The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) has added birthday parties to its offerings for littles. Held in Le Skyroom penthouse space, choose from French-inspired themes or custom celebrations designed by Paris-bor…
Sugarfina has a new, full-sized home on the UES. Among the gourmet candies curated from around the world, look for their Apricot Hearts, Swedish Fish, Mama & Baby Bears, and Apple Frogs. They’re packaged in Lucite cubes…
City mom Kathy Boyanovich is a sucker for fine fabrics. So she just launched Petite Vigogne, a line of high-end crib bedding, accessories, and gifts designed in NYC and handcrafted with super-fine materials in her nativ…
The Amelia Outpost at Mary Arnold Toys on the UES should simplify holiday shopping this year. Through January 3, the beloved toy store will be devoting its front-of-store shelf to artist-made baby items from the Oxford,…
Party planning is pretty simple with the new Bang & Boom party kits. Started by two local moms who love hosting imaginative parties for their own children, Bang & Boom aims to simplify the planning process for everyone …
Kidz Central Station adds birthday planning
Kidz Central Station is super helpful when it comes to finding, scheduling, and registering for kids’ classes and activities. And now they've added a party planning element.   The new interactive party finder is crazy t…
New moms appreciate essentials
Here's a great idea: gather only the useful stuff that new babies actually need—a blanket, mittens, a cap, two onesies, two burp cloths—and put it all in one gift-ready kit. Voila, the bundlKit. Created by New York-base…
Learning Express re-opens in NYC
We were bummed when Learning Express Toys in Kips Bay closed a few years back. Kudos to UES mom Ali Garcia for bringing the franchise back to the City. The newly opened Learning Express Toys is well-stocked with a mix o…
Magic Beans pops up (finally!) in Manhattan
This city offers many things. Unfortunately, Magic Beans has never been one of them. Until now. The super-smart and well-stocked Boston-based baby store is paying our town a holiday visit, and we’re psyched. Located ins…
Unique finds at the Drawing Room
As New York moms, we're often pressed to find over-the-top baby gifts (for the boss, for the fancy shower, for the editor friend who has everything). To that end, we're intrigued by the uber-luxe fall lineup at the Draw…
Red Carpet Kids goes mobile
We were floored when Red Carpet Kids opened last year. And now the over-the-top birthday party organizers are bringing their faux-celebrity experience anywhere you wish. Their new "Mobile Production" parties for childre…
Naaya by Moonlight expands into organics
We’ve been eyeing Naaya by Moonlight’s bohemian-chic cotton quilts since they first launched a few months back. And now we’re thrilled to see that New York-based founder Chaandni Singh has introduced an organic line of …
Gifts with local flavor

To honor those tough little buggers growing up as native New Yorkers, we’ve put together a For the NYC Baby Pinterest board, full of great gift ideas.

Red Carpet Kids does over-the-top movie parties

It’s a bit unusual for us to feature something meant for kids ages 5 and up, but this is one idea worth bookmarking. Red Carpet Kids is, quite simply, the best birthday party concept we’ve seen.

Clafoutis caters to moms in birthday mode

In a perfect world, moms wouldn’t judge other moms on their kids’ birthday parties. But since that day will likely never come, we’re excited about a new resource that will appeal to outsourcers, DIYers, ove…