The baby boom has ushered in a swell of stylish and trendy baby boutiques around town. Here’s what you’ll find at these five top shops for tots.
HADLEY The husband-and-wife team at Hadley takes great care to carry baby brands that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also score high marks for safety, quality and functionality. Trusted brands include PlanToys’ smart organic toys, DwellStudio’s beautiful bedding and Knoll Kids furniture, a new line that only Hadley is authorized to sell in the Chicago area. 1205 W. Webster Ave., 773- 883-0077
GALT BABY First-time parents in the market for a car seat and a stroller should make a beeline for this Lincoln Park location. The store features 20 different brands of strollers (the display tops out at the ceiling!), carries a fine selection of baby furniture and stocks a wide range of car seats, including the newly redesigned Britax models. Plus this is the only Chicago retailer that offers free installation of car seats (with purchase) by a certified installation technician. 1915 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-327-9980
HOOHOBBERS This family-owned business manufactures all of its products on-site. They make more than 35 designs of crib bedding and nursery accessories and offer customization—including personalized embroidery—should parents wish to bring in their favorite fabric. Eager customers also snatch up Moses baskets, children’s chairs, diaper bags, bibs and towels. 1657 N. Elston Ave., 800-533-1505
STINKY PANTS This store, specializing in baby apparel and gifts, caters to sophisticated moms with an urban flair. They stock Rowdy Sprout, famous for their cute rock-concert tees. Other brands include Beba Bean for bamboo swaddling blankets and the Noodle & Boo bath-and-body line, a favorite among celeb moms. For fall, expect to find vintage baby dresses, cashmere hats and crocheted booties. 844 W. Armitage Ave., 773-281-4002
GIGGLE This new addition to the neighborhood is a baby store with benefits. Giggle puts each toy through a strict selection process to make sure they’re offering only the best. Quality brands like NettoCollection nursery furniture, Bloom highchairs and Giggle Better Basics are all on hand. This fall customers will find Charlie, the Giggle brand’s first nursery furniture set, along with the mamaRoo Bouncer, a microrobotic marvel that moves like a mom. 2116 N. Halsted St., 773-296-6228