715 Amsterdam Ave., at 95th St.
Big, pleasant, and filled with everything from clothing
to baby bottles and breast pumps ($50–$300), it’s
no wonder this friendly store is a neighborhood favorite.
Standouts include a large selection of strollers from
Maclaren, Combi, and other top brands (from $100), as
well as loads of car seats, cribs, bassinets, toys, and
1192 Madison Ave., near 87th St.
Expecting Upper East Siders come here for Au Chat Botté’s
charming line of baby accessories and linens, plus European
bassinets (mostly made of wicker with beautiful cotton
lining, from $350 to $950). The store also carries cribs
from Pali ($319–$749) and Art for Kids ($975–$1,840).
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—from bedding (Koala Baby Silver
Lining four-piece crib set, $99.99) to baby monitors (Safety
1st, $25–$150), high chairs (Peg Perego, $159.99),
and car seats (Britax Roundabout Car Seat with latch,
707 Sixth Ave., near 23rd St.
The third floor of the Burlington Coat Factory has a large
selection of brand-name cribs (from $100), high chairs,
strollers, and baby accessories. Strollers from Graco,
Combi, Evenflo, and Peg Perego are $39.99 to $479.99.
This is a good place to stock up, and they guarantee that
they can beat any local retailer’s price.
Call 800-286-6437 for store locations.
This baby-gear emporium carries everything sleep-deprived
parents need to get through those rough first few years:
diaper pails ($12.99–$33.99), strollers ($39.99-$129.99),
bouncers ($19.99–$59.99), and swings ($79.99–$119.99),
from all the major labels—Combi, Graco, and Kolcraft.
Lots of infantwear, too.
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adorable bath puppets are $9.99.
270 Seventh Ave., at 26th St.
This regional chain, which opened its Manhattan outpost
last October, 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
levelhas an impressive display of foreign strollers
(the U.K.’s Maclaren and Italy’s Peg Perego,
Inglesina, and Chicco; prices range from $50 to $450)
and adult rockers (Dutailier and Best Chairs, $300 to
$1,000), ready to test out.
4802 Fifth Ave., at 48th St., Sunset Park, Brooklyn
50 Belmont Ave., at Osborn St., Brownsville, Brooklyn
56-52 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 Maclaren, Greico, and
Delta on the lower level (from $29.99).
85 Pineapple Walk, near Henry St., Brooklyn Heights
Tucked away off of one of downtown Brooklyn’s
main drags, this seven-year-old boutique offers specialty
European brands like Playmobile (no Fisher-Price here)
for newborns to 8-year-olds. Playmobile’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), Maclaren strollers
($99–$299), and that new Dutch sensation, the
Bugaboo USA stroller ($649).
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
1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, N.Y.
1000 Ikea Dr., Elizabeth, New Jersey (tpk. 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),
changing tables ($99–$199), and simple Scandinavian
toys (the Måla paint set, $4.95). Hop the free
shuttle bus from Port Authority on weekends, every 30
minutes from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; return trips noon
to 6 p.m. (call 800-BUS-IKEA for details).
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 techno gifts like
Neurosmith’s Musini, a musical toy that responds
to vibrations as kids dance next to it ($74). The hot
Bugaboo stroller from the Netherlands ($699) is most
popular right now, and the bedding department gets raves
for carrying hard-to-find brands like Nilaya (bumpers
are $375), Susan Turner (a crib skirt goes for about
$300; a complete set from $1,000), 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).
Layette et Plus . . .
170 E. 61st St., near Third Ave.
This very French service-oriented salon gets its share
of the well-heeled and famous. Moms (or those who want
to buy for them) sit down, put their feet up, and are
shown set after set of European gowns with matching
receiving blankets, burp cloths, socks, bibs, and hats.
It’s also got more whimsical gifts, such as a
porcelain piggy bank with baby’s name and birth
date ($75), monogrammed robe and matching towel ($110),
and a baby book with monogrammed silver plaque ($135).
123 E. 23rd St., near Park Ave.
This place has everything your little folks need: cribs,
high chairs, and car seats from reputable brands (strollers
by Combi and Perego, $30–$500), as well as Avent
bottles and pumps, bibs, pacifiers, and baby-proofing
93 Crosby St., near Prince St.
Best known for sharp, practical, leather-trimmed canvas
totes, this shop is a great place to find a stylish
diaper bag (from $165). Hip moms love the groovy leopard
or psychedelic prints, while simpler options include
the signature quilted style in coffee, plum, or ruby.
Dads can store baby stuff in multi-pocketed canvas messenger
2688 Broadway, near 102nd St.
247 E. 86th St., near Second Ave.
A bit more upscale than buybuyBaby or Babies ”R”
Us, but still a big-box infant-goods store, Planet Kids
has cribs (Ragazzy’s start at $340; Pali’s
from $300), strollers (Maclaren, from $100 to $300),
high chairs (Peg Perego, $150–$200), car seats
($60–$260), and infant clothing (brands include
OshKosh and Zutano).
20 Ave. A, at 2nd St.
This 53-year-old shop supplied city parents with infant
essentials long before the East Village was a chic place
to raise a baby. Stock includes all the basics, plus
cool strollers from companies like Perego and Inglesina
($40–$700) to roll around Tompkins Square.
83 Wooster St., near Spring St.
Don’t let the name fool you—this bright,
cheery shop is anything but shabby. Check out the beautiful
vintage furniture (from $400 for a chair to $650 for
a wicker crib), plus a full line of baby bedding ($36
to $150), bibs ($18), and hooded towel sets ($92).
Call 800-869-7787 for store locations.
The international flagship store (located at 1514 Broadway)
with its big indoor Ferris wheel has a fairly comprehensive
baby area on the second level, offering basics like
onesies, shampoos, powders, and tubs. There’s
also enough space to display a variety of car seats
(including Graco, Evenflo, Peg Perego, and Eddie Bauer,
priced from $80 to $250), pack-and-plays (the Graco
Pack-n-Play for $59.99), and strollers (from the Kolcraft
umbrella stroller, for $21.99, to the Maclaren double-wide
stroller, $299), ready to test out.
396 Atlantic Ave., near Bond St., Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Part store, part community resource, Urban Monster hosts
free new-parent support groups, plus baby Pilates and
yoga classes and workshops on infant safety. Oh, and
it sells stuff, too: clothes, toys (a Mr. Whoozit bumper
activity book, which hangs on a crib, $25), and baby
essentials. Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags are $138;
strollers by Bugaboo ($699) and Maclaren (the Volo for
$99 and the Mac 3 jogger for $299) and Baby Björns
sit side by side with products made only in Brooklyn.
220 W. 71st St., near Broadway, Ste. 1
Owner Felina Rakowski-Gallagher is not kidding when
she says, “You bring your breast, we’ve got the
rest.” Her store carries everything a nursing
mother could need, from pumps to infant-size GOT BREAST
MILK? T-shirts ($12). She stocks top products like the
Medela and Ameda pump($250–$281), and the Avent
Isis manual pump ($50). Pump rentals start at $55 per