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9 Best Kids’ Boutiques on NYC’s Upper East Side

With the Upper East Side being one of NYC’s most family-friendly neighborhoods, it’s only appropriate that we would have a wide variety of children’s boutiques to keep our kids looking their best. Here are our top picks for everything from gifts to footwear to high fashion for littles:

For the Trendy Tot: Lemonade
1050 Lexington Avenue (between 74th & 75th Streets)
Lemonade is a little gem in the 70’s with an eclectic collection of urban-inspired on-trend styles for infants, boys, and girls.

Photo credit: Hoofbeats Ltd.For Personalized Perfection: Hoofbeats
305 E. 84th Street (between First & Second Avenues)
If you are looking for a specialty item for your little one or a memorable gift for a friend, Hoofbeats is your go-to boutique. This 25-year-old company specializes in monogramming any baby item imaginable: burp cloths, tote bags, blankets, you name it (literally).

For Classic Cool Big Kids: CrewCuts
1190 Madison Avenue (between 87th & 88th Streets)
No one does classic, collegiate style like CrewCuts, J.Crew’s kidswear outpost. Their preppy styles for boys and polished looks for girls are quintessential UES.

Photo credit: Lester'sYour One-Stop Shop for Mommy & Me: Lester’s
1534 Second Avenue @ 80th Street
Any UES mama knows Lester’s. You could easily spend an afternoon in this upscale department store, shopping for you and your little one. You can start on the contemporary side with on-trend picks for shoes and casual and dressy looks. Then, move to the kids’ side for personalized layette assistance, a well-stocked shoe department, and the cutest duds for everyone from toddlers to tweens.

For the Eco-Minded Mom: Sprout San Francisco
1375 Third Avenue @ 78th Street
Sprout has become a staple in the ‘hood for their extensive collection of organic products, from clothing and baby care items to toys, gear, and nursery items. This store is a rare find, not only for their eco-friendly options, but also for a great play space where they host classes and open play.

For Baby Basics: Giggle
1033 Lexington Avenue @ 74th Street
Photo credit: GiggleGiggle is an Upper East Side must for baby gear and essentials—but they also have Better Basics, their own super cute collection of baby wear, as well as some of our favorite kids’ fashion apparel lines: Splendid Littles, Tea Collection, and EGG by Susan Lazar.

For Gorgeous Gifts: Ralph Lauren Baby
872 Madison Avenue @ 71st Street
pPOLO2-8229717_standard_t240If you’re a Ralph Lauren lover, you’ll adore their baby store, which offers Upper East Side kids miniature versions of the classics, along with luxurious baby gifts. Think sterling silver baby brushes and cashmere throws.

For Selecting the Layette: Baby Cottons
1236 Madison Avenue @ 89th Street
This sweet boutique is a great place to put together your layette. Their entire line is made up of classic designs and soft pima cotton basics that will keep your baby as cozy as he/she is cute.

For Special Occasions: Magic Windows
1186 Madison @ 87th Street
Photo credit: Magic WindowsThis uptown institution carries the finest brands for all ages (from newborn to tween) as well as in-house tailoring for your little one’s special occasion suits and dresses.

Written by Lauren Deneroff, founder of mama{love} NYC, a lifestyle blog and resource for the modern city mama. She is also an Upper East Sider and a mom to two amazing kids!

Photo Credits:
Komen NYC
Little Babe Big City
Ralph Lauren
Magic Windows

The Best Kids’ Boutiques in Downtown NYC

Fashion-monger baby on shopping with mom wear new glassesIt’s officially back to school season, which means it’s time to hit the shops for fall kids’ clothing and supplies! To help narrow down places to shop, here is my go-to list of the best kids’ boutiques in downtown NYC to find an assortment of kids’ goodies. While department stores can be convenient, it’s great to support local shops! From children’s clothing and fashionable gear to unique gifts for teachers and birthday parties, these boutiques carry it all. Happy shopping!

Babesta Threads
If you have a trend-setting tot at home, Babesta Threads has unique and ultra fun children’s clothing. Located in the heart of Tribeca, Babesta carries clothing for age 0–12 years old in brands like Munster Kids, Quinn and Fox, and Andy and Evan. Besides amazing clothes, Babesta Threads also sells children’s books, toys, and rockin’ baby tunes. Babesta Cribz, its sister store, is located just around the block and carries a wide array of strollers, gliders, cribs, high chairs, and accessories. For the New York City kid who has it all, Babesta is the place to shop.

My Little Sunshine
The first time I walked into My Little Sunshine, I couldn’t help but smile—the store is absolutely adorable. The boutique sells a wide selection of stylish children’s clothing in sizes infant to eight years from brands like Appaman, Boy + Girl, and Bobo Choses. My Little Sunshine has locations in Tribeca and Chelsea, and sells shoes, one-of-a-kind gifts, and educational toys. My favorite thing about the Tribeca shop is its proximately to CMA, one of the best children’s museums in Manhattan—combine the two and you have the perfect afternoon in the city!

Pink Olive
Pink Olive embodies everything I love about a boutique—beautifully crafted and thoughtful gifts, specialty items, and lots of charm. Shopping here is almost more about treating myself than my daughter! With locations in the East Village, Park Slope, and Williamsburg, Pink Olive sells unique children’s books, gifts, paper goods, and adorable clothing. Pink Olive also has a new series of subscription boxes available – the perfect gift that keeps on giving!

Sweet William Ltd.
Sweet William Ltd., located on the border between Nolita and Soho, sells a wide variety of eclectic kids’ clothing, accessories, and gifts. The store is beautifully designed and features a number of local brands and designers for kids age newborn to age 12. Sweet William is the perfect spot to find a gift for your next birthday party or baby shower!

Egg by Susan Lazar
A list of the best kids’ boutiques downtown wouldn’t be complete without Egg by Susan Lazar, the designer’s new Tribeca shop. The shop’s lofted ceiling heights and all white interiors are quintessential Tribeca. The clothes are sophisticated, yet fresh and timeless. A visit to Egg never disappoints!