• Shopping: Best In Baby

    Top Local Baby Gear Retailers Share Their Favorite Trends And Products

    By Mia Weber

    From high-end boutiques to local super-stores, the Tri-State area offers baby gear and maternity shopping options for every style, sensibility, and budget. To help expectant and new parents shop in the savviest way, we turned to some of our favorite retailers to get the scoop on what they love right now!

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    • Albee Baby
      Albee Baby

      715 Amsterdam Avenue; albeebaby.com

      Nursery Trend: “We’re starting to see people spend more on the nursery and more on finishing it nicely with nice rugs and art,” says store manager Peter Roberge. “People are adding accents to the walls and floor and accents to the crib with a vibrancy that is exciting and not dull.”

      Hot Product: Lorena Canals Messy Stars Rug, $200

    • Babesta

      66 West Broadway (Babesta Threads), 56 Warren Street (Babesta Cribz) & 250 Vesey Street, 2nd Floor (Babesta at Brookfield Place); babesta.com

      Baby Gear Trend: Products that fold compactly

      Hot Product: “The BabyZen YOYO+ ($495 for frame with 6+ color pack; $225 for the newborn pack; $50 for the car seat adaptor) is hands down our favorite stroller to fly with! It folds down to fit the overhead compartment of a plane and is narrow enough to stroll down the aisles,” says owner Jennifer Cattaui. “In February 2016, BabyZen came out with the 0+ version for newborns (previously it was 6 months+). The new version can fit an infant car seat, has the same tiny fold, and increased comfort.”

    • Babies“R”Us Union Square
      Babies“R”Us Union Square

      24-30 Union Square East; babiesrus.com

      Nursery Trend: Vibrant, patterned bedding

      Hot Products: “New this year, customers will find beautiful, on-trend nursery bedding and décor from Levtex Bedding at Babies“R”Us stores nationwide and online at babiesrus.com ($19.99-159.99),” says a Babies“R”Us Spokesmom. “Situating themselves among top-selling nursery items, Night Owl, Charlotte, and Zahara prints are exclusive to Babies“R”Us and hugely popular among parents-to-be.”

    • Behr’s Superstore
      Behr’s Superstore

      1220 Hicksville Road, Seaford, NY; behrsfurniture.com

      Nursery Trend: “The biggest nursery trend right now can be summed up in one word: Neutral,” says co-owner Jared Behr.

      Hot Product: “Stone & Leigh’s new crib Driftwood Park Crib ($769.77) in the Vanilla Oak finish is a perfect example of how neutral furniture allows you to use pops of color in nursery accessories like bedding, paintings, and area rugs!”

    • buybuy BABY
      buybuy BABY

      270 7th Avenue & 410 East 61st Street; buybuybaby.com

      Baby Gear Trend: “A product [trend] that is quickly becoming a registry favorite is Grow With Me car seats,” says buybuy BABY spokesperson Jessica Joyce. “These seats are conveniently designed to grow with your child, safely seating them from infancy up to the cusp of the pre-teen years.”

      Hot Product: Graco 4Ever All-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, $299.99

    • giggle

      352 Amsterdam Avenue, 1033 Lexington Avenue & 451 West Broadway; giggle.com

      Baby Gear Trend: Clean, modern key pieces that have many areas for parents to create their own unique baby world

      Hot Product: “The Micuna LIFE Crib ($999, exclusive to giggle through the end of March 2016) is an amazingly innovative crib that allows one to customize their crib’s color combination,” says chief merchandising officer Kit Li-Perry. “It can then turn into a toddler bed with a brand new color scheme. It is made of solid beech wood from a sustainable forest.”

    • Lullaby Baby
      Lullaby Baby

      488 5th Avenue, Brooklyn; lullabybaby.com

      Baby Gear Trend: Products with a sleek, modern design

      Hot Product: “One, for example, is the new 4moms high chair ($299),” says CEO Kayla Kramer. “Its contemporary design complements any kitchen, and it uses magnets to make mealtime easy! Parents can easily attach the tray with one hand by placing the tray over the chair and letting the magnets guide and lock it into place.”

    • NessaLee Baby
      NessaLee Baby

      339 Route 9 South, Manalapan, NJ & 615 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ; nessaleebaby.com

      Baby Gear Trend: “In 2016, the colored crib is going to be huge,” says owner Vanessa Antonelli. “Every color in the rainbow is being offered by different manufacturers.”

      Hot Product: “Oeuf’s best-selling Sparrow Crib ($760) is loved by all because of its simple but beautiful design that fits into so many nurseries. For a limited time you can snag one in pastel pink.”

    • Sprout SF
      Sprout SF

      376 Court Street, Brooklyn; sproutsanfrancisco.com

      Baby Gear Trend: “One trend we are noticing is that people want their nursery and play space to be pretty, and they don’t want plastic toys taking over their living room,” says CEO Suzanne Price.

      Hot Product: “We have found an answer to those hideous plastic exersaucers that take over everyone’s living rooms. The Bobbin Triple Play Centre by Three Pears ($480) is expensive, but can be turned into a play table later so it will get use for years.”

    • The Upper Breast Side
      The Upper Breast Side

      510 Amsterdam Avenue; upperbreastside.com

      Nursing Trend: Movable nursing stands and tables

      Hot Product: “The My Mobile Mom nursing table ($320) is an exclusive to the Upper Breast Side and is a very new item for our busy pumping moms,” says owner Felina Gallagher. “It’s a perfect option as expecting moms choose furniture for the nursery or for a ‘pumping nook’ at home—and it’s a super great idea for corporate lactation rooms.”

    • Wee Babe
      Wee Babe

      131 North 4th Street, Brooklyn & 415 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ; weebabe.com

      Baby Gear Trend: A combination of high-quality and good sense

      Hot Product: “We have found the Stokke Home Crib (starting from $699) to be every New York City family’s dream come true. This all-in-one crib was designed to give you what you need for your little one without taking up your entire space,” explain co-owners Selina Aquino and Beau Kuhn. “The Home can be used compactly or expanded to complete your nursery. It’s super-affordable and gives you the ability to have your crib, changing station, and cradle all in one and then easily convert into a toddler bed/playhouse, while also having the ability to convert your cradle into a children’s desk.”

    • Wild Was Mama
      Wild Was Mama

      272 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn & 464 Bergen Street, Brooklyn; wildwasmama.com

      Baby Gear Trend: “Toddler baby carriers have really taken off this past year, and we definitely see that trend continuing through 2016,” says owner Adriane Stare. “Perhaps it’s because we live in a city where everyone is used to traveling with kids by foot, but all the families we speak to seem to be thrilled that there’s another, easier option to replace their strollers and [relieve their] arms when their toddlers get sleepy or can’t keep up with the pace.”

      Hot Product: Beco Baby and Toddler Carriers, $139-250

    • Yummy Mummy
      Yummy Mummy

      1201 Lexington Avenue; yummymummystore.com

      Maternity Trend: Clothing that’s comfortable and accommodating, but also chic

      Hot Product: “One item that has been flying off the Yummy Mummy shelves is the Strappy Romper from Belabumbum ($66),” says owner Amanda Cole. “This playful romper offers a beautiful silhouette for both expectant and nursing moms. It’s amazingly comfortable and allows for plenty of movement, stretching when and where new and expectant moms need it most. But the best part is that it truly is an item for all seasons.”

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