New York Family’s 2013 Shopping Guide

Dinosaur Hill; photo by Sarah Torretta Klock

Manhattan is known for top-of-the-line retail stores and boutiques, even when it comes to toy stores and children’s clothing. So whether you’re window shopping for the day or going on a weekend-long shopping spree, prepare yourself with this directory of places to visit for the city’s best stores.


Trendsetters-in-training and the parents who shop for them stock up at these twin Tribeca spots (Babesta Cribz and Babesta Threads) for funky furniture, unique toys, and hip clothes for babies.

Berkley Girl
Your tween fashionista will say “OMG!” faster than she can text when you take to her to this Upper West Side clothing and accessories boutique. This shop is spot on with what preteen girls want, thanks to regular focus groups with their customers.

The Madison Avenue outpost of the famed French children’s wear couture line is exactly what you would expect: full of beautiful, elegant, and upscale clothing for the younger set.

Stylish apparel and accessories for boys and girls ages newborn to six can be found at Soho’s Bundle. Be sure to check out their gender-neutral suggestions for “wait-and-see” babies.

Caramel Baby & Child

Originally London-based, this children’s clothing line has made its way to the Upper East Side. The line is inspired by classic looks—rompers, jumpers, and plaid trousers—updated with a modern, urban feel.

The Upper East Side flagship of this high-end designer children’s clothing line from France is chock-full of signature colorful embroidery and appliqués for infants, girls up to size 12, and boys up to size 10.

The Children’s Place
There’s a reason this national chain has ten Manhattan locations: They sell well-made, reasonably-priced clothing and accessories for newborns through kids size 14.

Offering upscale and eponymous designer duds for little darlings, this Greenwich Village shop is a favorite of stylists and celebrities.

Best known for their handmade sweaters and ABC wall hangings, the inviting Upper West Side haberdashery also carries kids’ clothing, furniture, and toys.

Greenstones & Naturino
The wide selection of European branded basics, hats, and accessories has cemented this children’s clothing shop as a favorite among the preschool set. Plus, Naturino children’s shoes is right next door to their uptown locations.

Harry’s Shoes For Kids
This offshoot of the popular Harry’s Shoes is a chip off the old block. The Upper West Side store has a huge selection of infants’ and children’s shoes to keep your tyke shod.

Ibiza Kidz
Located in an area known for catering to the college crowd, this Union Square kids’ clothing, shoe, and toy shop attracts a cult following via the knowledgeable salespeople who expertly fit children’s feet to the right-sized shoes.

Julian and Sara
Downtown parents go gaga for this Soho children’s store’s chic selection of pint-sized dresses and dress shirts. Stylish little shoes, gifts, and items for Mom round out the selection.

The Yorkville outpost of this tri-state area chainlet is where parents of infants through preteens shop the latest trends in apparel, accessories, and footwear. A huge selection of seasonal summer camp merchandise will have your tween begging for an airbrushed BFF pillow.

Magic Windows
Classic, traditional, and formal clothing for infants through teens, plus custom-made party dresses, make this shop a stand-out at this Upper East Side fixture.

My Little Sunshine
Multitasking supermoms love that they can shop for kiddie clothes and toys at the same time as their little one gets a haircut at these Chelsea and Tribeca stores.

Polarn O. Pyret
This Swedish clothing line for children has two Manhattan locations: Tribeca and the Upper West Side. Parents seeking clothing with European flair (think bright colors and stripes) can snatch up their well-made basics.

Ralph Lauren Children’s
There’s no better place to dress your prepster-in-training than this Upper East Side store. Stock up on little oxfords, polo shirts, and brightly colored threads for boys and girls of all ages.

Shoofly specializes in quality European shoes and accessories for toddlers through teens. One-of-a-kind clothing, toys, and baby gifts make this Tribeca boutique a standout.

Sprout San Francisco
The Upper East Side outpost of this popular natural and organic children’s clothing, toy, and furniture shop is more than just a clothing store. They also offer weekly classes, such as postpartum fitness and music, and an indoor play space.

Stoopher & Boots
Eclectic and seemingly all-encompassing, this Upper West Side boutique has everything from kids’ clothing and toys to unique finds for grown-ups.

Tip Top Shoes
The fit specialists here will help your little walker find his or her first pair while older kids will love the vast selection of comfort, dress, and sport shoes.

A super-modern boutique for kids ages 4-14 on the edge of the MePa district, this shop is known for its futuristic clothing, nursery furniture, and playthings.



A Time For Children
Don’t let the size fool you—this Upper West Side store stocks a wide variety of merchandise, from stuffed Paddington Bears to cards to vintage onesies, and gives 100% of the profits to The Children’s Aid Society.

Dinosaur Hill
This charming East Village variety store stocks both classics and one-of-a-kind items like wooden blocks in 16 languages, batik crib quilts, and a wide variety of handmade puppets and marionettes.

Norman & Jules

This whimsical shop in Brooklyn’s Park Slope is brimming with toys that are both durable and precious. From wooden Cubebots perched on the counters to the menagerie of multi-hued stuffed animals and dolls lining the shelves, it’s a holy grail for parents who want something their little ones can play with that won’t break, fall out of fashion, or clutter the apartment with garish plastic parts.


Bank Street Bookstore
Located on the upper reaches of the Upper West Side, this bookstore caters exclusively to young readers. If you can’t make the trip, its extensive website offers the same carefully chosen selection of books, games, toys, and CDs as its bricks and mortar counterpart.

Books of Wonder
The oldest independent children’s bookstore in the city is well-known for its collection of both old and new tomes for tots. Twice a week, kids and their caregivers can enjoy story time at this iconic Chelsea spot.



American Girl Place
Spend an entire day with your doll lover at this giant concept store picking out a new doll, accessories, and matching daughter and doll outfits. Enjoy the doll hair salon and doll hospital or have a meal at the café.

Disney Store
The revamped Times Square flagship store is almost as good as visiting the House of Mouse. Disney fans of any age will love the Magical Escalator Experience, the Pixie Dust Path, and the Magic Trees.

FAO Schwarz
This iconic midtown toy emporium is home to a newborn nursery, stuffed animal extravaganza, and a dozen other stores within its walls. All city kids need to dance on the famed giant piano keyboard at least once in their lifetime.

Come for the toys and stay for the 60-foot Ferris wheel, the 4,000-square-foot Barbie dollhouse, and the life-sized T-Rex. The Times Square flagship store is a toy heaven for children of all ages.



ABC Carpet & Home

All of ABC’s artisanal goods have cultural origins, sourced from all over the globe with a mind toward reducing carbon footprint. Its dedicated Home & Planet line particularly delights design- and sustainability-conscious families alike.

Allyn Howard
If your walls need a little whimsy and cheer, look no further than the Allyn Howard’s Brooklyn studio, where she’s been painting customized murals and artworks for both nurseries and children’s rooms since 2003.

With backgrounds in architecture and fine art, it’s no wonder that furniture from designers Jenny Argie and Andrew Thorton are tastefully clean and simple. Check out their organic bedding options for worry-free sleep.

If cookie-cutter nursery rooms bore you out of your mind, hop on over to BasicGrey, which revels in all things quirky. Their children’s wall art, storage barrels, and swaddling arts are practically modern art.

Behr’s Superstore
With over 30,000 square feet of baby and children’s furniture, this Long Island megastore offers one of the largest selections in the Tri-State area—and the friendly and well-informed staff is always ready to come to your navigational rescue.

Bellini’s award-winning furnishings combine modern day features with old world craftsmanship to create furniture that is both practical and beautiful. Best of all, their convertible products grow with the kids to last the family a lifetime.

Bograd Kids
Along with offering luxury furnishings and designer bedding, this premium retail store provides customers with design consultations and floor plans at no extra charge. The pre-curated designer rooms offer busy parents everything they need.

Casa Kids
Proudly made in Brooklyn, Casa Kids’s contemporary furniture collections are designed for utility and durability so they last through the years. Better yet, everything is designed with small spaces in mind—perfect for urban apartments.

California Closets
The design consultants at California Closets are miracle workers. Their adjustable set-ups make transforming age-appropriate furnishings a breeze.

This wholesale designer, most loved for its bold patterns and rich textiles, recently opened a store in Soho. Head on in for bedding, rugs, and more with their very own personality.

Inspired by the idea that play is essential in development, this company’s products feature a rich variety of sculptural shapes, materials, and colors.

Need a bed on a budget? Not a problem in nearby Red Hook, Brooklyn, where the well-known Swedish IKEA offers modern furniture at a low price. Tip: you can reward patient little shoppers with scrumptious Swedish meatballs.

Kid’s Supply Company
Lauded by the likes of The New York Times, this store serves up a range of baby, kid, and adult furniture collections featuring green, eco-friendly products.

Lucky Duck & Friends
English Artist Pippa Scott uses a big splash of colors to create a unique collection of cheery, whimsical animal paintings that capture the joys of being a child.

Mini Jake
This modern children’s store in Williamsburg offers a vast selection of nursery and playroom furniture, décor, and toys that are sophisticated yet playful.

Netto Collection
Amongst the first to delve into stylish design in kids furniture, David Netto prides himself on using only sustainably harvested wood and non-toxic finishes to create safe furnishings that aren’t restricted to a pink-and-blue palette.

Launched by a dynamic French/American duo, this brand offers sustainability-minded European furniture at a low price—without sacrificing its key principles of quality, practicality, and function.

Posh Baby & Teen
Selling only the safest children’s furniture for a wide range of ages, this Staten Island store even offers delivery and assembly service for outer borough families.

Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
This popular furniture chain boasts a variety of styles from classic to contemporary (but never outdated) with a quick three-day delivery turnaround.

Resource Furniture
Resource is about form as well as hybrid function—beds with fold-out desks, expandable tables, and sofas with secret storage all boast chic, contemporary looks.

Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
One of the fastest-growing brands in children’s furnishings, Restoration Hardware produces classy designs for dreamy nurseries, timeless bedrooms, and more.

Spoiled Rotten Too
Forget the mundane at Spoiled Rotten Too, a whimsical Long Island boutique that hand picks designer furniture for babies and kids. The in-house painters make their heirloom offerings truly one-of-a-kind.

Going on 50 years, this popular retailer continues to offer attractive furniture at even more attractive prices. If you don’t want to wait for shipping, make a visit to the three-year-old store on 116th Street.

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