As more people shop online, finding stores that sell high-quality baby gear and have a friendly, knowledgeable staff team seems to be getting harder to find in today’s world. I know firsthand that navigating endless information and reviews on baby products and toys can be a huge time-suck. For parents that want to purchase the absolute best quality products for their little ones and get the hands-on experience of shopping in stores where staff are passionate about their work, visiting one of these six Boston baby stores can be a great experience!
Just a note: Even though this is a post about Boston baby stores, several of these stores also carry toys, clothing, and gear for toddlers and children as well.
6 Boston Baby Stores That I Love for Little Ones
361 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
200 Linden Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
With multiple locations in the Boston area, Magic Beans is a great place to find everything from a vast array of toys to high-quality baby gear. Magic Beans locations are run by a fantastic team of staff ready to recommend everything from toys to car seats!
My personal experience at the Cambridge location was very positive, and I found the staff very warm and welcoming. As a parent, I know we often have questions about toys and baby gear, and I found Magic Beans’ staff very knowledgable and willing to answer all my questions. They have all the top brands available for infants and young children alike, which makes Magic Beans not just a great spot to find and purchase gear for your baby, but also a great shop to find unique gifts for birthdays and holidays.
It’s not overly surprising that the staff is friendly and ready to answer questions given that it was founded by parents of three, husband and wife team Eli and Sheri, specifically to function as a store where parents can come to be educated on the best baby gear and children’s toys. Magic Beans has earned a remarkable reputation in the Boston community as a store that makes kids’ lives more fun and parents’ lives easier (wins all-around!). A team of exceptional, knowledgeable, and friendly staff is available to work with families and provide a level of customer service you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
Magic Beans is unique in that they offer baby gear consultations, both in-store and online. This is where parents can get personalized product recommendations and experience hands-on demonstrations. Consultations range from $25-$50 (which will go toward anything you purchase after the consult) and are available by booking an appointment online or by calling your nearest store location.
Families can find store locations and hours for this Boston baby store here. Baby gear consultations are available by appointment only.
Mockingbird Baby and Kids
219 Main Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
Founded in 2014, Mockingbird Baby and Kids is located in Boston’s historic Charlestown neighborhood. Owned by local mom Lauren Thompson, this cozy shop is an amazing place to shop for conscious parents who are hoping to raise conscious kids. Products, from clothing to toys to strollers and more, are hand-selected and screened for quality all of Mockingbird’s supplies, from boxes to bags to tissue to ribbons, are recyclable.
Thompson prioritizes environmentally conscious, USA-made products from women and/or minority-founded businesses and companies that give back to the community. In fact, parents can even shop by cause (women-owned business, eco-friendly, etc.) here. In addition, Mockingbird Baby and Kids is an active supporter of several non-profits, including Cradles to Crayons, She’s the First, Good Shepherd School, and The Warren Prescott School.
At Mockingbird Baby and Kids, parents can find a myriad of children’s clothing, shoes, toys, books, and baby gear—nearly anything needed to fill up a registry and then some. As a bonus, families can save $5 for every $100 spent through Mockingbird Rewards.
58 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116
If you’re looking for a great baby store in the Boston area, check out Tadpole, a trusted neighborhood store for both new and experienced parents. Tadpole prioritizes the customer experience, and parents can even schedule a complimentary car seat installation or a one-on-one baby registry consultation.
Founded by local couple Dave and Storey, Tadpole carries a range of products from small shops and large companies, all of which are environmentally conscious and user-friendly. Tadpole sells strollers, car seats, baby gear, nursery furniture, feeding accessories, bathtime essentials, clothing, shoes, toys, and gifts.
Moreover, the staff at Tadpole are all equipped to give parents experienced, hands-on interaction with products and demonstrations to take the hassle out of doing the research on their own. The store even offers car seat installations, car seat safety checks, and stroller tune-up events throughout the year.
Customers can shop online or book appointments here.
24 Union Park Street
Boston, MA 02118
CouCou, inspired by the French word for “peek-a-boo,” has committed themselves to keeping childhood wonder and imagination alive in children and adults alike. CouCou offers a vast selection of beautifully curated products for young children in Boston’s South End. From clothing and fashion to toys and gifts, Boston baby store CouCou has it all!
One of the things I like about CouCou is that the shop itself is very family-friendly. It’s a rare occasion that I’m out of the house without kids these days (although if you’re still expecting your first, perhaps this isn’t true for you), so it’s always nice when stores are set up with parents and kids in mind. CouCou goes the extra mile in this regard, having set up a comfortable changing area (and stocked it with changing essentials!) as well as a nursing area for mothers to breastfeed their babies with some privacy.
CouCou has a boutique feel, carrying quite a variety of infant, toddler, and child clothing from thoughtfully curated brands like Rylee + Cru, Misha & Puff, and Quincy Mae (among a couple dozen others). Many of the brands are European, although CouCou carries selects products from all over the world. I get the sense that the family that runs this small, local business are conscientious world citizens, as they donate a percentage of all profits to UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency).
If you’re not looking for clothing, you’ll find shelves stocked with puzzles, craft supplies and kits, books, and a large selection of toys. As you might expect from a Boston baby boutique, the toys at CouCou are thoughtfully selected to become family heirlooms. Most are made out of wood or fabric, and all are non-toxic. They have a large selection of dolls, and I really appreciate that the dolls represent racial diversity and many of them are anatomically correct.
In addition to in-store shopping, customers can also shop online or utilize curbside pickup.
579 Tremont Street
70 Charles Street
If you’re looking for out-of-the-ordinary clothes made by unique brands, visit one of Kodomo’s two locations in Boston. This Boston baby store is where parents can feel good about what they’re buying, since each item is hand-picked for playfulness and quality. All items at Kodomo are designed by manufacturers with good ethics and business practices.
The company emphasizes slow fashion, which, in its own words “embraces a transparent clothing creation process. [Slow fashion] encompasses all steps taken to bring a garment or an accessory from the concept stage through the design phase, to production, and finally to the point of sale. Great consideration is paid to each part of the manufacturing process: Appropriate wages are paid to workers. Factory conditions are maintained. Fabrics are sourced with environmental impact in mind. Sustainability and care are at the heart of each business decision made.”
At Kodomo, parents can find baby clothes, children’s clothes and accessories, toys, art supplies, STEAM activities, furniture, bedding, bath essentials, backpacks, lighting, storage, and more. Kodomo carries high-quality brands, including Alphabet Legends, Atelier Pierre, Belle Enfant, Boxbo, Kids on the Moon, Hansa, Mamma Couture, Piccola Ludo, Rock & Pebble, Simple Kids, Toasties, and many more.
Parents can even create an online gift registry here.
1239 Washington Street
West Newton, MA
Founded by a mother and daughter duo looking for high-quality, non-toxic baby gear in the Boston area, Baby Koo offers the best in functional, modern, AND eco-friendly gear for babies. In fact, Baby Koo sells ONLY items manufactured in green and eco-friendly processes! With products from all around the world, parents can find the best of the best baby items at Baby Koo. If you’d like to read more about Baby Koo, click here to be directed to my full post dedicated to the shop.
Baby Koo is also a great place to shop for gifts for birthdays, baby showers, and holidays. Gift wrapping is available. Parents can also set up a baby registry on the Boston baby store’s website.
Boston Baby Stores
All six of these Boston baby stores are perfect to suit your family’s needs, whether you’re shopping for a birthday gift or trying to set up your baby’s nursery. Each store provides a unique, hands-on customer experience from knowledgeable staff who believe in providing families with the highest quality items.