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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