428 Seventh Ave., near 14th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn
Tots adore the fish tank that’s built into the checkout
register at this hip, two-year-old south Slope store, while
parents fawn over colorful Paulina Quintana baby blankets
($44) and infant outfits ($30–$60), Lucky Wang kimonos
for infants to 4-year-olds ($25), and tea jackets, onesies,
and dresses for infants to 6-year-olds (starting at $30).
Sizes newborn to 6.
Call 800-427-7895 for store locations
This is the hands-down fave for cheery, inexpensive baby and
toddler clothes—and there’s definitely one close
by for a last-minute gift. Prices are extremely reasonable:
girls corduroy jumper dresses ($29.50), boys corduroy pants
($24.50) and solid and print onesies ($9.50–$29.50),
plus plenty of clearance items.
131 Spring St.
9 E. 57th St.
Can’t help projecting your style obsession
onto your child? Go ahead and make a Mini-Me out
of her with the new infant version of Burberry’s
classic quilted plaid jacket, which comes in kid-friendly
colors like ocean blue and lemon twist ($168).
1088 Madison Ave., at 81st St.
Considering that this Upper East Side shop’s party dresses
cost $80 to $200, the staff is surprisingly friendly and unintimidating.
The down jackets, lined with a lightweight, synthetic substitute,
are a fantastic find. Sales twice a year; sizes newborn to
1000 Third Ave., at 59th St.
504 Broadway, near Spring St.
The infant apparel section features trendy brands like Betsey
Johnson, Sean John, Petit Bateau, Diesel, and Dolce & Gabbana,
plus sweet traditional stuff from Ralph Lauren and Lilly Pulitzer.
North Face fleece jackets are $79, and Lacoste long-sleeve
shirts are $60.
101 W. 10th St., at Sixth Ave.
Bombalulus prides itself on its easy-to-wear, easy-to-wash,
easy-on-the-eyes designs. Fun tees feature trucks and taxis
or read “New York cowboy” (or “cowgirl”),
while tutu-type dresses with names like Fairy ($48) and Butterfly
($59) are fab for parties or make-believe. Sizes newborn to
1269 Madison Ave., at 91st St.
811 Madison Ave., at 68th St.
This spiffy shop has clothes to carry your baby through childhood
in style. Well-heeled parents swear by the soft, cuddly onesies,
precious party frocks ($150–$280), and sharp boiled-wool
jackets. Sizes newborn to 16.
Call 800-274-1815 for store locations
It’s never too early to school them on the virtues of
dressing classically. And with Brooks Brothers’ large
selection of wrinkle-free dress shirts ($45) and chinos ($39.50),
it’s no wonder the preppy store scores big points with
busy moms. Boyhood wouldn’t be complete without the
signature navy blazer ($178–$198). Sizes range from
4 to 20 (ages 3–16).
and the Duck
106 Franklin St., near Church St.
Owner and designer Susan Lane’s irresistible, offbeat
infant-and-children’s clothing-and-accessory line ($24–$300)
is perfect for creative layering. A striped cotton jersey
dress (starting at $48) is just the thing to keep your kid
hip this season, and the vintage children’s furniture
on display is also for sale ($25–$3,000).
9 E. 57th St., near Fifth Ave.
131 Spring St., near Greene St.
The powerhouse of plaid has gone pint-size, turning out stunning
clothing and accessories for newborns to 8-year-olds. Jumpers
that feature kilt detailing with pleats and buckles are $154
to $212, a hunting jacket for boys is quilted with check lining
($338), and they’ve even got trench-styled capes for
infants and toddlers to play off the well-known adultwear
Enfant & Bébé
426 Broome St., near Crosby St.
As you’d expect from the fashion crowd’s favorite
source for St. Barts chic, these are kids’ things (for
sizes newborn to 10) at their colorful, hand-made-looking
best: stuffed bears ($15–$55), separates in the signature
Liberty print ($35–$80), printed baby blankets ($50),
and cashmere sweaters ($110)