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