As the summer season comes upon us, those of us with little ones in our lives may be wondering at what point to introduce a baby to the water. Whether you love the beach or prefer the pool, your baby's first experience with water is important and helps set up a summer of enjoyment and fun. The Imagine School of Swimming holds classes all throughout NYC - whether you live in Tribeca, Grammercy, Lower East Side, Chelsea or Upper East Side there is a local pool where your starfish (age 6 months - 3 years) can experience the water with you at his or her side along with a trained instructer. Lessons are 40 minutes long and are $40 per class. Not all locations have Saturday classes (a nice way for dad to spend time with the baby and give mom a break to herself, or vice versa). Visit Imagine's website for more specific information and to register. Summer sessions are 6 weeks. www.imagineswimming.com
Welcome to our New York City Baby Guide, the hip savvy baby resource for New York City parents with reviews and listings of all neighborhood baby stores, local pediatricians, reviews of baby stroller and kid friendly restaurants in Manhattan and our Little Babe's Big Bad New York City Choice Awards for the Hippest NYC Baby Stores and Services.
Looking for more to do with your family? We are compiling our reviews of the Top 30 Cool Things to Do with your Kids This Summer so check in with us if you are out of ideas. And join our Hip Parent's Club if you want to receive our weekly picks for the weekend, local deals and new and noteworthy boutiques, kids classes and events straight to your inbox. We organize by neighborhood and age grade so you know what's appropriate and convenient for your brood.
THE COOLEST BABY CLOTHES IN NEW YORK CITY
Looking for the cutest and coolest baby clothes for your soon to be bundle of joy, or toddler? Do you need to buy the most unique outfit for your fashionista friend's little baby? We've got you covered with our reviews of NYC Baby Clothing Stores. And then Check out our Neighborhood Guide to Baby Stores in all of Manhattan. We break it down by hood' and category for you. And of course, we have the Brooklyn hipsters covered with our reviews of all the Baby Stores in Brooklyn, NY.
THE HIPPEST MATERNITY CLOTHES IN NEW YORK CITY
We also have the most stylish and sophisticated Maternity Stores for NYC Moms who want to feel like their normal, sleek selves for as long as possible throughout their pregnancies without resorting to tents and granny panties.
THE BEST TOY STORES IN NEW YORK CITY
Whether it's wood blocks with Hebrew, Russian, French, or English lettering, Ugly Dolls, Elmo, handmade puppets, custom doll-houses, collector train sets, or just a bouncy ball, we review New York City's Toy Stores and break them down for you.
THE BEST BABY FURNITURE STORES IN NEW YORK CITY
Are you dreaming of toile and gingham for your nursery? Or a totally modern sleek look with funky wall decals and lighting. Either way, you can explore all of New York City's coolest furniture stores to deck your baby's nursery, or alcove. We review Baby Furniture Stores by Neighborhood.
NYC BABY AND KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS
Think dining out is over now that you have a little one? It's not always easy taking your infant or restless toddler to a nice restaurant. But most urban parents love to dine out and eat well so we have done the research for you. We review NYC Baby Stroller and Kid Friendly Restaurants by neighborhood so you can walk your stroller to the nearest most convenient place to eat and feel comfortable knowing no one will scowl disapprovingly at your tots.
COOL NYC BABY AND CHILDREN'S CLASSES AND WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
From infant classes, early child learning sessions, parenting groups, music classes, mommy and me events, swim lessons, to simply what to do with baby on a weekend we have scoured through the very best baby classes in NYC and broke them out by what's offered in your neighborhood in our NYC Guide to Infant and Kids Classes.
NYC PEDIATRICIAN REVIEWS BY NEIGHBORHOOD
Understandably, one of the most important decision a new parent makes, prior to baby's arrival is finding a trustworthy pediatrician. We review the Top Pediatric Practices in Manhattan by neighborhood helping you make the most informed decision early on.
NYC NANNIES AND DAYCARE LISTINGS
Looking for a nanny? Many moms use word-of-mouth recommendations but we have pulled together some of the Best Nanny Placement Agencies in NYC. And when your little one is ready for daycare, or if you are looking for an Infant Daycare Program in NYC we have a list of Every Licensed Daycare Facility in NYC for you to contact. If you are thinking about getting a baby nurse, check out our Baby Nurse Guide for a personalized account of Do's and Dont's.
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The best source of information, recommendations, and advice on raising your baby or child in NYC are other Big Apple Parents. So feel free to use our NYC Message Boards to connect with other moms local to your neighborhood. Maybe you will even make a new friend to add to your playgroup.
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