Furnishing For Family

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The City's Best Shopping For Nurseries And Kids Rooms-Plus Favorite Finds

By Eric Messinger

Filling a child's room with furniture and accessories is as much about smarts as it is about style. To help new families navigate the market and decide what's right for them, we've asked some of the best local retailers for their tips and advice on buying beautiful, long-lasting and even eco-friendly furnishings.


What are the store's core offerings?

We run] the gamut of children's products from car seats and strollers to cribs and nursery furniture, custom and designer bedding and décor, diaper bags, toys, bottlesand feeding items]. We have also expanded our layette and clothing offerings.

Notice any interesting trends lately in nursery furnishings or accessories?

A] contemporary to modern look is still strong but we are seeing the trend turn to more of a traditional or transitional look.

How long has Albee Baby been in business?

2013 will be our 80th year, owned and operated by our founder's children and grandsons.

Any advice for parents shopping for a nursery or big kids room?

Know your space and lifestyle. Big kids rooms need your child's input-and should be flexible enough for growth in the child's size and personality.

715 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-662-7337, [albeebaby.com



What are the store's core offerings?

An unparalleled assortment of apparel, gear and furniture for little ones, and our best-in-class [online] registry. Plus, our "R" Market is very popular with parents who live or work in the area and need to make quick trips for food, formula, diapers, wipes-even paper towels.

Notice any interesting trends lately in nursery furnishings or accessories?

Convertible cribs, some of which even come with a conversion kit that allow for a transition to a full-size bed.

Any new developments on the big kids front?

Actually, the store recently expanded its apparel, accessories, footwear and furniture offerings to cater to big kids as well.

Please tell us about a home product you just love.

The Twilight Turtle by Cloud B is the first plush constellation nightlight, transforming any room into a starry night.

24-30 Union Square East, 212-798-9905, [babiesrus.com

To read the full New York Family article [click here.

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