not the price tag can console themselves with super-soft receiving blankets ($30) and other chic accessories.

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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
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