By our very own Jen #supermom
For all of you first time parents or those new to the area, we thought it might be helpful to share some of our favorite shops and places to go to for kids-related needs in Park Slope. Here are some choice spots in the neighborhood!
Best Baby-Everything Store:
* Lullaby (488 5th Ave): The best of the best in baby gear, furniture, bedding, bath/potty, feeding and toys, this is the place to go. Yossi, the store owner, is super kind, knowledgable and helpful. It’s almost impossible to walk out of this store without buying at least one item that wasn’t on your original purchase list! http://lullabybaby.com/
Best Toy Stores:
* Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store (232 5th Ave): Filled with a variety of novelty items, this store has a great selection of toys for kids – from stuffed animals to crafts to classics like Etch-a-Sketch. Check out their online store for a glimpse at some of the unique kids & baby products they carry (who wouldn’t want a rainbow unicorn horn headband)??? https://blueribbongeneralstore.com/product-category/kids-baby/
* Neergaard (454 5th Ave): This store has a wide variety of toys for the kids, with quite an extensive selection of action figures for the bigger ones. Situated on the 2nd floor above Neergaard pharmacy, you will find legos, crafts, games and more. https://neergaardtoys.com/product-category/toys/
* Toy Space (426 7th Ave): A more affordable place to shop, this store is easily navigated with sections divided by age. This small store has quite a large selection of toys, from tablets to science kits – so many options for gifts that your child will play with and learn from. https://toyspaceny.com/
Best Kids Shoe Stores:
* A Shoe Grows in Brooklyn (419 7th Ave): This has always been my go-to store to find my daughter shoes. They are super helpful in regards to finding a shoe that meets you/your child’s needs…and your child can have fun in the play area while you navigate your way through the super cute options! http://www.ashoegrows.com/
* Windsor’s World of Shoes (484 5th Ave): Although the customer service isn’t as top notch as A Shoe Grows in Brooklyn, this store carries quite a large selection of kids shoes. It’s helpful to know what you’re looking for (brand, style) before going in. http://www.yelp.com/biz/windsors-world-of-shoes-park-slope
Best Kids Clothing Stores:
* Hiho Batik (184 5th Ave): A most unique store, Hiho offers 100% cotton apparel featuring one-of-a-kind designs made ONSITE at the Brooklyn store for babies, kids and adults. While there you can batik your own item (takes roughly an hour, and they highly recommend calling in advance to ensure there is space). http://www.hihobatik.com/
* Pink Olive (167 5th Ave): A super stylish boutique, this shop is full of beautiful and unique apparel, accessories and novelty gifts for babies. High end (and $$$), this is a great place to buy that memorable gift for the special wee one in your life. https://pinkolive.com/
* Meshimar (433 7th Ave): A consignment shop for both young and old, this small shop can often carry super cute (high quality) children’s second hand clothes. Can’t even count how many times I’ve complimented someone on their child’s outfit to find out it was purchased here! http://www.yelp.com/biz/meshimar-brooklyn
Best Kids Haircut:
* LuLu’s Cuts & Toys (48 5th Ave): This is a super popular and favorite amongst Park Slope parents, where your very youngest will survive a haircut (and beg to come back)! Children receive a balloon, lollipop and get to watch their DVD of choice. If it’s the first haircut, they present you with a 1st haircut certificate and a lock of hair. They can even sit in a special train chair. Quite the experience!!!
* Slope Cuts (498 7th Ave): With booster seats and one kids “car” chair, this salon gets high ratings from parents. A TV screen with cartoons to help distract and entertain your child and barbers known to be both kind and patient, this salon is great for the little ones to the “bigger” little ones! http://www.yelp.com/biz/slope-cuts-brooklyn
Please feel free to comment and add any suggestions that we may have accidentally left off or perhaps are unaware of!