It takes a village to raise a child, as the old adage says. It takes an even bigger village to outfit one. These local shops – whose wares range from groovy leggings and rock star onesies to toddler-approved transportation and baby-safe books – prove that keeping kiddos stylish is more than child’s play.
After injuring himself while carrying his first daughter in a traditional infant car seat, Gilbert real estate developer Nathan Day invented LugBug ($39.99), a brawny yet lightweight handle parents can affix to any car seat or carrier to make hefting bundles of joy a bit easier on the shoulders and back.
lugbug.com, check website for retail/market locations
Amy and Drew Venzke’s Scottsdale baby boutique specializes in stylish baby gear, from strollers, car seats and booster seats to cribs, bouncers and high chairs. Not just any big-box store registry items will do for the Venzkes – they pride themselves on sourcing high-quality and often hard-to-find brands like Nuna, Stokke, Baby Jogger, Bugaboo, Clek and Thule.
15855 N. Greenway Hayden Loop,
Phoenix fashion designer Tiffe Fermaint’s line of infant, toddler and children’s clothing has a lot of star power: Morrissey and David Bowie adorn T-shirts, celestial prints festoon tiny muscle tanks and hologram prints make getting dressed a sci-fi trip for parents and star children alike ($10-$38). Baby Teith gets an extra star for celeb devotees like actress Jaime King.
babyteith.com, check website for retail/market locations
Lactation consultant Stephanie Nguyen set up her Scottsdale shop as a multi-use haven for new moms to see lactation consultants, take fitness classes and stock up on essentials and treats, from Lucy Darling books and milestone stickers to bottles and lactation cookies.
13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,