Where to shop for the best baby accessories
Funny how a little bundle of joy probably won't weigh more than 10 pounds, yet your home will be overloaded with baby accessories. But who can resist shopping for a tiny tot?
The choices in baby items from strollers to receiving blankets to shoes to diaper bags can be darn right overwhelming. Here are a few of our favorite sites to round out your roster of baby items.
Babies "R" Us
How could this not be on the list? This is all they do! From the Bugaboo Stroller to the largest selection of swings, they have it all. You can register here, join their frequent shopper program, order online and return anything that doesn't work or suit your needs -- they have one of the best return policies in the business. Shop at babiesrus.com
This superstore has come a long way in recent years. They have at least four aisles dedicated to the wee ones and carry everything from clothes to strollers to diapers. You can register here as well for showers and order most items online. Our favorite: The Aden and Anais blankets made just for Target. They're perfect for warm weather because of their lightweight material and plenty big for a multitude of snuggling purposes. Shop at target.com
Land of Nod
This is really the land of everything! Offering everything from name-brand clothing to hard-to-find baby furniture, this online store is very comprehensive and offers clear, high-resolution pictures of their offerings. They also have a registry section. Shop at landofnod.com
Maybe this should be called baby universe -- there's enough stuff here to fill a galaxy. Tabs on the left-hand site help you navigate through it all. A "best bargains" tab leads you to the month's deal, "hot products" showcasing what other parents are ordering, and a blog section to check out what the experts have to say. You can register on this site, too. An added bonus: More than 900 ecofriendly items from which to choose. Shop at babyearth.com
Baby Mine Store
Whether you want to shop by brand or price, you can set the parameters and begin your search for everything baby right here. A $6.95 rate on most shipping makes shopping here affordable and easy. A large organic section has numerous categories of "green" options. Shop at babyminestore.com
Some of the best baby finds are at neighborhood boutiques. They typically offer one-of-a-kind items and carry vendor lines from your community you can't find anywhere else. The personal attention is always a nice touch, and you can bank on snatching up a gift for your baby or a friend's without someone else duplicating your purchase. Plus, shopping locally is always a bonus for your community because the money funnels back into the school systems and public programs through taxes.
The department stores
Don't forget to browse the baby section of big retail players such as Nordstorm, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, JC Penney. They usually have delightful baby sections and offer monogramming options on gifts.