Our Favorite Local Baby Stores


When we were kids, we would come into the city each winter with our Christmas money from our grandparents and walk wide-eyed into FAO Schwartz on Boylston street. It was such a magical place for little people (and big kids too!) with life-sized stuffed animals, beautiful dolls, and of course every gadget and gizmo you could want.

FAO Schwartz is long gone now (so sad) and although there’s nothing that competes in the grandeur department, there are several local baby stores that we love to visit. In my opinion, one of the greatest joys of having kids is being able to experience things like visiting a toy or book store alongside them.

Our Favorite Places to Shop for Kids in Boston

The Curious George Store – The Harvard Square store devoted to this beloved monkey is such a special place to visit. We love the back nook filled with books. We could spend hours perusing our favorite fairy tales and Curious George adventures.

Black Ink – The Charles Street shop (they also have one in Harvard Square) is home to life’s little curioisities. At Black Ink, you’ll find that gadget you’ve always wanted, and we love the selection of greeting cards. It’s also a fun place to shop for the kids, from little toys and things to make eating fun like plates and silverware.

Magic Beans – We’re big fans of Magic Beans, and admit that we’ve probably spent too much time (and money!) in their Prudential store, but we can’t help ourselves. They have fantastic products, and best of all is their knowledgeable and helpful staff. The annual Drool Baby Expo is coming up on March 23rd – save the date!

Tadpole – Every time we’re in the South End, we love popping into this Clarendon Street shop. I love their selection of toys and books and the store is so nicely organized.

Kodomo Boston – This newly opened clothing shop features some really beautiful clothing. On the pricier side, but we think these items could make a great baby gift or an outfit for a special celebration.

It’s so important to support the local businesses that make our city unique. Any kid stores that you love to visit?

Photo credit: Katii Tornick Photography for Kodomo

  1. Molly Galler says:

    I loved FAO Schwartz too! I still have my Patrick the dog stuffed animal. He has moved from house to house to house. I have two additional stores to add to your baby list – CouCou on Union Park in the South End is beautiful. Every toy, book and clothing item is so special. Also, Boutique Fabulous in Inman Square in Cambridge has the softest baby clothes on the planet, adorable month stickers and unusual rattles.

    • Natalie Kurtzman says:

      Oooh, I haven’t heard of Boutique Fabulous. I’ll have to check it out! Laura had Patrick the dog, too. Such a cutie! xoxo