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Baby & Kids' Clothing

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.

Baby Gap
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.

Kiddie Couture
Burberry Quilted Coat
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 8.

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 12.

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.

Brooks Brothers
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).

Bu 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 ($274).

Calypso 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)

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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide