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9 Best Baby Shops in Atlanta

Sure, buying all the baby things online, from the comfort of your own couch while breastfeeding and in between laundry loads, is easy. But nothing beats the fun of walking into a store full of baby essentials. Not only can you look at and feel the products in person, you can get hands-on expert advice and guidance from the owners. If you're in Atlanta and are looking to stock up on unique baby clothes, gifts and toys, don't look any further. We've rounded up the best baby shop in Georgia's capital.

Here are 8 of the best baby shops in Atlanta.

1. Seed Factory. Located right in the heart of the Westside of Atlanta, Seed is nestled among the trendiest and most popular shops. They offer anything from toys, books, clothes, to even furnishings. They have one-of-a-kind baby gift bundles and are definitely the place to stop to find something beautiful and of high quality.

2. Blabla Kids. Blabla Kids is located in the neighborhood of Virginia Highlands, right in the city. They are known for their handmade eco-friendly toys, especially their dolls. They have an entire wall of dolls featured in their shop that is just magical! A great place to shop at, if you are looking for a unique lovey for your little one.

3. Happy Mango. This shop is eco friendly, and serves their customers during pregnancy and beyond. One of the greatest things about Happy Mango is that they are not just for the baby, but for mom as well. They pride themselves in providing playtimes, playdates, educational classes, and events. They believe that motherhood isn’t something that you should go at alone. On top of all of this, they also have incredible natural products ranging from bath soaps to furniture.

4. Baby Love. This boutique is focused on providing local, recycled, wood, natural, organic, bamboo and ethically made products -- from toys to educational items that are carefully made for kids up to 6 years old. They are also the go-to spot for anyone interested in cloth diapering, and the owners there make sure that sustainability doesn’t trump style. They also carry some second-hand items, which is always a great way to get great quality for a great value.

5. Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop. With two different locations in the city, this store is a must see. This shop sells high quality toys that stimulate young minds, inspire creativity, and entertain. From the moment you walk into the Rhen’s Nest, you feel inspired. They carry all of the best brands, and you can tell that there is so much thought and insight put into each item. Whatever you buy there, you can rest assure that it will be a hit.

6. Baby Braithwaite. If you’re looking for a beautiful, high class baby boutique, this is the place to go. Baby Braithwaite has the most beautiful timeless pieces for baby. Their monogrammed baby books are truly something to be cherished, and they only have the softest and highest quality linens throughout the store.

7. Feather Baby. Located in the heart of Decatur, Feather Baby is the go-to spot around town for the perfect outfit for baby, and everything that they carry -- from rompers to bows -- is organic. The brand uses Pima cotton, which is the softest material you can put on your little one's skin. Plus, they have a range of super fun, exciting prints.

8. Lizards and Lollipopz. Right outside of the city, in the city of Marietta, lives the cutest little toy shop. Doodlebugz has so many unique finds that you could get lost in there for hours just pouring over the different toys. They carry many old fashioned toys, as well as activity books for kids, and little trinkets. They have many different varieties of toys for all ages.

9. Rhubarb and Custard. This is the baby consignment shop you should go to in Atlanta. They sell great high-quality brands at incredible prices. And on top of all the baby clothes, they also carry maternity clothes!

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Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

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Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

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